Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research (AEER) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality peer-reviewed papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of environmental science and engineering. Work at any scale, from molecular biology through to ecology, is welcomed.

Main research areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Atmospheric pollutants
  • Air pollution control engineering
  • Climate change
  • Ecological and human risk assessment
  • Environmental management and policy
  • Environmental impact and risk assessment
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Ecosystem services, biodiversity and natural capital
  • Environmental economics
  • Control and monitoring of pollutants
  • Remediation of polluted soils and water
  • Fate and transport of contaminants
  • Water and wastewater treatment engineering
  • Solid waste treatment

Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research publishes a range of papers (original research, review, communication, opinion, study protocol, comment, conference report, technical note, book review, etc.). We encourage authors to be succinct; however, authors should present their results in as much detail as necessary. Reviewers are expected to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility.


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Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 12 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). 

Current Issue: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020

Special Issue

Atmospheric Composition and Health Impacts

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Daniele Contini, PhD

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, ISAC-CNR, Lecce, Italy.

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Research Interests: Atmosphere composition; Aerosol sources; Receptor models; Turbulent fluxes; Particle deposition; Nucleation; Air quality and health

Eva Merico, PhD

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, ISAC-CNR, Lecce, Italy.

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Research Interests: Atmosphere composition trends; Aerosol sources and their health impact; Receptor models

Marianna Conte, PhD

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, ENEA SSPT-PROTER-OEM, Roma, Italy

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Research Interests: Physical properties of atmospheric particles; Turbulent fluxes; Nucleation processes; Atmospheric gaseous pollutants

About This Topic

Despite some improvements in recent decades in several areas of the World, air pollution still represents a relevant concern in several cities and countries for the concentrations of different pollutants such as particulate matter (PM2.5, PM10), O3, NO, NO2, PAHs, black carbon, and suspended ultrafine and nanoparticles. It is known that exposure of atmospheric pollutants have adverse health effects leading to increased health care costs, morbidity and premature deaths and constituting an economic and societal challenge for policymakers. Atmospheric aerosol is considered to be one of the leading environmental risk factors for human health globally, potentially causing several million deaths per year. The exact mechanisms of toxicity are still not completely understood; however, it has been observed that adverse health effects of atmospheric particles depend on their size and their chemical–physical properties, which are strongly linked to their pollution sources.

The main goal of this Special Issue is to collect novel studies, as well as review studies, on atmospheric composition and trends to provide a valuable starting point for researchers who wishes to gain a snapshot of the recent advancement in investigation of air quality and health and the possible future scenarios in different environments: urban, industrial, rural areas. Studies related to air pollutant precursors, transport, emission/deposition, formation and transformation of air pollutants are welcome. Studies related to the health impact of specific pollutants or pollution sources, as well as policy-related studies, including control strategies for short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), are highly welcome. The studies could include results from observations, field experiments, laboratory studies, application of chemical-transport modelling, application of artificial intelligence and machine learning.


Atmospheric composition; Trends and changes in atmospheric composition; Health effects of atmospheric pollutants; Physical and chemical properties of particulate matter; Natural and anthropogenic sources of atmospheric pollutants; Epidemiological studies; Toxicology of atmospheric pollutants; Air quality and health