Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is an open-access, non-profit, interdisciplinary environmental science journal published by UC Press whose mission is Open Science for Public Good. In light of this mission, we’ve highlighted some key article- and journal-level metrics that demonstrate how Elementa‘s open, accessible research has a wide reach and impact across a global audience.

We’d like to especially call attention to the news that Elementa was accepted into the Science Citation Index Expanded and received its first Impact Factor in June 2018: 2.838. We congratulate and thank all the editors, authors, reviewers, and journal founder, BioOne, who have stewarded the journal into the high-quality publication it is today. (See below for additional citation statistics via Scopus.)


Atmospheric Science
Editor in Chief: Detlev Helmig
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Earth & Environmental Science
Editor in Chief: Oliver A. Chadwick
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Editor in Chief: Donald R. Zak
University of Michigan, USA

Ocean Science
Editor in Chief: Jody W. Deming
University of Washington, USA

Sustainability Transitions
Editor in Chief: Alastair Iles (social sciences)
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Editor in Chief: Anne R. Kapuscinski (sciences)
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA


Plus two types of special collections:

Top 10 Countries Accessing Elementa content:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. France
  6. Australia
  7. India
  8. China
  9. Brazil
  10. Spain




Elementa was recently included in the Scopus Abstracting and Indexing database, and we can now see how well-cited Elementa articles are. Below is a list of the top 10 most highly cited articles in Elementa, as of July 31, 2018. The full July 31 dataset is available here. (Source: Scopus.)

Additionally, Elementa has been fully accepted into the Science Citation Index Expanded and received its first Impact Factor in June 2018: 2.838.

Cooper OR, Parrish DD, Ziemke J, Balashov NV, Cupeiro M, Galbally IE, et al.. Global distribution and trends of tropospheric ozone: An observation-based review. Elem Sci Anth. 2014;2:29. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000029
147 citations

Leaitch WR, Sharma S, Huang L, Toom-Sauntry D, Chivulescu A, Macdonald AM, et al.. Dimethyl sulfide control of the clean summertime Arctic aerosol and cloud. Elem Sci Anth. 2013;1:17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000017
37 citations

Thompson CR, Hueber J, Helmig D. Influence of oil and gas emissions on ambient atmospheric non-methane hydrocarbons in residential areas of Northeastern Colorado. Elem Sci Anth. 2014;3:35. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000035
31 citations

Miller LA, Fripiat F, Else BGT, Bowman JS, Brown KA, Collins RE, et al.. Methods for biogeochemical studies of sea ice: The state of the art, caveats, and recommendations. Elem Sci Anth. 2015;3:38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000038
30 citations

Ellis EC, Fuller DQ, Kaplan JO, Lutters WG. Dating the Anthropocene: Towards an empirical global history of human transformation of the terrestrial biosphere. Elem Sci Anth. 2013;1:18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000018
30 citations

Hsing P-Y, Fu B, Larcom EA, Berlet SP, Shank TM, Govindarajan AF, et al.. Evidence of lasting impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on a deep Gulf of Mexico coral community. Elem Sci Anth. 2013;1:12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000012
28 citations

Oltmans S, Schnell R, Johnson B, Pétron G, Mefford T, Neely III R. Anatomy of wintertime ozone associated with oil and natural gas extraction activity in Wyoming and Utah. Elem Sci Anth. 2014;2:24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000024
27 citations

Arrigo KR, Brown ZW, Mills MM. Sea ice algal biomass and physiology in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. Elem Sci Anth. 2014;2:28. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000028
24 citations

Alderkamp A-C, Dijken GL van, Lowry KE, Connelly TL, Lagerström M, Sherrell RM, et al.. Fe availability drives phytoplankton photosynthesis rates during spring bloom in the Amundsen Sea Polynya, Antarctica. Elem Sci Anth. 2015;3:43. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000043
23 citations

Ducklow HW, Wilson SE, Post AF, Stammerjohn SE, Erickson M, Lee S, et al.. Particle flux on the continental shelf in the Amundsen Sea Polynya and Western Antarctic Peninsula. Elem Sci Anth. 2015;3:46. DOI: http://doi.org/10.12952/journal.elementa.000046
22 citations



Steady audience growth with 67% of traffic being new visitors (2017).

Combined reach of 65k on Facebook and 15k on Twitter across Elementa and UC Press social media.



(Article submissions as of October 2017.)

Average total usage is 12,835 views & downloads per article (2013-2017).

Average production time is 20 days from acceptance to publication.





Carrying capacity of U.S. agricultural land: Ten diet scenarios (Peters et al, 2016)
108,541 views/downloads, Altmetric Score: 796

Global distribution and trends of tropospheric ozone: An observation-based review (Cooper et al, 2014)
34,712 views/downloads, 147 citations

Dating the Anthropocene: Towards an empirical global history of human transformation of the terrestrial biosphere (Ellis et al, 2013)
32,477 views/downloads, Altmetric Score: 68

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Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene was founded by BioOne in 2013 through a partnership with five research universities: Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington. Please visit our Founders page for the full history.