Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

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Edited By: G.A. Burton, Jr.; Founding Editor: C.H. Ward

Impact Factor: 3.225

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 23/88 (Toxicology); 45/223 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1552-8618

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) welcomes submissions of merit dealing with all phases of Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Chemistry, Non-Chemical Ecological Stressors, Human Heatlh from Environmental Exposures, Remediation and Restoration, and Hazard/Risk Assessment. This includes subjects dealing with the harmful effects of a wide range of chemical, biological, and physical stressors on organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Manuscripts and related materials should be submitted through ET&C's electronic submission system.

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Please review the following information for details on the types of manuscripts ET&C publishes and the submission process.


Details on Content Published in ET&C

Inappropriate ContentET&C does not publish papers on certain topics. These include: 1) papers that focus on human health toxicology, unless they are tied closely to exposures to environmental stressors or extrapolated to responses in wildlife or other aspects of ecotoxicology; 2) remediation technologies; 3) papers that focus on treatment processes dealing with effluents, wastes, and contaminants; 4) occupational exposure in humans; and 5) pollution prevention.

Results of studies with high site-specificity, such as toxicity testing of a particular effluent, must have substantial application beyond the immediate environmental setting. Papers that primarily report outcomes of standard toxicity tests, or routine biochemical, molecular, or histological measures, with an additional organism, test system, or chemical are subject to particular scrutiny to ensure that their scientific impact warrants publications in ET&C.

Environmental ChemistryPapers should emphasize how chemistry is applied to measuring, assessing, or predicting chemical fate (abiotic and biological transformations) and environmental exposure (bioavailability, bioaccumulation) including indoor environments. The work should provide insights into toxicological responses of exposed organisms (including humans). The applicability of the work to environmental assessment, environmental toxicology, or ecological risk assessment must be clear. Papers on analytical methods must demonstrate meaningful and useful advancements over existing methods, potential to influence current practice, and application to environmental samples and environmental assessment in general. Theoretical or modeling studies oriented toward predicting environmental behavior, chemical properties, or toxicity must show direct applicability to environmental or ecological risk assessment.

Environmental ToxicologyPapers may deal with the harmful effects of chemical stressors on organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Papers that use data or models to elucidate mechanisms and advance the ability to extrapolate toxicological information across species, chemicals, levels of biological organization, or ecosystems are particularly desirable. In addition, papers that show the interactions of multiple stressors and their resulting effects are also a priority. Studies that report in vivo toxicity endpoints intended to establish exposure- or dose-response relationships to be used in hazard or risk assessment should include analytical confirmation of exposure or dose concentrations. The exception to this requirement is on confirmation of nanomaterial concentrations that are in complex matrices, such as soils, sediments and periphyton, because the state-of-the-science makes this exceedingly difficult.

Non-Chemical Ecological StressorsPapers may deal with the harmful effects of a wide range of biological and physical stressors that may (or may not) interact with naturally occurring or anthropogenic chemicals to affect organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. This includes stressors such as alterations of habitat, climate change, and invasive species. Papers that show the interactions of multiple stressors and their resulting effects are also a priority.

Remediation and RestorationPapers should deal with the remediation and restoration of contaminated sites, where the focus is the removal of chemical contaminant exposures in the environment. Ideally, studies should incorporate indirect and/or direct measures of biological exposures and improvement but also may include meeting a regulatory-driven contaminant level. Field-based investigations and monitoring studies are preferred, but laboratory mechanistic pilot studies may be acceptable if based on realistic scenarios that relate field exposures to adverse effects.

Human Health from Environmental ExposuresPapers should relate environmental exposures to chemicals with potential risks for adverse health effects in humans. Papers addressing human toxicology mechanisms and risks must encompass realistic environmental exposure. Ideally, studies would incorporate pathway-based approaches focused on integrated assessment of chemical risk (i.e., across human and non-human taxa). Occupational work place exposure and effects studies are inappropriate.

Hazard/Risk AssessmentManuscripts should describe hazard or risk assessments, or provide methods or models to use in such assessments. Case studies must have sufficient scope and impact to be of interest to a broad audience. While most hazard and risk assessments focus on metals and synthetic organic chemicals, we are particularly interested in assessments that also include other cumulative stressor effects, including interactions with non-chemical stressors, such as alteration of habitat, climate change, or invasive species. Hazard/risk assessments should focus on the science of hazard/risk assessments; papers delving deeply into policy, regulation, value judgments, or public, social, or legal issues should be submitted to SETAC's second journal, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM).

Types of Manuscripts

Letters to the Editor may concern any scientific topic relevant to the purposes of the journal, including critical discussion of ET&C papers published within the past 24 months. Letters that concern a previously published paper, if deemed appropriate for publication, will be sent to the original authors for a single response. Two ET&C editors will review Letters to the Editor.

Short Communications should present concise statements representing either a preliminary report or a complete accounting of a significant research contribution. Brief methods papers will be accepted in this category.

Critical Reviews assess areas of environmental science and technology research literature of current importance in the field. Submissions should increase readers’ knowledge through perceptive comparisons, thorough literature coverage, and a clear identification of research needs.

Original Articles must report research on topics of scientific significance and environmental importance showing new experimental data, new interpretations of existing data, or new theoretical analyses of environmental phenomena. Submissions should not be submitted elsewhere, other than as an abstract or an oral or poster presentation. Students should indicate to their advisors and their university that they are publishing a paper based on their thesis or dissertation and that the document should not be posted online.

Focus Articles are part of a regular series of timely articles intended to sharpen our understanding of current and emerging topics of interest to the scientific community at large. Focus Articles should be written in a succinct, magazine style. We encourage authors to limit the reference list to only the most critical references, to include an abstract and key words, and to use color figures, tables, text boxes, and/or photos. Focus articles undergo the same rigorous peer review to which all ET&C papers are subjected. It will be edited for a more journalistic style, an active voice, and more descriptive headings than ET&C Original Articles. It will also implement the use of sidebar material or boxes of text that highlight important aspects of your paper. We would like to hear your suggestions for Focus Articles. Please send ideas to the editor-in-chief, G.A. Burton.

Perspectives are part of a regular series designed to discuss and evaluate potentially competing viewpoints and research findings on current environmental issues. Two or 3 authors will present their thoughts and opinions on an issue of national and international importance. We prefer that the 3 sectors of the SETAC tripartite (academia, government, business) be represented by the lead authors, but this is not required. Each Perspectives will undergo the same rigorous peer review to which all ET&C papers are subjected.

Special Sections and Special Issues

The editor-in-chief reviews proposals for special issues or sections that result from a workshop or symposium or papers on a related topic that could potentially be published as a group (see the guidelines for proposing a special section or workshop series). For more information, contact the editor-in-chief or the editorial office.

Manuscript Submission/Resubmission

All manuscripts and related materials should be submitted to the ET&C electronic submission system. Per journal policy, if a manuscript is rejected after the first round of reviews, it can be submitted for 1 additional round of review. If it is rejected a second time, resubmission is not permitted.

Manuscript Preparation

Before submitting your manuscript please see our guidelines for information on how to prepare your manuscript for publication, page layout, correct referencing, fgure and table usage, and adhering to CSE Scientific Style and Format (see Manuscript Preparation guidelines). Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the unsubmission of your manuscript prior to the review process.


Cover Letter—Each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter describing how the work advances understanding in the field. This letter should also describe other manuscripts the authors have published or intend to publish on closely related work and the relationship of the current work to these other manuscripts.

Manuscript and Graphics—All text, tables, and figures must be submitted according to ET&C style (see Manuscript Preparation guidelines).

Supplemental Data— ET&C maintains an online repository for supplemental information, including detailed information about methods, validation, or experimental results. This information is linked to the manuscript in the online journal, but is not printed in the hardcopy. Supplemental data files to be posted in conjunction with the online version of the article must be submitted with the manuscript. Supplemental data is optional.

Documentation of Unpublished, Cited Works— Copies of cited or related manuscripts not yet in print must be part of the submission package, along with supplemental information files to be posted in conjunction with the article.

Conflict of Interest Reporting— Potential conflicts of interest must be reported at the time the manuscript is submitted. Research funding or other support from outside the authors' stated affiliation must be disclosed within the manuscript.

Statement of Protocol Approval for Animal Research— Research involving animals (vertebrates, cephalopods) must conform to the SETAC Code of Ethics and to contemporary guidelines for the care and use of animals (for example, http://www.the-aps.org/mm/SciencePolicy/About/Policy-Statements/Guiding-Principles.html or http://www.toxicology.org/pubs/statements/air.asp). The manuscript should include a statement of protocol approval from an Institutional Review Board and an Institution Animal Care and Use Committee.

Data Repository Statement— ET&C requires authors to provide a Data Availability Statement clarifying whether data, associated metadata, and calculation tools are available through an online repository or supplemental files, available from the authors or a third party, or unavailable (with reasoning). Note that all data (including data that are not publicly available) must be made available to the editor and reviewers during the review process, if requested, but will be kept in confidence. Failure to provide data as requested may be grounds for rejection. See the full data transparency policy.

Copyright Transfer Agreement— Authors must sign the SETAC copyright transfer agreement before their paper can be published. Individual company copyright transfer agreements may not be substituted. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting him or her to login into Author Services, where he or she will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS).

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs.

If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements, please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy, please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Permissions—Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint a previously published table, figure, or excerpt of more than 250 words and for submitting written permissions with their manuscript. Acknowledgement alone is not sufficient; if in doubt, obtain permission. Permissions should be submitted quickly after your paper is accepted to avoid any delays in publication. Authors should exercise customary professional courtesy in acknowledging intellectual properties such as patents and trademarks. Authors wishing to reprint illustrations or text previously published in ET&C should contact http://www.wiley.com/go/permissions.

Manuscript Processing

Review— Each manuscript is assigned to an editor with expertise in the field discussed, who in turn sends it to a minimum of 2 reviewers. Reviewers give evaluations, suggest improvements, and recommend acceptance or rejection of the paper. Reviewing should be completed within 2 months. If reviewers disagree, the paper may be sent to an additional reviewer. The editor sends a decision letter and the critiques of reviewers to the corresponding author, along with a detailed list of editorial issues to be amended or improved. Authors who do not follow ET&C style and format will experience a delay in publication.

The decision letter from the editor will give instructions for uploading the revised manuscript to Manuscript Central. Include a response to reviewers that describes the disposition of each of the reviewers' suggestions, item by item. Indicate the page and line number of the revised text and highlight the sections that have been changed on the revised manuscript to aid the editor in determining acceptability. Authors wishing to reject all or specific suggestions should state their reasons. Contact the ET&C editorial office if an extension is needed. Take care to include all necessary changes on the final revised manuscript.

As publishing scientists, we all benefit from an effective peer-review process. To ensure that the peer-review process continues to be efficient for ET&C, we ask that the corresponding author of each accepted manuscript to review for the journal. Please login to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/etc to verify that your contact information is up-to-date and select keywords specific to your area of research.

Plagiarism and iThenticate— ET&C uses iThenticate software to screen submissions for content published elsewhere. By submitting your manuscript to ET&C you accept that your manuscript may be screened against previously published work, and you may be asked to clarify similar work appearing elsewhere. ET&C reserves the right to reject submissions that contain content judged to have appeared elsewhere. This includes, in certain cases, papers published online, including theses and dissertations.

You must document (cite and reference) any ideas or words taken from the intellectual efforts of yourself or others, whether published or unpublished. This includes citations to your own previously published work.

Language Assistance— The journal's staff is unable to provide extensive editorial assistance regarding English usage and grammar. If necessary, authors are asked to seek appropriate editorial assistance before submitting their manuscript for review. See Wiley-Blackwell’s English Language Editing Service. For additional resources, see http://www.journalexperts.com; http://www.bluepencilscience.com/; or http://www.biosciencewriters.com/. Using an English language editing service can help to ensure your paper is clearly written in standard, scientific English language, but does not guarantee that it will be accepted for publication. Authors are responsible for all costs associated with these services.

Page Proofs and Publication— Authors are able to track their manuscript through the production process by registering for Author Services. Page proofs are emailed to the corresponding author approximately 1 month prior to the online publication date. Proofs will be Adobe Acrobat PDFs and corrections should be made electronically. Authors are responsible for proofreading. Limit changes to correcting printer's errors when possible. Return the corrected proof to Wiley-Blackwell within 24 hours. Accepted articles will be available for viewing at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1552-8618/accepted after being accepted and on EarlyView approximately 1 month later. Save a copy of the corrected proof for reference. Manuscripts will be pulled and rescheduled if proofs are not received as directed. The ET&C editorial office is also responsible for reading page proofs and may submit additional changes consistent with ET&C's style.

Corrections— Authors should call to attention any significant errors in their published manuscripts to the editorial staff. If necessary, corrections will be published.

Author Fees— When a manuscript is accepted for publication and sent in for typesetting, it is expected to be in its final form. Excessive revisions may result in additional charges.

Color and Page Charges— Authors are no longer required to pay for color reproduction of figures or page charges.

Reprints— The corresponding author will receive a PDF at no additional charge. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be invited to send by e-mail a PDF offprint of their final published paper direct from the publisher to up to 10 individuals located anywhere in the world free of charge. Additional reprints may be ordered at https://caesar.sheridan.com/reprints/redir.php?pub=10089&acro=ETC.

Awards and Recognition

Best Paper Award— Annually, SETAC presents a Best Paper Award to the lead author of the most outstanding paper published in ET&C in the prior calendar year. The editors who manage the ET&C manuscript peer-review process nominate papers to be considered. Following publication of issue 12 each year, a panel of 4 editors and a member of the SETAC Awards Committee selects the best paper. The award is announced at all annual SETAC meetings and is presented at the annual meeting of the SETAC geographic unit most appropriate for the award winner. In acknowledgement of the award, ET&C publishes a piece in the July issue on the Best Paper winner, along with a list of the top 5 articles.

Best Student Paper Award—Annually, SETAC bestows a Best Student Paper Award. To qualify, the first author must have conducted the research as a student, the senior author must be a member of SETAC, and the manuscript must be accepted for publication in ET&C. Graduation of the first author does not preclude consideration for this award. When you submit your manuscript, please indicate if the paper is to be considered for this award.

Exceptional Reviewer Recognition—Annually, ET&C spotlights and thanks reviewers who have consistently provided the journal with high-quality, timely reviews during the previous year. Exceptional reviewers are selected based on the evaluation of each review, number or reviews completed, and average turnaround time.