Journal of Soils and Sediments Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Ecomed, Springer Verlag

Journal description

JSSS is the first journal entirely devoted to soils and sediments, hereby dealing not only with contaminated, but also with intact and disturbed soils and sediments. JSSS elucidates the common aspects as well as the differences between these two environmental compartments. JSSS is an interdisciplinary journal intended to be of benefit to the scientist as well as to the practitioner. Topics: Research on effects caused by disturbances and contamination; Research, strategies and technologies for prediction, prevention, and protection; Research, strategies and technologies for identification and characterisation; Research, strategies and technologies for treatment, remediation and reuse; Strategies for risk assessment and management; Research on and the implementation of quality standards; International regulation and legislation.

Current impact factor: 2.11

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.107
2012 Impact Factor 1.965
2011 Impact Factor 1.863
2010 Impact Factor 2.574
2009 Impact Factor 2.613
2008 Impact Factor 2.797
2007 Impact Factor 4.373

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.15
Cited half-life 3.10
Immediacy index 0.37
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.57
Website Journal of Soils and Sediments website
Other titles Journal of soils and sediments (Online), JSS
ISSN 1439-0108
OCLC 58997092
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Soils and Sediments 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1241-0
  • Journal of Soils and Sediments 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1181-8
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Anammox bacteria have been widely investigated in both natural aquatic habitats and wastewater treatment reactors. However, their distribution in agricultural ecosystems which receive high reactive nitrogen input is hardly known. This study aims to examine the distribution and diversity of anammox bacteria in different Chinese paddy soils and along soil profile horizons. Materials and methods DNA was extracted from paddy soils which were collected from ten sites and along four soil depth horizons (0-20, 20-40, 40-60, 60-80 cm). Community structure and diversity of the anammox bacteria were analyzed using cloning and sequencing methods by targeting 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes. Quantitative PCR was conducted to study the abundance of anammox hzsB genes. Results and discussion Anammox bacterial 16S rRNA genes were not detected in most of the surface soil profile layers but present in all subsurface and deep horizons. Two genera, Candidatus Brocadia and Candidatus Kuenenia, were the only groups detected, and the former was predominant in tested soils. A site-specific distribution pattern of anammox bacteria and significant relationship between anammox bacteria community composition and soil pH and ammonium concentration were observed. The abundance of anammox bacteria hzsB gene ranged from 3.78 × 104 to 1.64 × 107 per gram of dry soil in all soils and significantly varied along the soil profile horizons. Conclusions Anammox bacteria were widely distributed in paddy soils, especially in subsurface and profile depth horizons. Candidatus Brocadia and Candidatus Kuenenia were the dominating anammox groups in the tested soils, and the two genera showed a site-specific distribution pattern across large Chinese paddy soil areas and along soil depth profiles.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1131-5
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Sediment pressures can be increased by transformed landscape connectivity in catchments worldwide. The upper Thina catchment, an important high rainfall water resource in the northern Eastern Cape, South Africa, is used to explore how ongoing subsistence farming on communal land (overgrazing and trampling) has initiated large erosive features and increased sediment loads. Materials and methods The headwaters of the Thina catchment are underlain by igneous parent lithology and the lower catchment by sedimentary rock lithology, making it ideal for sediment tracing using mineral magnetic signatures. Floodplain cores were dated using 210Pb and 137Cs techniques, and core sediment was traced to hillslope sources using quantitative (unmixing model) and semi-qualitative approaches. Results and discussion Sediment accumulation rates varied between 0.2 and 3.3 g cm−2 year−1 (92+ years old) for the higher flood benches and 0.6 and 11 g cm−2 year−1 (46–60 years old) for the lower flood benches. It was found that a semi-qualitative approach based on low-frequency magnetic susceptibility (Xlf) could be used to effectively trace and apportion sediment in a catchment with strongly contrasting lithologies. The tracing results showed that over the past century the dominant sediment source for flood benches has been local sedimentary rock sources, with upstream igneous rock sources making a smaller contribution. It is proposed that igneous rock-dominated sediment from the upper catchment is temporarily stored until larger events transport it to the lower catchment. Conclusions Sediment stored in flood benches was mostly from the adjacent sedimentary rock sources despite the larger area of the igneous formation in the catchment. This shows the vulnerability of the sedimentary formation to land use change and pressures.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1185-4
  • Journal of Soils and Sediments 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1218-z
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose The main objective of this study was to evaluate the concentrations and seasonal variations of trace elements in surface sediments of three major rivers in Serbia—the Danube, the Zapadna Morava (ZM), and the Južna Morava (JM)—according to sediment quality guidelines. The ZM and the JM create the Velika Morava River, one of the most important tributaries of the Danube, which has been characterized as a source of heavy metal pollution. Materials and methods The total concentrations of 15 elements (Al, As, B, Ba, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sr, and Zn) were determined in surface sediments (0–15 cm depth) collected during three seasons using inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy (ICP-OES). Principle component analysis (PCA) was used to identify the main variations in metal concentrations and grain size distribution. Scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) was used for grain analysis. Results and discussion PCA and three-wayMANOVA results showed significant differences in element concentrations and grain size distribution between the rivers, and significant seasonal differences for each river. The concentrations of Cu and Ni exceeded sediment quality guideline levels in the ZM and the Danube, respectively, while excess Hg was detected in all three rivers. Concentrations of Al, Ba, Cu, Fe, Sr, and Zn significantly varied between seasons in the Danube and the ZM, being the highest in the summer. In the JM, concentrations of Al, As, Fe, Mn, and Zn varied with season, with the lowest values in the summer. The ZM had the highest percentage of silt and clay, and SEM-EDS analysis of ZM sediments showed associations of Cu with carbonate hydroxides and/or iron oxides in particles <100 μm. The results suggested that mining and industrial activities could be the sources of increased levels of metals in the ZM. Conclusions The sediments collected from the ZM were considerably more polluted with heavy metals in comparison to the JM. Cu was identified as a heavy metal of greatest risk in the ZM. The ZM was indicated as the main source of heavy metal delivery in theVelika Morava andDanube rivers. It is suggested that the main factors influencing pollution levels could be anthropogenic sources and industrial and mining activities, while seasonal changes might be related to dynamics of water flow and morphological characteristics of the two tributary rivers.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1211-6
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Catchments subject to land clearance, soil tillage and grazing suffer legacy effects from altered sediment and hydrological regimes and from changes in sediment connectivity between hillslopes and channels. Sediment dynamics are routinely investigated using the fallout radionuclides (FRNs) caesium-137 (137Cs) and excess lead-210 (210Pbex), which provide information regarding sediment sources and fluvial processes if source types are differentiated with confidence. Downstream transport, mixing and dilution of FRN-labelled fine sediment can obliterate the tracer signal from sources with low initial concentrations, so geomorphic evidence for downstream changes in sediment source types, mixing and fluvial (dis)connectivity should be used with tracers to ascertain the degree of sediment source variation and dominant fluvial processes. Materials and methods: We coupled sediment source tracing with a geomorphic assessment of downstream hydrological, morphological and sedimentological change to quantify key components of fluvial (dis)connectivity in Coolbaggie Creek, a major source of sediment to the Macquarie River, southeastern Australia. Results and discussion: Cs and 210Pbex discriminated between the <63-μm fraction of topsoils from agricultural and forested land (mean ± standard error of 137Cs is 5.7 ± 1.1 Bq kg−1 and of 210Pbex is 76.2 ± 22.4 Bq kg−1) and subsoils from channel banks and gullies (137Cs = 1.5 ± 0.5 Bq kg−1; 210Pbex = 3.6 ± 2.4 Bq kg−1). In-channel sediment was a mix of these two source types (137Cs = 0.9 ± 0.3 Bq kg−1; 210Pbex = 18.8 ± 6.8 Bq kg−1). FRN concentrations also declined significantly downstream. Mixing model results show topsoils account for 39 % (95 % confidence interval (CI) = 21–88 %) of fine in-channel sediment in the upper reaches, but this declines to 2 % (CI = 0–19 %) after 25 km, and thereafter, subsoils account for an estimated 100 % of fine sediment in the system. This rapid decrease in topsoil contributions coincides with a downstream change in hydrogeomorphic character, including large increases in channel cross-sectional area (∼20 to >200 m2) and unit stream power (5.4 to 1,382 W m−2), and evidence of greater subsoil and reworked sediment contributions from bank and gully erosion. Limited topsoil supply to the trunk stream suggests low catchment erosion rates and reduced connectivity between the catchment and the river. Enlargement and entrenchment of the trunk stream in the lower reaches have resulted in lateral channel–floodplain disconnection, while a sediment slug impedes longitudinal coarse sediment transfer. Conclusions: Hydrogeomorphic change and sediment source variations downstream explain the short-term sediment dynamics in this agricultural catchment, which has broader implications for understanding sediment transport processes and fluvial (dis)connectivity when interpreting sediment source and tracer data.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1202-7