Promote Your Paper

Once your paper is accepted for publication in an AGU Journal, there’s lots more you can do to share and publicize your work.

While Writing Your Manuscript

  • Write a Plain Language Summary. These summaries, which are published alongside the paper’s scientific abstract, are a great way to communicate your work to a broader audience. Submitting a Plain Language Summary alongside the scientific abstract is now an option across all AGU Journals. Some of the best exemplars are shared via AGU social media, for example on Twitter using the hashtag #scisummary. In addition, a summary helps greatly in some of the outreach listed below, especially Kudos.
  • Download the Toolkit for AGU Authors. Find out more about improving the impact of your science, including tips for optimizing the keywords in your manuscript before submission so it appears higher in search results.

Post Acceptance / Prior to Publication

  • Notify AGU’s press office. If you think that that your paper is newsworthy, submit a Publicity Alert form to the AGU Public Information Office. The team will assess whether your paper has scientific significance, an impact on society or originality that could create a good story and spark interest outside the direct scientific field. They may choose to write a press release, publish a blog post or circulate via AGU’s social media channels.
  • Tell your institution’s press office. Institutional press offices are always looking to promote the research and activities being carried out by their researchers. If your institution is planning a press release or another form of promotion, please let the AGU Public Information Office know using the Publicity Alert form so that they can work with your institution’s press office to amplify any publicity efforts.
  • Submit an image. AGU journal editors are always seeking suitable images to use on the cover of each issue. If you think an image or photograph from your paper or related to your paper would make a good cover image then why not submit it for consideration. Submissions should be sent to the journal’s Editorial Assistant and be in color, have a resolution of at least 300 dpi, and include a short caption.


  • Post on social media. Please share your paper via your Twitter account, Be sure to include @theAGU and #AGUPubs, as well as the most appropriate of the thematic hashtags: #AGUWater, #AGUClimate, #AGUSpace, #AGUOceans, #AGUEarth, #AGUGeohealth.  Please also mention the relevant AGU journal or include a link.
  • Share your science. AGU’s Sharing Science program has lots of resources to help you communicate with a broader audience, including journalists, educators and students, policy makers, and the public about Earth and space science and its importance.
  • Sign up for Kudos. Kudos is a free platform for explaining and sharing your published research in plain language. It’s easy to register, and a link is sent to all corresponding authors immediately after a paper’s publication. Once you’ve explained your research in plain language and shared it via your social media networks, you can track the impact on clicks, views, downloads and citations.

The Editors of the AGU Journals nominate a small proportion of papers which have particular originality, scientific significance, or societal relevance for showcasing as “Research Spotlights” on, or as “Editor Highlights” published in the “Related Content” section of the paper and in the “Journal Highlights” feed. If your paper was chosen, share via social media and tell your institution’s press office.