• Publishes full-length, peer-reviewed scientific articles describing new discoveries related to contamination of air, water, soil and biota
  • Reports on environmental contaminants of emerging interest, as well as advances in our understanding of established or legacy contaminants
  • Provides a multi-disciplinary forum for contributions from analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, environmental science and toxicology
  • Provides ecosystem-level insight into the fate and effects of environmental contaminants
  • Considers humans as part of the environment
  • Regards climate as a factor influencing the transport, fate and effects of environmental contaminants
  • Has no word or page limits for submissions
  • Editor-in-Chief: Chris Metcalfe, Trent University, Ontario, Canada

Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (AECT) provides a forum for the publication of timely, detailed, and definitive scientific studies pertaining to the source, transport, fate and effects of environmental contaminants. Authors are encouraged to submit articles that place an emphasis on broad concepts related to the fate and effects of environmental contaminants that will be of interest to an international readership. Submissions that are limited to monitoring in a geographically small area, toxicity testing of chemicals that are well documented and regulated, removals of chemicals in wastewater or drinking water, dissipation studies in agricultural soils, or human occupational exposures and/or effects are unlikely to be considered.

The journal will also consider submissions dealing with new analytical and toxicological techniques that advance our understanding of the source, transport, fate and effects of contaminants in the environment. AECT will consider mini-reviews with a length including references of less than 5,000 words that highlight case studies, a topic of interest, or a timely subject of debate.

AECT will also consider Special Issues on subjects of broad interest. Colleagues interested in organizing a Special Issue as a Guest Editor should contact the Editor in Chief and provide a short description of the proposed topic.

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    we kindly invite you to contribute a manuscript to a special issue of the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology entitled “Environmental Fate and Effects of Road Run-off”.

    We welcome manuscripts describing original research from various disciplines, as topics of interest could be:

    Chemical assessment and characterization of road run-off; Source attribution, loadings, and extent of contamination; Fate of road run-off chemicals or mixtures in water, air, and sediments; Bioaccumulation and trophodynamics ; Ecotoxicity and Ecological risk assessment of road run-off / specific road run-off contaminants

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    Our modern high-technology society and economy are increasingly dependent on so-called “technology-critical elements” (TCEs), which are vital in the manufacturing of a wide array of advanced and innovative technologies such as electronics, medical imaging, renewable energy, and even military applications. A raw material is defined as “critical” by their risks of supply shortage, subsequent impacts on the economy and the vitality of a nation’s security. Currently, several elements, groups of elements or minerals fall into this definition; 14 according to the European Commission and 35 according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

    Aside from direct losses to the environment through mining and smelting activities, these elements are known for their high dissipative losses. The progressively burdensome disposal of manufacturing waste arising from these technologies is now recognized as having potentially severe and unforeseen impacts on the natural environment, including animal and human food webs.

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