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Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of ethnicity, color, national origin, social status or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The goal is for everyone to have the same degree of protection from health hazards in the environment, as well as equal access to the decision-making processes that contribute to a healthy living environment.

This collection calls for papers from a broad range of subject areas that shed light on the contribution that evidence-based research can give to develop better practices and policies towards stronger environmental justice. Articles may include, but are not limited to, research about air pollution, sewage management, water systems management, drinking water quality, pesticides and much more. 

The following journals are accepting submissions to the series:


Submission Instructions

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the individual journal’s instructions for authors and submitted via the online submission system. Please indicate clearly in the title page that the manuscript is to be considered for the thematic series 'Environmental Justice and policy research'. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by the respective journal, in accordance with each journal’s peer-review policy. Accepted articles will be published online on a continuous basis.

Submission deadline: November 30th 2022

Published articles in this collection:

  1. Epistemological biases in environmental epidemiology prevent the full understanding of how racism’s societal impacts directly influence health outcomes. With the ability to focus on “place” and the totality of...

    Authors: Melissa J. Perry, Suzanne Arrington, Marlaina S. Freisthler, Ifeoma N. Ibe, Nathan L. McCray, Laura M. Neumann, Patrick Tajanlangit and Brenda M. Trejo Rosas

    Citation: Environmental Health 2021 20:119

    Content type: Commentary

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  2. Toxic chemicals — “toxicants” — have been studied and regulated as single entities, and, carcinogens aside, almost all toxicants, single or mixed and however altered, have been thought harmless in very low dos...

    Authors: Robert Hunt Sprinkle and Devon C. Payne-Sturges

    Citation: Environmental Health 2021 20:104

    Content type: Commentary

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  3. Pesticides can have negative effects on human and environmental health, especially when not handled as intended. In many countries, agro-input dealers sell pesticides to smallholder farmers and are supposed to...

    Authors: Philipp Staudacher, Curdin Brugger, Mirko S. Winkler, Christian Stamm, Andrea Farnham, Ruth Mubeezi, Rik I. L. Eggen and Isabel Günther

    Citation: Environmental Health 2021 20:100

    Content type: Research

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  4. At a regional or continental scale, the characterization of environmental health inequities (EHI) expresses the idea that populations are not equal in the face of pollution. It implies an analysis be conducted...

    Authors: Julien CAUDEVILLE, Corentin REGRAIN, Frederic TOGNET, Roseline BONNARD, Mohammed GUEDDA, Celine BROCHOT, Maxime BEAUCHAMP, Laurent LETINOIS, Laure MALHERBE, Fabrice MARLIERE, Francois LESTREMAU, Karen CHARDON, Veronique BACH and Florence Anna ZEMAN

    Citation: Environmental Health 2021 20:58

    Content type: Methodology

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  5. Asian/Pacific Islander (API) communities in the United States often reside in metropolitan areas with distinct social and environmental attributes. Residence in an ethnic enclave, a socially distinct area, is ...

    Authors: Andrew D. Williams, Sandie Ha, Edmond Shenassa, Lynne C. Messer, Jenna Kanner and Pauline Mendola

    Citation: Environmental Health 2021 20:56

    Content type: Research

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  6. This paper explores strategies to engage community stakeholders in efforts to address the effects of traffic-related air pollution (TRAP). Communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately...

    Authors: Linda Sprague Martinez, Noelle Dimitri, Sharon Ron, Neelakshi Hudda, Wig Zamore, Lydia Lowe, Ben Echevarria, John L. Durant, Doug Brugge and Ellin Reisner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1690

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Various maternal conditions, especially in utero conditions and prenatal exposure to environments with air pollution and greenness, have been reviewed to address the enhancement and prevention of susceptibilit...

    Authors: Kyung Ju Lee, Hyemi Moon, Hyo Ri Yun, Eun Lyeong Park, Ae Ran Park, Hijeong Choi, Kwan Hong and Juneyoung Lee

    Citation: Environmental Health 2020 19:91

    Content type: Review

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  8. The petrochemical industry is a major source of hazardous and toxic air pollutants that are recognised to have mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. A wealth of occupational epidemiology literature exists aro...

    Authors: Calvin Jephcote, David Brown, Thomas Verbeek and Alice Mah

    Citation: Environmental Health 2020 19:53

    Content type: Research

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  9. Air pollution and pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) are still serious worldwide problems, especially in areas of developing countries. Whether there is an association between high ambient air pollutant concentratio...

    Authors: Fuqiang Liu, Zhixia Zhang, Hongying Chen and Shaofa Nie

    Citation: Environmental Health 2020 19:51

    Content type: Research

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  10. Few epidemiological investigations have focused on the influence of environmental temperature on human sperm quality. Here, we evaluated the potential association between ambient temperature and human sperm qu...

    Authors: Xiaochen Wang, Xiaojia Tian, Bo Ye, Yi Zhang, Xiaotong Zhang, Shichun Huang, Cunlu Li, Simin Wu, Rui Li, Yuliang Zou, Jingling Liao, Jing Yang and Lu Ma

    Citation: Environmental Health 2020 19:44

    Content type: Research

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  11. From 2006 to 2011, the City of Houston received nearly 200 community complaints about air pollution coming from some metal recycling facilities. The investigation by the Houston Health Department (HHD) found t...

    Authors: Elaine Symanski, Heyreoun An Han, Loren Hopkins, Mary Ann Smith, Sheryl McCurdy, Inkyu Han, Maria Jimenez, Christine Markham, Donald Richner, Daisy James and Juan Flores

    Citation: Environmental Health 2020 19:39

    Content type: Research

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  12. Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes mellitus (DM) in the Southeast Asian region, and has ongoing air pollution and periodic haze exposure.

    Authors: Shew Fung Wong, Poh Sin Yap, Joon Wah Mak, Wan Ling Elaine Chan, Geok Lin Khor, Stephen Ambu, Wan Loy Chu, Maria Safura Mohamad, Norazizah Ibrahim Wong, Nur Liana Ab. Majid, Hamizatul Akmal Abd. Hamid, Wan Shakira Rodzlan Hasani, Muhammad Fadhli bin Mohd Yussoff, Hj. Tahir bin Aris, Ezahtulsyahreen Bt. Ab. Rahman and Zaleha Bt. M. Rashid

    Citation: Environmental Health 2020 19:37

    Content type: Research

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  13. The Minamata Convention (MC), a multilateral environmental agreement (MEA), aims to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and its compounds. The success ...

    Authors: Brij Mohan Sharma, Girija K. Bharat, Kateřina Šebková and Martin Scheringer

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2019 31:96

    Content type: Policy Brief

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  14. Low-income and minority communities often face disproportionately high pollutant exposures. The lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, has sparked concern about broader socioeconomic disparities in exposures to drink...

    Authors: Laurel A. Schaider, Lucien Swetschinski, Christopher Campbell and Ruthann A. Rudel

    Citation: Environmental Health 2019 18:3

    Content type: Research

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