Why Publish With AGU

AGU is the recognized leader in publishing high quality Earth and space science journals and books. AGU takes its leadership role in the scientific community seriously and works across the community to develop and promulgate best practices in scholarly publishing. This serves to enhance and ensure the integrity and importance of peer-reviewed scholarly research for the advancement of science and the benefit of society.

We hope that you will consider submitting to and reviewing for AGU journals as a partner in these efforts.

Learn more about the benefits of publishing with AGU, and some of AGU’s key initiatives.

FAST DECISION AND PUBLICATION TIMES

AGU journals and editors strive to reach a first decision rapidly. Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) typically notifies authors of first decisions in fewer than 4 weeks, and several other journals return decisions to authors within 4–6 weeks. All other journals strive to return decisions in fewer than 8 weeks. All papers are published online within days of acceptance, and the official online version is typically published in less than one month, or just 15 days on average for GRL.

HIGHLIGHTING THE BEST CONTENT AND EXPANDING OUTREACH

Many AGU papers and books presenting exciting scientific findings and innovative research are highlighted and promoted in ways that are make the content accessible to broader audiences, including the general public. Highlights include Research Spotlights, Editors’ Highlights and other coverage in Eos.org, Commentaries, Press Releases, discussions in Editors’ Vox, and AGU blogs, and mentions in social media. Overall, more than 15% of published papers, about 1000 each year, receive such additional coverage.

AGU encourages authors to help with promotion and outreach, by including a plain language summary of their paper for the general reader and coordinating press coverage. All AGU articles include Altmetrics which tracks news, blogs, and social media mentions.

EXPANDING WORLDWIDE ACCESS AND READERSHIP

AGU is working to expand access to its content in many ways:

  • AGU has four Gold open access journals, and open access licenses are available in all other AGU journals.
  • AGU releases all other journal content 24 months after publication.
  • AGU allows deposition in governmental and institutional repositories and also provides access to content through CHORUS.
  • AGU and Wiley provide immediate access for researchers in developing countries through the Research4Life initiative.
  • AGU participates in the Access to Research initiative, which provides immediate access to content in public libraries in the United Kingdom.
  • AGU, through Wiley, also provides free sharing of content with colleagues and provides public access to papers mentioned in registered news media.
  • AGU supports posting of content on community preprint servers.
  • AGU participates in initiatives on the open sharing of references.

SIMPLIFIED SUBMISSION PROCESS

Authors can submit their papers directly to GEMS using cloud-based authoring tools Overleaf and Authorea or templates . Authors can input coauthor information simply using an email list. Once your paper is submitted, you can keep track of the editorial process.

QUALITY PEER REVIEW AND EDITORIAL LEADERSHIP

AGU journals are led by nearly 100 editors and more than 500 associate editors that are practicing scientists and recognized experts in their fields worldwide. AGU journals and books have a long history of publishing papers that define new fields across the Earth and space sciences. Some of these are collected in recent historical special collections in GRL, JGR: Planets, Water Resources Research, and JGR: Space Physics.

INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AUTHORS AND READERS

AGU participates in services that streamline processes for authors, including ORCID (unique researcher identifiers) and CHORUS, a suite of services that delivers public access to published articles reporting on funded research in the United States.

IMPROVING SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING

AGU has been a leader in developing and implementing new standards in scholarly publishing that enhance the integrity of peer review and the scholarly record, as well as exploring issues such as bias.

SUPPORTING OPEN SCHOLARSHIP AND DATA

AGU is helping lead an effort involving researchers, repositories and journals across the Earth and space sciences to enable FAIR data (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) that benefits current and future generations of scientists.

GROWING BOOKS PROGRAM

AGU’s books program is growing through our partnership with Wiley. AGU aims to publish up to 20 books per year across the breadth of Earth and space science topics. Book editors and chapter authors benefit both from the reputation of the AGU brand and the publishing expertise and resources of Wiley in production and promotion. Further information is available here.