Founded in 1970, the Journal of Aerosol Science is the first journal specifically devoted to publishing research on the behavior of suspensions of particles and droplets in a gas, i.e. aerosols. The editors and editorial advisory board consider it the prime vehicle for the publication of original work as well as reviews related to fundamental and applied aerosol research, including aerosol instrumentation. Its content is directed at scientists working in engineering disciplines, as well as physics, chemistry, and environmental sciences. Manuscripts can focus on topics of long-standing interest in aerosol science, as well as emerging areas of interest. Editorial decisions are made based on the perceived quality and thoroughness of the submission, fit within the scope categories noted below, and novelty of the work, but not based upon speculation of the work's short term impact (i.e. perceived number of citations). While the Journal of Aerosol Science does not have any length requirements for submissions, authors are strongly encouraged to make use of online supporting information to describe particularly detailed methods, and to present supplementary results and diagrams which aid readers in understanding the main narrative.
The editors specifically welcome submissions of papers describing recent experimental, numerical, and theoretical research related to the following topics. In the cover letter accompanying each submission, authors should identify the single number-letter combination which best classifies their manuscript, and explain why it is a novel contribution in this topic area.
1. Fundamental Aerosol Science:
a. Transport and Deposition
b. Nucleation, Condensation, & Evaporation
c. Radiative Absorption and Emission
d. Collision Dynamics: Coagulation, Aggregation, & Charging
e. Cluster Science; Atomistic Modeling and Measurements
f. Aerosolization: Fluidized Beds, Atomization and Sprays
h. Dusty Plasmas & Non-Equilibrium Aerosols
i. Population Balance Modeling
2. Applied Aerosol Science:
a. Aerosol-based Synthesis & Manufacturing
b. Control Technology & Filtration
c. Lung Deposition & Aerosol Medicine
d. Inhalation Toxicology
e. Bioaerosols & Aerosol based Disease Transmission
f. Nuclear Aerosols
g. Industrial Emission
h. Combustion (Soot) & High Temperature Aerosols
i. Indoor Aerosols
3. Instrumentation & Measurement Methods
a. Mobility Analysis
b. Mass Spectrometry
c. Light Scattering and Spectroscopic Techniques
d. Novel Inertial Separation Schemes
e. Condensation Particle Counter Developments
f. Single Particle Trapping Methods
g. Improved Data Inversion; Machine Learning
h. Low Cost Sensors & Measurement Networks
Beside originality, a very important criterion for acceptance of a submission is its ability to communicate conclusions of general relevance to a given field.
There are topics which the journal specifically does not cover, due to adequate coverage in numerous other publications. The Journal of Aerosol Science is not intended to archive data such as environmental/ambient monitoring measurements, unless new methodologies are involved or broadly relevant new conclusions for aerosol behavior are reached. Work on source apportionment, as well as global & regional climate modeling is better suited to journals with focuses on atmospheric chemistry and air quality. Routine applications of existing instruments and measurement approaches are not considered suitable for the journal. Work on instrumentation must demonstrate a significant advancement or novel implementation of the instrument or method in question. Manuscripts focusing on numerical case studies with widely available computational fluid dynamics software and built-in particle trajectory models are not appropriate for the Journal of Aerosol Science, unless the uniqueness and novelty of the approach employed is clearly evident. Numerical or analytical solutions to aerosol growth models must demonstrate that they are a significant advance over existing approaches and must not contain overly-simplified assumptions rendering them incapable of predicting the behavior of real aerosols.