Springs: The Rachel Carson Center Review is an open-access online publication for peer-reviewed articles, creative nonfiction, and artistic contributions that showcase the work of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) and its community across the world. In the spirit of Rachel Carson, it publishes sharp writing with an impact. Surveying the interrelationship between environmental and social changes from a wealth of disciplines and perspectives, it is a place to share rigorous research, test out fresh ideas, question old ones, and to advance public and scholarly debates in the environmental humanities and beyond.
Published biannually, Springs features a range of content, from text and photography to audio and video. It also brings together writing from other Rachel Carson Center publications. The Springs archive curates articles that were originally published in the open-access online and print journal RCC Perspectives (2010–2020), in the Rachel Carson Center blog Seeing the Woods (2012–2021), and in the peer-reviewed online journal Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History.
Springs launched in 2022 as part of a Kolleg-Project funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (Käte Hamburger Kolleg). The project is run by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC).
How do I contribute to Springs?
Currently, submissions to Springs are by invitation only. For open calls check our other publishing platform Arcadia. Anyone may submit to Arcadia; please visit this page to read the guidelines.
Do I need permission to republish an article?
Unless otherwise stated, Springs articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. If you wish to republish a Springs article, you may do so on any website or in print under the following conditions:
– You must give appropriate credit.
– You must provide a link to the license.
– You must indicate if changes were made.
The license only applies to the text of the Springs article and does not include any images and illustrations. For the republication of images and illustrations, please refer to the individual copyright details in the caption.
Why do we publish both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed texts together?
While peer-reviewed texts seek to further academic research at the intersection between environment and society, more creative pieces will stimulate new ways of seeing and responding to the concerns of the environmental humanities. We want readers to come for the ideas and stay for the writing. And as part of our commitment to embrace diversity, we encourage authors to use the English spelling they prefer.
How does our peer-review process work?
We decided for double-blind peer review, meaning that author and reviewer identities are kept secret from each other. We believe this process is the most favorable as it allows reviewers to be the least biased and removes any possible chances of personal consequences. Potential reviewers are welcome to email us at email@example.com and send us four to six keywords for the subjects/areas they are interested in. We are happy to add you to our database and be in touch in the future for reviews of contributions from your subject area.
How can I submit feedback?
We invite everyone to submit suggestions, corrections, and feedback. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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