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Atmospheric Measurement Techniques An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

Special issue guidelines

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:

  • Publication date is not delayed by the latest paper, which is behind in the peer-review process: every individual contribution to the special issue is published as soon as it is available.
  • Efficient interactive discussion of the common theme takes places on the AMTD website.
  • Prepublication of discussion papers in AMTD allows efficient cross-referencing between the final revised papers in AMT.
  • All contributions are efficiently linked and coherently presented on dedicated special issue web pages (an appropriate logo is welcome as a *.jpg file) easily accessible from the AMT/AMTD online libraries.
  • Guest editors can define the order of the published papers on the SI web page.
  • Either a non-peer-reviewed editorial preface or a peer-reviewed scientific paper can be used to introduce a special issue.
  • Print versions are available upon completed publication of all contributions. A minimum order of 20 copies is necessary, and the price will depend on the total number of pages in the special issue.  


    The price per printed copy is calculated as follows:

    number of pages × €0.09
    + softcover and binding (€3.00) (hardcover price on request)
    + priority mail (individually calculated)

    = net price + VAT

    Please contact the Copernicus Publications Production Office for an official offer.

Inter-journal special issues

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).

If you intend to propose an inter-journal special issue, please first send your proposal to the executive editors of the lead journal. If your proposal is accepted, please also contact the executive editors of the constituent journals to find out if they want to participate in the inter-journal special issue. Only after all journals have agreed, please send all information (see below) on the inter-journal special issue to the Copernicus Publications Editorial Support.

Special issue proposal & guidelines for editors

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:

  • title of the special issue;
  • names, affiliations, and short CVs of the proposed special issue editors;
  • start date & end date of submission;
  • a statement of the purpose of the special issue, whether it arises out of a conference, and whether it will include only invited papers or is open for all submissions within its scope.

Responsibilities of special issue editors:

  • to coordinate a rigorous peer-review process (at least two independent referees);
  • to ensure that the English is at a high level and request copy-editing if necessary.
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