Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT) and its discussion forum Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions (AMTD) offer an efficient new way of publishing special issues for measurement campaigns, conferences, etc. The individual papers are peer-reviewed and published as soon as they are available in regular issues; they are then labelled as part of the special issue and linked electronically.
The specific advantages are the following:
A special issue can comprise publications in any number of Copernicus’ open-access journals, and the special issue editors can be from the same or different journals. It may, however, be advantageous to have representation from editorial board members from more than one of the constituent special issue journals. One journal should be nominated as the notional lead for administrative purposes. The manuscript processing follows the standard special issue procedure of the journal in which the manuscript is submitted. Afterwards, all published papers are co-listed on a joint special issue web page (in addition to the regular chronological volume of each journal).
The special issue (SI) and all manuscripts to be published in it must be within the journal scope and comply with the manuscript types and with the same quality standards as regular submissions to AMT. The special issue should focus on a clear common scientific theme of the measurements or a specific mission. It must include contributions from more than one institution. To ensure the high quality standards of AMT, a special issue will permanently appear as an AMT special issue only if a considerable number of papers were accepted for final publication in AMT. Otherwise the accepted papers will appear as individual papers. Special issues usually have 2–4 SI editors, amongst whom at least one should be a member of the AMT editorial board. The SI editors decide on whether the special issue will include only invited papers or whether it is open for all submissions within the scope of the special issue.
To make arrangements for a special issue, please contact one of the AMT associate editors covering the relevant subject areas and one of the AMT executive editors (see editorial board and journal subject areas). Please provide the following information: