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Focus and Scope

Meliora: International Journal of Student Sustainability Research is an open access Academic Journal for the publication of student independent research work in the broad sphere of sustainability. Meliora is Latin, meaning 'for the pursuit of the better'. This journal operates with that intention. We seek articles that demonstrate the excellence of student research, and how their work can contribute towards changing the world for the better.

Published articles have an interdisciplinary perspective incorporating a social, cultural, economic or environmental dimension. Submitted articles can be from either undergraduate or postgraduate taught students. We welcome submissions that are co-authored by students and their supervisors, on the proviso the paper is the independent research project of the student, and that the student is the lead author of the work. Whilst we consider submissions from postgraduate taught students, we do not accept papers from postgraduate research students (PhD candidates).

A diverse range of articles is published in order to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability. This journal is not restricted to any single discipline area. We publish articles from science, technology, engineering, social science, business, law, health, psychology, humanities and the arts. Please note that no subject area is omitted from the scope of the journal.

The Editorial Board welcomes the submission of research papers that cut across traditional academic boundaries. Equally we are happy to consider articles that focus clearly on one defined subject area. The key requirement is that authors demonstrate the sustainability relevance of their work, whether it is interdisciplinary in scope or focuses on a social, cultural, economic or environmental dimension of sustainability research.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons CC BY license agreement (available at

Unless otherwise stated all third-party content is copyright of its original owners and where this applies, attribution must be clearly given in the manuscript.

Archiving Policy

Our content will be regularly archived in CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) to ensure that journal articles will be always made available as open access.

We fully support and encourage author self-archiving of all content. This includes the pre-print (pre-submission manuscript), the post-print (accepted manuscript, post peer review) and publisher’s version/pdf. The journal is registered with SHERPA/RoMEO to ensure that the license terms and self-archiving policies of the journals are 100% clear.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.
If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.



Meliora: International Journal of Student Sustainability Research is associated with the International Student Sustainability Research Symposium. The inaugural event took place at the University of Southampton in April 2016 with over 100 student delegates from the USA, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, and across the UK. Thirty-six student research papers were presented in broad areas such as Social Sciences, Business, Art, Engineering, Science, Technologies, and Humanities illustrating the interdisciplinary nature of student sustainability research.

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