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Microplastics in fecal samples of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) and from surface water in the Philippines The authors’ study fills several research gaps by providing the first direct evidence of microplastic ingestion in whale sharks (mean of 2.8 microplastics g− 1 scat), as well as data on microplastic concentrations in coastal waters of southeastern Cebu, Philippines (5.83 particles m− 3).

A multilevel dataset of microplastic abundance in the world’s upper ocean and the Laurentian Great Lakes The authors provide a new dataset of pelagic microplastic abundance in the world’s oceans which incorporates different sampling methods. The dataset includes both published and unpublished microplastic abundance data obtained from 2000 to 2019.

Exposure to microplastic fibers does not change fish early life stage development of three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) The present study illustrates that polyester fibers, even at concentrations three to four orders above levels reported from the environment, do not impair fertilization success, embryonic and early larval development of sticklebacks. Accordingly, concentrations of microplastic fibers currently observed in aquatic habitats do not appear to be harmful to early live stages of fish.

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Our Editorial Board Member, Todd Gouin, presents his perspective on addressing the importance of microplastic particles as vectors for long-range transport of chemical contaminants. 

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Microplastics and Nanoplastics featured on SN campaign for Microplastic Pollution in Water

Microplastics and Nanoplastics journal has been featured in Springer Nature campaign for Sustainable Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation focused on Microplastic Pollution in Water

As part of this campaign, we asked our editors how they address SDG6. Check the Interview with our editor, Chelsea Rochman, featured on the campaign website and find two extra interviews with our editors, Tim van Emmerik and François Galgani and Lesley Henderson here.

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New Open Access Journal Microplastics and Nanoplastics open for submissions!

Microplastics and Nanoplastics is an inclusive, interdisciplinary forum for worldwide efforts to solve the plastics pollution challenge. The journal aims to publish innovative high quality science providing a quantitative and mechanistic understanding of the factors that drive the emissions, fate, effects, risks and societal responses to the presence of plastic debris in nature and society, as well as novel remediation and risk mitigation options and technologies.

Open Access • Multidisciplinary • Interdisciplinary • High Quality and Impact • Addressing risks for nature and society • Mechanistic understanding • Towards Solutions and Mitigation

  1. Authors: Francois Galgani, Aleke Stoefen-o Brien, Judith Weis, Christos Ioakeimidis, Qamar Schuyler, Iryna Makarenko, Huw Griffiths, Joan Bondareff, Dick Vethaak, Alan Deidun, Paula Sobral, Konstantinos Topouzelis, Penny Vlahos, Fernanda Lana, Martin Hassellov, Olivia Gerigny…

    Content type: Discussion

  2. Authors: Seta Noventa, Matthew S. P. Boyles, Andreas Seifert, Simone Belluco, Aracaeli Sánchez Jiménez, Helinor J. Johnston, Lang Tran, Teresa F. Fernandes, Lapo Mughini-Gras, Massimiliano Orsini, Fabiana Corami, Kepa Castro, Franco Mutinelli, Massimo Boldrin, Victor Puntes, Mahshid Sotoudeh…

    Content type: Review



Aims and scope

Aims & Scope

The journal provides a unified platform for the international reporting of ground-breaking research results and reviews covering the fast-growing area of plastics research. Work across all length scales (macro, micro and nano) and heterogeneous pollutants will be considered. Topics covered include characterization and quantification of plastics; ecotoxicological evaluation; new biodegradable and sustainable materials; waste management methods; the impact of plastics on biodiversity, pollution and human health; social and behavioral science perspectives and policy; transport and accumulation of plastics in the geosphere. The journal publishes original research, brief communications, reviews, comments, perspectives, methods papers, and data descriptor articles. Microplastics and Nanoplastics is an inclusive, interdisciplinary forum for worldwide efforts to solve the plastics pollution challenge.


Topics to be covered:

·         Methods of characterization and quantification of nano, micro and macroplastics

·         Plastic-associated chemicals and their impact

·         New biodegradable materials as plastic alternatives

·         Plastics waste management – sustainable practices

·         Risks of nano,micro and macroplastics on the environment and human health

·          Environmental fate and bioaccumulation of nano, micro and macroplastics

·         Implications for human health

·         Perceptions regarding the presence of plastic in nature and society

·         Environmental economics and policy regarding plastic debris

·         Monitoring and modeling of plastic transport and accumulation in the geosphere (atmosphere, land, freshwater, marine environments)




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Microplastics and Nanoplastics welcomes proposals for special issues from prospective guest editors. Special issue proposals should be submitted by email to 

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