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Geophysical Research Letters goes Fully Open Access! – This journal will publish as a subscription journal for the remainder of 2022 but become fully Open Access in January 2023. Please see the FAQ for more information.
Fall Meeting 2021 - AGU Publications organized a range of in person and virtual events at the Fall Meeting. Browse the full list of events and access recordings and resources.
As a leading publisher in the scientific community, AGU maintains the highest quality standards and promotes best practices in scholarly publishing. We've created a simple six-step infographic to help you get published with AGU journals as well as a quick overview about our publications .
Our 23 peer reviewed journals are driven by editors who are recognized experts and leaders in their respective research areas. We boast the fastest publication times across all Earth and space science journals, allowing your research to be accessed, read, and cited sooner. A number of our journals are open access.
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AGU’s books program aims to publish up to 20 books per year across the breadth of Earth and space science topics by leading researchers from around the world.
The Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr) is a community server where scientists can share early research outputs including preprints and posters presented at major scientific meetings.
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Our journals welcome submissions from around the world. In addition to meeting the requirements outlined, all authors are expected to adhere to our ethical guidelines when submitting a manuscript. All new data and software for submissions should be placed into community-accepted, trusted repositories (not in supporting information).
1All listed authors must agree to be an author, read the final manuscript, approve of the order of authors, and meet our authorship criteria.
2Authors affirm that the manuscript is an original contribution. Any parts taken from previously published content are appropriately referenced and quoted.
3Authors have received permission to use or reuse any copyrighted material and data presented in the manuscript.
4Authors affirm the manuscript is not and will not be submitted anywhere else while under consideration by an AGU journal.
5Authors will disclose if any other manuscripts related to their submission are under consideration by other journals during the editorial process.
6Authors agree to comply with our publication policies.
Preparing your manuscript for submission
The formula for publication units (PU) = number of words/500 + number of figures + number of tables. Word count includes abstract, text, in-text citations, figure captions, and appendices. Word count excludes title, author list and affiliations, plain language summary, text inside the table, Open Research Section, references, and supporting information.
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English language assistance for international authors
To help authors improve the language quality of their submission so that the paper is sufficiently understood by the reviewers and readers, we have partnered with American Journal Experts (AJE) to provide English language editing, translation, and illustration services. AJE has helped over 500,000 researchers around the world to present their research in polished English suitable for publication in journals such as those published by AGU. Our members receive a 20% discount on all AJE services. Please note that the use of these services does not guarantee acceptance in an AGU publication.
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AGU's award-winning journals are widely respected because of the rigorous peer review by referees who volunteer their time, insight, and knowledge to improve the work of their colleagues and peers. Their contributions add value to the scientific enterprise and strengthen the quality of the research. If you are interested in joining the AGU pool of reviewers for a backstage pass to some of the most cutting-edge research in Earth and space science, please send your contact information, journal preference, and areas of expertise to [email protected].
Read a Scholarly Kitchen Guest Post — Why the “Who” of Peer Review is Important by AGU Publications staff Matthew Giampoala, Randy Townsend and Paige Wooden in celebration of Peer Review Week 2021. The post is also available in French, Spanish and Mandarin.
Guidelines for reviewers
Our peer review process is managed in the Geophysical Electronic Manuscript Submission system (GEMS). You will receive an email with a link requesting a review. New reviewers will need to update their profile in the GEMS system (this is separate from your profile on AGU.org).
The most helpful peer reviews summarize the main contribution of the paper, its appropriateness for the journal and any major revisions required. Minor suggestions or edits are best listed separately. If you prefer, you can upload a file with your review and/or an annotated manuscript. Individual reviews are internally rated on how helpful their feedback is to an author, and how valuable the review is in the associate editor recommendation and the editorial decision. For more information, please see this GEMS Reviewer Statistics System FAQ.
It is important to meet the review deadline but if you are unable, contact the journal staff immediately. Extensions are granted at the editor’s discretion. Please submit your review online using the link provided in the emails.
Final decisions on acceptance or rejection are made by the editors. You will be informed promptly of the final decision.
When you log into GEMS, the manuscript you have agreed to review will be under Reviewer Tasks and marked with a red arrow. After clicking the link, you will be presented with reviewer instructions, manuscript details and files, and a review form.
You can change your profile and/or update areas of expertise by selecting Modify Profile/Password, under General Tasks, at the bottom of your GEMS home page
We will add your review service to your ORCID profile with your permission. Simply register for an ORCID and/or link it to your GEMS profile. We also recognize reviewers throughout the year with awards and service subscriptions.
Within 72 hours of acceptance, the “draft” version that went under review will post to the journal’s website as an Accepted Article.
Your accepted paper will receive a digital object identifier (DOI). This DOI will be 10.1029/XXXXXXXXXXXX, where the 12-digit suffix is your paper’s manuscript number without trailing Rs or Ts.
The article then proceeds through the production process as described in the graphic below. Production takes an average of 15 working days for Geophysical Research Letters and 22 working days for all other journals.
Please respond promptly to your proofs to ensure quick publication. Once a paper is accepted, it will be considered a final manuscript and will then be moved to the production process. When receiving proofs, please note that only critical changes (i.e. major proofing errors) should be made to the proofs. Any changes of a technical or substantive nature that impacts the science will need to be reviewed for the Editor’s approval.
After your paper is accepted, you will receive an email to complete the copyright licensing process electronically on the Wiley Author Services dashboard.
- If you are publishing your paper as a subscription article (not open access), you will be asked to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement to transfer rights to AGU.
- If you are publishing your paper as an open access article, you will be asked to sign an open access agreement with a Creative Commons license that allows you to keep the copyright.
For more information on copyright and licensing, please visit the Wiley Author Services guidance here.
For AGU’s permissions policy, including the rights granted to authors, you can find more information here.
Once your paper is published online, share your success:
- Post to your social media accounts. This could also include using the account handles of AGU editors and a journal’s specific social accounts (if they exist). Don’t forget to tag AGU social media accounts and use #AGUpubs.
- Email your colleagues, employer and friends so they can promote your science on their social media channels.
- Post the “version of record” of your article to your institutional repository.
- Notify AGU’s press office ([email protected]) if your institution is planning a press release
- Complete a publicity request to let us know what you think is interesting about your research and how it will shape future research or understanding in this field.
Wiley Production contacts
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- Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES)
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Help shape the scientific quality of research published in your field
AGU seeks dynamic, well-organized scientists with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve as Editors of journals. The editorial term is 3 or 4 years depending on the journal. Applicants should be respected leaders in the community, independent-minded, even-handed, and able to make tough but fair decisions in timely manner. More detailed information on an Editor’s role and responsibilities and guidelines, as well as desirable characteristics, is available. A Search Committee appointed by the Council Leadership Team evaluates candidates and conducts personal interviews with a small number of highly qualified individuals. The Council Leadership Team makes the final selection and appointment.
Are you qualified and interested in becoming an Editor? Know someone who is?
You are invited to submit your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest to the Editor Search Committee for your journal of choice. To nominate someone who is qualified, send a letter of recommendation to [email protected].
Editors in chief
Editors in chief serve as primary custodians of AGU journals and are expected to interpret the scope of the journal broadly. They are the faces of the journals, plan their strategies and directions, and advocate for them at meetings. Editors in chief must meet annually to discuss overall AGU publications strategy, new developments, and forthcoming opportunities.
We seek dynamic scientists who possess high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve as editors of our journals. The editorial term is three or four years, depending on the journal. Applicants should be respected leaders in their field. Our ideal candidates are well organized, prompt, and able to make tough but fair decisions.
Editor in chief qualifications and benefits
A search committee appointed by the Council Leadership Team evaluates candidates and conducts personal interviews with a small number of highly qualified individuals. The Council Leadership Team makes the final selection and appointment. Applicants to editor in chief positions should demonstrate the following qualities.
1Scientific breadth in the area of interest
2Expertise in the evolving or competitive areas of the journal
4High standards in research and publication
5Strong organization skills and ability to meet commitments
6Managerial strength and ability to make difficult decisions
Associate editors, if used by the journal, support AGU's rigorous peer review by evaluating a manuscript's merit and suitability for peer review, identifying qualified reviewers, assessing the reviews, and making recommendations to the editor. Associate editors apply their expertise to maintain high scientific and ethical standards, and inform journal editors of concerns. They are invited by the editors in chief and typically serve a four-year term.
Recent features of AGU publications
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See the Scholarly Kitchen Guest Post — Why the “Who” of Peer Review is Important by Matthew Giampoala, Randy Townsend and Paige Wooden in celebration of Peer Review Week 2021. The post is also available in French, Spanish and Mandarin.
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