General Terms

While Copernicus Publications and the European Geosciences Union welcome any original scientific work for publication, we expect that:

  • the work submitted for publication has not been published before, except in the form of an abstract or proceedings-type publication (including electronic preprints and discussion papers), or as part of a published lecture or thesis, and that it is not under consideration for peer-reviewed publication elsewhere;
  • its publication has been approved by all author(s) and, tacitly or explicitly, by the responsible authorities and/or the institutes where the work has been carried out;
  • if and when the manuscript is accepted for peer-reviewed publication, it may be re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0  License but not submitted for peer-reviewed publication elsewhere;
  • the authors have secured the right to reproduce any material in his/her/their work that has already been published elsewhere;
  • the authors agree with the License and Copyright Agreement;
  • the authors agree with the Article Processing Charges valid on the date of manuscript submission (receipt of electronic files);
  • the authors agree and have obeyed the General Obligations for Authors;
  • with regard to the evaluation of manuscripts, the Topical Editors and the referees will follow their guidelines as summarized in the General Obligations for Editors and the General Obligations for Referees.
  • The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., in the articles of this journal, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.
  • While the advice and information in this journal is believed to be true and accurate at the date each article is published, neither the authors, the editors, nor Copernicus Publications can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. Copernicus Publications makes no warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

General Guidelines for Manuscripts & Submission

  • In general, contributions should be short but self-contained, concentrating on new results or techniques. With regard to "Extended Abstracts", the final version of the paper should not exceed 1-3 pages and, with regard to "Proceedings", the final version of a contributed paper should not exceed 4-6 pages (two-column layout) and of an invited paper not more than 10-12 pages, including figures, tables, appendices and references.
  • Papers should be clear, concise, and written in English. They must conform to the organization and style of the journal with correct spelling and good sentence structure. Correct language is the responsibility of the author(s), although the editor(s) and the referees are kindly asked to help in language editing of the manuscript if necessary. On request by the editor, articles will also be copy-edited.
  • Authors are kindly requested to consider the Manuscript Evaluation Criteria to meet the quality standards and to reduce the peer-review processing time.
  • Before submission manuscripts need to be registered for the respective special publication. In return the author(s) receive a manuscript number and information on how to upload the files containing the text, figures and additional material.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted in digital format by using the appropriate upload forms.
  • Supplementary material, such as data sets, animated visualisation, etc., should be submitted together with the manuscript for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Author(s) are obliged to suggest 2-5 potential referees. Ideally, suggested reviewers should be scientists who are not closely associated (i.e. at different institutes and who have not collaborated significantly in the past research) with any of the authors. Should this not be the case, please indicate this. In any case, all suggested reviewers should be able to offer fair and impartial reviews of the material being submitted.