Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (Arch Environ Contam Toxicol)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology is a repository of significant, full-length articles describing original experimental or theoretical research work pertaining to the scientific aspects of contaminants in the environment. It provides a place for the publication of detailed, definitive, complete, credible reports concerning advances and discoveries in the fields of air, water, and soil contamination and pollution, human health aspects, and in disciplines concerned with the introduction, presence, and effects of deleterious substances in the total environment. Acceptable manuscripts for the Archives are the ones that deal with some aspects of environmental contaminants, including those that lie in the domains of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, agricultural, air, water, and soil chemistry.

Current impact factor: 1.90

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.895
2013 Impact Factor 1.96
2012 Impact Factor 2.012
2011 Impact Factor 1.927
2010 Impact Factor 1.93
2009 Impact Factor 1.743
2008 Impact Factor 1.864
2007 Impact Factor 1.62
2006 Impact Factor 1.419
2005 Impact Factor 1.408
2004 Impact Factor 1.612
2003 Impact Factor 1.857
2002 Impact Factor 1.516
2001 Impact Factor 1.301
2000 Impact Factor 1.437
1999 Impact Factor 1.173
1998 Impact Factor 1.065
1997 Impact Factor 1.102
1996 Impact Factor 1.396
1995 Impact Factor 1.307
1994 Impact Factor 1.182
1993 Impact Factor 1.252
1992 Impact Factor 1.221

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.13
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.39
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.52
Website Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology website
Other titles Archives of environmental contamination and toxicology (Online), Environmental contamination and toxicology
ISSN 1432-0703
OCLC 41210730
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Total mercury (THg) and selenium (Se) were analyzed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry in 11 internal and external tissues and stomach contents from 23 brown trout, Salmo trutta, of a 22.9-km reach of a high-gradient stream (upper Fountain Creek) in Colorado, USA, impacted by coal-fired power plants, shale deposits, and urbanization. Trout and water were sampled from four sites ranging from 2335 to 1818 m elevation. Lengths, weights, and ages of fish between pairs of the four sites were not significantly different. The dry weight (dw) to wet weight (ww) conversion factor for each tissue was calculated with egg-ovary highest at 0.379 and epaxial muscle fourth highest at 0.223. THg and Se in stomach contents indicated diet and not ambient water was the major source of Hg and Se bioaccumulated. Mean THg ww in kidney was 40.33 µg/kg, and epaxial muscle second highest at 36.76 µg/kg. None of the tissues exceeded the human critical threshold for Hg. However, all 23 trout had at least one tissue type that exceeded 0.02 mg/kg THg ww for birds, and four trout tissues exceeded 0.1 mg/kg THg ww for mammals, indicating that piscivorous mammals and birds should be monitored. Se concentrations in tissues varied depending on ww or dw listing. Mean Se dw in liver was higher than ovary at the uppermost site and the two lower sites. Liver tissue, in addition to egg-ovary, should be utilized as an indicator tissue for Se toxicity.
    Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0241-9
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    ABSTRACT: The distribution of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons in surface sediments of the lower course of the Imo River (Nigeria) was investigated to determine the sources and fate of these compounds. The aliphatic fraction is characterized by a widespread contribution of highly weathered/biodegraded hydrocarbon residues (reflected in the absence of prominent n-alkane peaks coupled with the presence of 17α(H),21β(H)-25-norhopane, an indicator of heavy hydrocarbon biodegradation) of Nigerian crude oils (confirmed by the occurrence of 18α(H)-oleanane, a compound characteristic of oils of deltaic origin). The concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) ranging from 48 to 117 ng/g dry weight (dw; ∑13PAHs) indicate a moderate pollution, possibly lowered by the sandy lithology and low organic carbon (OC) content of the sediments. Concentrations slightly decrease towards the estuary of the river, probably due to the fact that these stations are affected by tidal flushing of pollutants adsorbed on sediment particles and carried away by occasional storm to the Atlantic Ocean. A number of PAH ratios, including parent/alkylated and isomeric compounds, indicates a predominance of petrogenic sources, with a low contribution of pyrolytic inputs, particularly of fossil fuel combustion. On the basis of OC/ON (>10) and Per/ΣPAHpenta- (>10) values, a diagenetic terrigenous OC was proposed as a source of perylene to the river.
    Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0237-5
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    ABSTRACT: Selenium (Se) is an essential micronutrient that can be found at toxic concentrations in surface waters contaminated by runoff from agriculture and coal mining. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos were exposed to aqueous Se in the form of selenate, selenite, and L-selenomethionine (SeMet) in an attempt to determine if oxidative stress plays a role in selenium embryo toxicity. Selenate and selenite exposure did not induce embryo deformities (lordosis and craniofacial malformation). L-selenomethionine, however, induced significantly higher deformity rates at 100 µg/L compared with controls. SeMet exposure induced a dose-dependent increase in the catalytic subunit of glutamate-cysteine ligase (gclc) and reached an 11.7-fold increase at 100 µg/L. SeMet exposure also reduced concentrations of TGSH, RGSH, and the TGSH:GSSG ratio. Pretreatment with 100 µM N-acetylcysteine significantly reduced deformities in the zebrafish embryos secondarily treated with 400 µg/L SeMet from approximately 50-10 % as well as rescued all three of the significant glutathione level differences seen with SeMet alone. Selenite exposure induced a 6.6-fold increase in expression of the glutathione-S-transferase pi class 2 (gstp2) gene, which is involved in xenobiotic transformation and possibly oxidative stress. These results suggest that aqueous exposure to SeMet can induce significant embryonic teratogenesis in zebrafish that are at least partially attributed to oxidative stress.
    Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0235-7
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    ABSTRACT: In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon incident (2010) in the Gulf of Mexico, an abundance of research studies have been performed, but the methodologies used have varied making comparisons and replication difficult. In this study, acute toxicity tests with mysids and inland silversides were performed to examine the effect of different variables on test results. The toxicity test variables evaluated in this study included (1) open versus closed static test chambers, (2) natural versus artificial diluent, (3) aerated versus nonaerated test solution, and (4) low versus medium energy water-accommodated (WAF) mixing energies. The use of tests using natural or artificial diluent showed no difference in either toxicity test or analytical chemistry results. Based on median lethal concentrations (LC50) of WAFs of unweathered oil (MASS), mysid tests performed in closed chambers were approximately 41 % lower than LC50 values from open-chamber studies, possibly a result of the presence of low-molecular weight volatile aromatics (i.e., naphthalenes). This research also showed that using a medium-energy WAF (with a 20-25 % vortex) increases the number of chemical components compared with low-energy WAF, thus affecting the composition of the exposure media and increasing toxicity. The comparison of toxic units as a measure of the potential toxicity of fresh and weathered oils showed that weathered oils (e.g., Juniper, CTC) are less toxic than the unweathered MASS oil. In the event of future oil spills, these variables should be considered to ensure that data regarding the potential toxicity and environmental risk are of good quality and reproducible.
    Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0228-6
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    ABSTRACT: Canadian wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) release significant amounts of estrogenic chemicals to nearby surface waters. Environmental estrogens have been implicated as the causative agents of many developmental and reproductive problems in animals, including fish. The goals of this study were to assess the estrogenic activity in the influents, effluents, and biosolids of thirteen Canadian WWTPs using the yeast estrogen screen (YES) bioassay and to investigate whether factors, such as wastewater treatment method, sample storage, extraction efficiency, population, and summer/winter temperature had any effects on the distribution of estrogenicity in the WWTPs. Results of the study showed that estrogenicity from the influent to the effluent decreased in seven WWTPs, increased in two WWTPs, and did not change in four WWTPs during the winter. Estrogenic concentrations generally decreased in the order of biosolids > influents > effluents and ranged from 1.57 to 24.6, 1.25E-02 to 3.84E-01, and 9.46E-03 to 3.90E-01 ng estradiol equivalents/g or ml, respectively. The estrogenicity in the final effluents, but not those in the influents and biosolids, was significantly higher in the summer than the winter. Among the WWTP treatment methods, advanced, biological nutrient removal appeared to be the most effective method to remove estrogenic chemicals from wastewaters in Canada. Our studies help to identify factors or mechanisms that affect the distribution of estrogenicity in WWTPs, providing a better understanding on the discharges of estrogenic chemicals from WWTPs.
    Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0230-z
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    ABSTRACT: The degree of contamination of soil and the potential ecological risks associated with five different coal-burning industries were assessed in Shanxi Province, China. Results showed that the trace element concentrations in soil close to the coal industries were higher than those in the background soils, and the enrichment factors were >1. The potential ecological risk indexes ranged from 99 to 328 for the five coal-related industries. Results also illustrated that the trace elements were transported through the atmosphere. Concentrations of B, Hg, Mo, Pb, Se, Cr, Cu, Ni, V, Zn, and Mn were high in the area around the steel plant. Principal component analysis and redundancy analysis indicated that the sources of Se, Mo, Hg, Cd, As, Cr, B, Ni, and Cu were mainly anthropogenic, whereas Pb, V, Cu, Zn, and Mn were from natural sources. The soil Hg and Se contents were simulated by an artificial neural network model, which showed that Hg and Se in soils were from atmospheric deposits and their spatial distributions were related to the dominant wind direction. The potential ecological risk from Hg was much higher (one order of magnitude) than that from the other trace elements, which highlights the fact that it deserves urgent attention. Control of emissions from the burning of coal and other raw materials (such as iron and phosphate ores) should also be prioritized.
    Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0232-x
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    ABSTRACT: Coupling air pollutants with particular meteorological conditions can induce air pollution episodes. To our knowledge, how typhoons influence mercury (Hg) as an extreme weather phenomena has not been reported. Gaseous elemental Hg (GEM) was measured during a time period (from September 16, 2011 to October 9, 2011) that included three typhoons (Haitang, Nesat, and Nalgae) at the Wuzhishan National Atmospheric Background Station. The GEM concentration during these typhoons ranged from 1.81 to 4.73 ng/m(3) (2.97 ± 0.58 ng/m(3)), 1.27 to 4.42 ng/m(3) (2.69 ± 0.83 ng/m(3)), and 1.43 to 2.99 ng/m(3) (2.47 ± 0.32 ng/m(3)), which was higher than for the non-typhoon period (1.14-2.93 ng/m(3), 1.61 ± 0.52 ng/m(3)). Simultaneously, the three typhoon periods exhibited a significant positive correlation between the GEM concentration and wind speed. These results differ from the common belief that lower pollutant concentrations will occur due to a typhoon accelerating pollutant diffusion. Changes in the wind direction and long range pollutant transport from the Chinese mainland can reasonably account for this abnormality. There was a significantly positive correlation between the GEM and SO2, NO x , CO, and O3 levels during the three typhoons periods, which indicates they came from the same sources or areas. A backward trajectory analysis and the concentration weighted field at our monitoring site indicated that clean air masses mainly came from Southeast Asia or the southeast and northeast sea surfaces during non-typhoon periods, while polluted air masses came from the Chinese mainland during the three typhoon periods. The results implied that the increased GEM concentrations in the Wuzhi Mountain were caused by the long-range atmospheric transport of Hg from the Chinese mainland during the typhoon periods. The combustion of coal may be the main emission sources.
    Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0225-9
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    ABSTRACT: Since their ubiquity in the ocean and marine organisms was first revealed, global concern about microplastics has grown considerably. The North Pacific Ocean and the adjacent marginal seas have high levels of microplastic contamination compared with the global average. This special issue on microplastics was organized by the North Pacific Marine Science Organization to share information on microplastic pollution in the North Pacific region. The special issue highlights high levels of contamination in the North Pacific both on shorelines and at the sea surface. Particularly high levels of contamination were reported on the western and southern coasts of Korea. Sources, including sewage discharge, aquaculture, and shipyards, were implicated. With the direction and energy of surface winds and currents have an important influence on shoreline patterns of distribution. The special issue also demonstrates potential for ingestion of microplastic by small planktonic organisms at the base of the food chain. A wide range of chemicals are associated with plastic debris and concerns are expressed about the potential for these chemicals to transfer to biota upon ingestion. As an introduction to the topic, this paper provides a brief background on microplastic contamination, highlights some key research gaps, and summarizes findings from the articles published in this issue.
    Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 09/2015; 69(3). DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0216-x