First adopted by Council 20 April 1969 [Most recently revised 4 December 2011]
AGU publishes journals and books for the purpose of disseminating reports of original investigations to its membership, the general scientific community and the public at large.
In order to preserve the integrity of AGU publications with respect to publishing original investigations, AGU prohibits the submission of material for publication that has been previously published in peer-reviewed scientific publication.
Previously published is defined as material of the same basic scientific content reaching the same fundamental conclusions previously published in materially the same form.
Self-plagiarism (as defined in the AGU Ethics Policy) is considered a form of previous publication and is not permitted in AGU publications.
Previously published explicitly does not include oral or poster presentations, meeting abstracts or student theses/dissertations. Posting of a preprint of an article via electronic media does not constitute prior publication.
AGU will not consider for publication a manuscript that has been submitted to another peer-reviewed journal with the same basic scientific content reaching the same fundamental conclusions. This does not prohibit the submission to AGU of a manuscript that has been rejected by a peer-reviewed journal so long as that original submission and review process has been completed.
Specific questions with respect to this policy should be directed to the Editor in Chief of the relevant journal.