Looking Ahead with Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry
G. Allen Burton, Jr., ET&C Editor-in-Chief, and Erin M. Nelson, ET&C Managing Editor
Earlier this summer, we received some exciting news. The impact factor of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (ET&C) increased by 15% to 3.225—its highest ranking yet. The work we’ve done to maintain an upward trajectory is paying off, and we are hopeful that this trend will continue as we receive more high-quality submissions from SETAC members. Remember, as members, you are the owners of ET&C. Academic publishing is competitive—not just for young scientists hoping to have their research published but also for established journals wanting to stay relevant and at the forefront of an industry that continues to evolve. When ET&C started in 1982, there were few journals publishing on environmental science. Today, there are hundreds. We want your professional society’s journal to be the one you think of first when publishing.
Submissions have increased by 40% since 2013, when page charges were eliminated, and manuscript quality has not suffered. As submissions have increased overall, we have received more articles on topics not previously included in the journal’s scope. The expanded scope of the journal now includes human health from environmental exposures and remediation and restoration to accommodate these quality articles and to better reflect current research trends within SETAC. Both areas are covered by some of our competitors and are growing in interest by SETAC members as evidenced by presentations at our annual meetings.
Reviewing and accepting cutting-edge research is one thing, but getting published articles noticed is another. The science used to speak for itself; now, it needs a stronger voice. Jen Lynch has led a collaborative effort between SETAC and Wiley to increase press and publicity on a select number of articles per issue to gain media attention. Earlier this year, a study on mercury increase in Pacific yellowfin tuna (Drevnick et al.) was picked up by numerous news sources and is becoming one of our top downloaded articles. This is just one example of the many articles putting ET&C in the news. Authors and editors are also getting savvier in making sure articles are more discoverable online, maximizing search engine optimization in article titles, abstracts and keywords, and promoting their work using social media. The ET&C office is also boosting awareness of published articles via our Twitter account. Follow @etc_editor to help spread the word on the exciting research published in ET&C.
In analyzing citation trends, we’ve found that column articles such as perspectives, focus articles and critical reviews are always at the top of the list of highly cited content. Knowing this, we’ve enlisted column editors to help boost the submissions of such articles, with Nil Basu and Jerry Diamond working on focus articles, Paul Van den Brink and George Cobb working on critical reviews, and the ET&C editorial office inviting perspectives authors. Already, these published columns in 2015 are at an all-time high. Upcoming topics include oil sands, screening sites for contaminants of emerging concern, prioritizing the monitoring and assessment of emerging pollutants, and fish consumption and human health water quality criteria.
Over the course of the next year, we will also be publishing a number of highly anticipated special issues and sections. Mike Williams and the SETAC Pharmaceuticals Advisory Group have organized an entire issue on pharmaceuticals in the environment, including articles evaluating the transportation of cocaine and other drugs of abuse from wastewater to drinking water (Rodayan et al.); the exposure, fate and effects of nanopharmaceuticals (Berkner et al.); results of a survey used to assess risks to aquatic life (Batt et al.); and guidance for manufacturers to use in assessing impacts of pharmaceutical ingredients (Caldwell et al.), to name a few. Upcoming sections will also focus on stressors to bees, the risk assessment and regulation of D5 in Canada, and the effects of ivermectin, along with many other proposed sections in the works.
In order for us to continue to succeed and grow as your society journal, we need SETAC members to submit their best papers to ET&C. If you are interested in organizing a perspectives column, focus article or special section, please email the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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