ISSN: 0168-2563 (Print) 1573-515X (Online)


Biogeochemistry publishes original and synthetic papers dealing with biotic controls on the chemistry of the environment, or with the geochemical control of the structure and function of ecosystems. Cycles are considered, either of individual elements or of specific classes of natural or anthropogenic compounds in ecosystems. Particular emphasis is given to coupled interactions of element cycles. The journal spans from the molecular to global scales to elucidate the mechanisms driving patterns in biogeochemical cycles through space and time. Studies on both natural and artificial ecosystems are published when they contribute to a general understanding of biogeochemistry.Biogeochemistry is in the Top 25 Journals Most Frequently Published in by Toxic Substances Hydrology Program Scientists. Please check the link on the right (under Additional Information)

Biogeochemistry LettersA new fast-track review process is available for high-profile manuscripts that present results that substantially advance the field or challenge entrenched ideas.  Letters are expected to present new information in a concise format and appeal to a broad audience.  We expect these papers to broaden our readership and solidify the journal’s reputation for publishing cutting-edge research in the field of Biogeochemistry.

The review process for submissions to this category will be expedited.  After an initial screening by the section editor, Matthew Wallenstein, they will be reviewed by our editorial review board members who have agreed to review manuscripts within 21 days.  We aim for an initial editorial decision within 30 days of submission, and a rapid editorial and publication process thereafter. As an added incentive for authors to cast their submissions in the concise Letters format, all papers in this category will receive free color printed figures.

In order to assure rapid publication, papers must conform to a, strict page limit and format. Submissions may contain up to 5000 words in the main body (not including abstract, references, acknowledgements, or captions), six display items (figures or tables), and 50 references.

Synthesis and Emerging IdeasBiogeochemistry also publishes papers that are theoretical, hypothetical, and/or synthetic in nature. If you have an idea for a paper that you think will advance the concepts in the field of biogeochemistry, that will challenge and expand people’s thinking, or ultimately stimulate the development of new tools and information, we invite submissions under the heading, Synthesis and Emerging Ideas (S & EI). 

We are always willing to consider traditional, potentially high-impact review papers that summarize existing knowledge through S & EI, but we are especially interested in papers that synthesize existing information and/or data to generate new questions, ideas, theories, and most importantly, stimulate thought and discussion. We would especially welcome your papers that tackle emerging, unresolved or controversial ideas head-on.  Synthesis and Emerging Ideas papers should be prepared – and will be reviewed – with the same intellectual rigor as other papers published in Biogeochemistry.

However, the review and acceptance processes will focus less on the 'rightness' of the paper and more on the rigor, impact, and potential value of the ideas presented. When reviewing and selecting papers, one key question we will ask is, Will this work advance biogeochemical thinking and research?

If you have an idea for a Synthesis and Emerging Ideas paper that you think meets that standard, please contact Cory Cleveland (the S & EI section editor) directly before preparing and submitting your paper. For more information, see the S & EI link under “For Authors and Editors” on the right-hand side of this page. As an added incentive for authors to submit, novel reviews to this journal, all papers in this category will receive free color printed figures. 

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