Science of The Total Environment Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

The journal is an international medium for the publication of research into those changes in the environment caused by man's activities. Specifically, it is concerned with the changes in the natural level and distribution of chemical elements and compounds which may affect the well-being of the living world, and ultimately harm man himself. Emphasis is given to applied environmental chemistry. The subjects covered include: (a) application of techniques and methods of chemistry and biochemistry to environmental problems (b) pollution of the air, water, soil and various aspects of human nutrition (c) environmental medicine, when the effect of abnormalities in the level and distribution of chemical elements and compounds are given prominence (d) the use of interdisciplinary methods in studies of the environment (e) environmental planning and policy

Current impact factor: 4.10

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 4.099
2013 Impact Factor 3.163
2012 Impact Factor 3.258
2011 Impact Factor 3.286
2010 Impact Factor 3.19
2009 Impact Factor 2.905
2008 Impact Factor 2.579
2007 Impact Factor 2.182
2006 Impact Factor 2.359
2005 Impact Factor 2.224
2004 Impact Factor 1.925
2003 Impact Factor 1.455
2002 Impact Factor 1.537
2001 Impact Factor 1.396
2000 Impact Factor 1.252
1999 Impact Factor 1.126
1998 Impact Factor 1.249
1997 Impact Factor 0.947

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 4.41
Cited half-life 6.30
Immediacy index 0.92
Eigenfactor 0.07
Article influence 1.13
Website Science of the Total Environment, The website
Other titles Science of the total environment
ISSN 0048-9697
OCLC 1642328
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details


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  • Conditions
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    • Author's post-print on open access repository after an embargo period of between 12 months and 48 months
    • Permitted deposit due to Funding Body, Institutional and Governmental policy or mandate, may be required to comply with embargo periods of 12 months to 48 months
    • Author's post-print may be used to update arXiv and RepEC
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Must link to publisher version with DOI
    • Author's post-print must be released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
  • Classification
    ​ green

Publications in this journal

  • Science of The Total Environment 01/2016; 541(15):74-82. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.09.008
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    ABSTRACT: Nitrate (NO3) is one of the most common contaminants in aquatic environments and groundwater. Nitrate concentrations and environmental isotope data (δ15N–NO3 and δ18O–NO3) from groundwater of Asopos basin, which has different land-use types, i.e., a large number of industries (e.g., textile, metal processing, food, fertilizers, paint), urban and agricultural areas and livestock breeding facilities, were analyzed to identify the nitrate sources of water contamination and N-biogeochemical transformations. A Bayesian isotope mixing model (SIAR) and multivariate statistical analysis of hydrochemical data were used to estimate the proportional contribution of different NO3 sources and to identify the dominant factors controlling the nitrate content of the groundwater in the region. The comparison of SIAR and Principal Component Analysis showed that wastes originating from urban and industrial zones of the basin are mainly responsible for nitrate contamination of groundwater in these areas. Agricultural fertilizers and manure likely contribute to groundwater contamination away from urban fabric and industrial land-use areas. Soil contribution to nitrate contamination due to organic matter is higher in the south-western part of the area far from the industries and the urban settlements. The present study aims to highlight the use of environmental isotopes combined with multivariate statistical analysis in locating sources of nitrate contamination in groundwater leading to a more effective planning of environmental measures and remediation strategies in river basins and water bodies as defined by the European Water Frame Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC).
    Science of The Total Environment 01/2016; 541:802-814. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.09.134
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, sunlight inactivation of two indicator bacteria in freshwater, with and without solid particles, was studied and the persistence of culturable cells and total DNA was compared. Environmental water was used to prepare two matrices, with and without solid particles, which were spiked withEscherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis. These matrices were used to prepare microcosm bags that were placed in two containers: one exposed to sunlight and the other in the dark. During one month, samples were removed from each container and detection was done by membranefilter technique and real-time PCR. Kinetic parameters were calculated to assess sunlight effect. Indicator bacteria without solid particles exposed to sunlight suffered an immediate decay (< 4h) compared with the ones which were shielded from them. In addition, the survival of both bacteria with solid particles varied depending on the situation analyzed ( T99 from 3 up to 60 days), being always culturable E. coli more per-sistent thanE. faecalis.Ontheotherside, E. faecalisDNA persisted much longer than culturable cells ( T99> 40 h in the dark with particles). In this case active cells were more prone to sunlight than total DNA and the protective effect of solid particles was also observed. Results highlight that the effects caused by the parameters which describe the behavior of culturable microorganisms and total DNA in water are different and must be included in simulation models but without forgetting that these parameters will also depend on bacterial properties, sensi-tizers, composition, type, and uses of the aquatic environment under assessmen
    Science of The Total Environment 01/2016; 539. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.07.138
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    ABSTRACT: Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) in small peri-urban streams and rivers are potentially toxic for their biocenosis. Improving the management of CSO discharges requires better knowledge of their dynamics and toxicity. In view to characterizing this toxicity, we sampled the different compartments (benthic and hyporheic zone) of a peri-urban stream located near the city of Lyon in France. The samples were taken at different distances from a CSO and at three period characteristic of different hydrological conditions. Their toxic effects were assessed by bioassays on the dissolved fraction (D. magna, V. fisheri and B. calyciflorus bioassays) and on the particle fraction (V. fisheri and H. incongruens bioassays). The results highlighted significant toxicity of the particulate fraction for the benthic and hyporheic samples, in particular downstream of the CSO, but with high spatio-temporal variability. This variability can first be attributed to the variability of CSO discharge sampling as a function of season and rainfall, and the dynamics of polluted particles (trapping of transported particles in infiltration zones, mobilization during floods). These parameters play a fundamental role in the distribution of pollutants according to the geomorphology of stream facies. Regarding dissolved pollutants, the chemical exchanges taking place at the “water-sediment” interface trigger the transfer of pollutants from one phase to another, after which the dispersion of these pollutants is governed by hydraulic flows. Finally, critical zones and periods are identified for the peri-urban river toxicity studied: benthic sediments under mean flow downstream; hyporheic sediments after a storm event downstream, close to the CSO. Recommendations are made on the basis of the knowledge obtained to optimize the management of these discharges.
    Science of The Total Environment 01/2016; 539:503-514. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.128
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    ABSTRACT: The comparison of the Ecological Footprint and its counterpart (i.e. biocapacity) allow for a classification of the world's countries as ecological creditors (Ecological Footprint lower than biocapacity) or debtors (Ecological Footprint higher than biocapacity). This classification is a national scale assessment on an annual time scale that provides a view of the ecological assets appropriated by the local population versus the natural ecological endowment of a country. We show that GDP per capita over a certain threshold is related with the worsening of the footprint balance in countries classified as ecological debtors. On the other hand, this correlation is lost when ecological creditor nations are considered. There is evidence that governments and investors from high GDP countries are playing a crucial role in impacting the environment at the global scale which is significantly affecting the geography of sustainability and preventing equal opportunities for development. In particular, international market dynamics and the concentration of economic power facilitate the transfer of biocapacity related to “land grabbing”, i.e. large scale acquisition of agricultural land. This transfer mainly occurs from low to high GDP countries, regardless of the actual need of foreign biocapacity, as expressed by the national footprint balance. A first estimation of the amount of biocapacity involved in this phenomenon is provided in this paper in order to better understand its implications on global sustainability and national and international land use policy.
    Science of The Total Environment 01/2016; 539:551-559. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.09.021