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Aims and scope

BMC Environmental Science is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that provides an interdisciplinary platform for advancing our understanding of environmental phenomena and promoting sustainable practices. The journal welcomes submissions across a diverse range of topics, including environmental protection and management, climate change, pollution, air quality, renewable and green energy, ecosystems, biodiversity, land use, water resources, environmental policy, and the impacts of environmental factors on human health and well-being.

Sustainable Development Goals

Aligned with the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, BMC Environmental Science particularly encourages papers focused on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), responsible consumption and production  (SDG 12) climate action (SDG 13), life below water (SDG 14), and life on land (SDG 15). It also promotes thought-provoking perspectives and interdisciplinary dialogue, fostering innovative approaches and evidence-based practices to address complex environmental challenges. 

The journal is dedicated to promoting research that supports global sustainability, conservation, and overall well-being, aiming to make a real-world impact.

Topics covered in the journal include, but are not limited to:

  • Air Quality and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Conservation 
  • Environmental Protection and Management
  • Food Systems and Agriculture
  • Human Health and Environmental Impacts
  • Land Use and Sustainable Development
  • Marine Sustainability and Aquatic Environments
  • Pollution and Environmental Impact
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies

As a BMC Series journal, BMC Environmental Science upholds the principle that editorial decisions are based on scientific validity rather than the perceived interest or impact of a study. Manuscripts must have a scientifically sound research question, employ suitable methods and analysis, and adhere to community-agreed standards within the research field.

Open access

All articles published by BMC Environmental Science are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in BMC Environmental Science you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BMC license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BMC can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article processing charges (APC)

Authors who publish open access in BMC Environmental Science are required to pay an article processing charge (APC). The APC price will be determined from the date on which the article is accepted for publication.

The current APC, subject to VAT or local taxes where applicable, is: £1290.00/$1790.00/€1490.00*

*This journal is part of Springer Nature’s country-tiered APC pricing pilot. Find out more about the APC applicable to your country.

Visit our open access support portal and our Journal Pricing FAQs for further information.

Open access funding

Visit Springer Nature’s open access funding & support services for information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs.

Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility and discover whether this journal is included.

Requests for APC waivers and discounts from authors will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be granted in cases of financial need (see our open access policies for journals for more information). All applications for discretionary APC waivers and discounts should be made at the point of manuscript submission; requests made during the review process or after acceptance are unable to be considered.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to BMC Environmental Science should adhere to BMC's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

BMC Environmental Science's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

BMC Environmental Science offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.


Online publication in BMC Environmental Science gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in BMC Environmental Science are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on BMC Environmental Science’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in BMC Environmental Science may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in BMC Environmental Science. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.


As an author of an article published in BMC Environmental Science you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).

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