Special Issues

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) and its discussion forum Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions (ACPD) offer an efficient new way of publishing special issues for measurement campaigns, conferences, etc. The individual papers are peer-reviewed & published as soon as available in regular issues, but then labelled as part of the special issue and linked electronically. The special issue can comprise any number of journals, the special issue editors can be the same or different in different journals, the manuscript processing follows the standard special issue pathway of the journal where the manuscript is submitted, all published papers are co/listed on a joint special issue webpage (in addition to the regular chronological volume of each journal).

The specific advantages are:

  • Publication date is not limited by the latest paper/slowest peer-review process: every individual contribution to the special issue is published as soon as available.
  • Efficient interactive discussion of the common theme on the ACPD website.
  • Pre-publication of discussion papers in ACPD allows efficient cross-referencing between the final revised papers in ACP.
  • All contributions efficiently linked and coherently presented on dedicated special issue webpages (an appropriate logo is welcome as *.jpg file) easily accessible from the ACP/ACPD Online Libraries.
  • Guest editors can define the order of the published papers on the SI webpage.
  • Either a non-peer reviewed editorial preface or a peer-reviewed scientific paper can be used to introduce a Special Issue.
  • Print-version 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 x €0.15
    + Softcover and Binding (€2.35) (Hardcover price on request)
    + Priority Mail (individually calculated)

    = Net Price + VAT

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

To make arrangements for a Special Issue, please contact an ACP editor covering the relevant subject areas and an ACP executive editor (see Editorial Board and Journal Subject Areas). Please provide the following information:

  • Title for 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 (including information whether the special issue will include only invited papers or is open for all submissions within the scope of the special issue).

The following points should be considered:

  • 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 ACP. Please notice and consider in particular that the journal scope is focused on studies with general implications for atmospheric science rather than investigations which are primarily of local or technical interest.
  • ACP special issues usually have a few dedicated SI editors, amongst whom at least one should be a member of the ACP editorial board with experience in the subject area of the special issue. Please contact appropriate board members directly to see if they are ready to act as (co-)editor for the planned special issue. The number of special issue editors should reflect the expected number of submissions (about one editor per six submissions per year). Normally, the special issue editors should not be closely involved in the work from which the special issue arises. If appropriate - especially for large special issues - one or two closely involved scientists may become special issue editors but should help with the editor assignment process rather than handling submissions by themselves.
  • Since the publication costs of ACP are covered by Article Processing Charges rather than subscription charges (open access publishing), there are no prefixed restrictions with respect to the number and length of papers. The only relevant criteria are the quality and relevance of the individual manuscripts.

Responsibilities of special issue editors:

  • Coordinate a rigorous peer-review process (at least two independent referees).
  • Ensure that the English is at a high level, and request a copy-editing if necessary.

Please view currently Scheduled Special Issues or browse existing special issues following the links ACPD Special Issues and ACP Special Issues, respectively.