Journal ‘Elementa’ Opens Sustainability Transitions Section


The journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, has announced that its Sustainability Transitions knowledge domain opened for submissions on September 4. The domain is edited by Anne Kapuscinski, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science at Dartmouth.

Professor Anne Kapuscinski is editor-in-chief of the Sustainability Transitions domain of the journal “Elementa.” (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Elementa is a peer-reviewed, open access journal co-published by Dartmouth in collaboration with BioOne, and was launched in December 2013. It covers atmospheric science, earth and environmental science, ecology, ocean science, sustainable engineering, and interdisciplinary research on sustainability transitions. Published pieces are collected in six knowledge domains, each overseen by an editor-in-chief, who is assisted by a board of associate editors, all prominent scholars in relevant fields.

“Elementa is an exciting platform for sharing research and sparking discussions on grand challenges of the Anthropocene era, with humans now being the planet’s main driver of environmental change,” says Kapuscinski.

The Sustainability Transitions domain of Elementa is designed to bring together new knowledge, insights, and strategies for shifting society-environment interactions to sustainability—to a world in which humans and other life can flourish at local to global scales, she says. “This requires bridging many boundaries and so this domain encourages submissions from scholars in the social and natural sciences and humanities and from practitioners and leaders pursuing strategies to shift towards sustainability.”

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“I am grateful to many people, including colleagues in the Dartmouth College Library, for helping to make this domain’s launch possible,” Kapuscinski says. “Dartmouth’s former Interim President Carol Folt, Dean of the Faculty Michael Mastanduno, and Dean of Libraries Jeffrey Horrell provided crucial support. And Professor David Peart made key intellectual contributions. Elementa’s outstanding director and staff gave essential guidance and assistance.”


Kelly Sundberg Seaman