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Solid Earth An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Journal metrics

Journal metrics

  • IF value: 2.380 IF 2.380
  • IF 5-year value: 3.147 IF 5-year
  • CiteScore value: 3.06 CiteScore
  • SNIP value: 1.335 SNIP 1.335
  • IPP value: 2.81 IPP 2.81
  • SJR value: 0.779 SJR 0.779
  • Scimago H <br class='hide-on-tablet hide-on-mobile'>index value: 32 Scimago H
    index 32
  • h5-index value: 31 h5-index 31

Special issue guidelines

Thank you for considering publishing a special issue with Solid Earth. Solid Earth (SE) and its discussion forum Solid Earth Discussions (SED) offer an efficient way of publishing special issues that gather thematically linked sets of papers. 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 of publishing a special issue with Solid Earth are the following:

  • All papers are published open-access.
  • Every individual paper in the special issue is published as soon as it is available. That means that the publication date is not delayed by late papers.
  • Efficient interactive discussion of the common theme takes place on the SED forum.
  • Posting of discussion papers in SED allows efficient cross-referencing between the final revised papers in SE.
  • 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 SE online library.
  • Guest editors can define the order of the published papers on the special issue 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, should all information (see below) on the inter-journal special issue be sent to the Copernicus Publications Editorial Support.

Special issue proposal and guidelines for editors

Our guidelines are aimed at helping you with the process of submitting a proposal so that you might better understand your responsibilities as a special issue editor. We encourage contact with one of the executive editors (see editorial board) to informally discuss a possible proposal or in case of questions not answered by these guidelines. Please note that we

  • strongly encourage editor team diversity in terms of representing a variety of institutes, career stages, and gender;
  • particularly encourage review articles for a special issue, with an average of one review article solicited for every 8–10 papers in the special issue;
  • welcome a preface by the special issue editors, contextualizing the articles; and
  • encourage the special issue editors to work with the authors so that each set of authors are aware of what others are submitting, thus enabling cross-referencing of other papers in the special issue where appropriate.

To propose a special issue, please submit a short (one- to three-page) outline to one of the executive editors (see editorial board) including the following information:

  • title of the special issue;
  • names, affiliations, and short CVs of the proposed special issue editors;
  • suggestion of a topical editor or executive editor to accompany the special issue;
  • start date and end date of submission;
  • a statement of the purpose of the special issue and whether it arises out of a conference;
  • any other useful information that will help to evaluate the proposal (such as, for example, tentative or confirmed contributions and number of expected papers).

The proposal will be reviewed by the executive editors, who will render a decision based on the expected contribution of the special issue and its appropriateness for Solid Earth. Accepted special issues will be assigned an executive editor or topical editor of Solid Earth as a corresponding editor. Special issues are in principle open for all submissions within their scope.

Responsibilities of special issue editors

The editors of the special issue will assume the following responsibilities:

  • work with the authors to obtain manuscripts of high quality and ensure that authors are aware of the manuscript submission process;
  • coordinate a rigorous peer-review process (with at least two independent referees);
  • ensure that the English is at a high level;
  • work to keep the special issue on schedule and periodically update their corresponding editor on the progress of the special issue.

The special issue editors will act as topical editors and the final decision of manuscript acceptance lies with an executive editor.

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