Aims and scope

Aerosol Research (AR) is a not-for-profit international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and public discussion of high-quality studies investigating aerosols. It covers all aspects of aerosol-related research. The main subject areas comprise aerosol technology, atmospheric aerosols, aerosol measurements and instrumentation, aerosols and health, and fundamental aerosol research (see more detailed description of subject areas). The journal scope is focused on studies with general implications for any of the subject areas rather than investigations that are primarily of local interest or of descriptive nature. Research articles and review articles are considered for peer-reviewed publication. These are complemented by invited perspective articles and communications contributions. The conference proceedings of the annual European Aerosol Conferences are also published as a separate series of Aerosol Research Proceedings.

A two-stage publication process involving the scientific discussion forum Aerosol Research Discussions (ARD) is considered, and will do the following:

  • foster and provide a lasting record of scientific discussion;
  • maximize the effectiveness and transparency of scientific quality assurance;
  • enable rapid posting of new scientific results;
  • make scientific publications freely accessible.

In the first stage, papers that pass a rapid access peer review are immediately posted in ARD. They are then subject to interactive public discussion, during which the referees' comments (anonymous or attributed), additional comments by other members of the scientific community (attributed), and the authors' replies are also posted. In the second stage, the peer-review process is completed and, if accepted, the final revised papers are published in AR. To ensure publication precedence for authors, and to provide a lasting record of scientific discussion, ARD and AR are both ISSN-registered, permanently archived, and fully citable.

Aerosol Research also offers an efficient way of publishing special issues, in which the individual papers are published following the default interactive public discussion as ordinary submissions but are linked electronically. Special issues involving guest editors can be proposed to the executive editors and will focus on specific topics to highlight associated work.