About the Journal

Focus and Scope


We publish original texts based on interdisciplinary research and influencing studies conducted in sustainable development and sustainability policies globally.

Target audience

We aim at the national and international scientific community, users with knowledge around sustainable development and sustainability policies in government, international agencies, the civil society, NGOs, and the private sector.

Editorial Process


Due to its internationalization policy, all works published in SiD (Sustainability in Debate) are in English, making it possible for them, once published, to become more visible and accessible to readers around the world.     

In the first round, texts can be submitted in Portuguese, French or Spanish and translated into English once accepted (authors' responsibility). In these cases, both versions will be made available on the website.  

All submitted texts must adopt interdisciplinary approaches, concepts and methodologies, consistent with the complexity of themes related to sustainability.

Evaluation/Publication Flow

a) The submitted works will first be appreciated by the editorial team (desk review). If the manuscripts fit our journal profile and present publication potential, blind reviewers appointed by the Editorial Committee will review them. They will issue opinions through the double-blind peer review system. If the work does not align with the scope of the journal there may be desk rejection of the submission;

b) The authors will be notified by SiD about the acceptance or rejection of their texts based on the opinions received from blind reviewers. When submitting texts to the journal, authors also undertake to verify any notifications in the SiD system.

  • We ask authors to pay attention to their email (check the spam box and enter the journal email address in the safe senders' list) and regularly access the Control Panel from the platform. The journal mostly communicates via the system.

c) The authors will receive any necessary suggestion for changes in the structure and/or content. They will be responsible for carrying out them and resubmitting the text within the deadline established by the editorial team. We request that, along with the new version of your article, you send a detailed table with the appropriate information regarding the corrections and modifications realized (or any justification for non-compliance) with the requests of the reviewers;

  • In the return of the revision, the system requires 3 files attachments:
    1. Finished article (with tables, graphics and other files in the body of the text);
    2. Finished article with corrections highlighted (review mode enabled or highlighted in yellow text);
    3. Detailed table of corrections - with all the comments from the reviewers and comments on the correction or justification for not implementing the suggestion;

d) If the author(s) do not comment on the revisions within the stipulated period, the work will be rejected, and the evaluation process archived due to inactivity;

e) Additions or modifications to the texts will not be allowed after the acceptance of the work.  


SiD is an open-access electronic journal with three issues per year (quarterly editions). Publications take place in the last days of April, August and December. 

Open Access Policy

SiD offers free access ( open access ) immediately to its content based on the principle that freely available scientific knowledge to the public provides greater democratization of knowledge.

However, to contribute to the editorial functioning of the journal, there is a submission fee. You can find more information about our fees in the Guidelines for Authors.


This journal uses the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archival system among participating libraries. It allows permanent journal archives for preservation and restoration. 

Editorial Board

Carlos Hiroo Saito - Universidade de Brasília, Brasil
Marcel Bursztyn - Universidade de Brasília, Brasil


Alan Cavalcanti Cunha - Universidade Federal do Amapá, Brasil
Arum Agrawal - University of Michigan, Estados Unidos
Anthony Hall - London School of Economics, Inglaterra
Asher Kiperstok - Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brasil
Bertha Becker - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Boaventura de Sousa Santos - Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Carolina Joana da Silva - Universidade do Estado do Mato Grosso, Brasil
Francisco Ferreira Cardoso - Universidade do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil
Gabriele Bammer - The Australian National University, Autrália
Hassan Zaoual - Université du Littoral, Côte d’Opale (Falecido)
Hervé Thery - Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
Ignacy Sachs - L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, França
Jalcione Almeida - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
Jean-François Tourrand - La Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, França
Joan Martinez-Allier - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Espanha
Laura Maria Goulart Duarte - Universidade de Brasília, Brasil
Leila da Costa Ferreira - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil
Lúcia da Costa Ferreira - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil
Marilene Corrêa da Silva Freitas -Universidade Federal da Amazonas, Brasil
Mário Monzoni - Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brasil
Martin Coy - Universität Innsbruck, Áustria
Merilee Grindle - Harvard University, Estados Unidos
Michael Burns - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), África do Sul
Michele M. Betsill - Colorado State University, Estados Unidos
Neli Aparecida de Mello Théry - Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
Othon Henry Leonardos - Universidade de Brasília, Brasil
Roberto Bartholo Jr. - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Suely Salgueiro Chacon - Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brasil
Umberto Maturana - Universidad de Chile, Chile
Vandana Shiva - Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy, Índia