Global Environmental Politics


Global Environmental Politics (GEP) 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.

Global Environmental Politics
DisciplineEnvironmental politics
Edited bySteven Bernstein, Matthew Hoffmann, and Erika Weinthal
Publication details
MIT Press (United States)
3.091 (2019)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Glob. Environ. Politics
ISSN1526-3800 (print)
1536-0091 (web)
OCLC no.47266514
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According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2019 impact factor of 3.091, ranking it 19th out of 180 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.

GEP 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 is 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 HistoryEdit

The journal was established in 2000 and is published by MIT Press online . The founding editor was Peter Dauvergne. Jennifer Clapp and Matthew Paterson were the co-editors 2007 through 2012, and Kate O'Neill and Stacy VanDever led the journal 2013-2017. The editors for 2018-2022 are Steven Bernstein, Matthew Hoffmann, and Erika Weinthal.

Current Debates/ForumEdit

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 ArticlesEdit

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 ReviewsEdit

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 papersEdit

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[permanent dead link], Philipp Pattberg[permanent dead link], Harro van Asselt[permanent dead link], Fariborz Zelli[permanent dead link] November 2009, Volume 9 4 14-40 114
Transnational Climate Governance Liliana B. Andonova[permanent dead link], Michele M. Betsill[permanent dead link], Harriet Bulkeley[permanent dead link] May 2009, Volume 9 2 52-73 87
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 76

Most downloaded papersEdit

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 [permanent dead link] August 2016, Volume 16 3 1-11 7353
Prisoners of the Wrong Dilemma: Why Distributive Conflict, Not Collective Action, Characterizes the Politics of Climate Change Michaël Aklin[permanent dead link], Matto Mildenberger[permanent dead link] August 2020, Volume 20 4 4-27 5253
Indigenous Struggles, Environmental Justice, and Community Capabilities David Schlosberg[permanent dead link], David Carruthers[permanent dead link] November 2010, Volume 10 4 12-35 3247

Abstracting and indexingEdit

GEP is indexed in sources including:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Political Science". 2019 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2019.

External linksEdit

    • Official website