About the Journal

Sustainability Letters aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice by publishing cutting-edge letters-type papers that explore the multiple facets of sustainability within the management sciences. We invite contributions encompassing, but not limited to, sustainable business strategies, eco-friendly innovation, responsible leadership, sustainable consumption, and corporate social responsibility. Our scope includes analyses of environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, emphasizing their integration into decision-making processes.

We are particularly interested in research that addresses real-world challenges, offering actionable insights to businesses, policymakers, and educators. By fostering a global dialogue, Sustainability Letters strives to inspire positive change, drive sustainable innovation, and shape a future where businesses thrive in harmony with the planet and society.

The journal will be a true Open Access Journal, i.e., the Journal will not charge any submission, publication or access fees. In general, the journal will follow the principles of the Directory of Open Access Journals (https://doaj.org/publishers#advice).

Join us in this transformative journey toward a sustainable future. Submit your impactful short paper of 3,500 to 6,000 words (including references, and accounting for 250 words per table/figure) and be part of a community dedicated to reshaping the landscape of management sciences with sustainability at its core.

The journal is explicitly multidisciplinary in focus and spans a variety of themes around sustainability in management. `

Exemplary themes include, but are not limited to:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A leading topic on the theme of entrepreneurship and innovation in relation to sustainability is set on social and sustainable value creation, from an individual, organizational, and network (societal) perspective. Both entrepreneurship and innovation go hand in hand with sustainability. Examples include:
At the individual level: development of individual entrepreneurial skills and competencies related to sustainability.
At the organizational level: blended value and hybrid impact approaches (creating social, economic, and environmental value); sustainability innovation; business model innovation (e.g. social business models; sustainable business models).
At the network level: the social role of entrepreneurship; collaboration and stakeholder involvement for sustainable and social entrepreneurship; measuring impact of sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation on society.

 

HRM

Potential topics related to HR include the development of new and sustainable employment relations, fostering sustainable careers, and sustainable policies and practices within, between, and overarching organizations. Studies are welcomed that are related to creating a more sustainable management of human resources in particular, as well as, and aligned to, creating more sustainable business models in general. In addition to this positive approach, research related to insights into and prevention of work-related harm towards people, possible dark sides, and transforming unsustainable practices and outcomes are relevant as well. Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and even transdisciplinary approaches are invited, to inspire and further develop the field.

 

Sustainable Service

This theme emphasizes the critical role of services in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). It welcomes research on sustainable service models, including those enabled by smart service technologies like IoT, AI, and robotics, which represent a transformative direction within this field. Submissions should explore how sustainable service practices can address complex sustainability challenges across industries - from the individual to the societal level. We are particularly interested in studies that demonstrate the integration of environmental, social, and economic considerations into service design, delivery, and consumption showcasing the potential of services to contribute to a sustainable future. This theme encourages contributions that not only highlight the advancements in smart service applications but also reflect on the broader spectrum of sustainable service research, aiming for inclusivity, innovation, and impact in pursuit of the UNSDGs.

 

Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Sustainability-related topics around the marketing theme revolve around sustainable, green, ethical, and critical marketing. Examples include: dark side of marketing/management (from a critical management perspective); sustainability segmentation studies; customer perspectives; etc. From a supply chain management perspective, the focus may lie on: ethical and sustainable sourcing; buyer-supplier relationships in a sustainability context; green/sustainable/ethical purchasing and supply management; elements of closed loops and circular business models in relation to supply chain management.

 

Learning and Education

The theme of learning and education unites a variety of topics in light of sustainability. Examples include all types of learning in formal, informal and non-formal settings, as well as individual and organizational learning. Contributions regarding educational/pedagogical approaches (e.g. individual sustainability competencies; assessment), as well as managerial papers (e.g. organizational learning; strategic sustainability integration; etc.) are welcomed.

 

Accounting and Finance

This theme combined quantitative and qualitative research that shows the motives for and implications of (un)sustainability in the field of Accounting and Finance in a broad sense. Impacts and implications for management and stakeholders, and both financial and non-financial consequences may be considered, such as: investment decisions and investment funds; corporate CSR/ESG policies and decision making, corporate boards, corporate governance, financial and sustainability reporting practices, etc.