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Earth System Dynamics (ESD) is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and public discussion of studies that take an interdisciplinary perspective of the functioning of the whole Earth system and global change. The overall behaviour of the Earth system is strongly shaped by the interactions among its various component systems, such as the atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, oceans, pedosphere, lithosphere, and the inner Earth, but also by life and human activity. ESD solicits contributions that investigate these various interactions and the underlying mechanisms, ways how these can be conceptualized, modelled, and quantified, predictions of the overall system behaviour to global changes, and the impacts for its habitability, humanity, and future Earth system management by human decision making.
The scope of the journal is focused on investigations in four subject areas:
Earth System Dynamics accepts research articles, review articles, short communications, and commentaries after an innovative open-access peer-review process. The peer-review process takes place in two stages involving the scientific discussion forum Earth System Dynamics Discussions (ESDD). This form of peer review has been designed in order to do the following:
In the first stage, papers that pass a rapid access peer review by the editorial board are immediately published on the ESDD website. They are then subject to interactive public discussion, during which the referees' comments (anonymous or attributed), additional short comments by other members of the scientific community (attributed), and the authors' replies are also published in ESDD.
In the second stage, the peer-review process is completed; if accepted, the final revised papers are published in ESD.
To ensure publication precedence for authors, and to provide a lasting record of scientific discussion, ESDD and ESD are both ISSN-registered, permanently archived, and fully citable.