Journal JER

The Journal of Environmental Radioactivity provides a coherent international forum for publication of original research or review papers on any aspect of the occurrence of radioactivity in natural systems.

Many scientific findings, results and reviews originating from the work of IUR members are regularly published within the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity (JENR, Elsevier). It is also a key source of scientific information for researchers, professionals and experts dealing with radioecology.


Relevant subject areas range from applications of environmental radionuclides as mechanistic or timescale tracers of natural processes to assessments of the radioecological or radiological effects of ambient radioactivity. Papers deal with naturally occurring nuclides or with those created and released by man through nuclear weapons manufacture and testing, energy production, fuel-cycle technology, etc. Reports on radioactivity in the oceans, sediments, rivers, lakes, groundwaters, soils, atmosphere and all divisions of the biosphere are welcomed, but these should not simply be of a monitoring nature unless the data are particularly innovative.

Research papers are also included which, by either experimental or theoretical approaches, aim towards an improved understanding of the behaviour, transfer and distribution of environmental radionuclides. Predictive modelling is particularly encouraged. Papers on dating methods are acceptable if they have clear geophysical or geochemical significance. Descriptions of experimental methods should be both highly original and specifically related to determination of low-level environmental activities.

The journal provides a vehicle for objective, open and peer-reviewed publication and discussion of the more “controversial” aspects of environmental radioactivity, including assessments of health effects, criteria for discharge control and options for ultimate disposal of nuclear wastes.

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity is affiliated to IUR

  •  The IUR provides the opportunity for Active Members of an annual individual subscription to the electronic version of the JER, at a very preferential rate of 22 euros (30 dollars) per year (thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 11-28 April 2008 by Nicolette van Dijk, in quality of Publisher of JENR, and François Bréchignac, in quality of President of IUR). 

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  •  Non-suscribers can view the table of contents and abstracts, or register for new issue alerts via the journal homepage on ScienceDirect or have a look on the recent articles below.


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