About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Clean Air Journal is the official publication of the National Association for Clean Air, a not-for-profit organisation. Clean Air Journal is a peer-reviewed journal for those interested in air quality, air quality management, and the impacts of air pollution relevant to Africa. The focus of the journal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Impacts of human activities and natural processes on ambient air quality
  • Air quality and climate change linkages
  • Air pollution mitigation technologies and applications
  • Matters of public policy regarding air quality management
  • Measurement and analysis of ambient and indoor air pollution
  • Atmospheric modelling application and development
  • Atmospheric emissions
  • Other topics on atmospheric physics or chemistry with particular relevance to Africa

The scope of the journal is broad, but the core theme of the journal is air quality in Africa.

Types of papers published

Research articles, review articles and technical papers undergo peer review. Research articles must contain original results and interpretation. Review articles are also accepted and should be on a topic relevant to air quality in Africa. Technical papers describe methods, procedures and management processes that are novel or have a novel application for Africa. These articles will be reviewed for scope, originality and quality, with a strong focus on the relevance and impact of the article to Africa.

The journal solicits the top peer-reviewed papers from the National Association for Clean Air (NACA) annual conference to be published in the journal. The paper(s) selected undergo the same peer-review process before acceptance and publishing in the journal as all other submitted manuscripts.

Papers of a more general nature including letters to the editor, commentaries, news, book reviews, and research briefs (highlights of relevant articles from international peer reviewed journals) may be accepted for publication. While this material will be evaluated for suitability and may be edited, such material will be placed in a clearly marked separate section of the journal and will not constitute a peer reviewed journal article.

Open Access Policy

All articles published by Clean Air Journal are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges. The 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. Clean Air Journal by the National Association for Clean Air, South Africa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Publishing schedule

The Clean Air Journal is published twice per year in May/June and November/December (one volume containing two issues per volume). Once accepted, peer-revieweed papers are posted "Online Early". 

Publication Fees

There is no charge for submissions and no article processing charge for accepted manuscripts. Clean Air Journal is the official publication of the National Association for Clean Air, a not-for-profit organisation, and publication costs are covered by the organisation for the benefit of all readers and to contribute to clean air around the world.

Indexing and abstracting

The Clean Air Journal is indexed in:

  • DOAJ

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  • Electronic Journals Library

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  • Google Scholar

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  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

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The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) SA is South Africa's premier open-access (free to access and free to publish) searchable full-text journal database.

  • Scopus

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  • Ulrich's ProQuest

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