By Gui Wright, Publisher, ERL
Environmental Research Letters (ERL), environmentalresearchweb’s sister journal, marked a successful year by recognising key contributors to the journal in 2016.
As part of the Highlights of 2016 collection, following a hotly-contested vote amongst the ERL Editorial Board, Mary Collins (from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in the US) and colleagues were awarded the ‘Best Article of 2016’ prize for “Linking ‘toxic outliers’ to environmental justice communities”. Collins and her co-workers, Ian Munoz and Joseph JaJa, were interviewed by environmentalresearchweb where they discussed how a handful of super-polluters account for 90% of toxic chemical pollution in the US, and disproportionately expose communities of colour and low income populations to potential harm.
The article forms part of ERL’s Focus on Environmental Justice: New Directions in International Research, a collection featuring new research on quantitative and interdisciplinary approaches to environmental justice, a field increasingly integral to the development of environmental policy.
The Editorial Board also chose to honour Kimberly Van Meter (University of Waterloo, Canada) and colleagues for their article “The nitrogen legacy: emerging evidence of nitrogen accumulation in anthropogenic landscapes”, awarding the work ‘Best Early Career Article of 2016’
Kimberly Van Meter and Nandita Basu
Van Meter, Nadita Basu and the rest of the teamstudied the accumulation of nitrogen following modern-day increases in nitrogen-based fertilizer use. Much of the ‘missing’
nitrogen is stored in the post-harvest plant root residue, they found. With nitrogen management now seen as an issue of critical environmental and ecological importance, Van Meter and Basu discuss the long-term implications of their latest discovery in an ERL article video abstract and interview with environmentalresearchweb.
Congratulations to both sets of prize-winning authors, who have been awarded free open-access publication in ERL during 2017, once again proving that the reward for ground-breaking work is…more hard work!
“From the local to the global environment, this amazing collection of articles show both the value and the power of studies that investigate the frontiers of environmental change and of human-environmental interactions,” said ERL Editor-in-Chief Daniel Kammen of the Highlights of 2016 collection.
2016 also saw the launch of the IOP Reviewer Awards, with ERL recognising the contribution of our hard-working reviewers by nominating over 45 Outstanding Reviewers for the year. Our inaugural ‘ERL Reviewer of the Year’ is Shannan Sweet of Cornell University, US.
ERL continually strives to serve the environmental science community and beyond, at a time where open science and public outreach are seemingly more important than ever. Our 10th anniversary last year was a good point to reflect on milestones reached so far. Taking the time to acknowledge those authors and reviewers who gave us their support during 2016 provides a further reminder of our shared values, and our motivation to do all we can in return.
Thank you to the community, from all at ERL.