The Journal of Hazardous Materials publishes full-length research papers, review articles, and case studies that improve our understanding of the hazards and risks that certain materials pose to public health and the environment. Papers that deal with ways of controlling and mitigating risks of hazardous materials (HM) are within the scope of the journal. However, the following areas are excluded: non-hazardous materials, work place health & safety, standard municipal waste and wastewater treatment processes including nutrient removal, greenhouse gas mitigation, toxicology of hazardous materials below the organism level (i.e. at the cellular, metabolic, or molecular level), and the manufacturing of explosives.

The Journal publishes high-impact contributions on:

  • Characterization of the Harmful Effects of Chemicals and Materials
    (including contaminants of emerging concern)
  • Measurement and Monitoring of HM
  • Transport and Fate of HM in Environment
  • Impact Assessment and Management
  • Physico-chemical and Separation Processes for HM Removal
  • Advanced Oxidation Process for HM Removal
  • Thermal Processes for HM Removal
  • Biological Processes for HM Removal
  • Demonstrated Safer and Cleaner Technologies
  • Resource Recovery (Energy and Materials)

The Journal publishes papers with significant novelty and scientific impact. The Editors reserve the right to decline, without external review, papers that do not meet these criteria, including papers that:

  • Are very similar to previous publications, with changed target substrates, employed materials, analyzed sites or experimental methods,
  • Deal with parameter optimization of known processes without new concepts and/or interpretations,
  • Report the environmental analysis and monitoring of specific geographic areas without presenting new insights and/or hypothesis testing, or
  • Do not focus on the environmental relevance and significance of the studied systems or materials.

A 100 word (maximum) "statement of novelty" explaining why the work should be published in Journal of Hazardous Materials must be provided as a separate document upon submission of your manuscript. The "statement of novelty" must not be a retelling of the abstract. When preparing the statement, please make sure to address (a) the signficance and novelty of the work, with respect to existing literature, and (b) the scientific impact and interests to our readership. Papers that lack significant novelty will be rejected.

Types of Papers

Full-length research papers within the above stated Aims and Scope are welcome. Such contributions are not to be submitted in two parts (i.e. Part I and Part II) - these must be consolidated into one manuscript. Short communications are not considered.

The Editors welcome proposals for review articles. Proposals must contain the following components for consideration: (1) a brief summary of the proposed review article content, (2) a clear indication of the novelty and urgency of such a review paper at this time, in light of other review articles on the same topic, (3) a brief description of the authors' academic background and research areas, and (4) a list of all authors' publications related to the proposed review article topic. Please send your proposals to one of the Editors directly using the e-mail addresses available on the Journal homepage: Note the submission of review articles is by invitation only, pending approval of the proposal by the Editors.

Letters to the Editor will undergo review. Any Letters to the Editor received will be circulated to all Editors before a decision is made whether to publish. Authors of earlier papers, if the Letter concerns a prior publication, will also be given an opportunity to respond.

To ensure conciseness, follow these maximum word count guidelines: research paper: 5,000 words; review article: 15,000 words. Cover letters must state the manuscript word count, which includes text, figure captions, and table legends, but not references.

Editorial board

Co-Editors in Chief

  • Zhen (Jason) He PhD
    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Yong Sik Ok PhD
    Korea University Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Seoul, Republic of Korea


  • Diana Aga
    University at Buffalo - The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, United States
  • Andrew Daugulis
    Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Gerasimos Lyberatos
    National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Joo Hwa Tay
    University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Éder Claudio Lima
    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  • Danmeng Shuai
    The George Washington University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington, Washington, United States
  • Xiaohong Guan PhD
    Tongji University College of Environmental Science and Engineering Department of Municipal Engineering, Yangpu, Shanghai, China
  • Daniel Tsang PhD, CEnv, BEng, PGDip (Tert Tchg)
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong, China
  • Navid B. Saleh
    University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States

Editorial Board

  • R. Andreozzi
    Napoli, Italy
  • A. Ballester
    Madrid, Spain
  • S.L. Bartelt-Hunt
    Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • E. Brillas
    Barcelona, Spain
  • H. Cheng
    Beijing, China
  • V. Cozzani
    Bologna, Italy
  • D. Dionysiou
    Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • M. Erdem
    Elazığ, Turkey
  • S. Esplugas
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Z.P. Hao
    Beijing, China
  • W. Lee
    Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
  • W.-J. Lee
    Tainan, Taiwan
  • P. Lianos
    Patra, Greece
  • L.Q. Ma
    Gainesville, Florida, United States
  • R. Marotta
    Napoli, Italy
  • D. Mohan
    Delhi, India
  • C. Mulligan
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • P. Oleszczuk
    Lublin, Poland
  • J.M. Park
    Pohang, Republic of Korea
  • H.J. Pasman
    Delft, Netherlands
  • S.G. Pavlostathis
    Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • M.J. Plewa
    Urbana, Illinois, United States
  • X. Quan
    Liaoning, China
  • S.D. Richardson
    Columbia, South Carolina, United States
  • M.A. Rodrigo
    Real, Spain
  • P. Stepnowski
  • S. Tunali Akar
    Eskisehir, Turkey
  • S.-B. Wang
    Perth, Australia
  • X. Wang
    Beijing, China
  • J. Yu
    Wuhan, China
  • Z. Svatopluk
    Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • A.I. Zouboulis
    Thessaloniki, Greece