Authors must agree to the following when submitting a manuscript for consideration:

I hereby grant to the USF Tampa Library and the journal publisher the nonexclusive, royalty-free right to distribute, display, and archive this work in a digital and/or print format for non-commercial educational and research uses during the full term of copyright. I warrant that I have the copyright to make this grant to the USF Tampa Library and the journal publisher unencumbered and complete. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.

Following publication, the author’s rights will be protected under a Creative Commons License Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

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Open Access Policy for Users

Suburban Sustainability is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author for non-commercial purposes. Nonetheless, reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein requires credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the license. This open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative's (BOAI) definition of open access.

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Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted or by written agreement requires appropriate credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the Creative Commons License.

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Editorial Policies

Manuscripts cannot have been previously published or be currently submitted elsewhere for publication while in review for Suburban Sustainability, although manuscripts may have been deposited on a preprint server. Manuscripts that are derived from papers presented at conferences may be submitted unless they have been published as part of the conference proceedings in a peer-reviewed journal. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights or the rights of a third party. In addition, authors should disclose funding sources and any potential conflicts of interest.

Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript and should not be submitted by anyone else on their behalf. The submitting author takes responsibility for the article during submission and peer review. Submission of a manuscript to Suburban Sustainability implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content and that any human-subjects research that is reported in the manuscript has been performed with the approval of an appropriate institutional review board.

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Peer Review Process

The peer-review process is designed to ensure that Suburban Sustainability publishes outstanding scholarship. The manuscript's managing Editor will collect reviews and recommendations from at least three reviewers with respect to four possible outcomes:

  1. Accept without revision
  2. Accept after revision without further external review
  3. Neither accept nor reject until author(s) make revisions and resubmit
  4. Reject

The reviews will be double blind (i.e., reviewers will not know the identity of the authors, and vice versa, unless the reviewer self-identifies in the review). The manuscript’s Editor will make the decision on outcome and advise the author through the bepress system.

The Editor, in consultation with one or more reviewer, will review guest editorials, book reviews, commentaries, and replies.

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How to Submit Your Paper

New Account

To register a new account, click "Submit Article" in the sidebar. Then click on "Create Free Account" and enter your first and last name, e-mail address, and preferred password. You should immediately receive a confirmation e-mail at the address you provided (you may need to check your Junk mail). Click the link in the e-mail and proceed with your submission if ready. If you attempt to create an account at an address already in the system, you will be sent your password as a reminder. If you require assistance, contact the Journal Staff at support@dc.bepress.com.

Initiating the Process

Start the manuscript submission process by pressing the "Submit Article" link on the home page. If you have a bepress account, log-in and press “Continue.” If you do not have an account, you will need to register. After you have logged in, you will see a page listing the essentials you will need to complete the process: title, a separate abstract (for articles, perspectives, and book reviews; but not for guest editorials and commentaries/replies); and the manuscript in Word, RTF, or PDF. After reviewing the required elements, press “Continue.” Then review the Article Submission Agreement and the Copyright Agreement, and press “Accept.” (Pressing “Decline” dead-ends the process.)

Completing the Process

Review and, if necessary, correct the information about you, the first author, and press “Continue” (if you are not the first author, you can reorder the authors after they are all entered). Follow the prompts on the next page to enter all your co-authors and end with “Continue” to reach the main upload page. Fill in the boxes for the following and then submit.

  • Title (headline capitalization)
  • Running head (a shorter version of the title, max. 60 characters)
  • Key words
  • Subject (select one or more from a list)
  • Type of article (select one from list: Article, Perspective, Book Review, Comment or Reply, Editorial, other)
  • Abstract (upload or type)
  • Article (upload. If you upload a Word or RTF document, bepress will convert it to PDF and send it to you for checking.)
  • Cover letter (purpose and anticipated contribution to Suburban Sustainability)

A completion screen will provide you with a four-digit manuscript number for your manuscript. The system will send you an e-mail to confirm that it has converted to PDF. Please check over the PDF carefully to ensure that the conversion was satisfactory and the manuscript is ready for review. If no revisions are necessary, you do not need to notify the editor. If revisions are necessary, go to your My Account page, click on the submission title, and then use the "Revise submission" link to provide a revised version. Both you and the Editor will be notified when the revision has been uploaded, so there is no need to confirm with the Editor.


You can update your Profile (e.g., password, e-mail, name, institutional affiliation) from the home page http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/subsust. Click "My Account" and then:

  • Log in to the site with your e-mail address and password
  • Click: Log In
  • Click: Edit Profile
  • Complete or update the fields on this screen to update your profile
  • Please note: if you change your password, you will have to log in again using the new password
  • Click: Update

If you forget your password, click on “Forget your password?” on the login page.

You can also upload a new submission from the “My Account” page: Click “Upload” to start the process.

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