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Types of Manuscripts

Submission Requirements

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript Processing

Types of Manuscripts

Letters to the Editor may concern any scientific topic relevant to the purposes of the journal, including critical discussion of recently published papers. Letters to the Editor should not exceed 6 double-spaced pages.* Tables and figures are not typically featured; however, literature cited in the letter should include the full reference at the end of the text.

Brief Communications may report on the findings of workshops and meetings, or provide a preliminary report on a timely technical issue or significant research contribution, or reflect a balanced perspective on scientific, engineering, and regulatory issues. Manuscripts should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages,* including abstract, text, tables, figures, and references.

Critical Reviews provide comprehensive information and critical analysis on subjects relevant to the purposes of the journal. Manuscripts should not normally exceed 60 double-spaced pages* in length, including abstract, text, tables, figures, and references.

Original Articles report research or other work that has not been submitted elsewhere, other than as an abstract or an oral or poster presentation. Original Articles may also include case studies that illustrate the application of new investigation and assessment methods, regulatory policies, environmental management practices or new challenges facing business and governments, and regulatory policy analyses that address national or international environmental policies and challenges. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages,* including abstract, text, tables, figures, and references.

Learned Discourses provide an opportunity in a non-peer reviewed forum for comments on a wide range of topics of interest to members of the SETAC community. Manuscripts are limited to 1000 words and may include not more than one table or figure and up to 6 references. Manuscripts are subject to review and approval by the Learned Discourse Editor.

Book Reviews offer readers a concise overview of recent published books on a wide range of environmental topics of potential interest to readers. Manuscripts are limited to 1000 words and must be accompanied by an electronic file (JPG or TIFF) containing the book cover. Reviews from commercial publishers are not accepted by the journal. Manuscripts are subject to review and approval by the Book Reviews Editor.

Special Series consist of 4 manuscripts prepared by experts who wish to explore an emerging technical issue or recent developments in a subject area relevant to the journal. Papers appearing in a Special Series are included as part of a regularly scheduled issue of IEAM. Proposals for Special Series must be discussed in advance with the Editorial Office prior to submission. For instructions on preparing a Special Series proposal and manuscripts, please click here.

Journal Cover Images are encouraged from authors of papers accepted for publication in IEAM. IEAM will select one image for publication that most closely reflects the content of the issue or a particular paper. The successful contributor will be acknowledged in the table of contents.

*Page lengths are double-spaced pages using Times New Roman, 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Allocate one page per figure or table.

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Submission Requirements — Items to Prepare

Cover Letter
Each manuscript must be accompanied with a cover letter describing how the work contributes to the mission and scope of IEAM. This same brief statement on how the manuscript fits with IEAM's mission is required as part of the online submission process. This letter should also disclose any conflicts of interest and describe other manuscripts the authors have published or intend to publish on closely related work, and the relationship of the current work to these other manuscripts.

Suggested Reviewers
Authors are required to identify 2 or more potential reviewers for their work. Suggested reviewers should not be close colleagues or project partners.

Manuscript and Graphics
Submit text, tables, and figures as separate files. Formatting requirements can be found in the Manuscript Preparation section below.

Key Points
Provide up to 4 key points that describe the key results and major conceptual advances of the manuscript. Each Key Point is limited to 300 characters (including spaces).

Data Accessibility Statement
IEAM requires authors to provide a Data Accessibility Statement (after the Acknowledgment and/or Disclaimer) that clarifies whether data, associated metadata, and calculation tools are available through an online repository or supplemental files, available from the authors or a third party, or unavailable (with reasoning). Note that all data (including data that are not publicly available) must be made available to the editor and reviewers during the review process, if requested, but will be kept confidential. Failure to provide data as requested may be grounds for rejection. Read the full SETAC Journals Data Transparency Policy here.

Supplemental Data and figshare
Supplemental data files to support the information and analysis provided in a manuscript are welcome and will be published online only, free of charge, in their original form. Authors have two options for publishing their online-only supplemental data:

  1. Publish traditional Supplemental Data files with the article on the IEAM web site, which are identified in the online table of contents and on the first page of the published article.
  2. Publish supplemental data files on figshare, to make them citable by DOI and publicly accessible. IEAM is part of an initiative to streamline submission, deposition, and permanent archiving of data files in association with published articles, in accordance with Wiley's Data Sharing Policy. This is a free service for all IEAM authors.

figshare offers an online repository for supplemental data files, such as data tables, small CSVs, images, PDFs, etc., that are otherwise not suitable for deposition into large government and institutional data repositories. With figshare, IEAM authors have the ability to make their supplemental data files citable by DOI and discoverable to the public. Although figshare does not replace Supplemental Data, we encourage authors to designate data files that would have previously been submitted as Supplemental Data as “Data Files” during the submission process.

Authors choosing to include data files for publication on figshare should add brief descriptions (e.g., the equivalent of legends) for each of their figshare files to the “Data Accessibility” section in their manuscript.

The process for publishing data files to figshare—following acceptance of your manuscript—is as follows:

  1. During the submission process, files designated as “Data Files” from the pull-down menu in the submission system will be automatically deposited into the IEAM figshare repository. See examples here.
  2. The data files will inherit metadata from your manuscript with no effort required on your part.
  3. Your data files on figshare will be assigned a single DOI, making them uniquely identified and citable.
  4. The link and DOI for your files will be automatically added to your published article, in the “Data Accessibility” section. An example is available here. Files will be made public on figshare once the article publishes on Wiley Online Library.

For additional information and FAQs, please refer to this page.

Automated Data Repository Deposition with figshare: IEAM is part of an initiative to streamline submission, deposition, and permanent archiving of data files in association with published articles. This is a free service for all IEAM authors.

figshare offers an online repository for supplemental data files, such as data tables, small CSVs, images, PDFs, etc., that are otherwise not suitable for deposition into large government and institutional data repositories. With figshare, IEAM authors have the ability to make their supplemental data files citable by DOI and discoverable to the public. Although figshare does not replace Supplemental Data, we encourage authors to designate data files that would have previously been submitted as Supplemental Data as “Data Files” during the submission process.

Authors choosing to include data files for figshare should create a “Data Accessibility” section in their manuscript, after the Acknowledgment section, which provides brief descriptions (e.g., the equivalent of legends) for each of your figshare files. The process for publishing data files—following acceptance of your manuscript—is as follows:

  1. During the submission process, files designated as “Data Files” from the pull-down menu in the submission system will be automatically deposited into the IEAM figshare repository. See examples here.
  2. The data files will inherit metadata from your manuscript with no effort required on your part.
  3. Your data files on figshare will be assigned a single DOI, making them uniquely identified and citable.
  4. The link and DOI for your files will be automatically added to your published article, in the “Data Accessibility” section. An example is available here. Files will be made public on figshare once the article publishes on Wiley Online Library.

For additional information and FAQs, please refer to this page.

Page Charges
There are no page charges for publication in IEAM.

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Manuscript Preparation

Basic Formatting Requirements
Authors may now submit their manuscripts without needing to first format according to journal style. If the manuscript is returned with a decision for revisions, authors must submit the revised manuscript fully formatted according to journal style specifications, found here. Please observe a few basic formatting guidelines with your initial submission:

Abstract: The abstract should be a single paragraph, maximum of 300 words, and contain no citations or footnotes.

Keywords: Provide up to 5 keywords or terms that will aid in the searchability of the published paper.

Acknowledgments (last page before references): In accordance with the SETAC Code of Ethics, authors must provide 3 brief and distinct statements that 1) disclose any conflict of interest, 2) acknowledge specifically all funding sources supporting the work, and 3) acknowledge the assistance of individuals or organizations not identified among the list of authors. The first statement should describe all potential sources of bias, including affiliations, relationship with funding sources, and any other financial or management relationships that may constitute conflicts of interest. The corresponding author must provide all three statements on behalf of all authors identified with the manuscript. These statements will be published with each manuscript. If no conflict of interest is declared, the following statement will be published: "The authors declare no conflicts of interest."

Data Availability Statement: IEAM requires authors to provide a Data Accessibility Statement that clarifies whether data, associated metadata, and calculation tools are available through an online repository or supplemental files, available from the authors or a third party, or unavailable (with reasoning). Note that all data (including data that are not publicly available) must be made available to the editor and reviewers during the review process, if requested, but will be kept confidential. Failure to provide data as requested may be grounds for rejection. Read the full SETAC Journals Data Transparency Policy here.

References: Please use the Council of Science Editors Name-Year format (Smith 2017) for in-text citations.

  • Figures: No more than six figures. Supplemental data is free and citable with figshare (see Data Accessibility above for details).

  • Tables: No more than six tables. Supplemental data is free and citable with figshare (see Data Accessibility above for details).

Other items to note when preparing your manuscript for submission:

Search Engine Optimization
Driving usage and readership is critically important to raise the visibility of your research. Consider reviewing the author guide for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for tips on optimizing your title, keywords, and abstract.

Plagiarism detection
IEAM uses iThenticate software to screen submissions for content published elsewhere. By submitting your manuscript to IEAM, authors accept that their manuscript may be screened against previously published work and may be asked for clarification about similar work appearing elsewhere. IEAM reserves the right to reject submissions that contain content judged by the Editorial Board to have appeared elsewhere.

Language Assistance
IEAM is unable to provide editorial assistance regarding English usage and grammar. Authors are asked to seek appropriate editorial assistance before submitting manuscripts for review. See also American Journal Experts, Blue Pencil Science, and BioScience Writers.

Statement of Protocol Approval for Animal Research
Research involving animals (vertebrates, cephalopods, etc.) must conform to the SETAC Code of Ethics and to contemporary guidelines for the care and use of animals (e.g., IACUC Central). The manuscript should include a statement of protocol approval from an Institutional Review Board or an Institution Animal Care and Use Committee.

Permissions and Copyright: Instructions for reprinting figures and tables
The author is responsible for obtaining permission to reprint a previously published table, figure, or an excerpt of more than 250 words. Include written permission from the publisher with the manuscript submission. If in doubt, obtain permission. Acknowledgment alone is not sufficient. Authors should exercise customary professional courtesy in acknowledging intellectual properties such as patents and trademarks. Authors wishing to reprint illustrations or text from an IEAM article should request permission from Wiley-Blackwell.

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Manuscript Processing

Review of Original Manuscript
Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed initially to verify that the work is within the scope of the journal and is otherwise appropriate for peer review. Approved manuscripts will be assigned to an Editor with expertise in the relevant technical field and will be subject to peer review by at least 2 reviewers. Authors are required to suggest a minimum of 2 preferred reviewers, but reviewer selection will be at the discretion of the Editor. Reviewers have 21 days to return reviews. The Editor-in-Chief will then send a decision letter and reviewer critiques to the corresponding author.

Appealing a Rejection
Manuscript may be rejected if the subject area is outside the scope of the journal, or if the quality of data, analysis, and/or presentation is deemed not suitable for publication by Editors or independent peer reviewers. If authors strongly disagree with the decision, they may submit an appeal request within 30 days by responding directly to all parties addressed in the decision letter. The appeal request must include a detailed response to each reviewer comment, indicating areas of agreement and disagreement, with proposed revisions to address reviewer concerns.

Appeals will be reviewed by the handling Editor and the Editor-in-Chief. If the appeal is granted, authors will be invited to submit a revised manuscript as a new submission, which may be subject to a new round of peer review. Per journal policy, if the revised manuscript is rejected a second time, resubmission is not permitted.

Submission of Revised Manuscript
Authors are required to return a revised manuscript to IEAM within 60 days of receipt of the conditional decision letter from the editorial office.

  • Revised manuscripts must display “Revised Manuscript [date]” in the header of each page, including tables and figures. Revisions must also include a detailed response to reviewer comments letter (see below). Publication may be delayed if authors do not follow IEAM style and formatting guidelines.
  • The response to reviewer comments letter must include a detailed response to each reviewer comment, indicating areas of agreement and disagreement, with proposed revisions to address reviewer concerns. Please provide reasons for rejecting all or any part of specific suggestions.
  • Revised manuscripts not received within 90 days of the date of provisional acceptance will be considered as a new submission. Authors are urged to contact the editorial office if additional time is needed to prepare a revised manuscript. Authors will receive a final decision letter from IEAM after the Editor has reviewed the revised manuscript and response to comments letter. In some cases, the revised manuscript may be subject to further peer review.

Copyright Licenses and Open Access
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For corresponding authors choosing open access (OnlineOpen):
OnlineOpen is available to authors who wish to make their article available to the public, including those without a subscription to the Journal, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a US$3000 fee to ensure that the article is made available to nonsubscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. Read the full list of terms and conditions here.

If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA
To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services.

All Research Councils UK (RCUK), COAF/Wellcome Trust, and FWF-funded authors will be directed to the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) for compliance with the funding agencies’ mandates. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s self-archiving policy, please click here.

Accepted Articles
Upon submission to production, accepted but unedited manuscripts will be assigned a DOI number and uploaded to IEAM’s Accepted Articles web site, where they are fully citable and accessible to readers in advance of issue publication. For this reason, it is important that authors adhere strictly to format requirements specified in the IEAM Instructions to Authors when preparing their manuscripts. Furthermore, it is important for authors to recognize that the content of their final manuscripts, with exception of copyediting corrections or clarifications, should not change substantially after their final manuscripts have been submitted to IEAM.

Recently Published
Once a final version of the manuscript has been approved, the manuscript will be removed from the Accepted Articles and posted to the Early View web site as a typeset, copyedited, and unpaginated article. Early View articles will be removed at the time of issue publication and archived via a permanent link to the final article appearing on the IEAM website. The final article on the journal website represents the official published record.

Publication
Authors are able to track their manuscript through the production process by registering for Author Services. Please visit the Author Services Website for additional information. Authors should be aware that final manuscripts are subject to copyediting during the period they appear on the Accepted Articles web site. Corresponding authors will be provided with 1st stage page proofs to proofread and to address copyeditor queries. Corresponding authors are expected to address queries and return their page proofs in a timely manner. Manuscript corrections that are not received by the publisher as directed will be pulled from production and rescheduled.

With the exception of typographical errors, authors may be charged for excessive changes to their page proofs; further, changes that the Editor-in-Chief or Editor view as substantially altering the work presented in the manuscript may result in a delay in publication and independent review by one or more qualified referees. Authors should limit changes to corrections of typesetter's errors and not manuscript content.

Errata
If necessary, IEAM will publish errata. Authors should advise the editorial office of any significant errors in their published manuscript.

Reprints
Authors of accepted manuscripts will be invited to send by e-mail a PDF offprint of their final published paper directly from the publisher to as many as 10 individuals located anywhere in the world for free. Additional reprints may be ordered directly from Wiley-Blackwell by clicking here.

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