Environmental science is at the forefront of modern day science and policy. It is a global issue which is applicable to multiple aspects of everyday life, including climate change, sustainability and resource management, agriculture, health and the economy. The interdisciplinary nature of this field requires international collaboration on research and data sharing, and an accessible publishing environment to make this research and data accessible to those who need it.
BioMed Central and SpringerOpen have pioneered the open access publishing model, collectively making academic research and data, both within science and social science, freely and widely accessible for over 15 years. During that time they have built up an array of interdisciplinary journals in environmental sciences, which continue to push the boundaries of single subject science and provide integrative and complete solutions to some of the key environmental problems that face modern society.
Here I mention some of the journals in our ever-growing portfolio of environmental science journals, with details of the contemporary challenges they address. You can sign up to article alerts for each journal through the website links at the bottom of each journal description, or follow @OpenEnviron on Twitter for regular updates on the latest, open access, environmental research.
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Agriculture & Food Security
Agriculture & Food Security publishes research on agriculture within the wider social context of food security, encompassing agriculture, genetics, animal science, sociology and modern anthropology. It has a particular focus on research that may inform more sustainable agriculture and food systems that better address local, regional, national and/or global food and nutritional insecurity. The journal considers cutting-edge contributions across the breadth of relevant academic disciplines, including agricultural, ecological, environmental, nutritional, and socio-economic sciences, public health and policy.
Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AOEM) is aimed at clinicians and researchers working in the wide-ranging discipline of occupational and environmental medicine. Topic areas focus on, but are not limited to, interactions between work and health, covering occupational and environmental epidemiology, toxicology, hygiene, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, management, organization and policy. AOEM considers contributions in the form of original articles, review articles, short letters and case reports.
As the official journal of the Korean Society of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (KSOEM), members and authors based in the Republic of Korea are entitled to a discounted article-processing charge.
Carbon Balance and Management
Carbon Balance and Management is dedicated to disseminating original research related to the understanding of the global carbon cycle, as well as methodologies for its measurement and analysis and reviews of topics within the field. This includes studies of spatial and temporal distributions of carbon pools and fluxes, control and feedback mechanisms of the carbon-climate system and points of intervention for managing the carbon-climate-human system. The journal supports the work of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) by providing governmental and non-governmental organizations with instantaneous access to contemporary knowledge, including paradigm shifts and consensual views.
City, Territory and Architecture
City, Territory and Architecture opens an interdisciplinary debate on the relational nature of projects for spaces where people settle and interrelate. The journal shares theoretical and applied scientific knowledge and positions with primary goal of exploring conceptual and physical relations between city, territory and architecture. The central theme of the journal is the adaptation to new urban situations: new forms of inhabiting space are arising in the contemporary city; both human settlement and project development and implementation are characterized by a stronger awareness of and care for the entire territory, as well as an awareness of environmental values.
Climate Change Responses
Climate Change Responses includes research on ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change, especially ground-breaking work linking responses to environmental change across levels of biological organization, from individuals to ecosystems, and with an emphasis on species interactions. This research aims to establish cause-and-effect relationships rather than basic correlations between changes in the environment and species responses. The topics covered by this journal include but are not limited to: behavior, ecosystem function and dynamics, evolutionary adaptation and plasticity, paleoecology, phenology, physiology, population dynamics, and broad ecological changes, all within the context of climate change.
The focus of Ecological Processes is on ecological studies with an emphasis on the underlying processes responsible for the dynamics and functions of ecological systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The scope of this publication is aligned towards techniques, approaches, concepts, models and applied research in ecology, which advance our knowledge and capability of ecosystem sustainability and environmental balance. The journal also highlights the integration of ecological and socio-economic processes to further this goal. Ecological Processes is affiliated with the Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Energy, Sustainability and Society
Partnered with scientists from the Helmholtz Association and the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance, Energy, Sustainability and Society offers a forum for discourse on systemic challenges at the intersection of energy, sustainability and society for natural scientists, engineers, social and political scientists and industry experts. It is the particular aim of this journal to publish inter‐ and cross‐disciplinary papers that provide a substantial contribution to the holistic innovation of sustainable energy systems. The scope of the journal encompasses the whole innovation process, ranging from scientific research to both innovative approaches for technology implementation and the analysis of economic, social and environmental impacts of sustainable energy systems. The journal strives to publish early scientific opinions on issues, which are just emerging and require crosscutting and creative thinking.
Environmental Evidence facilitates rapid publication of evidence syntheses, in the form of CEE-registered Systematic Reviews and Maps. It focuses on the effectiveness of environmental management interventions and the impact of human activities on the environment. The scope covers all forms of environmental management and human impacts and therefore spans the natural and social sciences.
Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
The official journal of the Japanese Society for Hygiene, Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine (EHPM) brings a comprehensive approach to prevention and environmental health related to medical, biological, molecular biological, genetic, physical, psychosocial, chemical, and other environmental factors. EHPM features definitive studies on human health sciences, including regular articles, short communications, and review articles. It provides comprehensive and unique information to a worldwide readership.
Environmental Sciences Europe
Environmental Sciences Europe is an international forum showcasing novel research and technological advances pertaining to all facets of environmental science. In addition, the journal provides a forum for policy articles, reviews and commentaries on issues relating to this broad field. Through the publication of these articles, Environmental Sciences Europe helps to improve the comprehension of issues between environmental sciences and regulation.
Environmental Systems Research
Environmental Systems Research publishes innovative research on environmental systems science and environmental management. Through original research articles, reviews of the field and comments on specific topics, the journal aims to enhance the integration of environmental systems analysis to help develop management solutions that are consensus-oriented, risk-informed, scientifically-based and cost-effective. Environmental Systems Research is associated with the International Society for Environmental Information Sciences (ISEIS).
Forest Ecosystems publishes scientific communications from any discipline that can provide interesting contributions about the structure and dynamics of natural and domesticated forest ecosystems, and their services to people. The journal welcomes innovative science as well as application oriented work that will enhance understanding of woody plant communities. Forest Ecosystems is affiliated with Beijing Forestry University.
Future Cities and Environment
Future Cities and Environment publishes high quality multi-disciplinary research which aims to reduce the environmental impact of cities. Considering research in the areas of transport, urban planning, architecture and design, and energy and infrastructure, it publishes fundamental and applied research, critical reviews and case studies. This includes experimental development, demonstration and computer modelling. Future Cities and Environment is affiliated with the World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies.
International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
International Journal of Disaster Risk Science addresses theoretical and methodological issues in all areas of disaster risk science: emergency response technology and risk management; risk governance policies and regulations. Coverage includes case studies and research comparing responses to major disasters worldwide.
Journal of Ecology and Environment
The aim of the Journal of Ecology and Environment is to provide a forum for the ecologist to address and evaluate ecological issues relating to processes and structures at different integration levels (individuals, populations, communities, ecosystems and the landscape). The journal bridges fundamental ecology and environmental ecology and spans the boundaries of spatial and temporal scale, discipline and perspective. The Journal of Ecology and Environment is the official journal of the Ecological Society of Korea.
Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering
Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering is the official journal of the Iranian Association of Environmental Health (IAEH), published on behalf of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. It presents timely research on all aspects of environmental health science, engineering and management.
Marine environments have helped shape, develop and transform the societies living in these coastal niches. Maritime Studies explores and debates this dynamic relationship using the theoretical frameworks developed in the social sciences, including anthropology, sociology, geography, history and political science. The journal seeks to contribute to contemporary discussions around maritime and coastal use, development and governance.
New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science
New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science is an international journal covering the breadth of forestry science. Planted forests are the particular focus of the journal, though a wider range of forestry topics including tropical species, climate change, and policy are also included in the scope of the journal. The research published in this journal aims to expand the knowledge-base of forestry science on a global scale and tackle contemporary challenges in this field. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science is owned by Scion.
Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice
Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice investigates extensive livestock production systems throughout the world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives across the biophysical, social and economic sciences. The journal publishes research, reviews, reports and commentaries that influence public policy on the rangelands and livestock on which pastoralists rely for their livelihoods. These studies are not applied in the traditional sense, but through publishing basic research in this field Pastoralism acts as a forum for sharing information between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, with the aim of improving the welfare of pastoralists and better conserving the environments in which they live and the livestock upon which they rely.
Pastoralism is associated with the World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism, IUCN; the Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Climate Change and Drylands; and Odessa Centre UK.
Renewables: Wind, Water, and Solar
Renewables: Wind, Water, and Solar provides a multidisciplinary and international forum for the rapid dissemination of knowledge of the various ideas, products, technologies, discussions of policy and regulatory issues that affect renewable energy technologies and their implementation. The journal serves as a forum for specialists from both academic institutions, research laboratories and industries involved in R&D projects, system implementation and policy formulations in this field.
Revista Chilena de Historia Natural
Revista Chilena de Historia Natural publishes original research dealing with past and present phenomena from organismic to higher levels of biological organization, considering both empirical and theoretical studies on all kinds of taxa and environments.