All manuscripts undergo peer review with at least two independent referees.
Once a manuscript has been registered, the author will receive a manuscript number from the online editorial support system, the Copernicus Office Editor, and will be asked to upload the manuscript files as described in the manuscript submission section.
- The Copernicus Publications Editorial Support performs an incoming inspection of the submitted files and consults the author where necessary. A plagiarism check is applied and a report is available to editors and referees, if applicable.
- The Copernicus Office Editor assigns the manuscript to one of the guest editors, who gets access to the entire manuscript.
- The guest editor nominates a minimum of two independent referees. As soon as a referee has agreed, she/he gets access to the manuscript for review and is asked to take into account the review criteria.
- Once at least two independent referee reports have been received, the Copernicus Office Editor approaches the guest editor to study these reports and to make a decision. Besides acceptance/rejection, the guest editor can request technical corrections (no further review), minor revisions (further review by guest editor only), as well as major revisions (further review by referees and guest editor).
- The Copernicus Office Editor informs the author of the manuscript about the decision and provides a link to the reports of the guest editor and referees.
- The peer-review status of each manuscript is summarized in the manuscript records. Guest editors, authors, and referees have access to parts that concern them.