Aerosol and Air Quality Research

Special Issue on “COVID-19 Aerosol Drivers, Impacts and Mitigation”


Final submission deadline: December 31, 2020.

No publication fee for accepted manuscripts that are submitted by July 31, 2020.


The Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR) is issuing a special call for papers with the theme “COVID-19 Aerosol Drivers, Impacts and Mitigation”. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists are working together and around the clock to answer critical and/or unexplored questions associated with this horrific situation. What and how aerosol processes are related to the generation, transmission, and eventually infection? What are the resulting consequences on human and the environment? How do we mitigate such impact? We thereby cordially invite you to forge ahead with these and other COVID-19 related research topics. We together can make a difference!

All high quality letters, technical notes, short communications, and research papers relevant to this theme are welcome. Manuscripts will undergo a rigorous but accelerated review. The publication fee will be waived for accepted papers that are submitted by July 31, 2020. The submission deadline is December 31, 2020. All accepted manuscripts will be published immediately and collected in a virtual issue. Please refer to the attachment for details.


Specific areas related to the theme for manuscript submission

As the COVID-19 global pandemic rapidly develops, countries are making momentous decisions with little lead time and sometimes very little knowledge of the situation. As scientists, we should be contributing as much of our expertise as possible to our local and national policymakers and the wider research community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already seen an incredible amount of high-quality rapid communications borne out of a common need to try and resolve this horrific situation we are living out. Several of these early works began to address topics that are closely related to the themes of AAQR, but there are still important research questions that remain. For instance, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is known to survive as an aerosol after expiration, but the chemical (e.g., pH dependence) and physical (e.g., mask wearing and air purification) impacts on transmitting via this route are largely unexplored. Close ties have also been drawn between COVID-19 and air quality: (i) poor air quality has been linked to a higher percentage of severe COVID-19 cases, and (ii) COVID-19 has dramatically reduced air pollution in many areas, including source and downwind regions. We invite you to forge ahead with these and other COVID-19 related research topics.


The topics include but are not limited to:

  •  Epidemiology
  •  Airborne aerosol distribution and Coronavirus transmission
  •  Air quality impacts on COVID-19 severity
  •  COVID-19 impacts on emissions and air quality
  •  COVID-19 impacts on greenhouse gas emissions
  •  Testing of gas and aerosol technologies for disinfection

AAQR focuses on aerosol and air quality and is indexed in SCI with the impact factor of 2.735 in 2018 JCR. AAQR is an open access journal supported by the publication fee charged to the corresponding author of accepted papers. The Guidelines for Authors for submitting a manuscript can be found on the website of AAQR (http://aaqr.org). Manuscripts will undergo a rigorous but accelerated review. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.