Aims and scope

Earth System Dynamics (ESD) is a not-for-profit international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and public discussion of studies investigating the functioning of the Earth system and global change. The scope of ESD is flexible with regards to topics and methodologies, with the key focus being on a system perspective. The journal specifically encourages studies that take an interdisciplinary view of the functioning of the Earth system and global change, and consider the roles of and interactions between multiple spheres of the Earth system.

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 public discussion of preprints on EGUsphere, EGU's preprint repository, or in the scientific discussion forum Earth System Dynamics Discussions (ESDD). This form of peer review has been designed in order to do the following:

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

In the first stage, manuscripts that pass a rapid access review by the editorial board are immediately posted as preprints on EGUsphere or in ESDD. They are then subject to interactive public discussion, during which the referees' comments (anonymous or attributed), additional comments by other members of the scientific community (attributed), and the authors' replies are also posted alongside the preprints.

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, EGUsphere, ESDD, and ESD are ISSN-registered, permanently archived, and fully citable.