NCE supports: The Namibian Journal of Environment
The Namibian Journal of Environment (NJE) is an online scientific journal that is now in its sixth year of publication. It has been supported by NCE since its inception and creates a platform for interested parties from all walks of life to submit contributions to be considered for publication. Three editors have volunteered their time and expertise to maintain the journal's high standard – Barbara Curtis (2017 and 2018), Dr John Irish (2019 to early 2021) and Dr Ken Stratford (late 2021 to current).
NJE creates an accessible, free platform for scientists, planners, developers, managers and everyone involved in promoting Namibia's sustainable development. It accepts and publishes contributions from students and highly experienced scientists alike. A team of editors coordinated through the Ongava Research Centre handles day-to-day editorial matters, and an editorial committee lends support where needed.
In its first five years, NJE published 46 articles on a wide range of topics: reports of new plant species, beetle checklists, soil and vegetation surveys, predator behaviour and diet studies, human-snake conflict, and technical monographs on bird moulting patterns, among others. Volume 6 continues this broad and varied trend with research articles on seabirds, lions, trophy hunting, media coverage of climate change, and more.
All the articles published by NJE have one thing in common: they relate in some way to Namibia and the majority report on work carried out here. However, their impact is broader than this and several articles have been picked up by international media and formed the basis of newspaper articles and scientific features around the world. Dr Philip Stander's paper on lions at the Skeleton Coast feeding on cormorants and seals is a prime example, featuring in articles in the UK's The Guardian newspaper and on French TV.
NJE covers the broad environmental areas of ecology, agriculture, forestry, agroforestry, social science, economics, water and energy, climate change, planning, land use, pollution, strategic and environmental assessments and related fields, as they pertain to Namibia. The journal addresses Namibia's sustainable development agenda in its broadest context. It publishes four categories of articles:
- Section A: Research articles. High quality peer-reviewed papers in basic and applied research, conforming to accepted scientific paper format and standards, and based on primary research findings, including testing of hypotheses and taxonomic revisions.
- Section B: Research reports. High quality peer-reviewed papers, generally shorter or less formal than Section A, including short notes, field observations, syntheses and reviews, scientific documentation and checklists.
- Section C: Open articles. Contributions not based on formal research results but nevertheless pertinent to Namibian environmental science, including opinion pieces, discussion papers, meta-data publications, book reviews, correspondence, corrections and similar.
- Section D: Monographs and memoirs. Peer-reviewed monographic contributions and comprehensive subject treatments (> 100 pages), including collections of related shorter papers like conference proceedings.
There is no charge for publishing in NJE and all published articles are available to download for free from the journal's website www.nje.org.na.