Environmental Geochemistry and Health

Official Journal of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health

ISSN: 0269-4042 (Print) 1573-2983 (Online)


The discipline of environmental geochemistry and health establishes and explains links between the natural or disturbed chemical composition of the earth’s surface and the health of plants, animals and people.  Beneficial elements regulate or promote enzymatic and hormonal activity whereas other elements may be toxic. Bedrock geochemistry controls the composition of soil and hence that of water and vegetation. Environmental issues, such as pollution, arising from the extraction and use of mineral resources, are discussed. The effects of contaminants introduced into the earth’s geochemical systems are examined.  Geochemical surveys of soil, water and plants show how major and trace elements are distributed geographically. Associated epidemiological studies reveal the possibility of causal links between the natural or disturbed geochemical environment and disease. Experimental research illuminates the nature or consequences of natural or disturbed geochemical processes.

Environmental Geochemistry and Health publishes original research papers, short communications, review papers, topical collections of papers and special issues across the broad field of environmental geochemistry. Papers may be theoretical, interpretative or experimental. Coverage includes papers that directly link health and the environment. 

However, papers should not be submitted that are of local interest only and do not advance international knowledge on addressing environmental geochemistry and health issues. Articles that simply replicate known knowledge or techniques while researching a local geochemical problem will normally be rejected without review

Please see the Aims and Scope of the journal for full details.

There are no page charges to publish in this journal.

All articles accepted after February 1, 2014 will have free color online and in print.


CALL FOR PAPERS on upcoming Special Issue:
“Climate Change, Environmental Impact and Human Health”

Ecological systems and human health are likely to be significantly influenced by climate change. It contributes to the global burden of disease and the direct health impacts of extreme weather and climate events. The temporal and geographical variations in weather and climate are harmful to eco-environmental health causing an indirect impact on human health. Climate change is also regarded as a critical driver of biodiversity loss and has a negative effect on food production, water quality and quantity, air quality, ecosystem functions. In this context, it is important and valuable to examine perceptions from government stakeholders and other relevant specialists about the threat of climate change, their capacity to deal with it, and how to develop and implement a framework for assessing vulnerability of human health to climate change. This special issue aims to welcome original research on climate change impact to environment and human health, with particular focus on the interaction of “Environment impact, Social cost and Human health”, including but not limited to the following aspects:  

-  Future potential health impacts of climate change

-  Methods for quantitative risk assessment of climate change

-  Social cost estimation of climate change.

-  Climate monitoring and predicting models

-  Climate impact on water, air, soil and ecosystem quality

-  Climate impact on biodiversity loss and human health risk

-  Public responses to existing and emerging climate risks

-  Methodologies to quantify direct impact of climate change upon human health

-  Climate change Indirect impact on human health through food, water and air quality

-  Human behavior changes in responding to climate change

-  Cost benefit analysis for human behavior changes as well as human health in the context of climate change

Guest Editors:

Dr. Chunmiao Zheng
Southern University of Science and Technology
Shenzhen, China

Dr. Bin Ye
Southern University of Science and Technology
Shenzhen, China

Dr. Xiaoling Zhang
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Xiaolei Zhang
Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), Shenzhen, China

Important Dates:

First submission date: July 1, 2018

Paper submission deadline: December 31, 2018

Final decision notification: May 1, 2019

Publication: July 2019

If you are interested in contributing to the special issue, please contact the Publisher: Sherestha Saini [Sherestha.Saini@springer.com]. 

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