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Environmental Research Communications

About Environmental Research Communications


Environmental Research Communications™  (ERC) is a high-quality, open access journal covering all branches of environmental research.

ERC welcomes submissions from all domains of the Earth’s system, including atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere as well as interdisciplinary studies between these. All environment-related research aimed at specific disciplines, regions or case studies are within scope, including multidisciplinary studies. All types of results can be published, provided they contribute to advancing knowledge in their field, including negative results, null results and replication studies.

The journal does not make a subjective assessment on the potential future significance and impact of a paper, instead it provides a platform for rapidly communicating research that meets high standards of scientific validity and rigour and contributes to the development of our knowledge of the environment.

All environment-related research is in scope, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies. Areas of interest within this broad and inclusive scope include (but are not limited to):

  • Agriculture and food
  • Atmospheric science
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Built environment
  • Climate science
  • Ecology
  • Energy
  • Environmental behaviour & psychology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental engineering & technology
  • Environmental health
  • Hydrology and water
  • Natural resources and ecosystem services
  • Ocean sciences
  • Policy, socioeconomics, and law
  • Pollution
  • Solid earth sciences
  • Waste treatment & disposal

Find out about some of the benefits and publishing services available to ERC authors.

Why publish in Environmental Research Communications?

  • Broad scope: the journal scope extends across all areas of environmental science providing a home for disciplinary research within an interdisciplinary journal.
  • Inclusive: no subjective assessment is made on the potential future significance or interest level of your paper, instead we focus on its contribution to our knowledge of the environment.
  • High standards: ERC operates a transparent editorial selection and feedback process focused on scientific validity and rigour. Articles will be peer reviewed by IOP Publishing’s global network of expert reviewers.
  • Fast publication: we are committed to providing you with a fast, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours, and will include a citable DOI.
  • Open access: your paper will be published under a CC BY licence enabling immediate and perpetual access, and permitting the widest possible dissemination and reuse of your research, but only with clear attribution to you as the copyright owner.
  • Transfer opportunities: as well as accepting direct submissions, the journal also offers you a quick and easy solution to transfer your manuscript from another IOP Publishing journal if it does not fit that journal’s scope or significance criteria. Articles are transferred along with peer review reports to save time and avoid duplication of work for reviewers.
  • International Editorial Board: scientific leadership for ERC is provided by a Senior Advisory Panel of prominent researchers from across the full breadth of environmental research. A large and international Editorial Board of emerging leaders, with a broad scientific and geographical distribution, directly supports the peer review process.
  • Society owned: IOP Publishing is a leading society publisher of advanced physics research. Any profits generated by IOP Publishing are invested in the Institute of Physics, helping to support research, education and outreach around the world.

Article types

Environmental Research Communications welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Letters: concise articles which communicate original research material. These are short and brief, and therefore often useful for scientists with results that are time sensitive and may encourage further research in the field. They should not generally exceed 4000 words in length (8 journal pages).
  • Research Papers: reports of high-quality original research performed with high scientific rigour making a positive contribution to the field of research.
  • Topical Reviews: articles presenting a snapshot of recent progress in a particular field.

Peer review

Environmental Research Communications operates a double-anonymous peer review process, in which authors remain anonymous to the reviewers throughout the review process. Authors are responsible for anonymizing their manuscript before submitting their paper. A checklist (Chinese language version) is available to help authors with this process.

Environmental Research Communications offers authors and reviewers the option of transparent peer review.

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish. This process is explained in more detail on our Publishing Support website.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Environmental Research Communications maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

Environmental Research Communications has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

Environmental Research Communications is a fully open access journal. Articles are published under a CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence. Articles are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided attribution to the author is given. Publication is funded by article publication charges (APCs).

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page.

Publication charges

Environmental Research Communications has no subscription charges and the costs of publication are fully funded by article publication charges (APCs).

Article publication charge* £1300 €1475 $1760
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in Environmental Research Communications.

Transformative Agreements

Environmental Research Communications is included in our transformative agreements which allow authors from some institutions to publish open access without paying an APC.

Find out if you’re covered by an agreement

If you are covered by an agreement, use our author guide to help you submit your paper.

Countries where we have transformative agreements include:
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.

Abstracting and Indexing services

We work with our authors to help make their work as easy to discover as possible. Environmental Research Communications is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CAB Abstracts
  • CNKI
  • DOAJ
  • GeoRef
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • ProQuest; Central, Environmental Science Collection, Environmental Science Database, Natural Science Collection, SciTech Premium Collection
  • R Discovery
  • Scilit
  • Scite
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, Essential Science Indicators)
  • x-mol
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