Steps to Publication

AGU journals and books welcome contributions from authors throughout the world. The decision to accept a contribution for publication is made by an editor solely on the basis of suitability of subject matter to the focus of the journal, originality of the contribution, and scientific merit. The editor has complete responsibility and authority to accept a submitted article for publication or to reject it. We encourage our international authors to seek assistance with English grammar and translation where appropriate.  All authors are expected to uphold AGU’s ethical guidelines.

Here are the overall steps to submission and publication:

  1. Consult our Author Resources and prepare your initial manuscript in Word, or LaTeX, using our Word or. LaTeX templates.  Templates are available for Word and LaTeX submissions. Prepare your multimedia files, if any. For initial submission we prefer a single file that includes text, figures, and tables.  For supplemental information please use our templates here. Please follow our Submission and revision checklists.
  2. If you are using figures from other sources, obtain permissions where needed. We cannot publish your paper until any copyright issues are resolved.
  3. Review the publication fees. All journals have excess length fees and/or length limits. These are billed after acceptance.
  4. Submit your manuscript files to our submission system, GEMS. You will be updated as the peer review process moves along.
  5. Your manuscript will then be evaluated and, if appropriate to the journal, sent for external review by the journal editors.
  6. Final files must be uploaded at revision.
  7. If accepted, congratulations! Your manuscript will be sent to our publication partner, John Wiley & Sons. The accepted article will be posted online within a few days with a DOI and considered to be published and citable. You will also be notified regarding copyright transfer and have an opportunity to select open in any of our subscription journals. Following copyediting, you will receive proofs and notification of any publication fees.
  8. The final manuscript will be posted shortly after the proofs are returned. A final version will be included in an online issue.



AGU journals use an electronic manuscript submission and peer review system called GEMS (Geophysical Electronic Manuscript System).

GEMS allows you to check the status of your manuscript online throughout the review process. The submission process is simple and quick if you have the necessary information and materials assembled.  This includes the manuscript files and an email list of all of the authors.  You’ll be asked to paste in the title, abstract, and three key points, to suggest and request to exclude reviewers, and by revision, to include funding information for all the authors. Data sets should be prepared to be archived in appropriate repositories as soon as possible, and by publication at the latest.

User help is available both online and through the journal’s editorial office. To contact the journal’s editorial assistant, go to the GEMS log-on page and select the “contact” link at the top.


The decision to accept or reject a paper lies with the scientific editor. This is the peer-review process, step-by-step:

  1. Author submits manuscript. Authors provide the names and contact information of five experts as possible reviewers.
  2. AGU’s staff checks to ensure author’s manuscript meets journal submission requirements. We will notify you is something is missing.
  3. Potential Reviewers are assigned and contacted.
  4. Reviewers review manuscript.
  5. Editor makes decision to accept, request revisions, or reject. The Editor may confer with Associate Editors and reviewers in making this decision.
  6. If decision is a revision, Author revises manuscript and submits revision.
  7. Editor makes new decision.
  8. Author is contacted with decision.

Steps 6-8 are repeated as necessary until Editor makes final decision.

If the paper is accepted, the manuscript enters into production at Wiley. Authors will receive notification and instruction on how to check their article’s status. For questions about production, contact the appropriate  journal production staff.


You will be able to review your figures and text during the production process. Please remember: Supporting Information is not edited by production staff.

All communications are with the corresponding author, unless otherwise designated.