Journal of Sustainable Social Change

Aims & Scope


Recognizing that genuine, lasting, and just social change needs to incorporate and integrate attention to improving and sustaining the quality of life through systemic analyses and action, the peer-reviewed Journal of Sustainable Social Change, sponsored by Walden University, asks that you contribute your expertise in collaboration with others who are supportive of that overall concept. The Journal of Sustainable Social Change welcomes manuscripts focusing on interdisciplinary research that examines current and future sustainability elements from many fields, including social, economic and environmental, and levels of analysis--from macro to micro-- in order to advance the human experience and condition and move individuals, groups, organizations, cultures, and society toward a more positive, sustainable, and just future.

Publications in the journal must include clear linkages for systemic change in the manuscript’s abstract.

Examples of desirable submissions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Extension, validation, or refutation of existing theories of social change, sustainability or sustainable systems and social development within the context of their relevance and applicability in organizational or social fields
  • Attempts to build grounded theories of sustainable social change based on applied research or field investigation
  • Research that employs social-change theories in designing or redesigning social-change initiatives, policies, plans, or efforts
  • Studies on the application of theory-based interventions from another field that result in important systemic social-change outcomes and insights in a new field
  • Critical reviews of social-change and sustainability research, programs, or theories that generate new insights for research and practice
  • Translation of social-change theories from one disciplinary field or context to another

Scholars, practitioners, and graduate students are invited to submit their manuscripts for publication. Four specific types of articles will be published in the Journal of Sustainable Social Change . They are:

  • Full-length empirical articles: comprehensive reports of findings from quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-design research studies
  • Brief empirical articles: succinct summaries of findings from quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-design research studies of minimal scope (e.g., pilot studies)
  • Comprehensive literature reviews: articles providing summary and analysis of the body of existing research on a topic
  • Book reviews: reviews of books relevant to the disciplines
  • Student research: empirical articles or literature reviews for which the first author is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program

A Message to New Authors: If you are planning to submit a manuscript based on your doctoral capstone research, you are encouraged to read our FAQ: Publishing Guidance for Recent Doctoral Graduates.

If you have questions about the submission process or the appropriateness of a particular manuscript, please contact the editors of the Journal of Sustainable Social Change at [email protected].