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About Environmental Sciences Europe

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Environmental Sciences Europe, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

ESEU is an international journal, focusing primarily on Europe, with a broad scope covering all aspects of environmental sciences, including the main topic regulation.

ESEU will discuss the entanglement between environmental sciences and regulation because, in recent years, there have been misunderstandings and even disagreement between stakeholders in these two areas. ESEU will help to improve the comprehension of issues between environmental sciences and regulation.

ESEU will be an outlet from the German-speaking (DACH) countries to Europe and an inlet from Europe to the DACH countries regarding environmental sciences and regulation.

Moreover, ESEU will facilitate the exchange of ideas and interaction between Europe and the DACH countries regarding environmental regulatory issues.

Although Europe is at the center of ESEU, the journal will not exclude the rest of the world, because regulatory issues pertaining to environmental sciences can be fully seen only from a global perspective.

Target groups:

Environmental scientists, from academia, industry and administrative bodies, and regulators/decision-makers, both at the regional and European level, who focus on environmental science and regulation.

Environmental Sciences Europe covers the following main subjects:

  • Environmental science and regulation
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental health issues
  • Atmosphere and climate
  • Terrestric ecosystems
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Energy and environment
  • Marine research
  • Biodiversity
  • Pharmaceuticals in the environment
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Monitoring
  • Modelling
  • Risk assessment
  • Environment and society

Special features

Environmental Sciences Europe is a first outlet for European researchers for exchanging and reporting new research in the area of environmental sciences.

The three associated societies (GDCh-FG Umweltchemie und Ökotoxikologie, VGöD – Verband für Geoökologie in Deutschland, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) German Language Branch (SETAC GLB) ) reflect:

  • the target groups (academia, industry, administrative bodies)
  • the geographical distribution (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), and the connection to Europe.

The journal adheres to international editorial conventions.

The journal is peer-reviewed.

Open access

All articles published by Environmental Sciences Europe are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Environmental Sciences Europe are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Environmental Sciences Europe therefore levies an article-processing charge of £730/$1220/€880 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.

Indexing services

SpringerOpen is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Environmental Sciences Europe will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Environmental Sciences Europe, a personalized section of the site.

Portability of peer review

In order to support efficient and thorough peer review, we aim to reduce the number of times a manuscript is re-reviewed after rejection from Environmental Sciences Europe, thereby speeding up the publication process and reducing the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore, please note that, if a manuscript is not accepted for publication in Environmental Sciences Europe and the authors choose to submit a revised version to another SpringerOpen journal, we will pass the reviews on to the other journal's editors at the authors' request. We will reveal the reviewers' names to the handling editor for editorial purposes unless reviewers let us know when they return their report that they do not wish us to share their report with another SpringerOpen journal.

Copyediting and proofs

Environmental Sciences Europe will copyedit manuscripts before they are published.

Following the acceptance of an article, it is published in Environmental Sciences Europe as a provisional PDF file with minimal delay (subject to formatting checks, copyediting and author verification). Fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.

Reprints

Please see our reprints website for information about reprinting articles.

Supplements

Environmental Sciences Europe will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.

Correspondence concerning articles published in Environmental Sciences Europe is encouraged. A 'post a comment' feature is available on all articles published by Environmental Sciences Europe. Comments will be moderated by the editorial office (see our Comment policy for further information) and linked to the full-text version of the article, if suitable.

Editorial standards

SpringerOpen is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In order to safeguard the quality of SpringerOpen journal publications, Springer has developed a policy on Publishing Integrity which is in line with the philosophy of COPE.

We follow the principle that we have a prime duty to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity addresses:

  • Clear definitions of what violation of Publishing Integrity is.
  • A manual on how to identify such a violation (in the document referred to as an Act of Misconduct).
  • Clear (COPE) examples of what such an Act of Misconduct looks like in practice.
  • Clearly defined actions which have to be undertaken by the Editor and Springer when such an Act is a clearly proven fact.
  • Q & A – a useful list of Questions and Answers on the definition of Publishing Integrity.

Please find the full document of Springer's Policy on Publishing Integrity here.

Data and materials release

Submission of a manuscript to Environmental Sciences Europe implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes.

Any 'in press' articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers' assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should, in the first instance, contact the Editor-in-Chief who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Competing interests

Environmental Sciences Europe requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.

Plagiarism detection

Environmental Sciences Europe's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of Environmental Sciences Europe to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.

Citing articles in Environmental Sciences Europe

Articles in Environmental Sciences Europe should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Environ Sci Eur [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Domedarius WE, Bactrician BU, Boson IB, Taurustic ME: The role of livestock in human identity and family naming practices. Environ Sci Eur 2009, 1:115.

Why publish your article in Environmental Sciences Europe?

High visibility

Environmental Sciences Europe's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Environmental Sciences Europe offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Environmental Sciences Europe and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Environmental Sciences Europe gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example to relevant databases and papers).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Environmental Sciences Europe are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Environmental Sciences Europe's pages and on the SpringerOpen homepage.

In addition, articles published in Environmental Sciences Europe may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Environmental Sciences Europe.

Authors of articles published in Environmental Sciences Europe retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement).

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