Author Resources

General Journal Policies

  • Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by the Journal.
  • Papers are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have been approved by all of the authors and any other relevant authorities or institutions.
  • The authors should have been granted permission to reproduce any copyright material.
  • All our Journals employ a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript, you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.
  • It is strongly recommended that authors take into consideration the Wiley Author Services guidelines on search engine optimization (SEO) when writing their title, abstract and key words, in order to achieve the best online discoverability for their article.
  • Before submitting a paper authors should read the Journal’s Aims and Scope to ensure they are submitting to the most appropriate Journal and carefully read the Journal’s tailored Author Guidelines to ensure they meet all the submission requirements.

Online Submission System

Each of our Journals has its own online submission system which allows authors to upload their files through the website. In addition the system allows authors to check the status of their paper throughout the peer review process. New users will need to create an account within the system, a 3-step process that takes a matter of minutes to complete. Log-in information is sent via email immediately upon completion. Manuscript submission takes place in just 7 screens and is a simple, intuitive process:

Aims and Scope

Each Journal provides specific information about its aims and scope which authors should consider before submitting their paper. These are detailed in full on the individual Journal webpages, however an overview is provided here:

International Journal of Climatology

This Journal aims to span the well-established but rapidly growing field of climatology, through the publication of research papers, short communications, major reviews of progress and reports in the area of climate science. The Journal’s main role is to stimulate and report research in climatology, from the expansive fields of the atmospheric, biophysical, engineering and social sciences.

Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

The Journal is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading meteorological journals and contains papers, notes and correspondence by leading meteorologists presenting the results of their research. This includes original research in the atmospheric sciences, applied meteorology and physical oceanography. Comprehensive review articles, short articles describing minor investigations, or comments on published papers are also considered.

Meteorological Applications

The aim of this Journal is to serve the needs of applied meteorologists, forecasters and users of meteorological services by publishing papers on all aspects of meteorological science. Authors should bear in mind the general readership of the Journal when submitting manuscripts.


The aim of Weather is to act as a bridge between the interests of those having a professional and a general interest in the weather, as well as between meteorologists and others working in related sciences. Articles and regular features are written for a wide range of readers and while technical language and mathematical content are kept to a minimum, Weather also seeks to inform and to give readers an opportunity to update their subject knowledge.

Weather is the 'house journal' of the Society and aims to keep the reader up-to-date with Society news, including meeting and conference reports, a Readers' Forum series and occasional Viewpoint articles. Photographs of weather events are an important feature and the Weather Log is a summary of the weather of each month by means of meteorological data and weather maps.

Atmospheric Science Letters

This is an Open Access, online-only journal. Its aim is to provide a fully peer reviewed publication route for new shorter contributions in the field of atmospheric and closely related sciences. ASL offers a framework that promotes new understanding and creates scientific debate - providing a platform for discussing scientific issues and techniques. It encourages the presentation of multi-disciplinary work and contributions that utilise ideas and techniques from parallel areas. ASL also has sections related to articles of general interest, scientific meetings reports, book reviews, news and events.

Geoscience Data Journal

This is an Open Access, online-only platform where scientific data can be formally published, in a way that includes scientific peer-review. Thus the dataset creator attains full credit for their efforts, while also improving the scientific record, providing version control for the community and allowing major datasets to be fully described, cited and discovered. GDJ publishes short data papers cross-linked to – and citing – datasets that have been deposited in approved data centres and awarded DOIs. The journal will also accept articles on data services, and articles which support and inform data publishing best practices.

Author Guidelines

Each Journal provides specific guidelines for submissions which authors should read and apply to their submission. The full guidelines for each Journal can be found on the individual Journal pages linked below. They include instructions on the following areas and more:

  • Types of submissions, manuscript preparation: structure, word count, file types, initial submission, revisions and resubmissions.
  • Figure and table preparation: formatting requirements and file types.
  • Reference style
  • Supporting Information
  • Data policy
  • Colour figure charges, publication charges
  • Copyright Transfer Agreements and Open Access Agreements

Links to Author Guideline Pages:

Editing, Translation and Formatting Support

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

During the review process the Editors and reviewers may recommend that the use of one of these services is necessary in order to improve the language and clarity of the manuscript.

The Wiley Editing Services offers expert help in English language editing, translation, manuscript formatting and figure preparation. Wiley Editing Services ensures that your manuscript is ready for submission.

Contact information

Any questions regarding the submission or peer-review process can be directed to the Editorial Office for the relevant Journal:

Journal prizes

L F Richardson Prize

This prize is awarded annually for a meritorious paper which was published in a Society journal during the preceding four years, and was contributed by a member of the Society who is in their early career in meteorology (which we define as no more than 15 years into their career, excluding career breaks) at the time of submission.

The Buchan Prize

This prize is awarded annually in memory of Alexander Buchan, Scotland’s foremost meteorologist. The prize is awarded to an author whose articles contain the most important contributions to meteorology and have been published within the society journals.

The Gordon Manley Weather Prize

This prize is awarded for the contribution of a single outstanding paper or several excellent papers, that have helped to further the public understanding of meteorology and oceanography, submitted within the five consecutive calendar years preceding the year of the award, or for outstanding service to Weather during the preceding five years.

The Atmospheric Science Letters Editor’s Award

This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Atmospheric Science Letters Journal.

The Quarterly Journal Editor’s Award

This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Quarterly Journal.

The Meteorological Application’s Award

This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Met Apps Journal.

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