To the Authors

Dear Participants of the 9th International PCB Workshop in Kobe,

We would like to express our thanks to the local organizing committee of the Workshop for their excellent preparations in the organization and running of the meeting, and many thanks to you for your active participation and excellent presentations. We are pleased to offer all participants of the Workshop the chance to submit publications to a Special Issue arising out of the Workshop, to be published by the journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research (ESPR). We are especially interested in featuring a collection of innovative papers highlighting emerging environmental trends in PCB research. As Guest Editors of this collection, we are writing to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue.

The Special Issue will feature both critical reviews and research papers. Here are some further details on the different paper types. A review is expected to present a critical overview of the state-of-the-art of a topic, with critically selected examples (not only from your own work), to point the reader to trends and likely future developments and to give a selection of important references to the current literature. As a guideline, for a critical review the manuscript is expected to be around 35,000 characters in length, plus figures and tables. For a research paper, paper length must be appropriate to content. There is no strict page limit, but ESPR advises a maximum length of up to 25,000 characters, including 20-30 references, plus 4-6 figures and 1-3 tables. You will find the journal's instructions for authors on the ESPR homepage at www.springer.com/environment/journal/11356 .

Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that color figures will be printed in color free-of-charge to the author, both in the online and print versions of the journal.

The submission deadline for papers is April 1. 2017. Earlier submissions are especially encouraged, and papers will be published online as soon as they have been accepted for publication. All submitted manuscripts will be subject to the same rigorous peer-review process as regular submissions to the journal, and upon publication each author team will be provided with a free pdf file of the printed article. We ask that you submit your manuscript directly to the ESPR editorial office by online submission at http://www.editorialmanager.com/espr/ . Please NOTE that you must indicate that your submission is a part of the Special Issue SI: 9PCB.

We would very much appreciate your participation in this special issue and hope that you are able to accept this invitation. We look forward to your contribution with great interest.

With best regards,
Takeshi NAKANO, Larry W. ROBERTSON and Roland WEBER
PCB Workshop in Japan: http://ee-net.ne.jp/pcb2016e

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