Why Publish With AGU?

Quality Peer Review

AGU’s journals are consistently recognized in surveys as high quality; several are leading journals in their field. Editors are practicing scientists and experts in their fields, and they select reviewers, manage the peer review process, assess the reviews, and make final decisions. AGU journals are led by nearly 100 editors and more than 500 associate editors, ensuring expertise across the Earth and space sciences. AGU uses FundRef for grant information and CrossCheck for plagiarism detection. It is this dedication to quality that ensures almost all AGU journals have an impact factor of 3.0 or higher.

Fast Decision and Publication Times

Faster decision and publication times mean that your research has an impact quickly—it is read and cited sooner! AGU strives to reach a first decision across all AGU journals within 8 weeks, and Geophysical Research Letters (GRL)  and several other journals return most papers to authors within 4–6 weeks. Papers are posted online within days of acceptance, and the official online version is typically published within 22 days, or in just 15 days for GRL.

Expanded Access

AGU is expanding free access to content. AGU has four fully open access journals, and open-access is available in all other AGU journals. AGU opens up all other journal content 24 months after publication.  AGU supports governmental and institutional repositories and also provides access to content through CHORUS usually 12 months after publication. AGU content is also available through portable iPad, iPhone, and Android apps for each journal that only require synching with your account or institution every few months. AGU supports access to researchers in developing countries through the Research 4 Life initiative. AGU has a public library open access program in the US (please contact us at publications@agu.org) and participates in the Access to Research initiative, which provides immediate access to content in public libraries in the United Kingdom

Public Outreach

AGU journal articles are regularly featured in the press and social media. AGU’s press office works to inform the mainstream media about new and emerging science, and can work with your press office. AGU also highlights selected articles in Eos.org, which reaches AGU’s more than 60,000 members and is free to access worldwide. Additional articles are highlighted in AGU’s social media and blogs. Links are provided from articles to this content. All AGU articles include Altmetrics, which links to news, blogs, and social media mentions. AGU’s press office can work with your press office to inform the mainstream media about new and emerging science, helping expand the reach of journal articles beyond the Earth and space science community. AGU also publishes newsworthy articles in Eos, which reaches AGU’s 60,000+ members and beyond. AGU journals include Altmetrics, which follows news, blogs, and social media mentions for all AGU journal articles.

Simplified Submission Process and Easy Reference Capabilities

We make it easy for you to submit papers through our streamlined online submission process. You can enter coauthor information simply using an email list. Once your paper is submitted, you can keep track of the editorial process.  Authors using LaTeX can now write their paper in an AGU template on Overleaf, a cloud-based LaTeX authoring platform.  Authors can also use Authorea to collaborate with coauthors online using LaTeX or Markdown and then directly submit to AGU journals.

All articles are enhanced HTML, which includes figure and reference viewers, and links to supporting information. PDF versions include reference links to supporting information in an online-friendly format. PDFs are enhanced with ReadCube, which makes all text searchable and annotatable and provides simple click-through to author and reference information.

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).  AGU is working to enhance data availability in the Earth and space sciences and to support our domain repositories through our data position statement and participation in the Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS) and Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines.