Author Guidelines

Before submitting, please use this checklist to verify that your manuscript complies with the journal guidelines: Pre-submission checklist.

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Online submission system for International Journal of Climatology

IJOC's online submission system allows authors to upload their files through the IJOC 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. Visit the following URL to start your submission:

For enquiries regarding submission please contact

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OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

See the Copyright Transfer Agreement and Open Access Agreement section below for further information regarding OnlineOpen.

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General submission instructions

Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by the Journal.

Word limit

For articles published in International Journal of Climatology there is a word limit of 7500 words for Research Articles and 3500 words for Short Communications.

The word limit includes all material from the Introduction to Acknowledgements, including any Appendices; however, the abstract, references, tables, and table and figure captions are not counted within the word limit.

Revised and resubmitted manuscripts

  • Please ensure you upload a 'Response to Referees' file, which gives a point by point response to each of the comments of the referees.
  • Please provide a version of your manuscript showing the changes made Please also upload a 'clean' revised manuscript.
  • Please ensure all Tables and Figures are uploaded in individual, editable files.
  • If you have updated any files, please delete the original versions and upload the revised file.

File types

The main document should be submitted in editable format, and we ask that you submit in MS Word or RTF (Rich Text Format). Images should be submitted only in .eps, .tif or .jpg at 300 DPI minimum (preferably 600 DPI), and they should be submitted as separate files. Figures should be in TIFF (Tagged Image Format), or EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) at 300 DPI minimum. For the purposes of review the files you upload will be automatically converted by the system into an HTML format and PDF. The PDF will be a single concatenated file generated from the separate files you upload. Other file types may be uploaded but may not convert properly to PDF. Please check the PDF carefully before finally submitting.

Manuscripts may also be submitted as LaTeX files, but if you do we require a .pdf file of the manuscript for use by the reviewers. In addition, when submitting the final revision, you must also upload your LaTex source files, including all figure files and any .bib or .bbl files. For the source files you should use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Any generic LaTex class file that uses the Harvard referencing system can be used to prepare the manuscript.

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Preparation of text and illustrations

Manuscript style

The language of the journal is English. All submissions including book reviews must be double-line spaced and have a margin of 3cm all round. Tables should be included at the end of the main document. Illustrations should not be included in the main document but uploaded as separate files.

  • The title page must list the full title, short title of up to 70 characters, and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
  • Supply an abstract of up to 300 words for all articles except book reviews. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  • Include up to eight key words that describe your paper for indexing purposes.
  • We do not allow footnotes to be used within JOC articles. Any such information should be incorporated into the main text of the article.
  • 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.

The submission of short communications is encouraged. These are papers of less than 3500 words of text with a limited number of figures describing in brief research in progress, new research results and innovative analysis techniques which are fast-tracked through the production and publishing processes.

Reference style

References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets e.g. (Collins, 1993) and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a, Collins, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al., 1998).

All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Bigg GR, Jickells TD, Liss PS, Osborn TJ. 2003. The role of the oceans in climate. International Journal of Climatology 23: 1127-1159. doi:10.1002/joc.926.
Isaaks EH, Srivaslava RM. 1989. Applied Geostatistics. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Figure preparation

Figures should be professionally drawn, photographed and digitized; freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable. Supply each illustration as a separate file, with the lead author's name; the figure number; the top of the figure indicated. Tints are not acceptable; lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Supply artwork at the intended size for printing,which must not exceed 245mm x 170mm. No text, descriptions of lines or formulae should appear within figure areas; all this information should be in the figure legends. Labels for components of figures should appear outside the figure area, and be of the form (a), (b) etc.

Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text. If a figure has been previously published, acknowledge the original source.

Figures should ideally be supplied (uploaded) as .EPS, .PDF or .TIF files in RGB or greyscale mode with no profile embedded and no layers. All illustrations should be supplied in the correct resolution and format. .EPS and .PDF are scalable vector formats, and do not have a specific resolution in dpi.

  • Black-and-white and colour photographs: 300 dpi in .TIF format
  • Graphs and line drawings etc: ideally as a vector image in .EPS or .PDF format, or 600 dpi in .TIF format
  • Combinations of black-and-white or colour photographs and line drawings: .EPS format (embedded photographic images should be at 300 dpi), 600 dpi in .TIF format

In addition to saving files in these formats and resolutions, authors must also perform a visual check of all figures, to ensure that all images, text and labelling appear clearly and are not grainy or pixelated. Information on how best to prepare publication-quality electronic graphics is available from the Wiley-Blackwell Author Services website at

Authors should be careful to check that their colour images will reproduce faithfully in CMYK print before submission.

Figure guidelines now available

Updated guidelines for preparation of figures are now available for Authors. You can access the guidelines here.

Supporting information

Data that are (i) not amenable to presentation in a traditional print format, (ii) of interest primarily to specialists and do not require Journal page space, or (iii) particularly useful to the community in electronic (downloadable) form can be published online as Supporting Information hosted within Wiley Online Library.

This is additional, peer-reviewed material, such as data sets or additional figures or tables, that will not be published in the print edition of the journal but which will be viewable via the online edition. Supporting Information should only include material that is a valuable addition to the article.

  • Supporting Information must be submitted for review alongside the manuscript. It is recommended that Supporting Information is supplied as a single file containing all supporting figures and tables etc.
  • Supplementary figures, tables, videos and text must be numbered Figure S1, Figure S2, etc., Table S1, Table S2, etc., Video S1, and Appendix S1, etc., respectively
  • Titles and legends of supporting figures and tables should be included in the respective figure and table file(s)
  • The availability of Supporting Information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear before the Reference list, headed 'Supporting information' and providing short titles of figures, tables and any other supporting material
  • Supporting Information should be cited at appropriate points in the main text of the manuscript, eg ‘(as shown in Figure S1)’

Graphical Table of Contents

The International Journal of Climatology table of contents will be presented in graphical form with a brief abstract. For example:

Graphical Table of Contents

The physics related to the formation of clouds like the one shown in the image is highly complex and nonlinear. Standard data-assimilation techniques rely on linearisations and yield low-quality results when applied to phenomena like this. Fully nonlinear data-assimilation methods do exist but are typically too computationally expensive for high-dimensional applications. The implicit equal-weights particle filter developed here is fully nonlinear and very efficient in systems of any dimension, without artificial tricks like localisation. As such it forms an important step in solving this problem.

The Graphical Abstract entry must include a caption of no more than 80 words or 3 sentences of text summarising the key findings presented in the paper and a figure that best represents the scope of the paper. Ideally the figure should be eye-catching and colourful. It does not need to be a figure used in the main article, however if no figure is provided by the authors then Figure 1 and its figure caption will be used by default.

A Graphical Table of Contents is a mandatory element of submission to this journal for Research Articles, Review Articles and Special Issue Articles. For other types of submission it is optional.

Graphical Abstract entries should be submitted to ScholarOne and uploaded with the file designation ‘Graphical Abstract’ during the manuscript submission process. The caption should be uploaded in an editable Word file including the article title, the authors' names (with the corresponding author indicated by an asterisk). The image should be included in the caption Word file or supplied as a tif, EPS or PDF file. It must be in high resolution, at least 300 dpi, it must fit within the dimensions of 50mm x 60mm and be fully legible at this size.

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Colour charges

If you wish figures to appear as colour in print please complete the colour work agreement form and return it to the address shown in the form. The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal is £250 for the first page and then £150 per page thereafter, to be charged to the author. There is no charge for figures that are colour online only (black & white in print). Where a colour work agreement form is not completed any figures provided in colour will be assumed to be colour online only. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site. When displaying figures in colour in the PDF only, we cannot work with separate black and white and colour versions of the artwork, so please supply colour artwork that can be printed in black and white (for example, a key with continuous progression from light to dark would work best when converted to black and white - do not use a range from dark blue to dark red, as the extremes will not be distinguishable in greyscale).

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Publication charges

Publication in International Journal of Climatology is free to authors and the journal does not make any publication charges or page charges (other than the colour printing charges described above).

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Plagiarism checking

International Journal of Climatology employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

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Data policy

Read the Royal Meteorological Society's data policy: Policy_on_availability_of_data.pdf

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Copyright Transfer Agreement and Open Access Agreement

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Copyright Transfer Agreement.

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA Creative Commons Attribution
  • Non-Commercial License OAA Creative Commons Attribution
  • Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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If the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from online or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form. Permission is required irrespective of authorship or publisher except for documents in the public domain. To obtain or query permission for material published by Wiley please email:

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Pre-submission English language editing

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 Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services 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.

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Proof corrections

Proofs will be sent as link to the PDF in our online proofing system for checking by the author. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of corrections is required, preferably within two days of receipt. Proof corrections should be made using the Adobe Reader e-annotation facility within the online proofing system (information on using e-annotation is available here). Please check this proof thoroughly and answer all queries raised by the copyeditor and typesetter. This will be the final quality check of your article. If you have any questions regarding using the online proofing system please contact the production editor at

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Further Information

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

Further reprints of your article may be ordered from

Funder Compliance

Author Compliance Tool

International Journal of Climatology offers both Green and Gold Open Access options. Use the above link to check compliance with your funder's policies.

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