Submission and Review

AGU’s Geophysical Electronic Manuscript Submission (GEMS) system allows authors to submit manuscripts online to be edited and peer-reviewed. Download our Submission Checklists (for initial submission or revision) to help prepare your article.

AGU editors welcome contributions from authors throughout the world. The decision to accept a contribution for publication is made by the journal 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.

Companion manuscripts

AGU will consider papers that are companions or so related that publication and citation should be coordinated.  AGU can work with other journals to coordinate publication.  If you are submitting companion papers, please indicate this and any information regarding coordination in your cover letter and provide copies of all papers as part of your submission if they are not being submitted to the same journal.  Please provide regular updates to the editors of the progress of related papers, and especially at revision.  If there are multiple companions, we strongly recommend that you contact our staff and the journal editors in advance.

Other papers under consideration elsewhere and related to your AGU submission should also be included for the editors and the relation explained in the cover letter.

GEMS submission sites

Reviews of Geophysics is an invitation-only journal. If you would like to submit a manuscript to be considered for publication, please send a brief proposal to The proposal should include proposed paper title, list of potential authors, abstract, outline, and an analysis of recent similar review articles, and should explain how the journal’s target audience might benefit from your article. RoG has a wide readership, and while reviews may be technical, they must be fundamentally accessible to geoscientists from all major disciplines. The Editorial Board will review your request and get back to you within about two weeks. If your proposal is accepted, the Editor in Chief will send you a formal invitation through GEMS. Concerning the timeline for manuscript submission, because our articles are longer than average journal articles, we will ask for submission within 3 months of the invitation to submit. AGU allows articles to be supplemented with dynamic content. There are no page limits or page charges.