About the Journal
Focus, Scope and Objectives
Acque Sotterranee - Italian Journal of Groundwater is one of the oldest European journal dealing with groundwater. Papers on today widespread subjects, such as groundwater remediation and ground source heat pumps, were already published back in 1984.
Since June 2012 the former Acque Sotterranee is named Acque Sotterranee - Italian Journal of Groundwater (AS/IT JGW), with a new editorial form, publishing peer-reviewed scientific and technical papers in English or Italian. The journal deals with the multiple aspects of groundwater resources, from drilling technologies to contamination, groundwater/surface water interaction, hydrogeochemistry, numerical modelling, etc. A special attention is devoted to the Italian regional and socio-economic context, as well as to the Mediterranean countries ad more in general to the EU area and its border countries. Its goal is to link together the academic world, professionals, authorities, private and public companies by presenting up to date scientific and technical papers. Notwithstanding, contributions of authors from other continents have a key role in the spread of common experiences.
The published papers concern description of hydrogeological systems, water resource management, natural system dependence on groundwater, climate change, drilling and abstraction, contamination hydrogeology, groundwater remediation technologies, hydrogeophysics, agrohydrology, geothermal energy production, socio-economical dependence and anthropogenic impact on groundwater systems, groundwater monitoring, just to name a few.
The online Journal is Open Access and it is published four times per year (March, June, September and December). Each number presents: 4/6 scientific papers or technical report in English and/or Italian ; technical and historical invited news column (legislation, hydrogeophisics, hydrogeochemistry, modeling, etc.); technical notes on drilling techniques and water wells. The journal accepts original papers (peer reviewed), technical reports (peer reviewed), technical notes (not peer reviewed). Submitted papers undergo a double blind review and the Editors in Chief guarantee a short-time response on the editorial decision (60 days) since the date of receipt. Publication of accepted contributions is free of charge.
Acque Sotterranee - Italian Journal of Groundwater obtained the patronage of the National Association of Hydrogeology and Water Wells (ANIPA), of the Italian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-Italy) and of the Geological Survey of Italy (ISPRA).
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All papers are published as soon as they have been accepted, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.
Article Processing Charge
Open Access publishing does have its costs. However, as a promotional activity, all articles accepted for publication in Acque Sotterranee - Italian Journal of Groundwater will be published completely exempt from any charge.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
This journal utilizes the PKP Preservation Network, the Global LOCKSS Network and Portico to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.
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