Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Sustainable Mobility (JSM) is a new peer-reviewed journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of innovative and empirically sound research on sustainable transportation. The centrality of the journal is the sustainable developments of the automotive industry and road transport management systems, though research on other transport modes such as aviation and shipping contributes to our understanding of the future of sustainable mobility as a whole. To address the economic, environmental and societal concerns of the development of the transportation industry, the journal will take a transdisciplinary and holistic approach to gain a better understanding of the technologies that underlie the advancement of low-carbon vehicles, market demands for such vehicles, institutional change and corporate sustainability which determine the strategies of those businesses involved.

The journal focuses on aspects of green mobility in the context of nature, enterprise and technology. In particular, it aims to explore the links between transportation, technological management and innovation, energy use, sustainable development and responsible business, presenting academic research alongside practical application in order to inform policy and practice. JSM is essential reading for academics, practitioners, policy-makers and others interested in the latest research and thinking on sustainable transport and mobility.

The Journal of Sustainable Mobility publishes on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Low-carbon vehicles technologies
  • Renewable/clean/green technologies
  • Biofuels and other sources of renewable energy
  • Transportation management systems
  • Vehicle emission controls
  • Sustainable transport policies and governance
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Historical review of the automotive and oil industries and transport management systems
  • Comparative studies of national and regional approaches to technology development and environmental control
  • Case studies of innovations in technology, business models, and policy initiatives in relation to sustainable mobility

JSM is published twice annually and includes peer-reviewed papers by leading researchers, policy debates, case studies, and research notes, from Social Sciences and Engineering and Technology disciplines. It also includes reviews of the latest works published in sustainable mobility. Theme issues based on sector or region will be regularly presented. We welcome contributions from academics with a research-orientation and also business practitioners and policymakers, from the public and private sectors. 

JSM aims to be the premier journal to publish articles on sustainable mobility that accomplish an integration of theory and practice. We want the journal to be read as much by practitioners leading sustainable transport as it is by academics seeking sound research and scholarship.


Section Policies


  • Michael Zhang
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Peer Review Process

Submissions to the Journal of Sustainable Mobility (JSM) are subject to a double-blind peer review process. Papers will typically receive two reviews. Papers will receive initial reviews within two months.


Publication Frequency

The Journal of Sustainable Mobility is published twice annually, with issues appearing in May and November.


Publication Ethics

Greenleaf Publishing and GSE Research uphold the highest standards of publication ethics.

Working with our Editors, Authors and Reviewers, we take all possible measures to prevent publication malpractice and are committed to addressing possible instances of malpractice that we identify or are brought to our attention.

Original work

  • All work submitted for publication in a Greenleaf Publishing journal or book must be original. Contributions must not be copied in whole or in part from other works.
  • Authors must explicitly identify and reference the author and source of any data or material taken verbatim or paraphrased from another work, whether that work is published, unpublished, or available in an open access form.
  • Authors must explicitly cite others' work and ideas both within the text and in the list of references.
  • Submitted journal papers and book chapters must not have been accepted for publication or under consideration with any other journal or edited collection.

Redundant publication/Self plagiarism

  • Verbatim or substantial copying of an author’s own work that is already published or under consideration for publication is not acceptable.
  • Any wording or data that has been included in another work by the author must be clearly identified by the author at the submission stage.
  • It is recognised that research data can be used in different settings, but it is essential that the theme, discussion and conclusions of a journal paper or book chapter is original.

Fabricated data and results

  • Inventing or falsifying data or results, or manipulating images in order to falsify results, can lead to very serious consequences and is strictly forbidden.

Conflicts of interest

  • Authors are required to disclose any support for research, financial or non-financial, at the submission stage.
  • Reviewers are required to inform the Editor of the journal or edited collection if they have recently completed or are currently engaged in competing research to that which they have been asked to review. If a conflict of interest is identified, the work will be sent to an independent reviewer.

Fair treatment

  • All editorial decisions will be based on the quality of the content and without regard to the ethnic origin, citizenship, disability status, marital status, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, or the political philosophy of the authors.

Author contributions

  • All named authors must have made a substantive contribution to the research and the preparation of the written work. It is not appropriate to include the names of supervisors who have not contributed to the work.
  • Any author who has made a substantive contribution to the research and the preparation of the written work must be named (unless otherwise agreed by that author).
  • The ordering of the names of the authors should be agreed prior to the submission of the work.

Defamation and libel

  • Works must not contain defamatory statements about individuals or organisations. Critical studies must be impartial and accompanied by appropriate evidence, references and explanation. The editors and the publishers reserve the right to withdraw papers which could be construed as libellous. Proof of consent will be required for studies of people or organisations.


  • The content of the paper must not be in breach of any confidentiality agreements binding on the author(s).

Resolution process

  • When an author discovers a significant error in his/her own work (either when it is published or under review), he/she must promptly notify the journal or book editor and cooperate with the editor to correct the paper or prepare a retraction. If the paper is still unpublished, the paper may be removed from the publication process.
  • In serious cases of malpractice, the Editor and publishers may need to post a retraction notice or statement of concern without the consent of the author.
  • In serious cases of malpractice and when the author does not communicate within a stated timeframe, the Editor and the Publishers reserve the right to contact the author’s institution or company to help reach a resolution.

For further guidance please contact the Greenleaf Publishing team at authors@greenleaf-publishing.com.