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

The following types of manuscripts can be considered for peer-reviewed publication in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) and its discussion forum Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions (ACPD): research articles, review articles, technical notes, commentaries, and special issue introduction or overview articles as detailed below.

  • Research articles report substantial new results and conclusions from scientific investigations of atmospheric properties, and processes within the scope of the journal. Please note that the journal scope is focused on studies with general implications for atmospheric science rather than investigations which are primarily of local interest.
  • Review articles summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the scope of the journal. Before preparing and submitting a review article, please contact an editor covering the relevant subject area and an executive editor. Review articles can be superseded by an updated version in order to incorporate a significant amount of new information (similar to the "living reviews" concept). The new article should contain a direct reference to the preceding article, both in the abstract and introduction sections. Please contact the executive editors if you would like to update your review article.
  • Technical notes report new developments, significant advances, or novel aspects of experimental and theoretical methods and techniques which are relevant for scientific investigations within the scope of the journal. The manuscript title must clearly reflect the technical nature of the manuscript and should start with "Technical note:". For manuscripts focused on the development, intercomparison, and validation of measurement instruments and data processing techniques, we recommend submission to the EGU interactive open-access journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT). For manuscripts focused on the development and description of numerical models and model components, we recommend submission to the EGU interactive open-access journal Geoscientific Model Development (GMD).
  • ACP Letters are research articles that report important original results and major advances in a concise and engaging style. Letters will typically have fewer than 2000 words, a 200-word abstract, unlimited references, and a supplement if necessary. They are expected (subject to review) to become "Highlight articles", which have high visibility in EGU. Manuscripts submitted for consideration as ACP Letters are subject to regular peer review with interactive public discussion, and the selection procedure is overseen by the executive editors.
  • Peer-reviewed comments continue the discussion of published papers beyond the limits of immediate interactive discussion. They will usually refer to papers published in ACP, but may refer to papers published in other journals if satisfactory justification is given. They undergo the same process of peer review, publication and interactive discussion as articles and technical notes, and they are equivalent to the peer-reviewed comments in traditional scientific journals. The manuscript title should start with "Comment on" or "Reply to".
  • In addition to the above manuscript types, special issues may include an introduction article or an overview article or both. Introduction articles outline the motivation and background, and overview articles synthesize and summarize the findings of the special issue papers. The manuscript title must clearly reflect the relation to the special issue and should start with "Introduction:" or "Overview:".
  • Corrigenda correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title reads as follows: Corrigendum to "TITLE" published in JOURNAL, VOLUME, PAGES, YEAR. Please note that corrigenda are only possible for final revised journal papers and not for the corresponding discussion paper.
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