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Annales Geophysicae An open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

Transition of ANGEO to an interactive journal

07 December 2017

We are pleased to announce the transition of the journal Annales Geophysicae (ANGEO) from an open-access journal with a traditional review process to an interactive open-access journal applying Interactive Public Peer Review™.

Launched in 1983, ANGEO until now has followed the traditional closed review process. From 2018 on, all new submissions will undergo a two-stage process involving the scientific discussion forum ANGEO Discussions as the first stage and a final revised journal article publication in ANGEO as the second stage. Only papers that successfully pass the open discussion with publicly accessible reviewer comments and subsequent peer-review completion will finally be published in ANGEO. For further information, please see https://publications.copernicus.org/services/public_peer_review.html.

The concept of public peer review was established in 2001, and is now applied for 16 out of the 17 EGU journals. It is designed to foster scientific discussion, enhance scientific quality assurance through increased transparency, and enable rapid publication of scientific papers.

For the transition process we will have to take the ANGEO review system offline on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. On that day, no review activities and no new submissions will be possible. We will reactivate the review system on Thursday, 21 December 2017 for review activities. Manuscript submission, however, will remain deactivated until Tuesday, 2 January 2018. Manuscripts that are already under review will be finished in the traditional way.

In addition, the EGU Planetary and Solar System Sciences Division will be represented through an extension of ANGEO's subject areas. As an extension of the current subject areas (solar corona and heliospheric physics, magnetosphere and space plasma physics, ionosphere and aeronomy, middle and upper atmosphere, lower atmosphere and climate), the topics "terrestrial planet systems", "small bodies to dust (including dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets)", "giant planet systems", "space weather, climate, habitability, and life in the (exo-)planetary context", and "exoplanet systems" will be covered by the journal. All of these subject areas are also reflected in ANGEO's new subtitle "Sun, Earth, planets, and planetary systems".

By introducing the innovative peer-review approach and by broadening ANGEO's subject areas, the EGU aims to raise the interest of additional authors and readers.

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