Welcome to IEAM
Article first published online: 5 NOV 2009
Copyright © 2005 SETAC
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Volume 1, Issue 1, page 1, January 2005
How to Cite
Wenning, R. J. and Parrish, R. (2005), Welcome to IEAM. Integr Environ Assess Manag, 1: 1. doi: 10.1897/IEAM_2004a-026.1
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 5 NOV 2009
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM), the second peer-reviewed, international journal of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), is devoted to bridging the gap between scientific research and the use of science in decision making, regulation, and environmental management. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management aims to be one of the premier scientific journals for presenting data, promoting dialogue, and fostering improved application of environmental research and lessons learned to regulatory policy and law, environmental management strategies, and sound approaches to environmental problem-solving.
Because regulatory considerations and social values are integral to environmental assessment and management, IEAM will provide a much-needed forum to discuss the implications of scientific information for environmental management practices and to consider alternative approaches to regulatory decision-making. Its editors will encourage scientific, social, and regulatory debate through invited papers, original research, commentaries, legal and policy analyses, and case studies. IEAM will thereby hold a unique position in the peer-reviewed literature, focusing on this evolving collaborative and complex field by offering perspectives from diverse disciplines and a variety of stakeholders.
IEAM will publish reports from around the globe and from industry, academia, government, and nongovernmental organizations. Its Founding Editorial Board and its reviewers reflect this diversity, with internationally recognized scientists, academicians, attorneys, and policy specialists who represent each of the seven major topics of interest:
Ecological risk assessment
Environment impact analysis
Environmental law and policy
Human health assessment
Life cycle assessment
No journal can ensure the absolute accuracy of published reports, but the IEAM Editorial Board can and will ensure careful vetting of the formality and plausibility of its published reports by striving for excellence in peer review within the limitations of the commitments of independent reviewers. We will endeavor to publish reports and research whose measurements meet acceptable quality standards; whose hypotheses have been tested under controlled experimental conditions; and whose data are adequate to justify conclusions that are as free as possible of experimental, ideological, social, and other biases.
Removing personal and circumstantial bias is a core function of the scientific method. IEAM will emphasize a rigorous peer-review process. The journal also will implement a conflict-disclosure policy adopted by the SETAC Publications Advisory Council and approved by the SETAC World Council. Authors will be asked to disclose all potential conflicts of interest and to acknowledge in their manuscripts all sources of financial and material support.
Several years of study and countless hours have been invested by SETAC volunteers and staff to develop the financial support, management structure, and technical focus required to launch a new, meaningful journal. This inaugural issue of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management is proof of SETAC's commitment to the journal's long-term success as a forum for the biological, chemical, ecological, environmental, social, health, and policy interests of readers around the world. In the years to come, the Founding Editorial Board and the staff of the SETAC Offices and the IEAM Editorial Office pledge that IEAM will reflect the work of scientists and citizens who adhere to the SETAC motto, “Environmental Quality Through Science.®”