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IOPP publishes first articles in new OA journal

IOP Publishing (IOPP) has published the first articles from the new, open access journal, Environmental Research: Climate.

IOPP publishes first articles in new OA journal
Environmental Research: Climate is devoted to addressing the causes, consequences and solutions of climate variability and change. Photograph: IOP Publishing.

The journal features research from world-renowned climate scientists, and represents one of three new interdisciplinary titles for 2022 that will extend IOP Publishing’s Environmental Research series to six open access journals that provide universally accessible publishing options for the global environmental science community, says the publisher.

Environmental Research: Climate is devoted to addressing the causes, consequences and solutions of climate variability and change and publishes full length research papers, without word restriction, alongside other content including reviews and perspectives.

The journal builds on the established publication Environmental Research Letters and shares the same publishing principles as part of IOP Publishing’s Environmental Research series that now spans areas of environmental science and sustainability in support of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.

The Environmental Research series of journals all combine outstanding levels of author service, inclusive editorial policies, strict quality assurance and open science principles at their core. In the spirit of transparency and reproducibility, authors publishing in the journal are encouraged to share data and code where appropriate for the benefit of the research community, says IOPP. Authors also have the option to submit their papers for double anonymous and transparent peer review. In support of the community and our first authors, the open access Article Publication Charges (APCs) are being covered by IOP Publishing for all articles submitted to Environmental Research: Climate through to the end of 2023.

Editor-in-chief for Environmental Research: Climate, Professor Noah Diffenbaugh, senior fellow at Stanford University says: “In the past two decades there has been a true explosion of climate research and we are excited to offer a high-quality outlet for the growing body of research on the causes, consequences, and solutions of climate change. I’m delighted by the first content and look forward to working with IOP Publishing to establish Environmental Research: Climate as a leading publishing option for the climate research community, underpinned by open science principles.”

Published in the first issue is a review that examines the current state of knowledge which shows what extent extreme weather events can be attributed to human induced climate change. Dr Friederike Otto, from the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, co-author of the study comments: “Understanding the role that climate change plays allows us to determine the real cost that carbon emissions have in our lives. However, while we’ve made great progress, the full extent of the impact that climate change is having today is still not well known, in particular, beyond changing weather. The new Environmental Research: Climate journal provides a platform for climate scientists to further develop and apply existing tools and explore and discover new policies to tackle climate change.”

Dr Tim Smith, associate director at IOP Publishing says: "The development of our Environmental Research series builds upon the established reputation and publishing values of Environmental Research Letters and enhances the role we want IOP Publishing to have in serving a multidisciplinary field of great importance. The first articles in Environmental Research: Climate as the latest addition to the portfolio provide an early glimpse of the quality and breadth of science that the community can expect from a journal aimed at delivering a combination of outstanding publishing services and content for researchers worldwide.”