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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text adheres to the general guidance in Author Guidelines (below) and to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed, and the filename of your uploaded file is fully anonymised.
  • Full author addresses and keywords have been provided.
  • The authors undertake to obtain and deliver to the publisher all necessary permissions to reproduce any illustrations such as photographs, diagrams or maps.
  • The authors consent to the publisher's Privacy Policy.
  • The authors agree to meet the journal's standards for publishing ethics .
  • The authors agree to the journal's Preservation Policy.

Author Guidelines

Publishing Standards

The White Horse Press is a small family-run business, but we aspire to standards of academic quality and fair dealing as high as those of the best international scholarly publishers. Please read the guidelines on our website for authors, editors and reviewers regarding what we expect from them, and what they can expect from us. Please also read the specific publishing ethics page for Worldwide Waste, which includes our statement on research misconduct.

The journal provides a forum for original academic papers that are accessible to people from other disciplines, and also those who operate outside the academic community. To this end, contributors should avoid needless technicality. They should also bear in mind the requirements of an international readership when making reference to localised places or events.

Manuscripts should show engagement with ongoing intellectual debates, and awareness of the current literature. Authors should especially make sure they are familiar with papers published in recent issues of Worldwide Waste that are relevant to their topic. Authors should avoid excessive quotation from their own previous works: failure to do so can result in work being classified as self-plagiarism. All quotations from author’s own publications and from outside sources must be acknowledged and fully referenced.

Submissions must be original and not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. We aim to reach a decision on publication within three months of receipt of the submission.


Specific Production Guidelines

  • File Format. Submissions must be uploaded to our online system in Microsoft Word or a Word-compatible format.
  • Word Limit. Unless otherwise agreed, submissions should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length including references. Discussion articles (comments on published papers and author replies) should be no more than 4,000 words and book reviews no more than 1,500 words. Manuscripts of excessive length will not be considered.
  • Page Layout. A4, Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced. Include tables or figures at the end. Avoid excessive use of subheadings and text formatting for emphasis (underlining, bold, italics).
  • English. Manuscripts should be in English and be of an acceptable standard in that regard (if in doubt please have a native speaker read your manuscript prior to submission).
  • Anonymous Manuscript. To allow blind refereeing, please ensure that your manuscript is anonymous by removing your name and any self-identifying references.
  • Abstract. A summary of around 100–150 words, and a list of four or five ‘key words’ should be provided.
Peer Review Guidelines
Peer reviewed articles in Worldwide Waste undergo double-blind peer review, using external, independent experts (some, but by no means all of whom of who may be members of the general editorial board, but none of whom are on the journal's executive editorial team). The normal timeline for peer review is 3 months or less and we ask that authors are prompt in submitting revisions, post-review. Reviewers are requested to consider the following points in their evaluation:
  1. Key argument.
  2. Theoretical and/or empirical contribution.
  3. Robustness of the evidence vis-à-vis the arguments presented.
  4. Problematic gaps or sources of confusion or misunderstanding in the light of the current international scholarship in the field. In case of substantial gaps in the sources, please explain in detail what is missing and why it is crucial for the paper to include it.
  5. What could help in strengthening the paper?
  6. Language and presentation.


Article Fees

  • Authors do not need to pay any fees to publish in Worldwide Waste.
  • All articles published on an Open Access basis through the Subscribe to Open model will be open access under a CC BY 4.0 license without author fees.
  • Articles published in volumes that do not reach the S2O threshold will remain gated, and no author fees will apply. However, an author wishing to publish their article Open Access in an otherwise gated volume may, if they wish, pay an APC to unlock their article. 


Style Guidelines
Please follow the detailed style guidance provided here.

Book Review Guidelines
Authors of book reviews should follow the detailed guidance provided here.

Special Issues
We welcome special issue proposals. These should be sent to the editors before articles are submitted and should include a summary of the proposed issue and its contribution to interdisciplinary plant studies as well as abstracts of all proposed articles. Please note that the word limit for Special Issues is 60,000 in total, including editorial introduction and abstracts, notes and bibliographies. All papers submitted for a Special Issue will be subject to peer review - this process will be clarified by the editors during initial discussions of your proposal.

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