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The Earth's environment consists of different types of metals (e.g., iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb)) and metalloids (e.g., arsenic (As), Silicon(Si)). Metals and metalloids have shaped the evolution of biological communities, resulting functional complexities across environments (e.g. soil, water, atmosphere). Over the last century, rapid urbanization and industrial activities have led to exposure of hazardous metals and metalloids (e.g., As, Hg, Pb) to human health by entry through the food web. This special issue in Geoscience Letters invites research contributions focusing on sources and biogeochemical cycling of metals and metalloids in the Earth's environments. Contributions on technical innovations with respect to quality and affordable measurement, and towards elucidation of mechanisms for effective policymaking to protect biospheric health are welcome.
The Asia Oceania region is home to over 700 volcanoes active during the past 10,000 years, and is host to the largest share of the world’s populations. Volcanic phenomena, the science of volcanology, and the impacts of volcanism on the natural and human environment are at the same time fascinating as they are of imminent societal relevance: Volcanic eruptions and their associated hazards affect over 10% of the world's population and interdisciplinary research is crucially important to improve hazard assessment and communication, monitoring, forecasting, and mitigation.
Indonesia experienced two damaging tsunamis in 2018. On September 28, 2018, a Mw 7.8 earthquake occurred near Palu in central Sulawesi. It lead to a large tsunami that destroyed coastal communities around Palu and devastating landslides and areas of liquefaction. Both the tsunami and landsliding in Palu were far larger than expected from the type of fault rupture that created the earthquake and the geomorphology of the embayment. Later in 2018 a volcanic tsunami occurred that was likely generated by a large collapse at Anak Krakatau, Sunda Strait. This thematic series will present new findings from fieldwork, modeling, historical analysis and other investigations into how the natural hazards observed at Palu Bay and around Anak Karakatau were generated, the effects on the ground and on the communities and the process of rebuilding after the event.
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Geoscience Letters is covered by Scopus and Science Citation Index Expanded
Geoscience Letters is indexed in Scopus and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). We are delighted to announce that the journal has received its first Impact Factor of 2.283 for the 2019 year. This marks another important milestone in the history of the journal. We look forward to the journal’s continued success in the future.
Thematic series in Geoscience Letters
Asian Urban Meteorology and Climate
Edited by: Johnny Chan, Jimmy Fung
Collection published: 26 June 2018
Reducing tsunami risk in the western Indian Ocean
Edited by: Adam D. Switzer, Yuichiro Tanioka, Sultan Al-Yahyai, Brian Atwater, Peter Koltermann, Joern Lauterjung
Collection published: 18 September 2018
Coupling of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system
Edited by: Zhonghua Yao, Kyle Murphy, Jonathan Rae, Balan Nanan
Collection published: 11th April 2017
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Aims and scope
Geoscience Letters is the official journal of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, and a fully open access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand. The journal publishes original, innovative and timely research letter articles and concise reviews on studies of the Earth and its environment, the planetary and space sciences. Contributions reflect the eight scientific sections of the AOGS: Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences, Hydrological Sciences, Interdisciplinary Geosciences, Ocean Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Solar and Terrestrial Sciences, and Solid Earth Sciences. Geoscience Letters focuses on cutting-edge fundamental and applied research in the broad field of the geosciences, including the applications of geoscience research to societal problems. This journal is Open Access, providing rapid electronic publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific contributions.
Geoscience Letters accepts three types of manuscripts: Research Letters (concise reports on original research, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 words), Letters to the Editors (brief reports, comments on and/or replies to the published papers in 300 to 800 words), and Reviews (up to approximately 10,000 words). The word counts include figures, which are counted as 200 to 500 words each, depending on the size.
Annual Journal Metrics
94 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
85 days to first decision for all manuscripts
172 days from submission to acceptance
14 days from acceptance to publication
- ISSN: 2196-4092 (electronic)