Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Current World Environment’s sole aim is to “rapid[ly] disseminat[e] scientific knowledge among scientists, technocrats, planner and elite citizens for a better life supporting system and to promote the cause for environment and sustainable responses to climate change.” The large, far-flung editorial board seeks material on in very wide range of areas within environmental study, including biodiversity, biotechnology conservation, classification and morphology with emphasis on soil, plant and environment relationship, climate change, deforestation, dynamics and behavior of chemicals in environment, ecological and environmental protection, hot related issues such as air, water, noise and soil pollution, eco-technology for the remedy of environmental problems, environmental chemistry, environmental health, environmental laws, environmental management, forests and wetlands, industrial hygiene, management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid wastes, natural resources, occupational health hazards, radioactive pollution and radiation effects, recycling, soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil genesis, soil physics, solid waste, toxicology, waste water treatment, and wildlife, among others.
The journal’s site offers CWE’S Open Access Policy, as follows: “This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.” Just above the link to this policy, however, is a link to Article Processing Charges and Subscriptions, which leads to a page providing individual and institutional subscription rates and a table of article-processing charges varying by country. I could not find any reason for subscribing; I was able to examine all the contents of the journal as far as I could tell.
The content of this journal is uneven. There are some very good, well-written articles, and there are others that are not so well-written or well-researched. Material tends to be focused on narrow regions of the world. A sampling of articles from the latest issue available at the time of this review includes: “Assessment of Variation in Water Quality Index (WQI) of Groundwater in North Goa, India,” “Quality Assessment of Full-Scale Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Consisting UASB Reactors and Polishing Ponds During its Start-Up Phase in India,” “The Sand Bar Formation and Its Impact on the Mangrove Ecosystem:A Case Study of Kadalundi Estuary of Kadalundi River Basin in Kerala, India,” “Impact of Climate Change on Apple Production in India: A Review,” and “Characterization of Factors Influencing Environmental Literacy in Suburban Park Users.” Some articles read as very scholarly pieces, others sound like they are aimed at an adolescent audience. It is apparent, however, that this journal does make available a wide range of research done in developing countries, and therefore fulfills at least a good portion of its Open Access raison d’etre. A title that you might want to introduce to those with global, all-encompassing interests in the environment.