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Introducing two new Environmental Science: Atmospheres Advisory Board members

Environmental Science: Atmospheres recently welcomed two new members to our growing journal Advisory Board.

Dr Ottmar Möhler is based at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, and specialises in cloud microphysics, ice nucleation and aerosol physics.

Ying I. Tsai is the Director of Indoor Air Quality Research at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, and studies the characterisation, long-range transport and source apportionment of aerosols, as well as the allergy and health risks of nano/micron aerosols in indoor air.

Ottmar and Ying will play a crucial role in supporting our journal, and their ideas and experience will help shape our scientific content. Linking fundamental and applied research in atmospheric science, our gold open-access journal is free-to-publish until mid-2023 – will you choose us for your next publication?


Environmental Science: Atmospheres – reflecting on our first twelve months

We recently marked Environmental Science: Atmospheres’ first birthday! Since we opened for submissions in August last year, we’re proud to reflect on our journey over the past twelve months.

We published our first issues, and have put together a web collection highlighting content from these. A broad range of topics are covered, linking fundamental and applied research and covering global to molecular scales, and we hope that you’ll enjoy reading these articles. We also held several desktop seminars, featuring cutting-edge research from some of our inaugural issue authors.

Our Associate Editor team grew to five – Claudia, Lin, Nønne, Stephen and Tzung-May are proud to be part of our journal. As active researchers who have published close to 500 research papers between them, you can trust their expertise in handling your manuscripts.

We’ve launched two themed collections – you can discover the submission criteria below.

Emerging Investigators Series

Aerosol Formation in the Urban Atmosphere

When you publish with us, you can opt in to transparent peer review, something we offer our authors as part of our commitment to transparency and open science. To date, 53% of authors have taken us up on this opportunity.

While we’re proud of our first year, there’s still so much more we want to achieve. And here’s where our community comes in – whether you review for us, share our content on social media or publish with us, we’re so grateful for what you do. If you aren’t involved with us already, we hope you’ll consider it over the next twelve months.

Introducing our newest Environmental Science: Atmospheres Advisory Board members

We are delighted to welcome 14 new members to the Environmental Science: Atmospheres Advisory Board. You can find out more about each member below, and read some of their recent work from across the Environmental Science family of journals in our online collection.

Katye Altieri, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Altieri is a Lecturer in the Oceanography Department at the University of Cape Town. Her interdisciplinary research includes components of atmospheric chemistry, oceanography, biogeochemistry, development, and economics. Dr Altieri’s research goals are several; ranging from understanding the impact of anthropogenic nitrogen emissions on surface ocean biogeochemistry to developing climate change mitigation strategies which promote economic development.


William Bloss, University of Birmingham, UK. Based at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, Professor Bloss’ group work to improve scientific understanding of the causes of poor air quality. Their work combines field measurements with numerical modelling. Professor Bloss is also involved with the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme (WM-Air), which supports improving air quality to benefit health, the economy and the environment in the West Midlands.


Delphine Farmer, Colorado State University, USA. Dr Farmer’s research uses mass spectrometry to study the complex gas-phase and aerosol chemistry taking place in different environments – including forests, the urban environment and indoors. She obtained her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, before undertaking an NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, University of California Irvine, USA. Founder and co-Director of the AirUCI Institute, Professor Finlayson-Pitts and her group primarily focus on understanding the fundamental kinetics, mechanisms, and photochemistry of atmospheric reactions. In 2019, Professor Finlayson-Pitts was awarded the RSC’s Environment Prize for her outstanding contributions to the chemical sciences in the area of environment, sustainability and energy.


Christian George, University Claude Bernard Lyon, France. Professor George is based in the Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (IRCEYLON). His work brings together several disciplines, including atmospheric chemistry, environmental chemistry, physical chemistry and chemical kinetics, and he collaborates extensively with researchers in those areas. A particular focus of his research is using physical chemistry techniques to understand fundamental aspects of atmospheric science.


Tom Hanisco, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA. Dr Hanisco carries out laboratory and field experiments to investigate trace species in the atmosphere. Since 2020, he has been Head of Operations of the Pandonia Global Network; a joint enterprise by the European Space Agency and National Aeronautics and Space Administration that provides real-time, standardized, calibrated and verified air quality data and associated uncertainty values.


Lucy Hutyra, Boston University, USA. Professor Hutyra leads the Terrestrial Carbon Lab at Boston University. Her multidisciplinary research investigates the characteristics and drivers of atmosphere-biosphere carbon exchange, with a particular focus on urban systems. She obtained her PhD from Harvard University.


Tuhin Kumar Mandal, National Physical Laboratory, India. Dr Mandal is a Senior Principal Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi. His various research interests include tropical atmospheric chemistry, and the analysis and source apportionment of atmospheric trace gases. He is also interested in atmospheric chemical modelling.


Linsey Marr, Virginia Tech, USA. Professor Marr is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in Engineering at Virgina Tech. Her research interests include characterising the emissions, fate, and transport of air pollutants in order to improve air quality and health. This interdisciplinary research employs elements of physics, chemistry, and biology to address this pressing challenge.


Yujing Mu, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences/Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Dr Mu and his research group are interested in the atmospheric chemistry of trace gases. Areas of focus include atmosphere–biosphere exchange, field measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as the fundamental chemical kinetics of atmospheric reactions involving VOCs and reduced sulfur compounds.


Patricia K. Quinn, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), USA. Dr Quinn is the Atmospheric Chemistry Leader at PMEL. She and her colleagues study how the world’s ocean interact with the atmosphere, and map the spatial and temporal distributions of both natural and man-made aerosols in remote marine regions.


Andrew Rickard, University of York, UK. Dr Rickard is interested in atmospheric chemistry mechanisms, kinetic modelling of complex processes, and reactive intermediates. He develops and updates the Master Chemical Mechanism, which describes the detailed gas-phase chemical processes involved in the tropospheric degradation of a series of primary emitted volatile organic compounds, and is used across the atmospheric science community in science and policy applications.


Alfonso Saiz-Lopez,  Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain. Professor Saiz-Lopez is involved in a number of research areas, including reactive halogen chemistry in the troposphere. He obtained his PhD in atmospheric and physical chemistry from the University of East Anglia, UK, and has served as Head of Department of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate at CSIC since 2015.


Sachchida Nand Tripathi, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Dr Tripathi is a Senior Professor and Head of Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Kanpur. He has pioneered low-cost sensor technology for urban air quality monitoring and has also worked on aerosol-induced cloud invigoration effect. He is an elected fellow of several professional bodies, including the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and is lead co-ordinator of the National Knowledge Network; an alliance which support’s India’s National Clean Air Programme.


Emerging Investigators Collection – open for submissions

Celebrating the full breadth of atmospheric science being conducted by our fantastic early-career community

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Emerging Investigators collection of Environmental Science: Atmospheres. With all article processing charges waived until mid-2023, publishing with us maximises your work’s visibility at no cost to you.

About You

You’re an independent research leader, within 10 years of your PhD award. You’re carrying out research with the journal scope, which covers fundamental and applied atmospheric science spanning the entirety of the Earth’s atmosphere.

If this sounds like you – we’d really like to hear from you.

Full consideration will be given to those who have taken career breaks or have followed a different career path.

About Us

Environmental Science: Atmospheres covers the full breadth of atmospheric science and links fundamental and applied research. We’re a space for different communities to come together and for collaborations to form – and when you contribute to the collection, we’ll make sure your work is visible to our interdisciplinary readership in a number of ways.

  • An interview with you, as the lead author – see our sister journal Environmental Science: Nano Emerging Investigators collection for an idea of how this would look
  • Priority for cover artwork positions
  • Promotion through the journal Twitter page
  • Promotion of a TikTok or video abstract through social media if you want to make one
  • As a gold open-access journal, your article will be downloadable free from our webpage with no barriers to access

Submitting Your Work

The collection is rolling, meaning that you won’t be constrained by a fixed submission deadline. Simply submit your work through this link and tick the box when you are asked if you would like your manuscript to be considered for the Emerging Investigator Series. If accepted for publication, your article will be published online as soon as it’s ready.

Take a moment to familiarise yourself with the journal-specific requirements, including an Environmental Significance Statement (maximum 120 words) setting your work in a broader environmental science context, before submitting.

We would welcome primary research, either in Communication or Full Paper formats, or review articles. Full details of article types can be found on our webpage.

Getting in Touch

If you would like any further information on the Emerging Investigators collection, on the journal, or any aspect of the publication process, please don’t hesitate to contact Jon Ferrier in the Editorial office at

You can also keep in touch with the latest news from Environmental Science: Atmospheres by signing up to our journal newsletter, and following us on Twitter at


Open for Submissions: Aerosol Formation in the Urban Atmosphere Themed Collection

Environmental Science: Atmospheres invites your high-impact research for our upcoming themed collection on Aerosol Formation in the Urban Atmosphere.

This collection will cover all aspects relating to the formation of aerosol particles in the urban atmosphere, including studies on

  • New particle formation and growth mechanisms and rates
  • Sources, transformations and chemical composition of aerosol precursor vapours, clusters, and particles
  • The impact of particle formation on air quality, health, or climate

The Guest Editor team welcome submissions utilizing both theoretical and experimental methods. As a journal, Environmental Science: Atmospheres covers the full breadth of atmospheric science and links fundamental and applied research.

The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2021. Authors are welcome to submit original research as a Communication article or Full Paper or contribute a review article. Please contact the editorial office to register your interest.

Please state “EAAerUrb21” in your comments to the Editor when submitting your work through our platform:

Should you have any questions about Environmental Science: Atmospheres, would like to discuss a submission topic or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Jon Ferrier in the Editorial Office.

Atmospheric Chemical Mechanisms Conference, 9th – 20th November

Environmental Science: Atmospheres is proud to be supporting this upcoming event.

The focus of this conference is to foster continued research and development of chemical mechanisms.  Eminent scientists from around the globe have been brought together to share their research findings and discuss new approaches and methods to improve on our ever-developing understanding of how the chemical constituents of our atmosphere impact the earth’s climate and the air upon which all life depends.

A £200 RSC book voucher, sponsored by Environmental Science: Atmospheres will be awarded to the winner of a poster prize during the event.

We welcome you to seek out further information here, or to register for this event, hosted by University of California, Davis.

Revealing our new journal Environmental Science: Atmospheres

Connecting communities and inspiring new ideas

We are excited to announce our new open access journal, Environmental Science: Atmospheres, a cross-disciplinary journal spanning the entirety of Earth’s atmosphere. Using our fresh, transparent approach, we will help to open up boundaries, inspire innovation and forge collaborations between communities working on outdoor and indoor environment science.

“Different communities use different languages, even within science and engineering; physicists use a different language than chemists who use a different language than meteorologists.

We are creating a forum to share the newest developments and advances in our understanding of the atmosphere with an audience including environmental engineers, chemists, physicists, and policy makers.

We are providing a space where we can talk together and open collaborations between our communities.”

Editorial Board Chair Neil Donahue, Carnegie Mellon University
(researcher and leader in atmospheric chemistry)

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Illuminate your research – publish with us

We are inviting contributions from fields spanning the entirety of Earth’s atmosphere, including atmosphere–biosphere, atmosphere–ocean, and atmosphere–surface interactions as well as indoor air and human health effects research.

Join us as one of the authors included in our first ever issue in early 2021. Submit an article now.


Gold open access from issue 1

Environmental Science: Atmospheres will be gold open access from launch, offering authors a trusted, reliable option for publishing their work open access. As a gold open access journal, there are no barriers to accessing content and your research article will reach a global readership.

The journal also offers Transparent Peer Review, where authors have the option to publish reviewers’ comments, the editor’s decision letter, and authors’ response alongside the article.

We are waiving all article processing charges until mid-2023 so your work will receive maximum visibility at no cost to you.


We hope to see your name among our first submissions.

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