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Vadose Zone Journal | Advancing Critical Zone Science

Vadose Zone Journal is a unique publication outlet for interdisciplinary research and assessment of the Critical Zone, which comprises the Earth’s critical living surface down to groundwater. VZJ is a peer-reviewed, international journal publishing reviews, original research, and special sections across a wide range of disciplines.

Vadose Zone Journal welcomes original contributions, reviews, and opinion papers across a wide range of disciplines that involve the vadose zone, including those that address broad scientific and societal issues (e.g., climate change, biofuels, sustainability, nanotechnology).

Benefits include:

Online manuscript submission, review, and publication of special sections, review articles, original research, technical notes and book reviews

ISI Impact Factor: 1.932 (5-year impact factor: 2.426)

Eigenfactor: 0.00635

Diverse research links academia, government, and industry.

Leading experts comprise the Editorial Board.

International editorial board with 50% international submissions

Expedited review process with average of 21 days to first decision and an average total of 81 days to final decision

Timely publication, with rapid First Look posting, Just Published, and monthly issues

Open access option is currently available; submissions after 1 Nov. 2017 will be open access with a CC BY-NC-ND license. There will be an Article Processing Charge (APC)


Indexing coverage: ISI Current Contents and SCI Expanded (Soil Science, Water Resources, and Environmental Science categories), SCOPUS, GeoRef, Agricola,
Chemical Abstracts Service, and other major indexes.

Vadose Zone Journal is published by the Soil Science Society of America.
Cooperator: Geological Society of America.

SSSA Executive Committee
Andrew Sharpley, President
Richard P. Dick, President-Elect
Harold M. van Es, Past President

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Chief Executive Officer: Ellen G.M. Bergfeld

Business and editorial offices at ASA-CSSA-SSSA, 5585 Guilford Rd., Madison, WI 53711-5801. Phone: 608-273-8080; fax: 608-273-2021. http://www.soils.org/

ISSN: 1539-1663, CODEN: VZJAAB

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Vadose Zone Journal Editor

Harry Vereecken
Agrosphere Inst. IBG-3, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany


Markus Flury
Washington State University
Crop & Soil Sciences

Venkat Lakshmi
Dep. of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Univ. of South Carolina,Columbia, SC

Insa Neuweiler
Institute of Fluid Mechanics,Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Dave Stonestrom
USGS, Menlo Park, CA

Consulting Editors
Michael Young
Univ. of Texas, Austin
Dani Or
ETH Zurich
Rien van Genuchten
Mechanical Eng., COPPE/LTTC, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro
Science Communications Editor
Kathleen Smits
Colorado School of Mines

Book Review Editor
Manoj Shukla
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

SSSA Editor-in-Chief
David Myrold
Oregon State University
Director of Publications
Bill Cook
SSSA, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711

Managing Editor
Pamm Kasper
SSSA, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711
Tel: 608-268-4971



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VZJ solicits original contributions, reviews, and opinion papers across a wide range of disciplines that involve the vadose zone, including those that address broad scientific and societal issues (e.g., climate change, bioenergy, sustainability, nanotechnology). Letters to the editor, comments, and book reviews may also be submitted.

Submit online at manuscriptcentral.com/vzj.

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Copyright © 2017 by the Soil Science Society of America, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher.

Opinions and conclusions expressed by authors are their own and are not considered as those of the 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.