Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, PDF, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 10-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
Articles discuss either original applied, observational and/or theoretical research, reproducibility of another work, case studies, or forensic studies of meteorological events. Articles always are fully peer-reviewed (by 2–4 reviewers, one of whom may be an Editor). Articles may contain up to 7500 words of text, when including the main body, acknowledgments and appendices. This word count excludes title, abstract, references, captions, figures, tables, and any supplemental data, software, multimedia or presentation files intended for publication with the article. EJSSM encourages the use of multimedia supplements to convey concepts more effectively, using hyperlinks from still figures in the manuscript. The count of figures and tables combined in the manuscript should not exceed 25. For text or figures above those limits, the author(s) must justify, in a separate note to the Chief Editor; this note may be made available to reviewers. Supplemental files must be approved by the Editor before review, and always are made available to reviewers. During review, supplemental files will be hosted on a site of the author’s choosing, but must be cross-server adaptable (i.e., once accepted for publication, fully hostable on EJSSM’s website, whereupon they will be hyperlinked from the article).
Editorials typically are scientifically based opinion pieces written by any author(s), or major formal announcements related to the journal from one or more of the EJSSM editors or Board members. These will be note length or shorter. [Routine or brief announcements of a technical nature, web upgrades, or manuscript announcements, will be posted to the journal’s website and social media.] Internal editorials will be reviewed by other EJSSM editor(s) and/or the EJSSM Board, and copyedited, before posting. Externally submitted editorials will be subject to review and approval by the Chief Editor, and perhaps the Board (subject-matter dependent), as well as post-approval copyediting and technical editing. Editorials are more free-form and opinion-driven than scientific submissions, but must be professional in tone, and based on scientific issues that are within the scope of the journal. Such submissions should be no more than three pages in two-sided EJSSM format, including references and graphics, with no more than three figures and/or tables total.
Notes are similar to articles, but generally ¼ to ⅓ the size (up to 2000 words and eight total of tables and figures). These submissions will be relatively brief and narrowly focused on a specific research finding: either original, or a new result stemming from (and acting as an effective addendum to) prior published work. Notes also are peer-reviewed, but may use fewer reviewers and a more compressed process (subject-matter dependent) to expedite publication. The word count likewise excludes title, abstract, references, captions, figures, and tables.
Imagery of Note
This category features meteorological imagery of scientific and/or historical significance, or images that are unusual, compelling, or extreme enough to justify brief, formal scientific scrutiny. The imagery may be photographs, video, remotely sensed (e.g., satellite, radar, other observational), analytical, or historical artifacts, within the journal’s scope. Multimedia supplemental files may be included to augment still media shown in the manuscript, and must be accessible to reviewer(s).
Review articles summarize, synthesize and meaningfully engage prior literature on a specific subject matter. These are intended to function as “one-stop shops” to cover the most crucial aspects of an existing body of knowledge on a topic, and to suggest avenues of further research. They are intended for general scientific readership, including students. Review articles have the same limits as articles (7500 words, 25 combined figures and tables), but given their nature, generally will not have appendices nor supplemental data. Multimedia files may be linked with Editor approval. References may be numerous (~50–100). These undergo full peer review, as with standard articles. Before submitting a review article, the author(s) must provide the Chief Editor with a proposal no more than two pages long, containing the review article’s title, author list, approximate word length, subject matter, content outline, and a short discussion justifying its necessity. The review article can be submitted once the Chief Editor either approves the proposal as-is, or the authors express acceptance of all Editor suggestions for changes. The proposal will not be published with the manuscript. Authors have three months to submit the review article after Editor approval.
EJSSM accepts reviews of books directly covering any of the same meteorological scope topics as allowed for journal submissions. Book reviews must be short: at most, three pages in standard EJSSM two-sided format, including header, title, and all text, figures (if any), and references (if any). As with editorials, book reviews are more free-form and subjectively expressed than scientific submissions, but still professional in tone. Book reviews should at least summarize the contents and context of a published book, and evaluate its quality: organization, relevance, writing quality (ease of readership), scientific representativeness, and relatability to the book’s intended audience. The Chief Editor, as well as one other Editor or assigned reviewer, will assess these submissions on a quicker timeline than reviews for full articles. As with all other external submissions, book reviews will pass through copyediting and technical editing once accepted.
History and Biography
EJSSM has published, and welcomes, submissions related to the history of science within the journal’s meteorological scope, as well as biographical articles on one or more people who contributed to that scientific history. Word and figure limits are the same as with articles (7500 words, 25 combined figures and tables), and supplemental files may be used (e.g., historical data, image galleries, presentation files). These will be peer-reviewed similarly to articles.
A corrigendum is a type of note, specifically addressing one or more substantive errors or omissions of a previously published work in the same journal, by the same author(s). [Minor technical errata, by contrast, may be corrected on the original manuscript with an Editor’s Note inserted as a footnote.] Corrigenda should be brief, focused only on the error(s) and changes resulting therefrom. They either will be approved for publication after review by the Editor, or sent to brief, note-like peer review, depending on the nature of the correction(s). Figures, tables, equations and/or supplemental data provided in a corrigendum only should be what require correction from the original manuscript. For equations, any subsequent mathematics that need adjustment must be given as well. Authors must explain, clearly and reproducibly, the impact of the correction(s) on their results and conclusions. Once published, a corrigendum will link to the original article, which will remain as it was published except for a mutual hyperlink to the corrigendum, added to the original article’s front (title) page.
Comments and Replies
notes (up to 2000 words and eight total of tables and figures). A comment note addresses scientific issues in the original paper, including (but not limited to) corrections, substantial errors of logic, differences in reproduced results not great enough to form a full reproducibility study, and/or substantively differing conclusions based on the same evidence. Comments are subject to peer review similarly to notes, and once reviewed, will be queued for publication and provided to the author(s) of the manuscript at which the comment was directed. The original manuscript author(s) then will have the opportunity to produce a reply, also with the size criteria of a note, and also subject to peer review. Comments and replies should be professional and cordial in tone, addressing substantive issues and not the authors themselves, and will be published simultaneously but separately, each with its own review(s). Front-page hyperlinks will be added from the original article to both the comment and reply.
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