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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

Finding an editor

Copernicus Publications has established an innovative online editorial support system, the Copernicus Office Editor, to automate the selection of co-editors and referees for submitted manuscripts. The Copernicus Office Editor reduces to a minimum the time that a paper spends in review. Co-editors are selected to handle a manuscript based on the manuscript subject areas and index terms chosen by the authors. Because ACP has many co-editors, papers are normally handled by a scientist with a high degree of specialist knowledge of the submitted work. The following information will help you to select appropriate subject areas and index terms. Subject areas, index terms, and corresponding co-editors are defined on the page journal subject areas. There are four index term categories: subject, research activity, altitude range, and science focus. At least one index term must be selected for each category. Optionally, a second index term may be selected for one or more of the categories (see Table). The Copernicus Office Editor will assign the most appropriate co-editor based on the best match of first- and second-choice index terms and available co-editors. Manuscripts will usually be assigned to a co-editor whose subject areas match the selected index terms. If, however, none of these co-editors is available, also other competent members of the editorial board may help out and process the submission.

Index term category First choice Second choice
Subject aerosols  
Research activity laboratory studies  
Altitude range troposphere  
Science focus chemistry  
Index term category First choice Second choice
Subject aerosols
Research activity laboratory studies atmospheric modelling
Altitude range troposphere  
Science focus chemistry physics
Index term category First choice Second choice
Subject aerosols clouds and precipitation
Research activity laboratory studies atmospheric modelling
Altitude range troposphere  
Science focus chemistry physics

After submission of a manuscript, the Copernicus Office Editor sends an email request to every co-editor whose subject areas match the first-choice index terms. Based on the manuscript information and abstract, the addressed editorial board members are asked to act as the responsible co-editor for the new submission. As soon as one of them accepts the task, he/she is assigned as the co-editor for this submission and receives the complete manuscript. The authors are informed accordingly.

If none of the initially addressed co-editors accepts the task within a few days, the request is extended to co-editors whose subject areas match the second-choice index terms. In case of another unsuccessful call, the request is extended to all members of the editorial board.

If none of the editorial board members is available to start the review process, the executive editors are asked to assign the manuscript to one of the co-editors.


Please note that we try but are not always able to find a co-editor, which is mostly the case for manuscripts on the periphery of the journal scope.
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