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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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Barack Obama tweets about ERL

By Liz Kalaugher

Barack Obama has taken to Twitter to inform his 31 million followers about a recent study published in Environmental Research Letters.

Highlighting a news story published by Reuters, he said: “Ninety-seven per cent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. Read more: OFA.BO/gJsdFp“.

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Decarbonizing urban transport might bring considerable benefits

By Felix Creutzig

Citizens of Europe enjoy high accessibility to energy-efficient modes of transportation, such as public transit, and often can cycle safely in cities. Still, CO2 emissions in urban transport measure about two tonnes per capita each year even in well-designed cities such as Barcelona, Freiburg, Malmö, and Sofia. For ambitious mitigation these numbers need to be cut considerably. But automobile-centered structure of the periphery makes decarbonizing a daunting task. In a new study in Environmental Research Letters (ERL) I, along with colleagues, investigated possible options for reducing the CO2 emissions in urban transport of the four cities mentioned above.

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ERL board gathers in London

By Liz Kalaugher

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This Monday saw twelve members of the Environmental Research Letters (ERL) board meet up at the Institute of Physics in London to guide the journal’s future. A sister product to environmentalresearchweb, ERL is run by IOP Publishing and has provided open-access high-quality research articles from across the full range of environmental science since 2006.

Delegates came in person from the US, UK, India, Argentina, Norway and Guyana while ERL editor-in-chief Dan Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley, US, dialled in from the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, and Julie Hall of New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research joined in from Wellington.

Pictured from left, Scott Goetz of Woods Hole Research Center, US, Chuixiang “Tree” Yi of City University of New York, US, ERL Publisher Guillaume Wright, Bridget Scanlon of University of Texas, Austin, US, Arpad Horvath of the University of California, Berkeley, N H “Ravi” Ravindranath of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, Giles Harrison of the University of Reading, UK, Ian Colbeck of the University of Essex, UK, Geir Sverre Braut of the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision, Tim Smith, ERL Senior Publisher, Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London, Dan Rubenstein of Princeton University, US, Carolyn Stephens of Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina, and Isabella Bovolo of the University of Newcastle, UK, and Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation & Development, Guyana.

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ERL launches video editorials

By Liz Kalaugher

According to Time magazine, five years ago saw the invention of a low-allergy cat, solid coffee and a motorized inflatable pool lounger. Perhaps more significantly, it was also the birth-year of Environmental Research Letters (ERL), environmentalresearchweb‘s sister open-access journal.

To celebrate five years of publishing high-quality research, ERL has launched its first video editorial from Editor-in-Chief Dan Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley. In “It takes a community to define a discipline” Dan discusses the factors he feels make ERL unique – fast publication times, broad coverage, a high-quality interdisciplinary editorial board, good visibility for articles, and access for all. You can also read Dan’s complementary traditional editorial.

Dan’s video marks the launch of video abstracts for ERL, an exciting new feature for 2012, a year which will also see focus issues on topics such as second-generation biofuels, biodiversity, human health and well-being, and environmental risks and migration.

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ERL presents the Rosenfeld plaque to Dr Carey King

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By Liz Kalaugher

Environmental Research Letters (ERL) is pleased to present this one time award in recognition of outstanding work in the journal in the field of energy economics.

ERL awards the Rosenfeld plaque to Dr Carey King for his work published in the journal, where he described a new method to measure energy return on energy invested (EROI) that can be estimated every year, rather than the previous best method which gave estimates at best every five years. In recognition of Dr King’s work and as a gesture of gratitude, the journal would like to give Dr King the opportunity to publish in ERL completely free of charge until the end of 2012.

The Rosenfeld plaque is a limited edition item, named in honour of Dr Arthur H Rosenfeld, which was manufactured to commemorate a letter published in ERL in March 2010 that defined a new unit to represent energy savings.

To highlight Dr King’s work further, alongside this award ERL has published a perspective article written by Professor Charles Hall.

The article (full text HTML link) by Dr King and perspective (full text PDF link) by Professor Hall are listed below:

Read Carey King’s blog for environmentalresearchweb.

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Happy 5th birthday ERL

By Liz Kalaugher

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environmentalresearchweb’s sister product, open-access journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL) is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a collection of the very best papers published over the last five years.

Twenty-five articles were nominated for the collection based on criteria such as novelty, scientific impact, readership, broad appeal and wider media coverage. The Editorial Board of ERL then picked a winner for each year of the journal’s existence.

To find out more about topics such as the Sahara’s Bodélé depression, the 2005 drought in the Amazon, how difficult it is to recover from dangerous levels of global warming, water shortage over the last 2000 years, and how urban structure affects consumption, head to the dedicated collection page.

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Winners announced for ERL competition

By Liz Kalaugher

Back in December, environmentalresearchweb‘s sister journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL) held a competition at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, US. Congratulations are now due to Dr James O’Brien of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University, US, and to Cecilia Avendano Rodriguez de Harpel of Vancouver, Canada, who have each won an Amazon Kindle.

We wish them happy reading!

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