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Earth System Dynamics (ESD)

Chief Editors:

Open Access – Public Peer-Review & Interactive Public Discussion – Personalized Copyright under a Creative Commons License – Article-Level Metrics


APCs in ESD waived for 2015

20 Dec 2014

To further the growth of ESD in 2015, the European Geosciences Union has decided to waive the article processing charges again.

Central billing of APCs for TUM authors

15 Dec 2014

Copernicus Publications and the University Library of the Technical University Munich (TUM) have agreed on central billing of article processing charges.

ESD provides full-text XML

13 Nov 2014

Earth System Dynamics (ESD) has started an XML-first workflow and will provide all new articles in full-text XML from now on. 

Aims and Scope

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 behavior 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 behavior 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:

  1. Dynamics of the Earth system: contributions may include novel concepts and theories and their application to better understand the nature of the Earth as a complex, coupled system; experimental work of dynamic self regulating systems relevant to Earth system functioning; historical and philosophical perspectives of Earth system theory; models to describe and predict the dynamics of the whole Earth system; and studies on the importance of interactions between component systems.
  2. Earth system change: contributions may include theoretical studies of interactions, feedbacks and change; scenarios of future climatic change e.g. due to elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases; and climate predictions.
  3. Earth system interactions with the biosphere: contributions may include mechanisms of ecosystem - Earth system interactions; conceptual models of life-Earth co-evolution; simulation of biogeochemical cycles within an Earth system context.
  4. Management of the Earth system: contributions may include studies on carbon sequestration and management; effects of land cover change on climate and associated impacts and feedbacks; engineering responses to mitigate climatic change; integrated assessment of Earth system change; sustainability studies; quantification and impacts of renewable energy use; food security and water resources within an Earth system context.

Getting published in Earth System Dynamics

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:

  • foster scientific discussion;
  • maximise the effectiveness and transparency of scientific quality assurance;
  • enable rapid publication;
  • make scientific publications freely accessible.

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 and, 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.

Special Issues

Earth System Dynamics also offers an efficient new way of publishing special issues on the outcomes of workshops, conference sessions or research projects. Individual papers are peer-reviewed and published as normal contributed papers in regular issues but then labeled as part of the special issue and linked electronically.


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