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About Journal of Environmental Quality

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The Journal of Environmental Quality (JEQ) is published by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA. Since 1994, it has been published bimonthly; from 1972 to 1993, it was published quarterly. The JEQ editorial board consists of the editor; technical editors; associate editors; the managing editor; the editors-in-chief of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA; the chief executive officer; and the director of publications.

2-yr Impact factor: 2.652

5-yr Impact factor: 2.972

Indexing coverage: ISI Current Contents and SCI Expanded, SCOPUS, Agricola, Chemical Abstracts Service, and other major indexes.

Papers in JEQ cover various aspects of anthropogenic impacts on the environment, including terrestrial, atmospheric, and aquatic systems. Emphasis is given to the understanding of underlying processes rather than to monitoring. The journal publishes contributions under the headings of (i) Technical Reports, (ii) Reviews and Analyses, (iii) Environmental Issues, (iv) Short Communications, (v) Dataset Papers, (vi) Special Sections, (vii) Letters to the Editor, and (viii) Book Reviews.

  • Technical Reports present original research contributions on hypothesis-driven studies.
  • Reviews and Analyses present a scholarly review of the literature on an environmental process.
  • Environmental Issues include discussion of contemporary environmental issues from a combination of scientific, political, legislative, and regulatory perspectives.
  • Short Communications present and describe analytical techniques, laboratory and field equipment design, computer software, studies of limited scope, preliminary data, and unique observations.
  • Dataset papers which present and describe datasets that are accessible to other researchers for developing new studies.

Technical Reports and Reviews and Analysis papers must focus on anthropogenic impacts on the environment, including terrestrial, atmospheric, and aquatic systems, with emphasis on the understanding of underlying processes.  To be acceptable for consideration in JEQ, a manuscript must make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge or toward a better understanding of existing environmental concepts.

A Reviews and Analysis paper will

  • focus on an important environmental subject that needs a scholarly review,
  • not be an exhaustive review but instead include enough literature review to provide a basis for understanding and interpretation of the topic,
  • cover the entire spectrum of the subject, not just the segment about which the authors have published articles,
  • present a balanced coverage that is fair to all the work it reviews, and most important,
  • provide a synthesis of existing knowledge and give new insights or concepts not previously presented in the literature, which contributes significantly to our understanding.

 

An Environmental Issues paper is a discussion of contemporary environmental issues from a combination of scientific, economic, political, legislative, and regulatory perspectives. These papers tend to have more of a philosophical bent to them, but must still be based on a foundation of good science. Environmental issues papers are subject to the criterion of novelty with respect to their contribution to the base of knowledge and must be of international interest.

Dataset Papers present large or expansive dataset(s) and comprise two parts: a dataset or group of datasets and the metadata (manuscript), which describes the content, quality, structure, and potential uses of the dataset(s). Limited statistical analysis of the data may be included in the metadata, but more detailed analysis of datasets could form the core of a regular research paper to be published in JEQ or elsewhere. Dataset papers are subject to full peer-review; the review process  evaluates the scientific significance and overall quality of the dataset(s) first and further examines the manuscript to ensure a high standard of usability with regard to the dataset(s) that it documents.

Technical Reports published in JEQ are grouped by subject matter. These subject areas are periodically reviewed by the JEQ editorial board and are subject to change. The subject matter areas are:

  • atmospheric pollutants and trace gases
  • biodegredation and bioremediation
  • ecological risk assessment
  • ecosystem restoration
  • environmental microbiology
  • environmental models, modules, and datasets
  • groundwater quality
  • heavy metals in the environment
  • landscape and watershed processes
  • organic compounds in the environment
  • plant and environment interactions
  • surface water quality
  • urban pollutants
  • vadose zone processes and chemical transport
  • waste management
  • wetland and aquatic processes

 

Contributions reporting original research or brief reviews and analyses dealing with some aspect of environmental quality in natural and agricultural ecosystems are accepted from all disciplines for consideration by the editorial board. Manuscripts may be volunteered, invited, or coordinated as a special section or symposium. Book reviews may be invited by the editor.

Note: Opinions and conclusions expressed by authors are their own and are not considered as those of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, or Soil Science Society of America, its staff, its members, or its advertisers. Advertisements in this publication do not constitute an endorsement of the product. Trade names are sometimes mentioned in papers published in this journal. No endorsement of those products by the publisher is intended, nor is any criticism implied of similar products not mentioned.

Submit manuscripts electronically at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jeq. Instructions to authors are published online.

Appeals of decisions by the editorial board are handled by the ASA Editor-in-Chief.