Global Environmental Politics

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Global Environmental Politics  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Global Environ. Polit.
Discipline Environmental politics
Language English
Edited by Kate O'Neill, Stacy D. VanDeveer
Publication details
MIT Press (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1526-3800 (print)
1536-0091 (web)
LCCN sn99009158
OCLC no. 47266514

Global Environmental Politics is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal which examines the relationship between global political forces and environmental change. It covers such topics as the role of states, international finance, science and technology, and grass roots movements. Issues of Global Environmental Politics are divided into three types of articles: short commentaries for a section called Current Debates/Forum, full-length research articles, and book review articles.

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2015 impact factor of 2.316, ranking it 13th out of 163 journals in the category "Political Science".[1]


Articles published in "Global Environmental Politics" include issues concerning certain countries and small groups within those countries, but they must address environmental disputes that are relevant on a global scale. Due to the primary focus of political and policy issues discussed in GEP articles, the range of reader and author backgrounds is presumed and expected.

The range of submissions focuses on how local-global interactions affect the natural environment, as well as how environmental change affects world politics. The articles published address issues like poverty and inequality, norms and institutions, and economic relationships. The scope of articles also includes specific environmental issues, for example, ozone depletion, climate change, and deforestation.

"Global Environmental Politics" also offers an “Early Access” submission option. The Early Access option applies to articles that have been accepted for publication and copyedited, but are not yet finished. These articles are displayed online for durations spanning from weeks to months. They are only to be replaced once the final version is completed and its issue is published. The Early Access option allows the peer review process to begin, increasing the opportunities for feedback and displaying what an uncorrected proof looks like before it’s ready for publication. This helps establish the standards for what GEP accepts as an uncorrected proof and expects once it is finalized, while also creating transparency in the editing process that benefits peer reviewers.

Editorial History[edit]

The journal was established in 2000 and continues publishing articles currently. It is published by MIT Press both online and in print. The founding editor is Peter Dauvergne. In 2007 Jennifer Clapp and Matthew Paterson began leading the new editorial team. In 2016 a new editorial board was announced for Volume 18 of the journal consisting of Steven Bernstein, Matthew Hoffmann, along with Erika Weinthal. The current editors are Kate O'Neill and Stacy D. VanDeveer.

Current Debates/Forum[edit]

Originally called "Current Debates" the emphasis for this section of the article was shifted when the new editorial team consisting of Jennifer Clapp and Matthew Paterson took over the editorial board. The shorter articles in the Forum section are included in the journal as a means to encourage debate as well as future research. They include new theoretical or historical insights, emerging environmental issues, and discussion of controversial developments in environmental policy. Some issues of Global Environmental Politics feature numerous articles discussing a single topic while others contain only one article with the goal of inciting debate on a range of connected issues. These forum articles comprise short commentaries (2000-3000 words) that prompt discussion on salient issues of interest to other readers and scholars in the field.

Research Articles[edit]

The journal hosts full-length research articles that provide an academic setting for original theoretical or empirical contributions relating to global environmental or comparative politics on a global scale. Research Articles are full-length papers of a maximum of 8000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, that must contain original first-party research. Each journal edition typically consists of four to six articles.

Book Reviews[edit]

Each addition of Global Environmental Politics contains an array of book reviews pertaining to global political forces and environmental changes. The current book review editor is Elizabeth DeSombre. The book review process consists of the editor choosing a number of books per journal edition to which a reviewer may submit a single book review or a review essay. Review essays contain a collective analysis of multiple books on one topic which have been previously outlined by the review editor.

Most Cited Papers[edit]

Global Environmental Politics maintains a list of top-cited papers which is updated on a monthly basis according to CrossRef’s Database from the past three years.

These are the currently most cited papers:

Title Authors Volume Number Pages Number of Citations
The Fragmentation of Global Governance Architectures: A Framework for Analysis Frank Biermann], Philipp Pattberg, Harro van Asselt, Fariborz Zelli November 2009, Volume 9 4 14-40 77
Civic Science for Sustainability: Reframing the Role of Experts, Policy-Makers and Citizens in Environmental Governance Karin Bäckstrand] November 2003, Volume 3 4 24-41 45
Transnational Climate Governance Liliana B. Andonova], Michele M. Betsill, Harriet Bulkeley May 2009, Volume 9 2 52-73 45

Most Downloaded Papers[edit]

Global Environmental Politics updates a list of their most downloaded papers on a daily basis based on full-text downloads of the last year.

These are the currently most downloaded papers:

Title Authors Volume Number Pages Number of Downloads
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Behind Closed Doors] Radoslav S. Dimitrov ] August 2016, Volume 16 3 1-11 2881
Indigenous Struggles, Environmental Justice, and Community Capabilities] David Schlosberg], David Carruthers] November 2010, Volume 10 4 12-35 2284
Advancing Comparative Climate Change Politics: Theory and Method Mark Purdon August 2015, Volume 15 3 1-26 2142

Abstracting and Indexing[edit]

Academic Search

Academic Search Alumni Edition

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Elite

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search R&D

Advanced Placement Source

BIOBASE[disambiguation needed]

Business Source

Business Source Alumni Edition

Business Source Complete

Business Source Corporate

Business Source Elite

Business Source Premier

CNKI, China

Current Abstracts

Current Awareness in Biological Sciences

Current Contents

Dietrich's Index Philosophicus

EBSCO Discovery


Environment Complete

Environment Index

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management

Ex Libris Primo



IBZ-Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur

International Bibliography of Humanities & Sociological Literature

International Political Science Abstracts

Left Index (Online)

OCLC Discovery

Political Science Complete

Pollution Abstracts

ProQuest Summon

Public Affairs Index


Social Sciences Citation Index

TOC Premier

Urban Studies Abstracts

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Political Science". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016. 

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