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Potential types of bias when estimating causal effects in environmental research and how to interpret them

In this Methodology article, authors aimed to map all types of bias from the literature that are relevant to estimating causal effects in the environmental sector. 

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  1. Authors: Laura Barbero-Palacios, Isabel C. Barrio, Mariana García Criado, Ilona Kater, Matteo Petit Bon, Tiina H. M. Kolari, Ragnhild Bjørkås, Jonas Trepel, Erick Lundgren, Katrín Björnsdóttir, Bernice C. Hwang, Laura Bartra-Cabré, Mathilde Defourneaux, Jennifer Ramsay, Thomas K. Lameris, A. Joshua Leffler…

Prof Andrew Pullin, Editor-in-Chief

Andrew Pullin is a founder and Chief Executive of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, which has the goal of supporting evidence-informed decision making in environmental management. He is based in the UK where he is a Professor (retired) in the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University, UK.

Aims and scope

Environmental Evidence publishes objective scientific evidence to inform policy and practice by publishing evidence syntheses (including meta-analyses) relevant to environmental management. The journal is managed by the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) and facilitates rapid publication of rigorous evidence syntheses, in the form of Systematic Reviews, Rapid Reviews and Systematic Maps, conducted to CEE Guidelines and Standards. Our scope covers all forms of environmental management interventions and human impacts on the environment, and therefore spans the natural and social sciences. Subjects include Climate change, water security, agriculture, food security, forestry, fisheries, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, pollution, invasive species, environmental impacts on human wellbeing, sustainable energy use, soil management, environmental legislation and environmental education. 

Environmental management is now a mainstream political activity with major resources being committed to growing challenges related to climate change, natural resource management, ecosystem services and human wellbeing. Despite the large and rapidly increasing amounts of primary environmental research, the potential of the data to address questions of concern to policy makers and managers has not been fully realised. CEE promotes and facilitates the conduct and use of evidence syntheses and seeks to make evidence more accessible to all through open access publishing of papers on all aspects of evidence-based environmental management. To this end we also publish the following paper types.

Objective use of scientific evidence to inform policy or practice is a major aim and to that end the Journal also publishes methodology papers and encourages submissions that promise advances in the field of evidence synthesis, including methodological contributions to advance co-design processes used in syntheses, communication of findings or evidence uptake.

Discussion of wider issues surrounding the production of evidence syntheses and use of research evidence in decision making are welcome in the form of commentary articles.

Research articles are welcome that are empirical natural or social science studies that examine various aspects of evidence generation, systhesis, use and impact. 

Evidence in Action articles should involve a discussion on the impact of evidence-based practice on environmental managers, of evidence synthesis on policy making, or a discussion of developments at the science-policy interface.

Proposals for Special Series of papers on a specific theme are welcomed and you should contact the Editor-in-Chief at an early stage.

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  • 2022 Citation Impact
    3.3 - 2-year Impact Factor
    5.1 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.084 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.967 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    11 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    148 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage
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