On the difficulties of being rigorous in environmental geochemistry studies: some recommendations for designing an impactful paper

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Olivier Pourret , BOLLINGER Jean-Claude, Eric D. van Hullebusch


There have been numerous environmental geochemistry studies using chemical, geological, ecological and toxicological methods but each of these fields requires more subject specialist rigour than has generally been applied so far. Field-specific terminology has been misused and the resulting interpretations rendered inaccurate. In this paper, we propose a series of suggestions, based on our experience as teachers, researchers, reviewers and editorial board members, to help authors to avoid pitfalls. Many scientific inaccuracies continue to be unchecked and are repeatedly republished by the scientific community. These recommendations should help our colleagues and editorial board members, as well as reviewers, to avoid the many inaccuracies and misconceptions currently in circulation and establish a trend towards greater rigour in scientific writing.




Biogeochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geochemistry, Other Environmental Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematics


speciation, ecology, modelling, ecotoxicology, fractionation, risk assessment


Published: 2019-10-25 15:32


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