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Toxicological Effects of Contaminants of Emerging Concern on Aquatic Organisms

Call for Papers

The constant release of emerging concern contaminants in aquatic systems may reduce the quality of water and epitomize hazards to biota. The fate of these compounds and their physicochemical dependent properties may affect several groups of organisms and potentially the equilibrium of this environment by interfering with organisms’ physiology, behavior, reproduction, and ability to adapt to additional/new stressors, among other effects. As a result of this situation, there is a constant concern for public health.

The aim of this special issue is to publish original research and review articles focused on the effects of emerging contaminants (e.g., pharmaceuticals and personal care products and nanomaterials) on the behavior and physiology of different aquatic organisms (e.g., crustacea, mollusks, invertebrates, and fish). Emphasis on critical doses (after acute and prolonged to low-level exposure) of specific pollutants, responsible for adverse effects evaluated at different levels of complexity in in vitro cell-based systems, lab animals, and humans, as well as focusing on the mechanistic links between the characterized physicochemical nanomaterials and the related adverse in vitro/in vivo responses are considered. Reports on new and innovative biomarkers of the toxicological effects of contaminants of emerging concern on aquatic organisms are particularly welcome. Public health concerns on the trophic transfer of these contaminants to humans through diet deserve also special attention. Finally, ways to better communicate their results to decision-makers, policy, and law will be considered.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Fate of contaminants of emerging concern in the aquatic systems (media and/or biota) and mechanisms of exposure
  • Stress responses
  • Animal behavior
  • Structure-function relations
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Nerve and muscle physiology
  • Metabolism, excretion, and osmoregulation
  • Omics tools and other innovative biomarkers

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 27 April 2018
Publication DateSeptember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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