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Special Issue "Holistic Approaches for the Assessment of Environmental Exposures and Health Effects"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Toxicology and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2023 | Viewed by 64

Special Issue Editors

Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Granada, 18011 Granada, Spain
Interests: environmental epidemiology; metals; endocrine disruptors; biomarkers; cancer; metabolic syndrome; pregnancy
Departamento de Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
Interests: environmental epidemiology; persistent organic pollutants; metals; emerging chemical contaminants; metabolic syndrome; cancer; metabolic and endocrine disruption
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to advertise this Special Issue (SI) entitled “Holistic approaches for the assessment of environmental exposures and health effects”. This collection includes articles (original research articles, comprehensive review papers, case reports, meta-analyses, etc.) that shed new light on environmental exposures and/or associated health risks. This SI intends to contribute to public health policies by collecting articles aimed to improve current knowledge in the field of environmental epidemiology through high-quality works that will make a great contribution to the scientific community. 

Nowadays, humans are exposed to a myriad of environmental factors potentially affecting human health, such as chemical pollutants, physical and biological agents, and psychological stressors. These factors might induce either acute or long-term health effects through a wide variety of mechanisms, such as endocrine disruption, oxidative stress, inflammation, or epigenetic alterations. Noteworthy, exposure to mixtures of these factors can result in synergic/antagonistic interactions. 

This SI is focused on (but not restricted to) novel approaches for exposure characterization, determinants of exposure (particularly in poorly characterized populations), computational models, risk assessment, biomarkers of exposure and effect, social aspects of exposure and health, intervention studies to minimize/avoid exposure, health economy in relation to the environment or early diagnostic tools, or geographic information systems. 

Authors are encouraged to submit papers focused on the following potential topics:

  • Exposure characterization of legacy and/or emerging pollutants of public health concern, and their relevant exposure sources, including biomonitoring studies;
  • Risk assessment;
  • Exploring the implications of environmental pollutants on human health in both children and adults;
  • Novel biomarkers of exposure and effect;
  • Social aspects of exposure and health, including risk perception;
  • Integrated approaches to assess multiple environmental pollutants;
  • Novel statistical approaches in environmental epidemiology;
  • Better understanding of potential mechanisms from environmental pollutants on human health;
  • Developing actions for preventing exposure to environmental pollutants and contamination of environments;
  • Health economy in relation to the environment;
  • Studies focused on the geolocalization of potential hotspots or clusters of disease;
  • Occupational health studies.

Dr. Inmaculada Salcedo Bellido
Dr. Juan Pedro Arrebola
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • environmental pollutants
  • environmental epidemiology
  • environmental toxicology
  • endocrine disruption
  • acute and long-term health effects
  • biomonitoring
  • exposure assessment
  • human health risk assessment
  • human health risk management
  • statistical tools
  • geographic information systems
  • social studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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