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Climatic Change

Climatic Change

An Interdisciplinary, International Journal Devoted to the Description, Causes and Implications of Climatic Change

Co-Editors: M. Oppenheimer; G. Yohe

ISSN: 0165-0009 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-1480 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10584

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Climatic Change Letters

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Oppenheimer

Climatic Change Letters is a section of the journal Climatic Change.

Climatic Change Letters
* Short articles on new findings across the range of climate variation research
* Fast publication, free colour printing
* Featured in ISI's Essential Science Indicators
Climatic Change Letters is a section of the journal Climatic Change, and offers short articles announcing new findings of timely and compelling interest to researchers in climate-related disciplines.
Among its objectives is to report on research which combines work from several disciplines in novel ways. Letters published here will present original findings from models, experiments, observations, theoretical approaches, frameworks, applications, or methods relevant to one or more of the multitude of disciplines covered by the main journal.
Editorial decisions are made with the collaboration of an Advisory Board, and letters are chosen in part for their immediate influence in the context of ongoing research or assessment by others, and their potential to stimulate important new fields of research. The streamlined review process of Letters matches the pace of innovation in this field.
Letters appear within volumes of Climatic Change, usually eight brief articles per issue, and approx. four pages each - accompanied by a limited amount of supplement online material where necessary.
Like its host publication, Climatic Change Letters provides an outlet for the exchange of ideas among people in a range of disciplines working on climatic problems. It also appeals to sophisticated non-specialist readers.
Any Commentary on a Letter should be submitted to the regular section of Climatic Change and may be published there after peer review and at the Editors’ discretion, and paired with a response from the authors of the Letter. The Letters Section also does not publish opinion pieces. Please submit these to the regular section of Climatic Change under the Essay category.


Michael Oppenheimer,
Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs,
Department of Geosciences and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,
Robertson Hall 448, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Geraldine Rhodes (Editorial Assistant)
447A Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Email: grhodes@princeton.edu

Editorial Board 

Climatic Change Letters
Joyce E. Penner
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Anne Henderson-Sellers
Macquarie University (Australia)
Department of Physical Geography
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia
Anand Patwardhan
Shailesh J Mehta School of Management
Indian Institute of Technology
Mumbai, India
Daniel P. Schrag
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA, USA
Tim Barnett
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, CA, USA
Simon D. Donner
Department of Geography
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Klaus Keller
Department of Geosciences
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA, USA

Instructions for Authors 

Climatic Change Letters
Climatic Change Letters accepts short articles in the style of an announcement of new findings that would be of immediate and compelling interest to the research community.
Accordingly, it aims for speedy publication, so that submissions requiring more than one round of review would not be suitable.
Submission length has been revised to enable the necessary information to be presented within no more than seven journal pages (including figures, tables, references, a brief abstract and keywords), equivalent to about 3,500 words of text.
The significance of the work should be explicit in the introductory paragraphs.
Articles may be accompanied by a limited amount of supplemental online material where necessary. More specifically, to be accepted, a manuscript should present original findings from models, experiments, or observations, or theoretical approaches, frameworks, applications, or methods relevant to one or more of the multitude of disciplines covered by the main journal.
The urgency of publication will be measured by its likely immediate influence in the context of ongoing research or assessment by others, or its potential to stimulate important new fields of research, such that the normal publication times associated with Climatic Change might delay significant advances.
The editorial office will pre-screen papers to sort out for full review those deemed most likely to be favorably reviw based on these criteria.
Climatic Change Letters also embodies the special role played by Climatic Change as a “means of exchange among those working in different disciplines on problems related to climatic variations” whose articles are also aimed at “people in other climate-related disciplines and to interested non-disciplinarians” and that one objective is to “report on research in which the originality is in the combinations of (not necessarily original) work from several disciplines.”
Thus, articles that would be of substantial interest to a broad segment of this community would receive preference. Given the page limit, the description of the work must be clear and concise, yet adequate to affect research and assessment activities of others. Of course, the usual criterion of scientific validity is assumed.
Authors seeking to publish comments on manuscripts published in Climatic Change Letters should submit these as a Commentary to Climatic Change via the separate editorial manager system.
Please submit your Letters manuscript online.
For further technical Instructions, please visit ‘For authors and editors’ on the Climatic Change web pages.
We would also appreciate receiving up to four names of potential reviewers, complete with contact information and a brief description of their areas of expertise and interests.

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    Climatic Change is dedicated to the totality of the problem of climatic variability and change - its descriptions, causes, implications and interactions among these. The purpose of the journal is to provide a means of exchange between those working on problems related to climatic variations but in different disciplines. Interdisciplinary researchers or those in any discipline, be it meteorology, anthropology, agricultural science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, policy analysis, economics, engineering, geology, ecology, or history of climate, are invited to submit articles, provided the articles are of interdisciplinary interest. This means that authors have an opportunity to communicate the essence of their studies to people in other climate related disciplines and to interested non-disciplinarians, as well as to report on research in which the originality is in the combinations of (not necessarily original) work from several disciplines. The journal also includes vigorous editorial and book review sections.

    Since June 2010, all manuscript submissions have been received via the electronic Editorial Manager system.  Upon receipt, a manuscript will now be assigned to one of five deputy editors whose names are indicated on the Editorial Board page.  Each deputy editor is experienced in interdisciplinary approaches to research, and more than one of them may become involved in managing the progress of each manuscript to assure that editorial expertise is well-matched to the disciplines applied in the manuscript.  Working in conjunction with associate deputy editors who also combine expertise  in various subfields with interdisciplinary experience, the deputy editors will assign reviewers, evaluate reviews when they are returned, decide whether revisions are needed, evaluate revised manuscripts, decide if re-review is required, and make a recommendation to the Co-Editors.  The Co-Editors will make the ultimate decision on whether to accept or reject a manuscript, and they will work in conjunction with the Editorial Advisory Board to maintain a close watch on the process to assure consistency across subject areas.

    To further speed the publication process, we have also made some changes in manuscript requirements and review procedures.  Our goal is to encourage original research articles of about 12 published pages, inclusive of all text, references, figures and tables, which is equivalent to approximately 6,000 words if the manuscript were composed of text alone.  We urge authors to take full advantage of our capacity for Electronic Supplemental Material.  In the case of manuscripts with little promise of developing sufficient novelty, clarity, or interdisciplinary reach via the review process to merit publication in Climatic Change, we allow our editors discretion to recommend rejection of submissions without external review, subject to approval by the Editors-in-Chief in each case. Reviewers are now being asked to return reviews within four weeks, but we hope to shorten this time line in the future.  When re-review of a manuscript indicates that a substantial number of significant, unresolved problems remain, it will generally be returned to the author without further consideration.  These changes have already shortened  the time between submission and online publication.  Climatic Change will continue to publish essays, commentaries on published papers, our unique, invited springboard commentaries, and invited book reviews. More information on these categories, including word limits, may be found under Instructions for Authors.

    Climatic Change Letters will continue to accept brief submissions that merit faster publication.

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