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ERL Impact Factor hits 4.09

Congratulations to our sister open-access journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL), which this week saw its 2013 Impact Factor reach 4.090, a 14% increase over the 2012 value. It’s another reason, along with the journal’s broad reach, high downloads and fast publication times, to name just a few, to submit your paper.

“We would like to thank our authors, referees and editorial board members who have contributed to the continued success of the journals,” said Nicola Gulley, Editorial Director of IOP Publishing, which publishes ERL alongside a large portfolio of other titles. “While the Impact Factor continues to be a widely recognised measure of the quality and prestige of a journal, we also know that other metrics are paramount. In addition to launching article level metrics in 2012, we are getting involved with other key industry initiatives, such as partnering with Kudos.”

Guillaume Wright, Publisher for ERL, added: “The new ERL Impact Factor is the highest it has been since the journal’s launch in 2006, and is a reflection of the high-quality research that our authors have published in the journal. We’d like to thank our authors, readers and supporters for choosing to publish with and download ERL, and for contributing to the journal to make it what it is today.”

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James Hansen on pacts with the devil

By Liz Kalaugher

We are increasing the stakes of the climate Faustian bargain, believes James Hansen, who retires from NASA this week, through higher levels of fossil-fuel particulate and nitrogen pollution, which mask greenhouse-gas warming in the short term. The Faustian bargain sees aerosols reduce the net human-made climate forcing; they only maintain this level of reduction, however, if we allow air pollution to increase as emissions rise. Once people decide to reduce particulate air pollution for health reasons, the “devil’s payment” will be extracted via increased global warming.

The original Faust, the story goes, entered a pact with the devil and received magic powers for 24 years before the devil claimed his soul, leaving Faust in eternal damnation.

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October’s favourite ERL video abstract

By Liz Kalaugher

October’s most popular Environmental Research Letters (ERL) video abstract was on “Can switching fuels save water? A life cycle quantification of freshwater consumption for Texas coal- and natural gas-fired electricity”.

It’s currently close runner-up to September’s most popular video abstract – on “Sources of multi-decadal variability in Arctic sea ice extent”.

See the full collection of video abstracts.

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ERL introduces article-level metrics and new Creative Commons licence

By Liz Kalaugher

Environmental Research Letters (ERL), sister product to environmentalresearchweb, has introduced a new service, making article-level metrics such as full-text downloads, video abstract views, citations, shares and bookmarks available to all users. The metrics provide users with information that reveals the potential wider impact of individual articles in a specific research area and beyond. Read more on article-level metrics.

ERL has also moved, with immediate effect, to a CC-BY 3.0 licence. This more liberal Creative Commons licence allows others to distribute, remix, tweak and build upon a piece of work as long as they credit the original creation. Find out more.

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