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Aims and scope
Journal of Materials and Environmental Sustainability Research (JMESR; ISSN: 2811-1338) is an international journal that publishes high quality and multidisciplinary research and reviews in the field of materials and environmental sustainability. Topics considered include, but not limited to: monitoring and remediation of contaminated sites; life-cycle assessment; waste valorization and resource recovery; water treatment technologies for low economy countries/communities; multifunctional materials for energy and environmental applications; catalysis for environmental and energy applications; nanomaterials for environmental and energy applications; climate change mitigation technologies; amongst others. Manuscripts should be essentially biased to address sustainability issues. Manuscripts addressing general concepts in materials and environmental sciences/engineering will be rejected.
Types of submissions
Communication, full length original research papers, editorials (by invitations only), Policy Highlights/Briefs (short communication from government or industry experts), and reviews. Authors who desire to submit reviews are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief first via email (email@example.com) and copy the editorial office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Short communications and Policy Highlights should be limited to a maximum of 4 pages, including references. Original research papers should not exceed 8,000 words, while reviews should be limited to 10,000 words.
There is no discrimination on the type of English adopted, but there should be consistency. Authors are encouraged to use SI unit system and be consistent throughout the texts. Trade names of chemicals should be accompanied with their IUPAC nomenclature (at least at first mention). At present, only MS Word files (.doc or .docx) are acceptable. Authors should ensure that mathematical equations and formulas are editable.
Authors are free to adopt suitable outlines for reviews and Policy Highlights. Sections should not be numbered. Main sections should be in bold font while sub-sections should be in italics. For original research papers, the following main sections should be included:
Title page: The title page should have the title of the manuscript, names and affiliations of the authors as well as the contacts (email, phone, fax, postal addresses, etc.) of the corresponding author. Please note that JMESR only accepts a maximum of two corresponding authors. Two first-authors designations are not allowed. However, equal contributions could be marked, with footnotes. The corresponding author(s) should be marked with asterisk(s). Also, JMESR encourages authors to provide their ORCID information during submission.
Title: Titles should be concise and meaningful. Titles should be limited to a maximum of 21 words and should give an overall description of the content of the manuscript. Titles of manuscripts submitted to JMESR should be in bold sentence case.
Abstract: Abstracts should be limited to 200 words for original research papers and 250 words for review papers.
Keywords: Keywords should be limited to 5 words or phrases, separated with semicolon.
Introduction: There is no limit to the length of the introductory section. However, it should provide background of the study and concludes with the objectives addressed in the manuscript.
Materials and Method: Details of the materials, equipment and methods used should be described in the Materials and Methods.
Results and Discussion: Here is findings should be presented in form of figures and tables and discussed.
Conclusion: In this section, the authors should conclude the findings based on the objectives and results of the study.
References: Authors are encouraged to use the APA style. Consult the latest issue of the journal for guide. In-text citations take the form of author names and years (e.g. Adam 1995). In the list, reference entries should be sorted chronologically and then alphabetically within dates (e.g. Adam 1991; Billy 2020; Smith & Jones 2000). For references with three or more authors, use the first author’s surname and ‘et al.’ in the text (e.g. Lucky et al. 2021). If two or more references have the same first author and year, use ‘a’, ‘b’ etc. after the year to distinguish them (e.g. Joe et al. 2007a,b). In the reference list, journal titles should not be abbreviated. And complete bibliographic information should be provided. Examples:
- Journal: Adam, J. (2001). Title of manuscript in sentence case, except proper nouns. Unabbreviated Journal Title, 22(1), 25-30.
- Book: Adam, J. (2001). Book Titles in Initial Capitals and Italicized. Place of Publication: Publisher’s Name, p. 9. (or pp. 9-10). Page numbers are optional in this case.
Authors are encouraged to provide DOIs of published papers and use referencing software applications such as EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero. For webpage resources, please provide complete URL and current date of access.
Authors are encouraged to provide a short description of the contributions by all authors. Please refer to the CRediT taxonomy for details. Read more about author credit here: https://doi.org/10.1002/leap.1210.
Conflict of interests’ statement
Authors must declare personal, financial relationships, circumstances or interests that may be perceived to affect the representation or interpretation findings presented.
Contributors and funding organizations should be acknowledged.
As JMESR is an open access journal, all accepted manuscripts are subject to an article processing charge of 100 USD.
Peer Review Policy
JMESR adopts a single-blind peer review process. Authors are encouraged to suggest at least 5 reviewers in the cover letter during submission. All suitable research papers are subjected to sufficient number of expert reviews. Before manuscripts are sent out to reviewers, Editors have the responsibility to check for suitability of such papers for publication in JMESR. At the discretion of the Editors, unsuitable manuscripts may be desk-rejected without peer-review. Please note that JMESR aspires to be among the best journals in the field and this requires rigorous peer-review process.
Plagiarism detection software applications may be used to screen submissions. If plagiarism is detected, the journal may reject such submissions without peer-review.