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18 December 2014
Volume 15 Issue 12
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Record-Breaking ET&C Articles

Allen Burton, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry Editor-in-Chief

Last year, the SETAC Publications Advisory Committee (PAC), led by Gary Ankley and Joe Gorsch, analyzed the citations of all papers published in the last 30 years of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry.  Taken as a whole, the top-cited publications are an example of the high-quality research published in the journal on wide-ranging issues and contaminants.  The top three were by Jobling et al.1 concerning estrogenicity of nonylphenol in fish, Routledge and Sumpter 2 about estrogens in the aquatic environment, and Di Toro et al. 3 on sediment quality criteria, now with 903, 890 and 829 ISI citations respectively (1289, 1249 and 1160 on Google Scholar).

The achievements of a review of nanomaterials in the environment by Steve Klaine et al.4 was noted in the Ankley editorial explaining the top citation project since, at that time, it already had been cited 249 times. Now, only a year later and only six years after its initial publication, this review has topped 700 citations (1001 on Google Scholar) and is well on the way to challenging the top 3.

We are taking the time to flag this for a few reasons. First, we want to laud the achievement in itself. Two of the listed top papers are considered seminal works in their respective fields, and for a young paper to have such a forceful and immediate impact on its field is quite the accomplishment. Second, this review illustrates the influence a single, strong paper can have on the development of a journal. This review promoted the journal as a publisher of high-quality research on nanoparticles and nanomaterials, leading to further submissions of such manuscripts. Since 2012, ET&C has published more than 100 manuscripts on nanoparticles and nanomaterials, including an entire special issue in January 2012. In 2013 alone, five ET&C papers on nanomaterials and nanoparticles received more than 20 citations. And finally, this review serves as a reminder that ET&C is YOUR journal and will continue to thrive only if you publish your best work with us. We will do our part to review and publish your manuscript in a timely manner, and following its publication, we will work to ensure broad dissemination and high visibility. 

The Klaine paper influenced the increase of the ET&C impact factor, and it continues to increase in citations by approximately ten new citations per week.

Hats off to Steve and his coauthors for moving the science forward and keeping ET&C and SETAC in the news!

Author’s contact information: burtonal@umich.edu

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