Special issue guidelines

Thank you for considering publishing a special issue with Earth System Dynamics (ESD). ESD offers an efficient way of publishing special issues that gather thematically linked sets of papers. The individual manuscripts are peer-reviewed and published as soon as they are available in regular issues. They are then labelled as part of the special issue and linked electronically.

The specific advantages of publishing a special issue with ESD are the following:

  • All papers are published open-access.
  • Every individual paper in the special issue is posted as soon as it is available. That means that the publication date is not delayed by late papers.
  • Efficient interactive discussion of the common theme takes place on the ESDD forum.
  • Posting of preprints in ESDD allows efficient cross-referencing between the final revised papers in ESD.
  • All contributions are efficiently linked and coherently presented on dedicated special issue web pages (an appropriate logo is welcome as a *.jpg file), easily accessible from the ESD online library.
  • Guest editors can define the order of the published papers on the special issue web page.
  • Either a non-peer-reviewed editorial preface or a peer-reviewed scientific paper can be used to introduce a special issue.
  • Print versions are available upon completed publication of all contributions. A minimum order of 20 copies is necessary, and the price will depend on the total number of pages in the special issue.
  • The price per printed copy is calculated as follows: number of pages × €0.09 + softcover and binding (€3.00) (hardcover price on request) + priority mail (individually calculated) = net price + VAT Please contact the Copernicus Publications Production Office for an official offer.

Inter-journal special issues

A special issue can comprise publications in any number of Copernicus’ open-access journals, of which one should be nominated as the lead journal for administrative purposes. The handling of individual manuscripts follows the standard procedures for special issues in the journal to which the manuscript is submitted. Afterwards, all published papers are co-listed on a joint special issue web page (in addition to the regular chronological volume of each journal).

If you intend to propose an inter-journal special issue, please first send your proposal to the chief editors of the lead journal. If your proposal is accepted, please also contact the chief editors of the constituent journals to find out if they want to participate in the inter-journal special issue. Only after all journals have agreed, should all information (see above) on the inter-journal special issue be sent to the Copernicus Publications Editorial Support.

Special issue proposal and guidelines for editors

Our guidelines are aimed at helping you with the process of submitting a proposal so that you might better understand your responsibilities as a special issue editor. We encourage contact with one of the chief editors (see editorial board) to informally discuss a possible proposal or in case of questions not answered by these guidelines. Please note that we

  • require editor team diversity in terms of representing a variety of institutes, career stages, and gender;
  • particularly encourage review articles for a special issue, with an average of one review article solicited for every 8–10 papers in the special issue;
  • welcome a preface by the special issue editors, contextualizing the articles; and
  • encourage the special issue editors to work with the authors so that each set of authors are aware of what others are submitting, thus enabling cross-referencing of other papers in the special issue where appropriate.

To propose a special issue, please submit a short (one- to three-page) outline to one of the chief editors (see editorial board) including the following information:

  • Title of the special issue;
  • Names, affiliations, complete contact details, and short CVs of the proposed special issue editors. Note that the editors' affiliations will be published in the SI TOC on the ESD website should the SI be accepted;
  • Short (<1 page) description of the SI including its purpose and whether it arises out of a conference or similar meeting. Note that this will be published in the SI TOC on the ESD website should the SI be accepted;
  • Suggestion of a editor or chief editor to accompany the special issue and to approve editorial decisions taken by you (please contact the suggested editor/chief editor and obtain their agreement prior to submission of the proposal);
  • Start date and end date of submission;
  • Any other useful information that will help to evaluate the proposal, including tentative or confirmed contributions and number of expected papers.

The proposal will be reviewed by the chief editors, who will render a decision based on the expected contribution of the special issue and its appropriateness for ESD. Special issues are in principle open for all submissions within their scope.

Responsibilities of special issue editors

The editors of the special issue will assume the following responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all manuscripts within the special issue are within the journal scope and comply with the manuscript types and with the same quality standards as regular submissions to ESD;
  • Coordinate a rigorous peer-review process (with at least two independent referees providing complete reviews), following the same guidelines as regular submissions to ESD;
  • Work to keep the special issue on schedule and periodically update their liaison editor on the progress of the special issue.