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Author guide

If you go to the EGU General Assembly 2023, in Vienna,, be sure to go to SC3.6, 

How do I make my geoscience communication publishable? – A drop-in ‘clinic’ with the

Geoscience Communication editors.


Please consult this Author guide​ before looking at the Writing guide.

Please do not confuse these two pages:

  • This Author guide is to indicate the steps to take in the submission and publishing process.

  • The Writing guide is to provide guidance on good writing and on how to communicate your ideas clearly.

Please follow the steps below and accomplish the tasks below before you submit your ms to GC.

The abbreviation  ms , for manuscript, is used throughout this guide and CfP and in much of the correspondance.

Summary of the three main phases:

  1. Writing a pre-submission outline of your contribution - N°1 below.

  2. Prepare your ms, being sure to consult the various links provided below - N°2 below.  Remember to send a word copy of your (near) final ms to David by wetransfer.

  3. Submit your ms to GC and revise - N°3 below.

1. Pre-submission outline ________________________________

Before embarking on a full ms, please send a short outline to the Guest Eds.  This will allow us

  • to do a quick check to see if it is within the scope and spirit of the special issue,

  • to make any helpful suggestions for the ms.

We wish to avoid your putting in effort writing a long text and having it rejected and also to avoid our spending time getting it reviewed needlessly.

Your outline (14pt, Times) should include the following, each starting on a new line:

  • Title: Subtitle

  • Author name(s) & affiliation(s)

  • Email of corresponding author - please check the accuracy of the email

  • A short description (preferably bulleted points) - about 1/2 page, 200 words, outlining relevant aspects, such as:

    • Objective(s),

    • Type(s) of approach(es),

    • Target audience(s), main readership,

    • Article type (see below*),

      • If a research article, incl the usual sections: Hypothesis or research question, etc

    • Methodology(ies) used,

    • Main finding(s) or discussion / conclusion(s),

    • Any other useful info.

  • A short plan - about 1/2 page, 200 words - showing how your ms will be structured.

Please make an effort to stay within the word limits indicated above. 

Please paste your outline into the body of an email.

Please do not attache any files to an email.

Please do not use depositories (e.g., google drive, dropbox).

  • Send your email to crookall dot consulting at gmail dot com,

    • with subject GC-special, outline, main-author-family-name,
      e.g., GC-special, outline, Smith

  • Please make sure that you include precisely that subject line, otherwise your email could go astray.

One of the Guest Eds will be in touch with you about the next step (e.g., do not submit; attend to or modify things in your ms; submit your ms with few or no changes).  When you are given the go-ahead to submit, you can then prepare your ms.


2.  Prepare your ms _____________________________________ 

Please submit your ms to the GC platform only after you have been given the green light to submit.  Send your (near) final ms to David, via wetransfer, for comment.  You may then be asked to revise or to go ahead and submit.

Please note the following in preparing your ms.

  • Submissions should be original, previously unpublished works.  If your ms is derived from a conference presentation, then it should contain at least 30% new material.

  • *GC has four main  article types :  research, insights, letters and reviews.  More information to be found here:

  • Be sure to consult that page.

We strongly recommend that you team up with colleagues to write a multi-author article.  These are generally of higher quality and you have greater chance of getting through the review process fairly unscathed 😞.

Writing guide.  Be sure to pay attention to these additional aspects of your writing.

NB.  Please send your (near) final ms to David before you submit it to the GC platform, called EGUsphere.  He and/or one of the other Guest Eds will look at and maybe make some suggestions for final tweaks before you upload it for review.  Please send a word file (not a pdf), so that we can make comments more easily.  Please send the file by, not as an attachment to an email.

Please look over all these webpages and the journal editorial and guides before sending questions.

3.  Submit and revise your ms ____________________________

After you submit your ms, and it is on EGUsphere, it will be reviewed by at least two reviewers.  The review is open.  This, in essence, means that anyone 'out there' will be able to read the following:

- Your submitted ms.

- Your reviewers' comments.

- Your replies to reviewers' comments.

- Your revised ms, and any subsequent comments and replies.

You can see an example by going to one or more articles in the journal.

Please do your best to implement reviewers' suggestions; they are made for your benefit and in the interest of quality.  If a reviewer asks you to do something it is because she or he genuinely thinks that it will improve your article.

You may suggest reviewers.



This special issue will remain open for the time being.  A possible deadline for receipt of outlines is during the spring of 2024.  We encourage authors to send in their ms within nine months after getting the green light on their outline.  Any change in deadlines will be posted here.


When you submit your ms, you implicitly agree that we may call upon you to act as a reviewer of another ms.

EGU sessions.  This special issue is being done in conjunction with, but independently of:

 Happy writing 





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