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


Editorials reflect the opinion of an Editorial Board member or staff for particular Journal highlighting recent changes, concerned issues or announcements in relevance to the journal. This may include editorial management and policies.

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Book reviews

Book reviews can be a review of a single book or an essay on multiple books on the same subject or multiple books from the same author.

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Research Articles

Research articles should contain completely new principal research testifying major contributions to the field. The study should represent new findings or discoveries in a subject area that were not published before.

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Review Articles

Review articles are summarized descriptions of recent findings and significant developments at particular subject area of research considering the Journal’s scope. They should include critical assessments of novel technologies, evaluation of subject advancement, elucidate unresolved questions, comparative analysis with a substantial coverage of previous works and highlight future prospects. Although there are no restrictions with the length and content of a review, authors should consider drawing readers’ attention and interest with quality information.

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Commentaries are that unsolicited commentaries or analysis from reader(s) targeting specific published articles in the journal. Commentaries will be subjected to peer-review and may be published in both online and printed versions of the journal. 

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Case Reports

Case reports that summarize the execution and results of cases involving environment social psychology studies. Submissions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are usually solicited by the editors.

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Opinions are short articles that reflect the author’s viewpoints on a particular subject, technique, or recent findings. They should highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the topic presented in the opinion.

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Peer Review Process

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

  • The initial submission made by the author is reviewed by the editor 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, EIC assign an editor to select and assign reviewers for 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 editorial_office@apacsci.com with detailed reasons for the appeal and point by point responses to the reviewers’ remarks. Decisions on appeals are final.


Publication Frequency

The publication frequency of Environment and Social Psychology is monthly.


Open Access Policy

Environment and Social Psychology is a Gold Open Access journal. It believes that making research freely available to the public helps promoting the research results benefiting the scholarly community.

  • Higher Visibility, Availability and Citations – free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions increases citation of the article
  • Ease of Search – publications are easily searchable in search engines and indexing databases
  • Rapid Publication – accepted papers are immediately published online

Manuscripts submitted to ESP are double blind peer-reviewed and if accepted for publication, are freely available without charge for readers.

ESP operates on the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) publishing license since 2023 Vol.8 No.2 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

Authors should read the “Author Guidelines” before making a submission, and make sure that the manuscripts were written in accordance to the style and specifications of the journal’s policy.

All manuscripts submitted to Environment and Social Psychology are subject to rigorous peer review. Prior to the peer review process, the manuscripts will be screened for acceptable English language, novelty and relevance to the Focus and Scope of the journal.

Any manuscripts submitted to Environment and Social Psychology will be treated as confidential materials. The manuscripts will not be disclosed to anyone except individuals such as editorial staff, reviewers and editors who participate in the initial screening, review, processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted).

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

Conflicts of interest may exist when professional judgements concerning a primary interest has the possibility of being influenced by a secondary interest (e.g.,financial gains). It is to be noted that even perceptions of conflicts of interest are as important as the actual conflicts of interest.

Any agreements with study sponsors (for profit or non-profit), which interfere with the authors’ access to the study data, ability to analyse or interpret the data and publish manuscripts independently according to their own decision, should be avoided by authors at all costs.

A declaration of interests for all authors must be received before an article can be reviewed and accepted for publication.

For authors:

While submitting, authors must list all competing interests relevant to this work, including but not limited to:

  • Funding sources
  • The role of sponsors in the work design, data collection, and results of the analysis.
  • Whether the author is serving on the editorial board of this journal submitting to.


For editors and reviewers:

Editors and reviewers must declare any possible conflict of interests in connection with the manuscript, and if necessary, they must avoid the peer review process. When Editorial Board Members publish articles in the served journal, the editorial office will actively emphasize it so that the authors know that they recuse the potential peer review process.

Common reasons for editors and reviewers to be replaced include but are not limited to:

  • The editor or reviewer works at the same organization as one of the authors.
  • The editor or reviewer is one of the authors of this work.
  • The editor or reviewer is on the avoidance list from the author(s).
  • The editor or reviewer has a financial relationship or personal relationship with an author.


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 oral or written consent from the clients or client’s parents/guardians/next of kin 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 as a supplementary document of a manuscript during submission.


Human and Animal Rights Statement

Humans: When the submitted manuscript involves experiments performed on human subjects, including healthy volunteers, authors should adhere to WMA Declaration of Helsinki 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. Authors are encouraged to follow the CARE guidelines while reporting a clinical case that involves the human subject. 

Animals: When reporting experiments involving animals, authors should abide by relevant international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals. For studies involving client-owned animals, author(s) must declare that they have obtained the oral or written informed client consent during submitting and adhere to a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care. 

Authors are encouraged to follow the ARRIVE guidelines while reporting animal research. 

Experiments on non-human primates should be performed in accordance with the recommendations set out in the Weatherall report (The Use of Non-Human Primates in Research).


Publishing Ethics

This Journal requests all members involved in the journal publishing process to adhere to the Core Practices on publication ethics as stipulated by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The publisher strictly adheres to the guidelines and best practices, which include Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals from the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE) and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing developed by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

The journal editors take all possible misconducts seriously. The Editors, authors or readers can forward their concerns to the journal if they find out that the description in a submitted article may constitute an academic fraud, research misconduct or publication malpractice. The concerns or complaints on the possible allegations submitted to the journal will be dealt with promptly and appropriately according to the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart on complaints. The complainant may direct all inquiries and correspondence to the Publisher at editorial_office@apacsci.com.

This Journal adopts a zero-tolerance policy concerning any academic misconducts and ethical violations in research and publication regardless of the severity of these issues. The violations include plagiarism, falsification of research, data fabrication, submitting manuscripts of others as one’s own, submission of the same manuscript to different publication venues at the same time and breached intellectual property rights. In cases of suspected misconduct and ethical violation, a panel will be formed to investigate the allegation. If the allegation is supported by evidence, the submitted manuscript in question will be declined for consideration in the journal and all authors will be informed in this regard. A retraction initiated by authors or by the journal is required to take place if the paper has already been published, and the retraction will be made public. Authors of the work in question will receive the Panel’s Decision via email and all appeals regarding the decision will have to be made to the Publisher at editorial_office@apacsci.com within 28 days of the decision date.



All articles should be written in English—either British or American as long as consistency is observed. Authors whose first language is not English may want to have their manuscripts professionally edited before the final submission to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by its prospective readers.


Units of Measurement

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


Misconduction Policy

Duplicate Submission

Manuscripts submitted to ESP should:

1) not have been published before;

2) not concurrently be submitted elsewhere.

If part of a manuscript has been published or will be published elsewhere, the authors must let the editors know in a cover letter. If duplicate submission is detected during peer review, the manuscript may be rejected. If it is detected after publication, the paper may be retracted.


The journal will strictly not accept manuscripts that are found to be plagiarized. The journal will verify the originality of 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.



Authorship of a scholarly paper should be limited to individuals who have contributed substantially to its intellectual content. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or general supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. All authors should hold the responsibility of fairly evaluating their respective roles and their co-authors’ roles in the project. This is to ensure that authorship is attributed according to a fixed standard in all publications for which they will be listed as authors.

In order to be listed as an author for a paper, one should have contributed sufficiently in the project. A co-author is expected to have contributed to some component of the work which led to the paper, or be involved in interpretation of its results. All authors should have a say in the final approval of the version to be published, in addition to reviewing the final manuscript prior to submission.

Individuals who do not meet the above requirements, but have provided a valuable contribution to the work, may be acknowledged for their contribution as appropriate to the publication.

Changes to Authorship

The authors should carefully check the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript. The Editorial Office considers the authorship list is definitive by the time the original submission is received.

Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript is accepted for publication. The corresponding author should provide the reasons for the change in authorship list and the proof of written confirmation from all authors (including the existing authors, author(s) to be added and/or removed) agreeing with such change, to the Editorial Office.

The requests for authorship changes need to be approved by the Editorial Office before any changes can be made.


Erratum & Withdrawal Policy


All publisher-introduced changes are highlighted to the author at the proof stage and any errors are ideally identified by the author and corrected by the publisher before final publication. Any errors in published articles discovered by readers, authors, editors, etc., please contact the journal editor. Asia Pacific Academy of Science Pte. Ltd. will only instigate a corrigendum to a published article after receiving approval and instructions from the editor.


If authors change their mind and decide not to pursue publication of papers with the journal, they must write a letter addressed to our editors at editorial_office@apacsci.com, explaining the reason(s) of submission withdrawal. Consents of all co-authors must be obtained for author-initiated submission withdrawal. The decision to withdraw a submission would eventually rest with the editors, including the Editor-in-Chief.

It is relatively more difficult to withdraw a paper that has been processed for peer-review or is under peer-review compared to withdrawing a new submission because the editors and reviewers have expended much time and energy in the editorial process and manuscript evaluation, respectively. To withdraw a paper that has been processed for peer-review, authors should clearly argue their case on scientific reasons; only valid and sound reasons will be accepted. He/she would be required to pay a penalty fee (USD 200). Authors are advised to keep in mind that an article should only be withdrawn if the authors detect significant error or flaws, as it is not an acceptable practice to withdraw an article after it has been sent for peer review. Once the approval of submission withdrawal is granted, the submission will be removed from the journal’s online submission system, and a confirmation email of submission withdrawal will be sent to the authors. The withdrawal process is considered to be complete once the author receives a confirmation of withdrawal from the Journal Editorial Office.

Submission withdrawal is also possible for accepted papers that have not been formally published, including the newly accepted papers and Articles in Press.

Withdrawal of accepted papers and Articles in Press is usually editor-initiated. The reasons of withdrawing accepted papers and Articles in Press are similar to those of retracting a published article, i.e., academic misconducts and ethical violations in research and publication regardless of the severity of these issues. The misconducts and violations include plagiarism, falsification of research, data fabrication, submitting manuscripts of others as one’s own, submission of the same manuscript to different publication venues at the same time and breached intellectual property rights. Once the suspected misconduct and ethical violation is brought to our attention, the editors will organize an investigation and authors are required to cooperate in the investigation; any accepted papers or Articles in Press subject to investigation at this stage will not be arranged for article production or finalization. A Panel will be organized to investigate the allegations. If the allegations are proven true with supporting evidence, the accepted paper or Article in Press will be marked for withdrawal, and a notification email regarding the Panel’s Decision will be sent to all authors of the work. Any appeals regarding the Panel’s Decision will have to be made to the Publisher within 14 days of the decision date. In the absence of an appeal from the authors within the 14 days, the submission will be removed from the journal’s online submission system, and a confirmation email of submission withdrawal will be sent to the authors.

Authors should note that any amounts of paid Article Processing Charge will not be refunded if their accepted papers or Articles in Press are withdrawn on the grounds of academic misconducts and ethical violations in research and publication.


Preprint Policy

Authors are permitted to post their non-peer-reviewed original research manuscripts to community preprint servers such as bioRxiv, medRxiv, and PeerJ Preprint before or in parallel with the formal submission to Environment and Social Psychology. During submission, authors are obliged to declare in the cover letter if the corresponding preprint version of their submission has been deposited on a preprint server, and provide any associated accession numbers or DOIs.

Nonetheless, authors are not allowed to post any versions of articles that have been revised as a result of peer review, accepted for publication or published in the journal on a preprint server. The manuscript whose corresponding preprint version has been indexed (e.g., in MEDLINE or PubMed) will not be considered.

This policy applies to original research papers only. This journal  reserves the right not to consider for publication or publish material that has been formally published in digital media that shall not be construed as preprint servers.

We encourage formal citation of preprints in the reference list, where appropriate.


Indexing and Archiving

Environment and Social Psychology (ESP) is currently indexed in the Scopus 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.

Authors are encouraged to self-archive the final version of their published articles into institutional repositories (such as those listed in the Directory of Open Access Repositories).

Authors are also encouraged to use the final PDF version published on the website of Asia Pacific Academy of Science Pte. Ltd.



  • For authors: Once submitting a manuscript, it means that you have been aware of all publishing policies & ethics,  and will strictly abide by them.
  • For reviewers: Once accepting the request to become a reviewer, it means that you must be aware of the peer review policies, and proactively disclose of all potential conflicts of interest, and guarantee that an article will be judged fairly and objectively. 
  • For publisher: This journal  is not liable to the statements, perspectives, and opinions contained in the published articles. The appearance of advertisements in the journal shall not be construed as a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised and/or the safety thereof. This journal and the Publisher disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the articles or advertisements.


Advertising Policy

All advertisements are subject to approval to the Publisher. Advertisements must comply with the relevant regulations in the country where the advertisements appear. For more inquiries, please send email to editorial_office@apacsci.com.


Copyright & License

The authors shall retain the copyright of their work but allow the Publisher to publish, copy, distribute, and convey the work.

All articles published by the Environment and Social Psychology are licensed under the Creative Commons International Licenses. Without any explicit request from the corresponding author during submission stage, a paper will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) by default since 2023 Vol.8 No.2. The authors who would like to publish their work under a noncommercial license, i.e., Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0), they should express explicit request during the submission stage. Please include statement below in the Comments for the Editor column on the submission page:

The contributors or authors for this submission entitled “[MANUSCRIPT TITLE]”, i.e. [NAMES of ALL AUTHORS], have given their consents to alter the Creative Commons license to *CC BY-NC 4.0* under which this submission will be published in Environment and Social Psychology.


Ethical Oversight

Asia Pacific Academy of Science Pte. Ltd. strictly abides by the Core Practice and Ethical Oversight of COPE, and all the editorial process is based on the best practice in the ethics of scholarly publishing. The Editorial Office strictly screens the originality and authenticity of every submission, and once unethical behaviors is under suspicion including but not limited to plagiarism, dishonesty, and multiple submissions, the manuscript will not go through the next step.

Asia Pacific Academy of Science Pte. Ltd. usually strictly suspects the ethical problem under COPEs guidance. If subjects involve populations or animals, all the research process must comply with local or regular international guidelines in the research field, and authors will be asked to submit the necessary information of approval identifiers or granting committee such as reference numbers. Reviewers and EiC are experts of your interest field, and they will make the objective decision based on the normality, authenticity and academic value of your research. In case of necessity, Editorial Office will contact the granting committee for further verification. Editorial Office obtains the right to reject the submission without any reference information.

Human subjects have the right of privacy, and Editorial Office advocates hiding sensitive and identifiable information of subjects such as face pictures and identical information. Informed Content Statement whether oral or written must be obtained from all the subjects at the submitting stage. If subjects are vulnerable populations, the Informed Content Statement should be obtained from their guardian or kinsfolk. All the submissions are considered to be private, and the publisher promises not to disclose it to a third party except for the normal publishing process.


Article Processing Charges

The Article Processing Charges are meant to support the journal’s associated expenses. The publication fee for each manuscript accepted for publication is US $ 1500.

Waiver Policy

ESP is committed to promoting the academic development in the world without any financial barrier to knowledge sharing and learning. There has developed a waiver policy especially for authors from low-income countries. Authors who are interested in applying for a waiver could contact editorial_office@apacsci.com. ESP reserves the right to approve or reject a waiver application.


Special Issue Policy

Guest Editors are responsible for the proposal of Special Issues, and they work with journal editors throughout the editorial process. The Special Issue Program aims to increase the visibility and citations in a certain research community. There may be many different Special Issues with different interests in the related field.

Articles accepted in one of Special Issues will be published in the regular issues of the journal. That has broad benefits:

  • Earlier visibility and the vast majority of readers across the topics community.
  • Be cited by peers and get more citations.
  • Quickly learning about the current scientific research.

1. Ways to be a Guest Editor

  • Editorial staff will search and invite experts who have outstanding achievements in the certain field. Usually, it will be a group of Guest Editors to drive a Special Issue. The group members are usually invited by the leader of Guest Editors.
  • Readers or authors who have good topics could submit proposals to nancy.lim@apacsci.net. EiC or Senior Editors will evaluate the value of the proposal. If the proposal is accepted, the submitter will serve as Guest Editor of the Special Issue. Editors will cooperate to promote the development of Special Issues.

A Special Issue should include the title, keywords, introduction of the Special Issue, Guest Editors with E-mail, and submission deadline. Usually, the summary of a Special Issue should be provided by Guest Editors. The Editorial Office will make a flyer for further advertising.

2. Special Issue Ethics

Asia Pacific Academy of Science Pte. Ltd. strictly abides by the  Core Practices of COPE. All the new submissions will go through a double blind peer-reviewed process. Authors should provide a list of experts who should be excluded from peer review. The editorial process should comply with the Editorial Policies of this journal. If there is any potential conflict of interest, reviewers or editors should inform the Editorial Office and avoid the whole review process. In the event of unethical behaviors during the editorial process including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication, citation manipulation, and authorship misconduct, please do not hesitate to contact editorial_office@apacsci.com.


3. Workflow of a Special Issue

A new submission should be submitted through the open journal system. Guest Editors (GE) will check the relevance between the new manuscript and the scope of one of the Special Issues. Then, editorial staff will screen the originality of the new submission by iThenticate. Any manuscript without enough originality may be rejected. The Editorial Office will assign the new submission to GE or reviewers for further review comments. A strict double blind peer-reviewed process with no less than two reviewers is implemented. GE have the responsibility to oversight the whole editorial process. All the comments are collected to GE, who will make the final decision on whether it is accepted, rejected, or should be revised. Once the manuscript is accepted, the author(s) will be informed and the manuscript will go through the production stage. It will be archived in the current volume/issue with marked in a collection of the Special Issue.