Earth System Dynamics (ESD) and its discussion forum Earth System Dynamics Discussions (ESDD) are published by Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) on a non-profit basis:
- Distribution via internet and paper copies.
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- Financing by moderate Article Processing Charges (please also note the Financial Support for Authors).
- Exploitation of the full potential of electronic media: colour illustrations and supplementary material (large data sets, movies and animated visualisation, etc.) at no extra charge, efficient linkage of related information, etc.
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- Papers are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (allows electronic and paper copies).
- Efficient new way of publishing Special Issues.
- Publication of top quality revised papers emerging from an innovative two-stage publication process with Public Peer-Review & Interactive Public Discussion involving ESDD.
Earth System Dynamics Discussions (ESDD):
- Rapid publication of high quality manuscripts as discussion papers.
- Efficient access review involving technical corrections but no further revision before acceptance/rejection; for details see Review Process.
- Interactive Public Discussion: immediate non-peer-reviewed publication of Referee Comments (anonymous or attributed), Author Comments (on behalf of all authors), and Short Comments by any registered member of the scientific community (attributed) alongside the discussion paper; for details see Interactive Public Discussion.
- Permanent archiving and accessibility of discussion papers together with the interactive comments (commented papers).
- Individual citability of every discussion paper and interactive comment.
General aspects concerning the role of authors, editors and referees are summarized under General Obligations for Authors, General Obligations for Editors and General Obligations for Referees.
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