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ISDRS “Best Sustainable Development Article Award” 2019

We are now accepting nominations for ISDRS Best Sustainable Development Article Award 2019. Please visit the Best Article Page to read about the article criteria and find the links to the procedures and submission page.

Also visit the ISDRS Best Article 'Hall of Fame".  Here you can read dozens of articles nominated over the past few years, including the winning articles of 2017 and 2018.

The ISDRS serves as a central knowledge hub on research in sustainable development. To strengthen our role, we identify and honour the best research paper written every year. With this we intend to further stimulate solid research, but also their applicability to support introduction of solutions to our immense challenges. We will work with a participatory approach: everyone connected to the ISDRS can suggest nominations for such a ‘best research article’. A Jury with decide on a short list of nominated papers and after that again ISDRS members will vote to select the best article. The winners will be honoured during our annual Conference,  for the 2019 award, this will be in Budapest, Hungary in 2020.

Workshop PubliER 2020

How can the Industries of the Future contribute to address the
forthcoming challenges of our society?

January 29-31, 2020.

Troyes, FRANCE

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The University of Technology of Troyes, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Research Team on the Transition Towards Socio-technical Sustainable Systems (CREIDD), the Institute of Services and Industry of the Future of Troyes (ISIFT) and the Chaire Connected Innovation, invite you to make part of the Workshop PubliER 2020: How can the Industries of the Future contribute to address the forthcoming challenges of our society? to be held on the 29–31 of January, 2020 in Troyes, France.

This high-level workshop is dedicated to refining the scientific academic writing skills of top-end early researchers. The aim is to enable the researchers to build the writing and publishing capacities to mature and polish previously written papers and publish them on the most pertinent international scientific journals. The authors will also develop managerial skills allowing them to successfully publish their high-quality content in the most relevant journals in their fields of study.


Design Engineering – Responsible Design – Design for Sustainability – Industry of the future – Industrial Ecology – Sustainable Societies – Sustainable Production and Consumption – Factory of the Future – Creativity and Innovation


The concept of this workshop is to peer a selection of authors of the ‘best articles, presented during international conferences in different disciplines, with top-quality editors from international scientific journals. During the three days of the workshop, the researchers will participate of tailored advising sessions and other activities guided by the panel of editors. That process will enable the researchers to better previously written articles and end with a top-quality product. The early researchers will also participate as peer reviewers for at least other two proposed articles participating in the workshop.

The participants will develop a “know-how” on scientific writing and publishing enabling them to communicate highly relevant content on the most pertinent international journals. Both, early researchers and editors, will benefit of the space created by the workshop to share ideas, discuss, and expand their professional network in a pluri-disciplinary environment.

Important dates

November 30th, 2019: Deadline for submission of Papers

December 15th, 2019: Early bird registration deadline

December 31st, 2019: Late registration deadline

January 29th - 31st, 2020: PubliER 2020


29th of January

9h-9h30 Welcome

Building N

9h30-10h30 Plenary session (speaker to be confirmed)

Amphitheatre N101

10h30-11h30 Technical plenary session (speaker to be confirmed)

Amphitheatre N101

11h30-13h Lunch

University restaurant

13h-15h30 Presentation of articles (4-5 parallel sessions divided by topics) *
15h30-16h Coffee break

Building N

16h-17h15 Presentation of articles (4-5 parallel sessions divided by topics) *
18h-21h Networking and cocktail

Building N

*60/75 minutes for each paper where 15 minutes are given for a presentation

30th of January

9h-10h15 Presentation of articles (4-5 parallel sessions divided by topics) *
10h15-10h30 Coffee break

Building N

10h30-12h30 Plenary session (speaker to be confirmed) Amphitheatre N101
12h30-14h Lunch

University restaurant

14h-15h15 Presentation of articles (4-5 parallel sessions divided by topics) *
15h15-15h45 Coffee break

Building N

15h45-17h Presentation of articles (4-5 parallel sessions divided by topics) *

*60/75 minutes for each paper where 15 minutes are given for a presentation


31st of January

9h-11h Scientific feedback of the work done
11h-11h15 Coffee break

Building N

11h15-12h Preparation for feedback presentation
12h-13h30 Lunch

University restaurant

13h30-15h Feedback presentation

Amphitheatre N101

15h-15h15 Coffee break

Building N

15h15-16h15 Plenary session

Amphitheatre N101

16h15 17h Closure

What we offer

As author of one of the best articles presented in an international conference, we invite you to engage in personalised sessions with editors of international journals in order to take your article to the next level. With help of the other ‘best-articles’ authors (peer reviewers) and journal editors, the idea is for you to get out of the workshop with a top-quality paper ready to submit to the top international journals in your field of study.

On top of that, you will be participating as a peer reviewer or other articles. You will gain experience as a reviewer during the workshop sessions. Once you register and submit your article, you will be assigned 3 abstracts to review.

If you’re up to reviewing other high-quality papers, and ready to be reviewed by an international panel of journal editors and peer reviewers, then PubliER is the place to be.

Each session (labelled as ‘presentation of articles’ in the programme) will last from 60 to 75 minutes and will follow the following structure:

  1. Presentation of the article by the author. 15 minutes
  2. Feedback first peer reviewer. 5-10 minutes
  3. Feedback second peer reviewer. 5-10 minutes
  4. Open discussion. 25 minutes
  5. Feedback and closing remarks by editor. 10 minutes

As part of the workshop you will be able to attend to lectures/presentations of 45 minutes presented by keynote speakers on subjects around the following questions:

  • How to structure a scientific article
  • How to formalise the main idea of your article
  • How to choose the right title and keywords of your article
  • How to manage the revision process of your article
  • How to choose the right journal for publication
  • How does the revision process work
  • How to do effective peer reviewing

If you’re interested in participating, please go to our website, read the submission guidelines, register and submit your paper before the 1st of November 2019.

If you have any questions you can contact us at and we will make our best to reply to you asap.



Scientific partners

International Journals

(More international journals to be confirmed soon)

Circular Economy in focus

Opening of the “Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable Product Management in a Circular Economy” at the University of Graz

In an effort to support the ambitious Circular Economy Strategy action plan adopted by the European Union, the “Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable Product Management enabling a Circular Economy” ( acts as a creative space for developing and conducting research in sustainable product management, the results of which will support the transition toward a circular economy. This laboratory is working in collaboration with Altstoff Recycling Austria AG (ARA) and iPoint, a company which offers software solutions and consultation services for sustainable product management.

ISDRS Team visits USA

ISDRS Team visits USA April 2019 to deliver thought provoking discussions on the Circular Economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Pauline Deutz and Peter Dobers

Representatives of ISDRS travelled to New York and Washington D.C. to be part of expert panels providing thought provoking discussions on how the Circular Economy might contribute to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The visit (31 March to 5 April) helped to establish connections with researchers and policy makers interested in the circular economy.

The team presented to a specialy convened event at the United Nations, hosted and introduced by Ms. Wenyan Yang, Chief, Global Dialogue for Social Development Branch, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Inclusive Social Development (second from right in above picture). Prof Chris Dickey, Director of Global Health, NYU College of Global Public Health, also spoke (second from left in above picture).   The focus of this session was on social aspects of circular economy research.  Tomás Ramos (far left) presented work arising from Track 1c, Assessing Sustainability. He considered the significant role of indicators within the SGD process and the current research challenges around designing and implementing indicators

A further example of a social focus was provided by Peter Dobers’ (left) presentation of the EU H2020 ‘Accomplissh’ project, which relates to topic group 9b (Scale of governance).  However, social research is typically understated in ISDRS research compared to economic and environmental aspects of sustainability.  This event, hosted by a specifically social branch of the UN, comprises a valuable opportunity to both take stock of what we do and consider how we might better engage with social researchers.

A second policy-focused event was held at EU Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC (left).  Here the team presented approaches to CE research including life cycle analysis, public sector/sustainability indicators, and geographic/social approaches. The audience comprised representatives of several member states’ EU delegations. Prof Victoria Kiechel, architect in the American University Global Environmental Politics Programme, moderated the session.  For this, ISDRS drew on the expertise in the EU H2020 ‘Cresting’ project (Pauline Deutz, Roberta Salomone and Tomás Ramos from left to right), relating to the topic group 5c Circular Economy, Zero Waste and Innovation.  As at the UN, information on the Nanjing conference (ISDRS 2019) was presented on behalf of Zengwei Yuan who was unable to attend.

At the New York University the team presented to students, primary from the Stern Center for Sustainable Business and the College of Global Public Health.  The panel was introduced by Prof Tensie Whelan Director, Center for Sustainable Business and Prof Chris Dickey.  Roberta Salomone’s (left) presentation concerned the potential to use life cycle analysis as a tool for assessing the benefits of circular approaches to resource management. There were some enthusiastic points of debate from the audience in response to Peter Dobers’ encouragement to look forwards 20 years – following the presentation of his research from 1999 that successfully envisioned steps to dematerialisation that have since been taken.  Discussion with staff leading the research, teaching and administration of sustainability was held at George Washington University, Washington DC. 

These events were all organised by the European Union Association in cooperation with the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS), New York University, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and the ASEM-UN NGOs group. The support of the European Union Association in particular is gratefully acknowledged.

The panel comprised (from left to right in the picture to the left) Dr Pauline Deutz, ISDRS president and Reader in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment, and president of ISDRS; Professor Roberta Salomone, host of ISDRS 2018 in Messina and ISDRS board member; Department of Economics, University of Messina; Dr Tomás Ramos, board member of ISDRS, Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research, School of Science and Technology (CENSE), NOVA University;  Prof Peter Dobers, vice president of ISDRS,  from Södertörn University in Sweden.  In addition, Prof Zengwei Yuan, Nanjing University (host of ISDRS conference 2019) had intended to join the group, but did not receive a visa to visit the US.  His research and the Nanjing conference were briefly introduced by the other panel members.

For more on ISDRS:

For further information from the panel, please contact any one of the following:

Dr Pauline Deutz, University of Hull (United Kingdom), ISDRS president and conference chair 2012:

Prof Peter Dobers, Södertörn University (Sweden), ISDRS vice president and conference chair 2007:

Prof Roberta Salomone, University of Messina (Italy), ISDRS board member and conference chair 2018:

Prof Tomás Ramos, NOVA University (Portugal), ISDRS board member and conference chair 2016:

Prof Zengwei Yuan, Nanjing University (China), ISDRS conference chair 2019:

ISDRS – Routledge partnership benefits you


Routledge is one of the largest publishers in the field of Sustainable Development research and actively supports knowledge dissemination for achieving the SDG's via its Sustainability Hub.

Your benefits

You will have a 20% discount on any Routledge book purchased online: for this you need to use the special discount code: ISDRS in the purchasing procedure on their website.


ISDRS also acts as General Editor of a new series entitled Routledge/ISDRS Series in Sustainable Development Research. Members of ISDRS and the topics groups will initiate new volumes in this series. If you have any suggestion, please contact the executive board of ISDRS. See for more information the ISDRS Series Flyer.