Water Emerging Contaminants & Nanoplastics is an open access international journal intended to publish high quality, peer-reviewed articles related to pollutants of emerging concern in both the natural and anthropogenic water cycles, as well as its effects on the ecosystems and human health. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, perspectives, short communications, and letters to editor.
Subject areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:
- Studies of any aspect related to the occurrence, partition, transport, fate, and effects of the different families of emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, UV-filters, pesticides, flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds and other industrial chemicals, disinfection by-products, persistent organic pollutants, endocrine disruptors, as well as, their metabolites and environmental transformation products.
- Novel analytical methods, including new data treatment approaches (chemometric studies), suspect, and non-target screening methods.
- Novel sampling methods (use of passive sampling devices etc.).
- New emerging contaminants.
- Modeling studies on the occurrence, partition, transport, and fate of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment (surface and groundwater), including the different involved phases and their validation using field data.
- Studies about nanomaterials, nanocomposites, microplastics, and other related contaminants in the aquatic environment.
- Studies (field, mesocosm, microcosm) combining the occurrence and effects of emerging contaminants with other disciplines such as biology, ecology, genomics, hydrology, hydromorphology, etc.
- Studies related to the joint effects of water pollution by emerging contaminants and other environmental stressors on the receiving ecosystems.
- Studies related to the combined effects of water pollution by emerging contaminants and global change (climate change, hydrologic alteration, and land-use changes).
- Risk assessment studies of emerging contaminants related to both Human Health and the Ecosystem.
- Studies on contaminant (bio)monitoring and their environmental effects, such as the generation of resistance (antibiotic resistance genes, etc.).
- Metabolomic studies related to the response of aquatic living organisms to exposure to emerging contaminants.
- Studies of Environmental Proteomics.
- Epidemiological studies on effects of chemicals in human and ecosystem health.
- Studies of advanced treatment methods used along the anthropogenic water cycle (i.e., drinking and wastewater treatment) for the elimination of emerging contaminants.
- Studies related to new regulatory and policy aspects of broad concern related to the occurrence and effects of pollution by emerging contaminants and their mixtures in the water environment.
The following types of submissions are discouraged and will be not likely considered:
- Routine monitoring surveys that are considered primarily of local or regional interest unless they involve any novel methodological or multidisciplinary approach.
- Studies of well-known contaminants, such as legacy pollutants, nutrients, or metals.
- Studies of natural contaminants (i.e., natural toxins, etc.).
- Laboratory ecotoxicological studies of emerging contaminants using environmental non-relevant exposure concentrations.
- Papers lacking substantial novelty that do not contribute with significant new knowledge.
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