About this series
SpringerBriefs in Medical Earth Sciences present concise summaries of cutting-edge research and practical applications in Medical Geology and in how the environment affects health in general. Featuring compact volumes of 50 to 125 pages (approximately 20,000- 40,000 words), the Series covers a range of content from professional to academic. Typical topics might include: A timely report of state-of-the art analytical techniques A bridge between new research results, as published in journal articles, and a contextual literature review A snapshot of a hot or emerging topic An in-depth case study or clinical example A presentation of core concepts that students must understand in order to make independent contributions Best practices or protocols to be followed Briefs allow authors to present their ideas and readers to absorb them with minimal time investment . Briefs will be published as part of Springer’s eBook collection, with millions of users worldwide. In addition, Briefs will be available for individual print and electronic purchase. Briefs are characterized by fast, global electronic dissemination, standard publishing contracts, easy-to-use manuscript preparation and formatting guidelines, and expedited production schedules. We aim for publication 8-12 weeks after acceptance.