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Dual and prior publication policy

dual and prior publication policy


AGU publishes journals and books for the purpose of disseminating reports of original investigations to its membership, the general scientific community and the public at large.

In order to preserve the integrity of AGU publications with respect to publishing original investigations, AGU prohibits the submission of material for publication that has been previously published in any form that constitutes public distribution. Specifically, any document that is accessible to a library user, who does not have special access or privileges, directly or indirectly in paper or electronic form is considered published, except as noted below.

Previously published explicitly does not include oral or poster presentations, meeting abstracts or student theses/dissertations. AGU does allow posting of preprints and accepted papers in preprint servers that are designed to facilitate community engagement and discovery across the sciences. Any other online publication with a service that provides archiving with citation protocols and public retrieval capabilities constitutes prior publication.

Publication in Eos does not constitute dual publication if an author submits a manuscript on the same research to one of the AGU journals. Eos articles present material in a completely different manner from the archival publication.

Publication of an article in any language prior to submission to an AGU journal constitutes dual publication.

Other exceptions of postings or publications required for legal or other reasons may be considered at the discretion of the editors.


AGU will not consider for publication a manuscript that has been submitted to another peer-reviewed journal with the same basic scientific content reaching the same fundamental conclusions. This does not prohibit the submission to AGU of a manuscript that has been rejected by a peer-reviewed journal so long as that original submission and review process has been completed.

Specific questions with respect to this policy should be directed to the editor in chief of the relevant journal.

Approved by Council May 2013, Revised November 2014


Preprint servers – AGU encourages authors to post draft manuscripts (prior to peer review or accepted versions) on Earth and Space Science Open Archive or another preprint server.

Papers submitted to Earth and Space Science Open Archive as part of the submission process with an AGU journal will automatically update with a link to the final published article with no action needed by the author.

Repositories – AGU allows the final published article to be placed in an institutional repository six months after publication and allows submitted articles to be accessible on the author’s personal website. AGU also supports governmental and institutional repositories and access is available to AGU content through CHORUS, usually 12 months after publication.