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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)

 

 

 

Open access

All articles published by the Microplastics and Nanoplastics are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

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Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Microplastics and Nanoplastics operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. Publication of research articles by Microplastics and Nanoplastics is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Citing articles in Microplastics and Nanoplastics

Articles in Microplastics and Nanoplastics should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors. Title. Micropl.&Nanopl. [year];[volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL. Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Diagn Pathol 2009;1:115.

1:115 refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Editorial policies

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Benefits of publishing with SpringerOpen

High visibility

Microplastics and Nanoplastics's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Microplastics and Nanoplastics offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Microplastics and Nanoplastics and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

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