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Referee Guidelines


Criteria for publication
The publishing policy of Environmental Chemistry is to accept only those papers that report important new chemistry with clear and significant implications for, or applications in, the environment (air, water, soil, sediments, space, and biota). Papers that report incremental results, which do not have sufficient originality and significance, should not be recommended for acceptance. Your report should help us select the most important papers with the broadest significance to the international environmental community.

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Privacy of unpublished results
An unpublished manuscript is a privileged document. Please protect it from any form of exploitation. Do not cite a manuscript or refer to the work it describes before it has been published and do not use the information that it contains for the advancement of your own research or in discussion with colleagues.

Do not discuss the manuscript with its authors unless permission has been granted by the Editor. Although it may seem natural and reasonable to discuss points of difficulty or disagreement directly with the author, especially if you are generally in favour of publication and do not mind revealing your identity, this practice is prohibited because the other referee(s) and the Editor may have different opinions, and the author may be misled by having ´cleared things up´ with the referee who contacted him/her directly.

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Timeframe
Reviews should be completed within about 15 days. If you know that you cannot finish the review within that time, please contact the Editorial Assistant immediately. In addition, if you believe that you cannot judge a given article impartially through contact with the authors or a possible conflict of interest, please return it immediately with an explanation.

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Grammatical editing
You are not requested to correct deficiencies of style or mistakes in grammar, but any help you can give in clarifying meaning will be appreciated (track changes can expedite the editing process; a MS Word file, in addition to the PDF, is available in ScholarOne by accessing the Manuscript Files tab). The copy-editing staff employed by Environmental Chemistry will edit each accepted manuscript. It is their function to polish and correct the grammar, syntax, and spelling and to enforce the editorial style of the journal. However, be on the lookout for errors that the copyeditors (who are trained chemical scientists but not necessarily specialists in the subject of the manuscript) might miss. Examples are the use of outmoded or incorrect terminology, misspelled or misidentified scientific names of organisms, and inappropriate scientific jargon.

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What happens next?
When you open ScholarOne Manuscripts to submit your report, you will be offered some questions with a check box. The answers to these are for the use of the Editor, and are not conveyed directly to the authors. The most important are the first and last: the quality of the manuscript and your recommendation.

Keep a copy of the review in your files. If you have recommended ´major revision´, the revised manuscript may be returned to you for further comment.

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Aspects to consider for the various types of articles
Environmental Chemistry primarily publishes research that advances our knowledge of chemical processes of the environment. Specific comments should give evidence to support positive or negative general comments. Aspects to consider for the various types of articles are listed below.

  • Research papers. How well does this study meet that criterion? Does the paper arouse and maintain your interest? Do you expect the study to have a significant impact in its research area? Do you expect the study to be significant for the broader environmental chemistry community? How do you rate the experimental design? How do you rate the quality of the measurements or modeling/calculations? Is the paper written in a clear and logical manner?
  • Reviews. Does the review provide an informative and critical assessment of the current state of the research topic? Do you expect the review to have a significant impact in its research area? Do you expect the review to be useful for the broader environmental chemistry community? Is the review written in a clear and logical manner? How would you rank this review article compared with other reviews, in this general area, that you have read over the last 2-3 years?
  • Concepts, Highlights & Opinions. How well does this study meet that criterion? Does the article deliver an interesting and novel perspective to the research topic? Do you expect the article to have a significant impact in its research area? Do you expect the article to be of interest to the broader environmental chemistry community? Is the article written in a clear and logical manner? How would you rank this article compared with other articles, of similar style and in this general area, that you have read over the last 2-3 years?
  • Rapid Communications. How well does this study meet that criterion? How do you rate the scientific approach taken in this study? How do you rate the results from this study?

  
 


 
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