Announcing a new Themed Collection: Soil Protection and Regeneration

Environmental Science: Advances is pleased to announce a new themed collection on Soil Protection and Regeneration that is now open for submissions.



Guest Edited by co-Editors-in-Chief Kevin Jones and Célia Manaia, this collection aims to update recent developments in soil science, soil-dependent ecosystem services, and the impacts and potential barriers of soil in the face of pollution and climate change. The collection seeks contributions from a variety of fields, including but not limited to agro-food/agro-forestry, botany, chemistry, geology, hydrology, and more.

Topic include, but are not limited to:

  • Soil quality standards and objectives
  • Soil health- definition and enhancement
  • Practical management of soils
  • Remediation and recovery of damaged and polluted soils
  • The role of soil microbial ecology
  • Managing soil carbon and nutrients for sustainable soil systems
  • Soil-dependent ecosystem services
  • Integration of different trophic levels in soil and potential threats
  • One soil, multiple habitats and functions
  • Managing and protecting soil interfaces
  • Anthropogenic soils

We can consider review articles as well as original research. Contributions from policy and industrial viewpoints are also welcome.

The submission deadline for this collection is 29th November 2024.

If you have suitable work you would like to be considered for this collection, you can submit an article through our submissions portal. If you have any queries, please contact the editorial office at, where a member of our team will be happy to help.

co-Editor-in-Chief Célia Manaia has been announced as a Highly Cited Researcher for three years in a row

Towards the end of 2023, Clarivate announced their annual list of Highly Cited Researchers.

Each of the recipients has authored multiple highly cited papers which rank in the top 1% of citations for their field.

Of those, co-Editor-in-Chief Célia Manaia has received the award for Highly Cited Research in the field of Environment and Ecology in 2021, 2022, and now, 2023.

To celebrate this recognition, she has shared the following quote:

“It’s good to know that our work is appreciated and useful to our colleagues. Research on antimicrobial resistance and its impact on the environment has grown and become more visible over the past decades, thanks to excellent contributions from researchers around the world.  This is one of those occasions when you realise that doing research means working in a huge, global community.

My advice to young researchers is never to work for rankings or metrics, but always to do your best, with honesty, creativity and integrity, and to fall in love with what you do every day, from the simplest to the most sophisticated.

Célia Manaia, co-Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Science: Advances


Announcing a themed collection on water scarcity

We are excited to announce a themed collection published in Environmental Science: Advances arising from the 5th Annual RE:BORDER conference taking place on October 24.

This issue will bring together a comprehensive collection of articles covering fundamental and applied research related to water challenges in the border region and coastal areas. Primary topics of interest include water pollution, agricultural water use, water reuse, and the impacts of climate change on watersheds.

Truly interdisciplinary, our journal welcomes research from all fields related to the environmental sciences, global environmental change, and sustainability science. Studies that advance our understanding of the physical environment, environmental health, and environmental sustainability, as well as those at the environmental and social science interface, are particularly welcomed.

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2024

Article Processing Charges (APCs): APCs are waived on all submissions until mid-2024.

Contact: To express an interest in contributing, please contact Jon Ferrier in the RSC editorial office at

Submitting an article: Please visit the journal submission platform at All submitted manuscripts must include an Environmental Significance Statement (120 words maximum) that sets the work in a broader environmental science context.

We hope that you will consider contributing your research to this collection.

Environmental Science: Advances welcomes a new Associate Editor: Dr. Ngai Yin Yip!

We are delighted to announce that Ngai Yin Yip has joined the Environmental Science: Advances Editorial Board as an Associate Editor. He received his doctoral degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University and currently serves as the Lavon Duddleson Krumb Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University.

Dr. Yip’s current research is at the forefront of advancing physicochemical technologies and innovations to address critical separation challenges in water, energy, and the environment, including:

  • High-salinity desalination
  • Zero-liquid discharge
  • Resource recovery from wastewaters
  • Next-generation selective membranes
  • Switchable solvents for water treatment
  • Low-grade heat utilization

His outstanding contributions to these areas have earned him numerous recognitions, including the James J. Morgan Early Career Award (Honorable Mention) from Environmental Science & Technology. He has also been featured as an Emerging Investigator in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology and as a Young Talent in Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering.

Emerging investigator series: thermodynamic and energy analysis of nitrogen and phosphorous recovery from wastewaters
Stephanie N. McCartney, Nobuyo S. Watanabe and Ngai Yin Yip*
Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2021,7, 2075-2088
DOI: 10.1039/D1EW00554E

Environmental Science: Advances is an international and collaborative journal

Environmental Science: Advances is an international and collaborative journal

Collaborations are becoming increasingly important for the environmental sciences. Environmental science doesn’t recognize boundaries, requiring interactions from researchers from different disciplines and different backgrounds to address research challenges. As an international journal, Environmental Science: Advances believes that international research enables us to publish and disseminate research findings to different populations, cultures, and regions. Collaborative research is the cornerstone for developing strong relationships and solving global challenges in the environmental sciences.

We are delighted to be sharing with you a selection of international and collaborative work published in the journal:

A baseline survey of potentially toxic elements in the soil of north-west Syria following a decade of conflict

Miassar Alhasan, Abdulkarim Lakmes, Mohammad Gazy Alobaidy, Safwan AlHaeek, Muhammed Assaf, Lorna Dawson, Duncan Pirrie, Ziad Abdeldayem and Jonathan Bridge

“Advanced materials” and the challenges on the horizon for testing their (eco)toxicity and assessing their hazard

Fazel Abdolahpur Monikh, Willie Peijnenburg, Agnes G. Oomen, Eugenia Valsami-Jones, Vicki Stone, Raine Kortet, Jarkko Akkanen, Peng Zhang, Jukka Kekäläinen, Alena Sevcu and Jussi V.K. Kukkonen

Application of neural network in metal adsorption using biomaterials (BMs): a review

Amrita Nighojkar, Karl Zimmermann, Mohamed Ateia, Benoit Barbeau, Madjid Mohseni, Satheesh Krishnamurthy, Fuhar Dixit and Balasubramanian Kandasubramanian

Factors affecting real-world applications of HEPA purifiers in improving indoor air quality

Scott D. Lowther, Wei Deng, Zheng Fang, Douglas Booker, J. Duncan Whyatt, Oliver Wild, Xinming Wang and Kevin C. Jones

There are many benefits to publishing with Environmental Science: Advances including:

  • Free Gold Open Access publication – all article processing charges are waived until mid-2024
  • Rapid times to publication – our average time to decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts is just 41 days†
  • Flexible article types with no word count restrictions or colour charges
  • Broad readership: our global audience provides maximum exposure for your work
  • Publicity on Twitter and WeChat for featured articles


We would be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in submitting to the journal or if you would like any further information. If you are interested in publishing your next paper with us, please reply by return email so that we can send you an invited submission link.

Highlighting research in Environmental Science: Advances on World Water Day

World Water Day is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Water affects us all and everyone needs to take action. Environmental Science: Advances is committed to publishing research from any discipline related to the environmental sciences, including clean water and sanitation.

This World Water Day, read a collection of research on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Clean water and sanitation, published in Environmental Science: Advances.


Fluoride contamination, consequences and removal techniques in water: a review

Shaz Ahmad, Reena Singh, Tanvir Arfin and Krishna Neeti
Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2022,1, 620-661, DOI: 10.1039/D1VA00039J



Preparation of two kinds of membranes with reverse wettability from waste masks for continuous oil/water separation

Lianchao Ning, Yi Liu, Yang Luo, Yaxin Han, Longfei Zhang and Ming Zhang

Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2023,2, 473-483, DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00295G

Monitoring of phosphorus discharge in a sewage treatment plant with a phosphate automated analyzer

Adrian Cabo, Susana Gouveia, Claudio Cameselle and Keun-Heon Lee

Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2022,1, 483-490, DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00062H

Review of analytical techniques for arsenic detection and determination in drinking water

Abhijnan Bhat, Tony O Hara, Furong Tian and Baljit Singh

Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2023,2, 171-195, DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00218C


We hope you enjoy reading this collection of articles and if you want to contribute your work to our growing collection on SDG6: Clean water & sanitation, get in contact with our editorial office.

Popular Articles in February


The articles published in Environmental Science: Advances cover a range of important topics related to environmental science which provide a valuable insight into the most pressing environmental challenges. Throughout February, a number of our articles received significant engagement from the community. Here, we have compiled some of the most popular articles from the past month:


Policy options to account for multiple chemical pollutants threatening biodiversity

L. K. Mueller, M. Ågerstrand, T. Backhaus, M. Diamond, W. R. Erdelen, D. Evers, K. J. Groh, M. Scheringer, G. Sigmund, Z. Wang and A. Schäffer, Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2023, 2, 151–161. DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00257D.


What do we know about the production and release of persistent organic pollutants in the global environment?

L. Li, C. Chen, D. Li, K. Breivik, G. Abbasi and Y.-F. Li, Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2023, 2, 55–68. DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00145D.


The emergence of microplastics: charting the path from research to regulations

S. Coffin, Environ Sci.: Adv., 2023, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00275B.

Factors affecting real-world applications of HEPA purifiers in improving indoor air quality

S. D. Lowther, W. Deng, Z. Fang, D. Booker, J. D. Whyatt, O. Wild, X. Wang and K. C. Jones, Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2023, 2, 235–246. DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00206J.


Hemocompatibility of biogenic phosphorus nano-agromaterials at environmentally relevant and supra-environmental concentrations for occupational exposure

A. Priyam, L. O. Afonso, A. G. Schultz, A. K. Dinda and P. P. Singh, Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2023, 2, 313–324. DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00237J.


Seasonal and spatial patterns differ between intracellular and extracellular antibiotic resistance genes in urban stormwater runoff

K. O’Malley, P. J. McNamara and W. M. McDonald, Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2022, 1, 380–390. DOI: 10.1039/D2VA00065B.


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ICERE2022-Nankai University, China

Our recent sponsorship of the ICRER conference

The Environmental Science journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry were delighted to sponsor the ICRER conference at Nankai University, Tianjin this month. This conference focused on environmental engineering, monitoring and management. Though held virtually, it attracted 75 speakers globally and almost 200 attendees.


We were extremely pleased to support 10 Student Poster winners, as listed below.


Many congratulations to the winners!


If you attended the conference and still have questions about our journals that you would like answered, please feel free to reach out to the editorial office or find a home for your research in our environmental portfolio.

Themed collection on ‘Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Environmental Science’ is open for submissions

The past decade has seen a huge growth in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) approaches being applied to challenges in chemical science. These approaches are powerful tools in improving our understanding of the environment to build a cleaner, safer, more sustainable and equitable planet. This special collection of Environmental Science: Advances welcomes all studies that use AI and ML to advance our understanding of the physical environment, environmental health, and environmental sustainability, or to provide solutions to challenges in these areas.

Article publication online and in issues will occur without delay to ensure the timely dissemination of the work. The articles will then be assembled on the RSC Publishing platform and promoted as a web-based thematic collection.

Environmental Science: Advances is a gold open access journal and covers advances in all areas related to environmental sustainability. Authors are welcome to submit original research as a Communication, Full Paper or Review article. Please contact the editorial office to register your interest or for more information. Alternatively, you can submit your manuscript here, quoting code ‘VAAIML22‘ when prompted.

Guest Editor: Hemi Luan (South University of Science and Technology)

Submission deadline: 30th April 2023

Submit your manuscript, quoting ‘VAAIML22’:

APCs are waived until mid-2024.


Research Infographic – Microbial nanocellulose biotextiles for a circular materials economy

We’re delighted to share this fantastic infographic which explores the creation of a compostable bioleather with superior flame-retardance and low environmental impact. Their microbial nanocellulose leather has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than both synthetic leather and cotton, and marks a big step towards a circular materials economy. This paper was published in Issue 3 of Environmental Science: Advances. Read the entire open-access article here at:

‘Microbial nanocellulose biotextiles for a circular materials economy’ 

T. N. Schiros, H. H. Lu et al., Environ. Sci.: Adv., 2022,1, 276-284