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Journal of Human Environmental Studies
Edited by Society for Human Environmental Studies
Journal of Human Environmental Studies is an academic journal that integrates the humanities and sciences with the aim of creating a new research field that is based on humans and that seeks to elucidate the interaction between humans and the environment.

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ISSN (print): 1348-5253
ISSN (online): 1883-7611

Papers published in this journal are open access.

Published papers can be viewed here.

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Editorial Board
Founding Editor-in-Chief
Hatta, Takeshi (Kansai University of Welfare Sciences, Japan)

Todayama, Kazuhisa (Nagoya University, Japan)

Senior Editors
Karasawa, Kaori (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Kawaguchi, Jun (Otemon Gakuin University, Japan)

Chan, Ching Chuen (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Fujii, Satoshi (Kyoto University, Japan)
Furnish, Sally (University of Manchester, England)
Iidaka, Tetsuya (Nagoya University, Japan)
Inui, Miki (University of Hyogo, Japan)
Ito, Yoshimi (University of Human Environments, Japan)
Iwahara, Akihiko (Kyoto Women’s University, Japan)
Kano, Yutaka (Osaka University, Japan)
Karasawa, Minoru (Nagoya University, Japan)
Kitagami, Shinji (Nagoya University, Japan)
Kuno, Satoru (Nagoya University, Japan)
Kuroda, Tatsuaki (Sugiyama Jogakuen University, Japan)
Minami, Shigeyuki (Osaka City University, Japan)
Nachson, Israel (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
Nishiyama, Yoshihiko (Kyoto University, Japan)
Nomura, Ko (Nagoya University, Japan)
Ohbuchi, Kenichi (Tohoku University, Japan)
Sano, Mitsuru (Chubu University, Japan)
Takahashi, Shin'ya (Tokaigakuen University, Japan)
Takemura, Kazuhisa (Waseda University, Japan)
Tao, Masao (Aichi Gakuin University, Japan)
Yoshizaki, Kazuhito (Aichi Shukutoku University, Japan)
(in alphabetical order)
Memorandum for Authors
We welcome papers on all aspects related to the study of human cognitive mechanisms of external environmental information, the study of the interaction of human groups with their environment, the study of the characteristics of the social environment as assumed in nature and history, and the study of newly created logical, economic, and political systems. Good quality practical papers are as welcome as those of an academic nature. Student papers are also encouraged. All papers must be original and refereed before acceptance for publication.

Copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher. It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain and submit all written permissions required, including permission to quote material which has appeared in another publication.

Papers should be sent by e-mail to the Publication Office, also in some cases, post is acceptable. Data must be saved on “WORD®” format.


Society for Human Environmental Studies,
Union Press/Union Services Co., Ltd.,
1-6, Uehommachi-Nishi 5 chome, Chuo-ku,
Osaka, 542-0062 Japan

Correspondence and proofs for correction will be sent to the first-named author, unless otherwise indicated. The submitting author’s address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address must be included.
For student papers, the student can either be sole author or jointly submitted with his/her supervisor.

To facilitate the refereeing process, authors should indicate the key subject-area. All papers submitted for possible publication are subject to the scrutiny of referees chosen because of their knowledge in the field concerned, experience in producing a balanced review, and ability to make a firm fair recommendation in the light of the Board’s policy.

The page charge is JPY 60,000. (up to 6 pages), and for each additional page is JPY 5,000., including 50 copies of off-print.

The Editorial Board will request a native check if the level of language in the manuscript is below acceptance. We can provide a native check service. However, this service also depends on the quality of the original language.

• The language for JHES is English or Japanese. If the language is Japanese, please refer to the Japanese version of the homepage.
• The manuscripts should include the title, the authors’ names and affiliations, an abstract of the paper and the key subject areas (see the following sample pages).

Please click here to the Sample Pages of Final Manuscript for JHES.

• The abstract should not exceed 200 words and should be an abstract of the entire paper, not of the conclusions alone.
• The body of the manuscript should be preceded by the title of the paper, which should be brief, and the authors’ names and affiliations should not be given on the manuscript for referee purpose.
• The paper should be subdivided into appropriate sections and, if necessary, subsections.
• All items of artwork or illustrative material should be clearly identified in pencil on the back with the title of the paper and figure number.

Acceptance of papers
On submission, all manuscripts and illustrations must conform to the style of JHES. Otherwise they will not be accepted. On acceptance of the paper, the authors should provide the editor with the ‘final manuscript’ as the “WORD®” format. The final editing will be made by the publisher.

Return of manuscripts
No manuscripts or illustrations will be returned to the authors following publication.

JHES prize
We may award Best Paper Award as appropriate.

All paper submissions are made in electric form as “WORD®” format. The final manuscript format must comply with the guidelines for JHES. The authors must refer to the latest version of the guidelines for authors and sample pages.

Peer Review Rules
Purpose of peer review
The peer review is a fair and objective evaluation of submitted articles and it determines if the submitted articles are appropriate for publication in the journal.

The editor-in-chief or the representative of the secretariat selects two peer reviewers, suitable for the content of the submitted article, from the editorial committee or outside the department and requests a review. If the two requested persons accept to review, they will be appointed as reviewers of the article. Reviewers must be aware of the importance of their role in the publication of articles and strive for fair peer review. In addition, information obtained during the peer review of the article must not be leaked to others. However, the editorial board may be notified only when it becomes aware of the fact that it violates the prohibition of duplicate applications. In addition, if the author of the article has a personal relationship, such as the same affiliation or laboratory, it is desirable to decline the examination immediately.

Peer review period
The period of peer review is determined by the editor-in-chief or the representative of the secretariat while considering the publication situation. When requesting an external reviewer for the peer review, the set time is longer than usual.

Peer review procedure
All work is by email, however depending on the reviewer’s circumstances it is possible to use fax or postal mail. As a general rule, the content of peer review work will not be disclosed externally. The procedure for peer review is as follows:

(1) Acceptance of submitted article
(2) Selection of reviewers
(3) Notification of peer review results (judgment)
(4) Decision/Notification of acceptance

Peer review criteria and acceptance/rejection judgment
Reviewers will make a fair and objective evaluation while giving due consideration to the research situation in the relevant field of the submitted article, and will make an acceptance/rejection decision anonymously. If the submitted article requires revision, the author must revise it according to the reviewer’s instructions and submit the revised article by the designated date. Revised articles will be accepted if it is confirmed that they have been sufficiently revised. If the revision is insufficient, a request is made to the author for further revision. Rewriting of sentences and revision of figures and tables after acceptance of the article is not permitted. 
Publication Ethics
Research fraud
Data forgery means that the researcher has forged the data, not the actual research. Data tampering means that a researcher conducted an experiment but modified some data. We also strive to check for fraud related to publishing ethics by the editorial board.

Copying the ideas of other researchers without proper citation is considered plagiarism. Please write according to appropriate citation rules. The editorial board will check when receiving the article.

Double post
Simultaneous submission of the same article, “double submission”, is prohibited, and in principle only “unpublished” submissions are allowed. Therefore, the same article cannot be submitted to multiple journals at the same time, regardless of the language used. We do not accept articles that simply change the language of almost the same research. In addition, we may refuse to accept articles that have been divided into manuscripts based on the same experiment. If it is determined that the submitted article is a double submission, the review will be stopped and the article will be returned to the author as “rejected”.

As a condition for becoming an author, it is necessary to contribute to research ideas, data acquisition, analysis, etc., and to cooperate in writing the article. Having little involvement in the research, but putting a name for authoritative purposes can be considered an ethical violation.

Approval of ethical review
Research on humans must be based on the Helsinki Declaration of Human Rights, at which time informed consent must be approved by the institutional review board (or equivalent) of the institution to which the author belongs. If there is no examination by the institution to which the author belongs, it will be required to submit the informed consent documents specified by us. It is necessary to anonymize personal information, or to obtain written consent if sufficient anonymization is difficult. In addition, research on animals must be in line with the recommendations of international guidelines and must be approved by the ethics committee of the institution to which the author belongs. Without these approvals, we will not be able to accept articles.
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