CfP: UCL Open: Environment - Community Responses to Climate Change

Posted on November 09, 2021 by Margie Coughlin

As Climate experts from across UCL attend the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26), the open access journal UCL Open: Environment, invites submissions for a special series focusing on community responses to climate change.

Some of the most grounded, creative, innovative and transformative work on preparing for and responding to climate change impacts is and will be coming from communities around the world who are themselves foreseeing or currently grappling with the impacts of climate change. Communities of all kinds hold and constantly evolve important knowledge, skills and insights highly relevant to addressing climate change. 

This new special series will focus on responses to climate change taking place in, and / or led by, non-traditional ‘research’ communities. It will provide a platform to record and disseminate the insights from many community-level and community-led research projects that are currently poorly visible (or completely invisible) to many researchers and practitioners. 

Papers should be strongly inter- or multi-disciplinary either in terms of the author’s skill sets or subject matter. The special series will include research articles, case studies and commentaries about community–level responses to climate change. Submission is open to all and the editors encourage contributions from researchers and professionals engaged in producing knowledge about climate change in and with local communities.  

Articles will be judged on the merit and scientific validity (sound scholarship) of the work and the Editorial Board are inviting submissions from people at any research or knowledge-based organisations (including NGOs, Think Tanks, IGOs/UN) and at all career stages, including early career researchers, mid-career professionals, and senior scholars.

 Any UCL author who is research council funded (for example UKRI or COAF) will have their Article-Processing Charges (APCs) funded via UCL Library Services Open Access (read more about this here). Any UCL author not funded by a research council will have the APC covered by UCL Press. 

UCL Open: Environment offers waivers and discounts for Article-Processing Charges including for articles whose corresponding authors are based in low-income countries (see here for more information). Authors are requested to contact the Editorial office ( prior to submission to enquire and request these discounts. Please note that authors ability to pay any charges regarding to publication are kept separate to editorial review and Editors are not responsible for determining these waivers and discounts. 

For more information or to enquire about submission:

Contact the Editors at

Journal aims and scope:

About UCL Open: Environment Published by UCL Press, UCL Open: Environment is a new, open, and transparent open access journal where high-impact disciplinary and interdisciplinary research is published that showcases radical and critical thinking on real-world issues, with the overall aim of benefitting humanity. The journal welcomes submissions across all aspects of environment-related research and the generation of new knowledge.  

Operating dually as an open access e-journal and offering more immediate publication in a dedicated preprint server, with open peer review, the entire publishing process will be accessible, transparent, fair, and accountable.

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