Focus and Scope

Annals of Environmental Science has one aim in mind: to make high quality, peer-reviewed environmental research available to anyone, anywhere, at no charge. Publication of high quality research is facilitated by peer-review and editorial systems that certify to the extent possible that high standards have been met.

The work then can be shared with the world.

The papers will be indexed and abstracted, but who knows who will be able to access them, and who knows who may benefit in one way or another from the information they contain?

The journal Annals of Environmental Science is maintained at no charge by Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA, to provide:

  1. a medium for free publication of high quality, original research in the environmental sciences, broadly defined; and
  2. a medium for free publication of invited and contributed reviews of topics of high current interest. All papers published in AES are peer-reviewed.

All papers published in AES may be downloaded free of charge from anywhere in the world. The journal also accepts news, notices of conferences, brief reports of conferences, and topics of interest to the environmental science community, broadly defined.


The papers published in Annals of Environmental Science (AES) address all aspects of the air, earth and water environments, including

  • environmental monitoring, measurements and data analysis
  • soil and water processes
  • air, soil and water remediation
  • water treatment, purification and conservation
  • environmental biology, microbiology and physiology
  • human health effects
  • environmental education and welfare
  • environmental engineering

Also in focus are

  • environmental economics, justice, policy and regulation

The papers published in AES can address local, regional, nation-wide or world-wide environmental issues without restriction.

The AES audience thus comprises

  • engineers, scientists, teachers and technical experts in the natural and physical sciences
  • environmental health officials, legislators, policy-makers and regulators
  • undergraduate and graduate students studying aspects of understanding and protecting our environment, broadly defined
  • members of the worldwide general public who wish to know and understand the state of their living space, our environment

Topical Coverage

Topics covered by AES include (but are by no means limited to) the following. Please contact the Editors for topics not listed.

Adsorption, theory and practiceInstrumentation
Air quality and monitoringKinetics
Antibiotics, hormonesMicrobiology
Aqueous natural organic matterNovel techniques
Arsenic mobility in groundwaterNuclear technologies
Atmospheric sciencePCA, environmental modeling
Black carbonPesticide analysis
Carbon sequestrationPhysical chemistry
Chemical element distributionPollution
CosmochemistryRadiation effects
Degradation, explosives/toxinsRisk
EconomicsScrapie transmission
EcotoxicitySoil/water interface
Gene-environment interactionsSoil science
GeologyStructure/function relationships
Human food chainWaste containment
Human-induced changesWater treatment

Peer Review Process

All papers published in AES are peer-reviewed.

Publication Frequency

Articles are published in AES as they are accepted.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Sources of Support

OJS is a service offered by the Northeastern University Libraries. For more information, please visit

Journal History

The founders of Annals of Environmental Science (AES) are Drs. Elham Ghabbour, Geoffrey Davies and Robert Wershaw. Together, they determined that AES would be an on-line, rigorously peer-reviewed, open-access journal for the environmental sciences, broadly defined. The journal would be indistinguishable in all respects from any established and respected journal except it would be completely free to authors and readers on-line anywhere at any time in the world.

The idea for the journal came after a plenary lecture by Dr Robert Wershaw of the United States Geological Survey at a Conference at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts on July 21, 2002. His title "Establishment of a Web-based Forum for the Rapid Publication of Extended Abstracts" was in keeping with the strong growth of interest in on-line science publication to avoid the costs and limited library space for the many, print journals available at the time.

Thanks to the co-operation and generosity of Northeastern University, AES found a home in IRis, the institutional repository maintained by Snell Library, and the journal was officially launched on March 12, 2007. With the welcome assistance of voluntary Editors and a distinguished Editorial Board, the AES Editorial Office at Northeastern manages peer-review and timely publication of the highest quality research in the environmental sciences, broadly defined. And, as envisioned, AES is on-line, rigorously peer-reviewed, open-access and completely free of charge for seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year - we hope to the benefit of environmental scientists and the public everywhere, broadly defined.