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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

1. Abstracts and Articles should be submitted on deadline in typed form (in Microsoft Word) with an approximate word count indicated. Only submissions registered through this website are accepted. To register as an author, click on Register and follow the steps for registration.

Once you have completed your registration, select the "Make a New Submission" link and follow the steps. Ensure that you have included a brief author biography, which you can add in step 3 of the submission process in the "List of Contributors" section.

2. Articles (including those with video/audio) for this publication should be written so that content is easily understood by those not immersed in the conservation, sustainability and climate change areas and issues. Unfamiliar terms, scientific language and jargon should be avoided or explained for the benefit of the reader. The publication is focused on broadening the base of these three critical and important topics and will accept the following submissions:

  • Articles that involve primary research and findings on one or a combination of these three topics
  • Articles that provide research regarding a different or unique viewpoint on one or a combination of these three topics
  • Articles that involve research from a personal experience regarding one or a combination of these three topics
  • Articles that depict a biography or autobiography of an individual, group, institution or company that is working within these three topic areas
  • Articles that are comparison and contrast in structure, providing viewpoints from both sides of an issue
  • Articles that showcase the work of individual(s) who are making changes within one of these three topics
  • Articles that explore the connections between conservation, sustainability and climate change and other social change/humanitarian issues
  • Articles that generate discussion, discourse and dialogue regarding these three topics

3. Multi-media submissions are accepted (e.g. video, audio, etc.) and must be accompanied by a written article. However, due to technological constraints, video file submissions cannot be submitted using the journal submission form. If you are interested in submitting a video to ECJ, please email mazol@macewan.ca for assistance. 

4. Fiction work is not accepted.

5. There is no payment for submissions. However, acceptance of an article and recognition as an author within this publication offer experiences and opportunities to showcase an author’s work.

Sections and Guidelines

This publication seeks submissions for the following sections, with word lengths as indicated.


In-depth articles focusing on issues that are local, national, or international (3,000 to 10,000 words)


Articles that focus on a diversity of topics in the areas of conservation, sustainability and climate change (1,250 to 3,000 words)


Reviews of books and articles that focus on conservation, sustainability and climate change (1,250 to 1,500 words)


In-depth articles focusing on issues about conservation, sustainability and climate change that are generated from students and faculty from countries other than Canada (up to 6,000 words)

Submission Guidelines for Full Articles:

  • Use APA style for in-text citations and reference lists.
  • Use Arial 12 pt for font type and size.
  • Use double spacing with 1” margins.
  • Include a brief biography of the author.
  • Include an Abstract (up to 250 words)

Submission Deadlines

Earth Common Journal is published once a year in the fall. For the current Call for Papers and submission deadline visit the Announcements page. 

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