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Professor Michael Grubb Imperial College London UK
Richard Lorch Imperial College London UK
Book Reviews Editor
Dr Axel Michaelowa University of Zurich Switzerland
Dr Frank J. Convery University College Dublin Ireland
Dr Tom Downing Stockholm Environment Institute UK
Dr Axel Michaelowa University of Zurich Switzerland
Dr Jonathan Pershing World Resources Institute USA
Professor Roberto Schaeffer Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Dr Charlotte Streck Climate Focus The Netherlands
Dr Taishi Sugiyama Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) Japan
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Vicki Arroyo Georgetown University USA
Preety Bhandari UNFCCC Secretariat Germany
Dr Omar Masera Cerutti Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Mexico
Dr Ken Chomitz The World Bank USA
Professor Ogunlade Davidson The University of Cape Town South Africa
Professor Hadi Dowlatabadi The University of British Columbia Canada
Dr Joanna Depledge University of Cambridge UK
Elliot Diringer PEW Centre on Global Climate Change USA
Dr Jae Edmonds The University of Maryland USA
Dr Sujata Gupta Asian Development Bank The Philippines
Dr Erik Haites Margaree Consultants Inc Canada
Mr David Hone Shell International UK
Professor Jean-Charles Hourcade CIRED/CNRS France
Professor Mike Hulme Tyndall Centre UK
Dr Saleemul Huq IIED UK
Professor Tim Jackson University of Surrey UK
Prof Dr Ing Eberhard Jochem Fraunhofer Institute Germany
Mark Kenber The Climate Group UK
Professor Emilio La Rovere University of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Dr Dan Lashof Natural Resources Defense Council Climate Center USA
Dr Hoesung Lee Council of Energy and Environment Korea Korea
Professor Nebojsa Nakicenovic IIASA Austria
Dr Elena Nikitina Russian Academy of Sciences Russia
Professor Shuzo Nishioka National Institute for Environmental Studies Japan
Professor Ian NobleThe World Bank USA
Dr Jin-Gyu Oh Institute of Energy Economics Korea
Dr Rajendra Pachauri The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) India
Dr Jiahua Pan Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Research Centre for Sustainable evelopment China
Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany and Oxford University, UK
Professor Stephen Schneider Stanford University USA
Professor Jørgen Wettestad The Fridtjof Nansen Institute Norway
Dr Harald Winkler University of Cape Town South Africa
Professor Zhang Xiliang Tsinghua UniversityChina
Professor Mitsusune Yamaguchi University of Tokyo Japan
Dr Yoshiki Yamagata National Institute for Environmental Studies Japan
Dr ZhongXiang ZhangEast-West Center USA
Professor J. Zou Remin University of China China
Abstracts & Indexing
- Agricultural Economics Database
- CAB Abstracts
- Current Contents/Social & Behavioural Sciences®
- Elsevier Scopus
- Environment Index
- Environmental Science Database
- European Sources Online
- Global Health
- International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
- International Political Science Abstracts
- Thomson ISI Social Sciences Citation Index
Aims & Scope
The journal aims to make complex, policy-related analysis of climate change issues accessible to a wide audience, including those actors involved in:
- research and the commissioning of policy-relevant research
- policy and strategy formulation/implementation by local and national governments;
- the interactions and impacts of climate policies and strategies on business and society, and their responses, in different nations and sectors;
- international negotiations including, but not limited to, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, other processes.
Climate Policy thus aims to build on its academic base so as to inject new insights and facilitate informed debate within and between, these diverse constituencies.
Types of contribution
Climate Policy publishes a variety of contributions:
Peer reviewed articles
Peer reviewed articles present academic, evidence-based research on climate policy issues:
- Research articles (4–6000 words) present original high quality research
- Synthesis articles (6–8000 words) present a survey and syntheses of the state of knowledge and key issues in a particular area of relevance to climate policy, including scientific, economic, environmental, institutional, political, social or ethical issues.
- Policy analysis articles (1–3000 words) present evidence-based objective analysis of policy that is embedded within an existing literature and context.
Research and synthesis articles are subject to rigorous double-blind multiple academic peer review; policy analysis articles are also fully peer-reviewed.
The Outlook section presents timely, relevant analysis and commentary, for a wide climate policy community, and includes:
- Perspectives from senior decisionmakers
- Insights from independent commentators on policy processes, positions, options and debates
- Records of important new agreements, legislation and other developments including analysis of key events
- Feedback on earlier material published in Climate Policy
Climate Policy Outlook contains both commissioned and submitted papers, subject to editorial and light external review, generally in the range 500-2000 words though longer pieces may be considered on an exceptional basis.
Climate Policy also carries country studies and book reviews, and publishes special thematic issues on particular topics.
Topics covered by Climate Policy include (but are not limited to):
- Analysis of mitigation or adaptation policies and strategies (at macro-, meso- and/or micro- scales)
- Studies of implementation and prospects in different countries and industrial sectors
- Sectoral options and strategies for meeting policy targets
- Studies on regional differences including North-South issues
- Policy and economic aspects of intergenerational and intragenerational equity
- Applications of integrated assessment to specific policy issues
- Policy and quantitative aspects of land-use and forestry
- Design of the Kyoto mechanisms and their implications
- Analysis of corporate strategies for climate change
- Socio-political analysis of prospects for the UNFCCC system
- Economic and political aspects of developing country policy formation, action and involvement
- Social studies of climate change, including public perception, where policy implications are derived
- Local resilience, adaptation and insurance measures: extreme events and gradual change
- National and international adaptation and coping with impacts, including migration, natural resource allocation and use, etc.
- Policy formulation processes, including negotiation, public consultation, political processes and ‘bottom-up’ approaches
This journal is committed to maintain the highest editorial standards and continuous improvement. As part of moving to an online submission system, we are implementing an Authors’ Charter (available here) to make our procedures and policies explicit and to help authors understand the editorial process and what to expect. As part of maintaining the highest standards, Climate Policy asks all authors, editors and reviewers to disclose any relationship (e.g. financial, economic or institutional) that could be perceived as affecting the integrity of the scientific process.
HistoryClimate Policy was founded in 2000 to fill a notable gap in the field. Whilst there were many journals that address climate change science and impacts, and some journals addressed social scientific aspects of climate change responses, none provided a focus for those actively engaged in understanding the practical policy responses. With an emphasis upon empirically-based research that reflects the challenges facing real policy, and the lessons from emerging experience, Climate Policy has developed to fill this gap.
The Editor-in-Chief, Professor Michael Grubb, gained extensive experience of the interface between research and international policy from a decade leading energy and environmental research at the world’s first ‘foreign policy think tank’, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Based on this experience, he foresaw the need for a journal which could speak to the needs of the applied policy research and governmental community, and developed a highly international and policy-oriented editorial board during 1999 and 2000. With each volume linked to calendar years – volume 1 starting for 2001 - the first issue was published ahead of schedule for the dramatic Conference of Parties in November 2000, which nearly saw the collapse of the international climate regime. The prescient title of the first Editorial: Hold Tight at The Hague.
The journal was launched with Elsevier Science Ltd., but after three years the Editorial Board took a unanimous decision that a journal which sought to reach across traditional boundaries needed more flexible publication structures, and the journal moved to become Earthscan’s flagship journal. To strengthen the Editorial capacity, in 2006 an agreement was reached with the international research organisation Climate Strategies to co-invest in an Editorial Office, and Richard Lorch was appointed as Executive Editor. The following year, the French CNRS, with the Ile de France (regional) climate change organisation, funded development of French engagement including translation of all Abstracts to extend the reach of the journal to the Francophone region. In 2008-9, both contracts were renewed and expanded to provide a stronger strategic foundation for the journal’s future development.
Climate Policy is without doubt the most widely-known journal amongst the international negotiation process, with representation on the Board including the UNFCCC Secretariat and convening lead authors from both the Impacts and the Mitigation Working Groups of the IPCC. Papers were widely cited in both these reports of the IPCC Fourth Assessment – a key indicator for a journal with an emphasis upon combining scientific rigour with policy relevance. The subscription base continues to expand, and the journal is moving fully online during 2009. We look forward to a bright – and impactful – future.