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About Environmental Health
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Environmental Health, 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
Environmental Health publishes manuscripts on all aspects of environmental and occupational medicine and related studies in toxicology and epidemiology.
Environmental Health is aimed at scientists and practitioners in all areas of environmental science where human health and well-being are involved, either directly or indirectly. Environmental Health is a public health journal serving the public health community and scientists working on matters of public health interest and importance pertaining to the environment.
Environmental Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to Environmental Health, and thus serves the important objective of making reliable and important scientific information widely and easily available, without charge, to readers worldwide.
All articles published by Environmental Health 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 Health 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 BioMed Central 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.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Environmental Health therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1125/$1840/€1355 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.
All articles published in Environmental Health are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Environmental Health include:
- Cases Database
- Current contents
- Global Health
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- PAIS International
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands). All case reports published in this journal will also be indexed in Cases Database.
Environmental Health is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.71.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
Environmental Health considers the following types of articles:
- Research - articles presenting the results of original scientific research in the field of environmental health.
- Case reports - well-described reports of cases that: can be used for educational purposes, as a necessary reminder of an important clinical lesson; describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma; suggest the need for change in practice or thinking in terms of diagnosis or prognosis but not in terms of preventive or therapeutic intervention, which require stronger evidence; suggest an association between two conditions; or that present an important adverse reaction to treatment.
- Commentaries - these articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board. They focus on specific issues and are about 1500 words.
- Hypotheses - articles that present an untested original hypothesis backed up solely by a survey of previously published results rather than any new evidence. Hypothesis articles should not be reviews and should not contain new data; they should ideally be short articles (maximum 1500 words) outlining significant progress in thinking that would also be testable, though not so easily testable that readers will wonder why the testing has not already been done.
- Methodology - these articles should present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.
- Reviews - summaries of recent insights in specific research areas within the scope of Environmental Health; they can be submitted either upon specific invitation or editorial acceptance of an author's proposal. To submit a proposal, authors should send a tentative title and abstract to the Editorial Office, justifying their expertise in the target area, the scientific relevance and the lack of recent reviews on the topic.
- All peer review for Environmental Health is open, meaning that firstly, the reviewers' names are included on the peer review reports, and secondly that, if the manuscript is published, the reports are published along with the article as part of a 'pre-publication history'. The pre-publication history lists all the versions of the manuscript, all the signed reviews, and all responses to the reviewers since the submission of the manuscript until its publication.
- For manuscripts deemed suitable for peer review two reviews will be sought.
- Reviewers may be members of the Editorial Board or external experts in the field.
- Reviewers are asked to declare any competing interests they may have in reviewing a manuscript.
- The journal aims for a first decision to be made within 6 weeks of receipt of the submission.
- The Editors-in-Chief will make the final decision on publication.
- If an author is unhappy with, or formally appeals, an editorial decision then the journal's Ombudsman will review the decision in accordance with the procedures outlined in the COPE Code of Conduct for Editors.
Edited by Philippe Grandjean and David Ozonoff, Environmental Health is supported by an expert Editorial Board.
Environmental Health operates an 'open peer review' policy meaning reviewers are asked to sign their reviews. The pre-publication history including all submitted versions, reviewers' reports and authors' responses will be linked to from the published article.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Environmental Health, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Environmental Health 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. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to Environmental Health should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Environmental Health
Articles in Environmental Health 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 Health [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Environ Health 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Environmental Health?
Environmental Health'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 Health 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 are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Environmental Health, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in Environmental Health 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 PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Environmental Health are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Environmental Health's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Environmental Health 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 Health. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in Environmental Health retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).
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