General Terms

While Copernicus Publications and the European Geosciences Union welcome any original scientific work for publication, we expect that:

  • the work submitted for publication has not been published before, except in the form of an abstract or proceedings-type publication (including electronic preprints and discussion papers), or as part of a published lecture or thesis, and that it is not under consideration for peer-reviewed publication elsewhere;
  • its publication has been approved by all author(s) and, tacitly or explicitly, by the responsible authorities and/or the institutes where the work has been carried out;
  • if and when the manuscript is accepted for peer-reviewed publication, it may be re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0  License but not submitted for peer-reviewed publication elsewhere;
  • the authors have secured the right to reproduce any material in his/her/their work that has already been published elsewhere;
  • the authors agree with the License and Copyright Agreement;
  • the authors agree with the Article Processing Charges valid on the date of manuscript submission (receipt of electronic files);
  • the authors agree and have obeyed the General Obligations for Authors;
  • the authors are aware that discussion papers remain permanently archived, accessible and citeable;
  • the authors, Editors and referees are aware that the complete post-discussion review will be published if the revised paper will be accepted for publication in ESD (valid for manuscripts submitted from 01 October 2013);
  • with regard to the evaluation of manuscripts, the Editors and the referees will follow their guidelines as summarized in the General Obligations for Editors and the General Obligations for Referees.
  • The ESD editorial board reserves the right to remove referee reports and any other comments if they contain personal insults.
  • The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., in the articles of this journal, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.
  • While the advice and information in this journal is believed to be true and accurate at the date each article is published, neither the authors, the editors, nor Copernicus Publications can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. Copernicus Publications makes no warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

General Guidelines for Manuscripts & Submission

  • In general, contributions should be short but self-contained, concentrating on new results or techniques. The length of an article is not limited with regard to its number of pages.
  • Papers should be clear, concise, and written in English. They must conform to the organization and style of the journal with correct spelling and good sentence structure. Correct language is the responsibility of the author(s), although the Editor(s) and the referees are kindly asked to help in language editing of the manuscript if necessary. However, the final version of the manuscript accepted for peer-reviewed journal publication will receive complimentary English language copy-editing.
  • Authors are kindly requested to consider the manuscript evaluation criteria of the journal to meet the quality standards and to reduce the peer-review processing time.
  • Before submission manuscripts need to be registered. This process requires author details and also a set of keywords, describing the manuscript. In return the author(s) receive a manuscript number and information on how to upload the files containing the text, figures and additional material.
  • Manuscripts (i.e. work prior to the review process) must be submitted in digital format by using the appropriate upload forms.
  • Supplementary material, such as data sets, animated visualisation, etc., should be submitted together with the manuscript for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Authors are obliged to suggest 2-5 potential referees. Ideally, suggested reviewers should be scientists who are not closely associated (i.e. at different institutes and who have not collaborated significantly in the past research) with any of the authors. Should this not be the case, please indicate this. In any case, all suggested reviewers should be able to offer fair and impartial reviews of the material being submitted.