Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The main aim of ESP is to explore the nexus of environment and the human condition, which promotes environmental consciousness and behaviors that are crucial for sustainable progress and human development. With an interdisciplinary approach, synthesizing theory, research, and practice, we seek to:

  1. Examine the possibilities of human and social development as a credible paradigm for scientific inquiry and dialogue that promote world peace, prosperity and progress in a dangerously complex world.
  2. Transcend dualities and contradictions of contemporary ideologies and methods toward a unifying framework for enduring social psychological research.
  3. Promote scholarly pursuits for the advancement of knowledge in search of empirical evidence and truth, which support environmental justice as a viable paradigm conducive to human-social development.
  4. Unravel social psychological barriers—beliefs, attitudes, stereotypes, prejudices, habits, and politico-cultural practices—that thwart quality education and learning beyond the contemporary dogmas of behavioral schools.
  5. Interface pathways to understand and resolve contemporary nihilism that incubates psychopathologies of self-destructive addictions—sexual abuse, substance and drugs, interpersonal violence, and anomic dysfunctions—and breeds mayhem, mass murders and terror.


Section Policies


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Book reviews

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Research Articles

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to Environment and Social Psychology undergo rigorous peer review.

  • The initial submission made by the author is reviewed by in-house editors to ensure its adherence to the editorial policies of ESP.
  • The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) determines if the topic of the manuscript is within the scope of ESP. 
  • On the advice of the EIC, The Managing Editor selects and assigns reviewers to the manuscript.
  • After the evaluations by the reviewers have been received, the EIC makes one of the following recommendations: Accept manuscript, Accept manuscript with minor revisions, Major revisions required or Reject manuscript.
  • If the decision is minor revisions, the authors have 15 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.
  • If the decision is major revisions, the authors have 30 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.
  • Upon resubmission, the EIC makes the final decision on whether the manuscript can proceed for production. In cases where a major revision was needed, the manuscript will be first sent to the initially assigned reviewers again for their evaluation and reassessment, before the EIC makes the final decision.
  • Authors may appeal for a rejected submission. Appeal requests must be made in writing to esp@whioce.com with detailed reasons for the appeal and point by point responses to the reviewers’ remarks. Decisions on appeals are final.


Publication Frequency



Open Access Policy

Environment and Social Psychology is a Gold Open access journal.

Manuscripts submitted to ESP are fully peer-reviewed and if accepted for publication, are freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution.

ESP operates on the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) publishing license that defines permitted re-use, which allows for the copying, distribution, and transmission of the published work, provided the correct attribution of the original creator is stated.


Editorial Policies

The journal will not accept a manuscript that has been published or is under consideration for publication in any other journal. The author needs to notify the journal if the data presented in the manuscript has been ever presented in conferences or other similar forums. The author will need to fill up the submission checklist to ensure that these criteria are fulfilled.

After acceptance, the Publisher will have the right to edit the work for the original edition and for any revision.


Conflict of Interest

Environment and Social Psychology functions on a double blind peer review system to avoid conflicts and potential bias. The author(s) should hold responsibility in declaring any conflicts of interest with respect to their work. The author(s) must provide details of any relationship with financial bodies or funding agencies that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All authors, members, reviewers and editors must disclose any association that poses a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript. The corresponding author must download and complete the ICMJE Conflict of Interest Form on behalf of all the authors regarding to potential conflicts of interest, and submit the form as a supplementary document during the article submission process. Conflict of Interest declarations or statements are published in each manuscript as provided by the author(s).


Statement of Informed Consent

Clients have a right to their privacy and it should not be violated without informed consent. Authors should protect their clients’ right to privacy by requesting written consent from the clients or client’s guardian to publish his/her data, including photographs, prior to publication. Other details such as the race, ethnicity, religion or cultural background of a subject under study should be mentioned only when it is believed to have an impact on course of the disease and/or treatment discussed in the study. If changing the biographical details and/or identifying characteristics is done in order to protect anonymity, authors should provide assurance that the changes do not falsify the scientific meaning of a manuscript/report. The informed consent form/agreement should be included in as a supplementary document of a manuscript during submission. Statements of informed consents are published in each manuscript as provided by the author(s).


Human and Animal Rights Statement

Humans: When the submitted manuscript involves experiments performed on human subjects, including healthy volunteers, authors should adhere to the Declaration of Helsinki principles of 1975, as revised in 2000 and 2008 and indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the author's Institutional Review Board or Research Ethics Committee. Any possible adverse consequences of the work for ecosystems, populations or individual organisms must be weighed against the possible gains in knowledge and its practical applications.

Animals: When reporting experiments involving animals, authors should indicate whether relevant international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were conducted accordingly. All animal work must specifically require authors to include details of animal welfare (such as species, number, gender, age, weight, housing conditions, welfare, training and the fate of the animals at the end of the experiment) and relevant details of steps taken to ameliorate suffering in all work. For studies involving client-owned animals, author(s) must possess (and attach) a document of informed client consent and adhere to a high standard (best practise) of veterinary care. These details should be included in the Materials and methods section of the article.


Code of Ethics and Practices

WHIOCE Publishing requests all members involved in the journal publishing process to adhere the Core Practices on publication ethics as stipulated by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). The guidelines define the best practice in the ethics of scholarly publishing, aiding the journals and publishers to achieve this.



All articles should be written in English—either British or American as long as consistency is observed.


Units of Measurement

Units of measurement should be presented using only System International (SI) units.


Plagiarism Detection

The journal will strictly not accept manuscripts that are found to be plagiarized. The journal will verify the originality of the submitted manuscripts with iThenticate, the plagiarism detection software.

If a manuscript uses a text copied directly from another source, this text must be written in quotation marks and original source must be cited. If any kind of plagiarism is detected during the review process, the manuscript will be rejected.

Authors and researchers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting http://www.ithenticate.com.


Indexing and Archiving

Environment and Social Psychology (ESP) is currently indexed in the CNKI database. All articles published in ESP are immediately searchable via Google Scholar. ESP is also being continually evaluated by other academic databases for inclusion.

ESP is archived by Portico and the National Library Board of Singapore.