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Environmental Geochemistry and Health

Environmental Geochemistry and Health

Official Journal of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health

Editor-in-Chief: Ming H. Wong

ISSN: 0269-4042 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-2983 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10653

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Authorship credit should be based on:
1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
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2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
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3) final approval of the version to be submitted for publication.
All of these conditions should be met by all authors.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section.
All authors must agree on the sequence of authors listed before submitting the article.
All authors must agree to designate one author as the corresponding author for the submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to dialogue with the co-authors during the peer-reviewing and proofing stages and to also act on their behalf.
If the article is accepted for publication, after acceptance, no changes in authorship, the order of authors, or designation of the corresponding author will be permitted.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors 

This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:
  • The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”)).
  • A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time (e.g. “salami-publishing”).
  • No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
    Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
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  • Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
  • Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, corresponding author, and order of authors at submission. Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.
  • Adding and/or deleting authors and/or changing the order of authors at revision stage may be justifiably warranted. A letter must accompany the revised manuscript to explain the reason for the change(s) and the contribution role(s) of the added and/or deleted author(s). Further documentation may be required to support your request.
  • Requests for addition or removal of authors as a result of authorship disputes after acceptance are honored after formal notification by the institute or independent body and/or when there is agreement between all authors.
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If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been established beyond reasonable doubt, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
  • If the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
  • If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete retraction of the article will occur. The reason must be given in the published erratum or retraction note. Please note that retraction means that the paper is maintained on the platform, watermarked "retracted" and explanation for the retraction is provided in a note linked to the watermarked article.
  • The author’s institution may be informed.

Compliance with Ethical Standards 

To ensure objectivity and transparency in research and to ensure that accepted principles of ethical and professional conduct have been followed, authors should include information regarding sources of funding, potential conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), informed consent if the research involved human participants, and a statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals.
Authors should include the following statements (if applicable) in a separate section entitled “Compliance with Ethical Standards” when submitting a paper:
  • Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest
  • Research involving Human Participants and/or Animals
  • Informed consent
Please note that standards could vary slightly per journal dependent on their peer review policies (i.e. single or double blind peer review) as well as per journal subject discipline. Before submitting your article check the instructions following this section carefully.
The corresponding author should be prepared to collect documentation of compliance with ethical standards and send if requested during peer review or after publication.
The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the above-mentioned guidelines. The author will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfill the above-mentioned guidelines.

Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest 

Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could have direct or potential influence or impart bias on the work. Although an author may not feel there is any conflict, disclosure of relationships and interests provides a more complete and transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of a real or perceived conflicts of interest is a perspective to which the readers are entitled. This is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation received for consultancy work is inappropriate. Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number)
  • Honoraria for speaking at symposia
  • Financial support for attending symposia
  • Financial support for educational programs
  • Employment or consultation
  • Support from a project sponsor
  • Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships
  • Multiple affiliations
  • Financial relationships, for example equity ownership or investment interest
  • Intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights)
  • Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work
In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research.
The corresponding author collects the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. In author collaborations where formal agreements for representation allow it, it is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign the disclosure form on behalf of all authors. Examples of forms can be found
The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list, that reflects what is recorded in the potential conflict of interest disclosure form(s).
See below examples of disclosures:
Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).
Conflict of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker honorarium from Company X and owns stock in Company Y. Author C is a member of committee Z.
If no conflict exists, the authors should state:
Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Research involving human participants and/or animals 

1) Statement of human rights

When reporting studies that involve human participants, authors should include a statement that the studies have been approved by the appropriate institutional and/or national research ethics committee and have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration or comparable standards, the authors must explain the reasons for their approach, and demonstrate that the independent ethics committee or institutional review board explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.
The following statements should be included in the text before the References section:
Ethical approval: “All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.”
For retrospective studies, please add the following sentence:
“For this type of study formal consent is not required.”

2) Statement on the welfare of animals

The welfare of animals used for research must be respected. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals have been followed, and that the studies have been approved by a research ethics committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted (where such a committee exists).
For studies with animals, the following statement should be included in the text before the References section:
Ethical approval: “All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.”
If applicable (where such a committee exists): “All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted.”
If articles do not contain studies with human participants or animals by any of the authors, please select one of the following statements:
“This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.”
“This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.”
“This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.”

Informed consent 

All individuals have individual rights that are not to be infringed. Individual participants in studies have, for example, the right to decide what happens to the (identifiable) personal data gathered, to what they have said during a study or an interview, as well as to any photograph that was taken. Hence it is important that all participants gave their informed consent in writing prior to inclusion in the study. Identifying details (names, dates of birth, identity numbers and other information) of the participants that were studied should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and genetic profiles unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the participant (or parent or guardian if the participant is incapable) gave written informed consent for publication. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve in some cases, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of participants is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic profiles, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning.
The following statement should be included:
Informed consent: “Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.”
If identifying information about participants is available in the article, the following statement should be included:
“Additional informed consent was obtained from all individual participants for whom identifying information is included in this article.”

Statement of Editorial and Publication Policies 

1. Manuscripts submitted to this journal should not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.*
2. The language of the journal is English. Non-native English speakers should ask a native speaker to check the quality of the English language before submitting the manuscript.
3. Submitted articles should largely contain previously unreported material. The overlap of contents between related papers should be minimal and normally confined to the introductory/review sections.
4. Authors should provide information on any paper closely related to the submitted paper.
5. When the submitted manuscript is multi-authored, one individual must be identified as the corresponding author. It will be assumed that all the authors have been involved in the work, have approved the manuscript, and have agreed to its submission.
6. The Publisher carries responsibility for typesetting, page lay-out and figure sizing, for all accepted papers.
7. Authors are responsible for reading and correcting page proofs of their articles. Proof corrections are normally restricted to typesetting and printing errors. Major changes cannot be undertaken at the proof stage.
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Manuscripts that were originally published in a language other than English may be considered for submission provided that the following conditions are met:
• the non-English journal in which original publication took place is a small or niche journal with a very limited readership
• the non-English journal is not aimed at the same audience as this Springer journal
• the paper is significant and of interest to an international audience
• the paper has been translated into standard, grammatically correct English
• full disclosure of the history of the paper is given at submission and as a footnote to the title on the opening page of the manuscript
• the author has obtained and supplied, with the submission, the written permission from the copyright holder to publish in this Springer journal
The Editor-in-Chief’s judgment is final with regard to suitability of submissions.
If you have further questions, please contact the Publishing Editor for guidance before submission.
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Types of papers 

The journal welcomes a variety of article types.
Original Research Manuscripts
Regular research manuscripts contain new research findings in their respective fields. These include presentation of new hypotheses and experiments, concepts or theories, development of innovative experimental or numerical methods, novel applications of existing methods and models, or presentation of new, significant case studies. Articles that simply present a data set of local interest only will not be considered.
Papers must be concise and well written. The recommended word limit is 8,000 words and should not exceed 10,000 words. Longer papers may be considered if the information justifies the length. The total number of figures and tables should not exceed eight. All submitted papers will undergo a rigorous peer-review.
Review Articles
In this section, contributions will be published that contain no original new data but summarize existing information and synthesize recent findings. These manuscripts contain critical, state-of-the-art reviews with the objectives of critically evaluating existing knowledge and providing background information for future significant research.
Authors who wish to review a particular topic should consult the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission of the manuscript. It should be noted that review scripts will undergo a similar peer review procedure as regular research papers. Review articles should not exceed 30 journal pages (22,500 words).
Short Communications
Research that does not meet the criteria for full research papers may be submitted as Short Communications. Short Communications are restricted to reports of unusual urgency, timeliness, and significance. A brief statement explaining how the manuscript meets the criteria of urgency and significance should be included in the author´s remarks at submission. Short communications should contain no more than 4000 words of text. All short communications will undergo a rigorous peer-review.
Special Issues/Sections
The Journal will consider the publication of a limited number of special issues. A special issue is devoted to a single, well defined topic, and should contain approximately 100 typeset pages (75,000 words). The title of the topic, as well as the guest editors’ names, will appear in the issue.
A proposal for a special issue should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, and include the following:
• guest editors’ names and affiliations
• tentative title
• an outline summarizing the objectives of the special issue
• tentative time schedule
• list of tentative contributions
A special issue proposal must be approved by both the Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher. If approved, an agreement will be drawn up between the guest editors and the Publisher, outlining the procedure and deliverables.
All papers must undergo the normal peer-review process, which includes the possibility of rejection. This process will be handled by the guest editors outside of the online reviewing system. Final acceptance of the Work, upon delivery to the Publisher, is subject to the approval by the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

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    Environmental Geochemistry and Health publishes original research papers and review papers across the broad field of environmental geochemistry. Environmental geochemistry and health establishes and explains links between the natural or disturbed chemical composition of the earth’s surface and the health of plants, animals and people.

     

    Beneficial elements regulate or promote enzymatic and hormonal activity whereas other elements may be toxic. Bedrock geochemistry controls the composition of soil and hence that of water and vegetation. Environmental issues, such as pollution,  arising from the extraction and use of mineral resources, are discussed. The effects of contaminants introduced into the earth’s geochemical systems are examined.  Geochemical surveys of soil, water and plants show how major and trace elements are distributed geographically. Associated epidemiological studies reveal the possibility of causal links between the natural or disturbed geochemical environment and disease. Experimental research illuminates the nature or consequences of natural or disturbed geochemical processes.

     

    The journal particularly welcomes novel research linking environmental geochemistry and health issues on such topics as: heavy metals (including mercury), persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and mixed chemicals emitted through human activities, such as uncontrolled recycling of electronic-waste; waste recycling; surface-atmospheric interaction processes (natural and anthropogenic emissions, vertical transport, deposition, and physical-chemical interaction) of gases and aerosols;  phytoremediation/restoration of  contaminated sites; food contamination and safety; environmental effects of medicines; effects and toxicity of mixed pollutants; speciation of heavy metals/metalloids;  effects of  mining;   disturbed geochemistry from human behavior, natural or man-made hazards;  particle and nanoparticle toxicology; risk and the vulnerability of populations, etc.

     

    Examples of topics that can be the basis for exploring the links between natural or disturbed geochemistry and health include:

    I. Compound/Class Based: PAHs; arsenic; bisphenol A; alkylphenols; parabens; phthalates; PBDEs; TBTs; PFOA/PFOS; heavy metals; etc.

     

    II. Product Based: Pb in paints; artificial fertilizers; Cd fertilizers; pharmaceuticals; personal care products; illicit drugs; food safety:  additives-e.g., melamine in milk; toxins in the food chain; etc.

     

    III. Effect Based: endocrine disruption, etc.

     

    IV. Process Based: waste-recycling; E-waste;  environmental legacy of war and conflict; effects of mining and mine wastes/drainage; sewage sludge/biosolids; open burning (particularly open burning of biomass); fracking (hydraulic fracturing); health effects of geochemical changes due to natural or man-made disasters/hazards, e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, oil spills, climate change, acid rain, etc., or from geochemical  changes introduced by human behaviour, e.g., urbanization issues, transport, social behaviour, mass-consumerism, etc.

     

    The journal particularly encourages review papers that summarize existing information and synthesize recent findings. These manuscripts contain critical, state-of-the-art reviews with the objectives of critically evaluating existing knowledge and providing background information for future significant research.  Authors who wish to review a particular topic should consult the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission of the manuscript.

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