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Geoscience Communication An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Manuscript types

The following types of manuscripts can be considered for peer-reviewed publication in Geoscience Communication (GC) and its discussion forum Geoscience Communication Discussions (GCD): research articles, review articles, commentaries, and special issue introduction or overview articles as detailed below.

  • Research articles report substantial new results and conclusions from scientific investigations of geoscience communication initiatives within the scope of the journal. Please note that the journal scope is focused on qualitative and quantitative studies of geoscience communication rather than simply reporting on public engagement initiatives.
  • Review articles summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the scope of the journal. Before preparing and submitting a review article, please contact an editor covering the relevant subject area and an executive editor. Review articles can be superseded by an updated version in order to incorporate a significant amount of new information (similar to the "living reviews" concept). The new article should contain a direct reference to the preceding article, both in the abstract and introduction sections. Please contact the executive editors if you would like to update your review article.
  • GC has no separate category of commentary and replies anymore. The main vehicle for commenting on a paper in GC is the interactive discussion that occurs during the first stage of publication. Occasionally, new issues may arise at a later date. Where the main content or purpose of a paper is criticism or discussion of a preceding paper (whether in GC or elsewhere), it should be prepared, and will be considered, as a research article, with a title that describes the scientific issue. The editor will decide as for any other paper whether the issue is sufficiently substantial to warrant a new paper. However, as a courtesy, the authors should point out on submission the identity of the related paper so that the editor can be sure to invite the authors of that paper to take part (normally named) in the interactive discussion.
  • In addition to the above manuscript types, special issues may include an introduction article and/or an overview article. Introduction articles outline the motivation and background, and overview articles synthesize and summarize the findings of the special issue papers. The manuscript title must clearly reflect the relation to the special issue and should start with "Introduction:" or "Overview:".
  • Corrigenda correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title reads as follows: Corrigendum to "TITLE" published in JOURNAL, VOLUME, PAGES, YEAR. Please note that corrigenda are only possible for final revised journal papers and not for the corresponding discussion paper.
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