About Pollutants

Aim and Scope

Pollutants (ISSN 2673-4672) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal focusing on contaminants that are introduced into the natural environment, beyond permitted limits, and cause measurable deleterious effects on air, water, soil, or living organisms.

We encourage scientists to submit their high-quality research work related to chemical, biological and physical compounds that lead to pollution, including impact assessment studies and corresponding remediation strategies to promote the scientific utilization and effective mitigation of pollutants.

The aims of Pollutants encompass the ever-increasing borders of environmental sciences which include but are not limited to Public Environmental Occupational Health, Toxicology, Water Resources, Geosciences, Atmospheric Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Ecosystem Restoration, Environmental Analyses and Monitoring, Assessment of Risks and Interactions of Pollutants in the Environment, Conservation Biology, Sustainable Agriculture.

Chemical pollutants

Result from various human activities include both organic and inorganic contaminants and few examples are presented below:

  • plastics
  • resins
  • pharmaceuticals
  • disinfectants, deodorants, detergents
  • oil and petrol spills
  • road runoff
  • metals
  • batteries
  • pesticides and herbicides and fungicides
  • carbon monoxide
  • oxides of carbon (COx)
  • oxides of sulphur (SOx)
  • oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
  • VOCs
  • ozone
  • benzene
  • chlorinated solvents
  • chromium
  • dioxin
  • vinyl chloride
  • industrial wastewater

Biological pollutants

Biological pollutants are substances in our environment which come from living organisms and few examples are presented below:

  • pollens
  • mold and fungi
  • bacteria
  • animal saliva, dander, urine
  • dust mites, insects’ parts
  • pathogens

Physical pollutants

Pollutants characterized by their influence on the environment and its inhabitants caused by forces and operations of physics, few examples are presented below:

  • light
  • noise
  • vibration
  • UV
  • electromagnetic pollutants
  • radioactive pollutants
  • thermal pollutants
  • litter

This international journal covers a broad spectrum of important topics which are relevant to environmental health sciences and public health protection also including related aspects as:

Pollutants Monitoring

Processes, activities and methods that need to take place to characterize, monitor and control the quality of the environments and its inhabitants, few examples are presented below:

  • stratified sampling
  • remote surveillance
  • data interpretations
  • biological monitoring

Pollutants Removal

Pollutants removal is carried out using various technologies; few examples below:

  • wastewater treatment
  • advanced clean-up techniques
  • decontamination functional material (Nanoparticles)
  • bioremediation
  • pollutant degradation

Pollutants Control and Prevention

Control involves measures to limit the damage caused by pollutants. Prevention means avoiding or minimizing the production of pollutants before they are released into the environment. Few examples below:

  • refuse disposal systems
  • air pollution control
  • waste management
  • source reduction
  • recycling
  • novel production techniques

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

Pollutants is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications. MDPI works with Publons to provide reviewers with credit for their work.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Pollutants will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2021 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Announcement and Advertisement

Announcements regarding academic activities such as conferences are published for free in the News & Announcements section of the journal. Advertisement can be either published or placed on the pertinent website. Contact e-mail address is .

Editorial Office

Ms. Bonnie Wu
Managing Editor

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