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'Environmental Research Letters will be a new, world-class, free-to-read journal dedicated to bringing together intellectual and professional scientists, economists, engineers and social scientists, as well as the public sector and civil society who are engaged in efforts to understand the state of natural systems and, increasingly, the human footprint on the biosphere.'
Daniel M Kammen, Editor-in-Chief
Environmental Research Letters (ERL) is intended as the meeting-place of the research and policy communities concerned with environmental change and management.
The journal's coverage will reflect the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of environmental science, recognizing wide-ranging contributions to the development of methods, tools and evaluation strategies relevant to the field. Numerical modelling or simulation, as well as theoretical and experimental approaches to environmental science will form the core of ERL's content, however approaches from a range of physical and natural sciences, economics, and political, sociological and legal studies are strongly encouraged.
For information about the ERL publication criteria please see the specific journal article requirements. Typical areas of interest will include:
- Biodiversity - patterns and change, species-area relationships, impacts and dynamics of inter-species dynamics and resilience, threats and strategies for management and protection.
- Climate change - historical and forecasting studies, aspects of the geologic and anthropogenic record, monitors for greenhouse gases, climate modelling results, issues, risks and debates, rapid climate change, ocean/atmospheric interaction and carbon sequestration.
- Demographics and the environment - including development issues and urbanization in the face of, for example, sea level rises, coastal erosion and climate change.
- Energy - conventional and non-conventional fossil fuels, renewables, long-term supply issues, industrial and end-use efficiency, new materials, waste disposal, personal and national energy footprints, and a wide range of economic and life-cycle impact analyses.
- Environmental history and culture - understanding of human-environment interactions, changing valuations of ecosystem services, health and degradation. Culture-development narratives and conflicts. Environmental justice and racial, ethnic and socio-economic inequalities. Environmental law.
- Environmental and resource economics - the valuation and management of natural resources, the relationship of environmental and classical economic perspectives, global change economics, renewable and non-renewable resource economics.
- Health - human and ecological health and feedbacks. The global burden of disease, and changing health impacts resulting from environmental pollution and climate change. Emerging health technologies and practices stemming from, or relating to, changing environmental awareness or conditions. Animal sentinels of ecological health, and harbingers of global change.
- Policy analysis - scenario development and analysis, management of uncertainty. Analysis of research, development and implementation strategies, and processes of innovation. Integrated assessment methods, use of global climate models, mesoscale models and interfaces between new remote sensing and local data flows, and analysis tools.
- Pollution - anthropogenic waste and bi-product flows, life-cycle analysis, economic instruments, sensors, modelling, economic and other management tools.
The main priority for ERL is to publish research Letters of the highest quality and impact. Every article submission will be subject to rigorous peer review by the Editorial Board and independent referees.
As a free-to-read journal ERL will attract a worldwide audience. The journal's broad readership will therefore give authors the opportunity to convey the importance of their work to the wider science community in addition to specialists in their field.
Open-access guarantees outstandingly high article visibility. Every ERL article can expect to be downloaded (full-text) hundreds of times within weeks of publication.
As a high impact Letters journal ERL will place particular importance on ensuring rapid publication. The journal will take advantage of its online medium by offering accelerated publication while ensuring rigorous peer review.
ERL authors are fully encouraged to take advantage of the online medium by including supplementary features relevant to their work. This can include movies, animations, sound files and colour at no extra charge.
How to get published
Environmental Research Letters (ERL) is a high-impact, open-access research journal intended as the meeting place of the research and policy communities concerned with environmental change and management. If you have not submitted to ERL before, please see the journal scope for information on the specific subject coverage.
A research Letter in ERL should form a brief (2500 to 4000 words, including text and figures), timely and important contribution to a particular subfield of environmental science deserving rapid publication. In particular a Letter should report new and original research of outstanding quality that makes significance advances in a subject of particular current interest to the environmental science research community.
To ensure maximal appeal to the journal’s broad readership the peer review of all articles is directed by the Editorial Board. Every submission to ERL is preliminarily assessed for suitability before being sent to independent referees for formal review. To aid this process all authors are required to accompany their article with the following supplementary information detailing the particular significance of their work:
- a statement of the significance and originality of your work;
- key points for potential commentary on the wider significance of your work;
- a list of 2 to 4 papers that your work extends, impacts or contradicts;
This information together with your article will be sent to the Editorial Board and referees for their consideration as part of the refereeing procedure.
Comprehensive information on preparing your article files for submission and on the options for submitting your article to ERL can be found in our Guidelines for authors available via Author services.
- Chemical Abstracts Service
- NASA Astrophysics Data System
The 2007 article charge for publishing in ERL is $1800. You should send your payment to IOP Publishing, and you may pay in UK pounds sterling (£1000), Euros (EUR1450) or US dollars. We send invoices for payment after articles are accepted for publication. Discounts are available as follows:
- Members of the Institute of Physics pay $1530 (£850; EUR1250)
IOP Publishing is currently in the process of seeking sponsors from research foundations and funding agencies to cover the article charge for publishing in ERL.