Science of the Total Environment

An International Journal for Scientific Research into the Environment and its Relationship with Humankind





Co-Editors in Chief::D. Barceló Cullerés





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Science of the Total Environment is an international journal for publication of original research on the total environment, which includes the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and anthroposphere.

The total environment is characterized where these five spheres overlap. Studies that focus on at least two or three of these will be given primary consideration. Papers reporting results from only one sphere will not be considered. Field studies are given priority over laboratory studies. The total environment is studied when data are collected and described from these five spheres. By definition total environment studies must be multidisciplinary.

Examples of data from the five spheres are given below:

Subject areas may include, but are not limited to:

• Agriculture, forestry, land use and management
• Air pollution quality and human health
• Contaminant (bio)monitoring and assessment
• Ecosystem services and life cycle assessments
• Ecotoxicology and risk assessment
• Emerging fields including global change and contaminants
• Environmental management and policy
• Environmental remediation
• Environmental sources, processes and global cycling
• Groundwater hydrogeochemistry and modeling
• Human health risk assessment and management
• Nanomaterials in the environment
• Noise in the environment
• Persistent organic pollutants
• Plant science and toxicology
• Remote sensing
• Stress ecology in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems
• Trace metals and organics in biogeochemical cycles
• Waste and water treatment

The editors discourage submission of papers which describe results from routine surveys or monitoring programs, studies which are local in scope, laboratory experiments, hydroponic or pot studies measuring biochemical/physiological endpoints, food science studies, screening of new plant species for phytoremediation, testing known chemicals in another setting, and experimental studies lacking a testable hypothesis.

The abstract, highlights and conclusions of papers in this journal must contain clear and concise statements as to why the study was done and how readers will benefit from the results. Articles submitted for publication in Science of the Total Environment should establish connections among research findings with implications for environmental quality, ecological health, and/or human health.


Environmental Scientists, Environmental Toxicologists, Ecologists, Chemical/Environmental Engineers, Environmental Health Scientists and Epidemiologists, Risk Scientists, Environmental Science Managers and Administrators.

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Biology & Environmental Sciences, CSA Technology Research Database, Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, EMBASE, Elsevier BIOBASE, Environmental Periodicals Bibliography, MEDLINE®, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts, Oceanographic Literature Review, PASCAL/CNRS, Scopus, Selected Water Resources Abstracts, Sociedad Iberoamericana de Informacion Cientifica (SIIC) Data Bases
Editor-in-Chief J.O. Nriagu Dept. of Environmental & Industrial Health, University of Michigan, 109 Observatory St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, USA, Fax: 001 734 615 7141, Executive Editor J.G. Farmer School of Geosciences, Crew Building, University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JN, UK, Fax: +44 131 662 0478, Associate Editors J.P. Bennett Dept. of Botany, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 430 Lincoln Dr, Madison, WI 53706, USA, Fax: 001 608 265 2993, B.W. Brooks Dept. of Environmental Science, Inst. of Biomedical Studies, Ctr. for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, One Bear Place # 97266, Waco, TX 76798-7266, USA, Fax: +1 254 710 3409 , M.L. Hanson Dept. of Envir. and Geo., C.H.R. Fac. of Envirn., Earth and Resources, University of Manitoba, 252 Wallace Building, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2, Canada, Fax: +1 204 474 7699, C.P. Huang Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, 360 D Dupont Hall, Newark, DE 19716, USA, P. Kassomenos Dept. of Physics, Laboratory of Meteorology, University of Ioannina, GR-45110 Ioannina, Greece, Fax: +30 26510 08671, A.B. MacKenzie Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), Rankine Ave, Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, East Kilbride, G75 0QF, UK, Fax: +44 (0) 1355 229898, L. Morawska School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, Q 4001, Australia, Fax: +61 7 3864 9079 , S.J.T. Pollard Integrated Waste Management Centre, Sch. of Applied Sci., Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedford, MK43 0AL, UK, Fax: +44 1234 751 671, F. Rigét Natl. Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus Universitet, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark, Fax: +45 46301914, C.E.W. Steinberg Inst. of Biology; Freshwater and Stress Ecology, Freshwater and Stress Ecology, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Arboretum, Späthstr. 80/81, 12437 Berlin, Germany, Fax: +49 (0)30 6369 446, C. Poschenrieder Lab. Fisiologia Vegetal, Fac. de Ciencias, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), E-08193 Bellaterra, Spain, Assistant Editor M.C. Livingston Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 109 S. Observatory Street, MI 48109-2029 Ann Arbor,, Editorial Board B. Ahman , R. Bargagli Siena, Italy, K. Becker Bonn, Germany, R. Bindler Umeå, Sweden, B. Braune Ottawa, ON, Canada, G. Buonanno Cassino (FR), Italy, J. Burger Piscataway, NJ, USA, J.N. Cape Penicuik, UK, M. Cresser , A. Cundy Brighton, UK, L.K. Duffy Fairbanks, AK, USA, X. Feng Guiyang, China, J.A. Fernandez Santiago de Compostela, Spain, A.K. Giri Kolkata, India, M. Graham Edinburgh, UK, J.O. Grimalt Barcelona, Spain, B.L. Gulson Sydney, NSW, Australia, M.S. Gustin Reno, NV, USA, P.T.C. Harrison Silsoe, Bedford, UK, R.M. Harrison Birmingham, UK, P. Hooda Kingston upon Thames, England, UK, A.J. Horowitz Atlanta, GA, USA, M. Keith-Roach Plymouth, Devon, England, UK, M.B. Kirkham Manhattan, KS, USA, D. Kolpin Iowa City, IA, USA, G. Lalor Kingston 7, Jamaica, X. Li Hong Kong, China, L.Q. Ma Gainesville, FL, USA, J.R. Meliker Stony Brook, NY, USA, D. Muir Burlington, ON, Canada, C. Neal Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, UK, M.L. Pignata Cordoba, Argentina, L. Poissant Québec, QC, Canada, C. Reimann Trondheim, Norway, E. Sabbioni Ispra, Italy, P. Szefer Gdansk, Poland, F.M. Tack Gent, Belgium, S. Watmough Peterborough, ON, Canada, C. Zhang Galway, Ireland
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