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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Open Access

From January 2016 Atmospheric Science Letters shall be published as a fully Open Access journal.

With Open Access, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays an article publication fee to ensure that the article is made available to all upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive.
For more information on the article publication charge and available waivers please see here.

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General submission instructions

ASL's online submission system

To facilitate even faster peer-review times ASL use an online submission system that allows authors to upload their files through the ASL wesbite. In addition the system will allow 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 submitting today:

For enquiries regarding submission please contact

Authors should indicate a suitable Editor or Editorial Board Member to whom the paper could be allocated. However, the Journal reserves the right to reallocate manuscripts to the most appropriate Editor. Authors should also suggest the names of up to five individuals who could serve as referees and supply their contact details where known.

Authors must also supply by mail:

  • Permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line 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 grants should be submitted with the manuscript. 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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Wiley has partnered with Overleaf, a collaborative, cloud-based authoring tool to offer you Overleaf Link on Atmospheric Science Letters. With Overleaf Link you have a dedicated article submission template, where you can write and edit your article in Overleaf, and then submit directly to the journal editorial office.

The article submission template is available here.

For more information, please visit our Overleaf Link webpage.

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Preparation of text and illustrations

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

The language of the Journal is English. Text of papers should be between 1,500 and 3,500 words, 3,500 words being the maximum limit, including references, keywords and an abstract of no more than 300 words. An equivalent length of document, for guidance, would be between three and five A4 pages of single spaced text in 12pt font size. Please include the total word count in a covering letter when submitting.

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 title page must list the full article 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.

Reference style

References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets 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, 2003a, Collins, 2003b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al., 2003).

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:

  • Kidson JW. 1997. The utility of surface and upper air data in synoptic climatological specification of surface climatic variables. International Journal of Climatology 17 : 399-413.
  • Isaaks EH, Srivaslava RM. 1989. Applied Geostatistics . Oxford University Press: Oxford.
  • Diaz HF, Hoerling MP, Eischeid JK. In press. ENSO variability, teleconnections and climate change. International Journal of Climatology DOI: 10.1002/joc.631.

File formats

Submissions are welcome with the file extensions .DOC and .RTF. In addition to the text, the paper may contain up to five tables and figures as .TIFF, .EPS or .PDF colour images, or animation or movie loop sequences (see format details below). 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. Authors are encouraged to make use of the facilities that are available to publications on the internet, i.e. links to other online reference points and web-based sources of information.

We do not recommend submitting 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 mustalso upload your TeX 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".

Animations and movies

Please submit animations and movie files in one of the three preferred formats: .GIF, .MPEG or .AVI. We prefer to not receive files that require plug-ins, such as Flash files (.fla suffix). There is a general upper size limit of 1 MB, and 2000 pixels for image files (width or length). The recommended resolution for animated GIF files is 100 x 100 dpi. Files that exceed the size limits will not be uploaded to the ASL homepage. Authors should include a "still" image of the first frame.

Figure files

The overriding concern is that all figures appear crisp, without any jagged lines, fuzziness, or pixelization, when examined closely at the final printed size. 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

For sending large figure files (>10mb) FTP should be used: see the Wiley-Blackwell FTP instructions. An email notifying of the upload of the files to the FTP site should also be sent to

Figure guidelines now available

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

Supporting information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

  • 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)’

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit

Graphical Table of Contents

The Atmospheric Science Letters 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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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.
The Creative Commons License Open Access Agreement used by Atmospheric Science Letters is the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Other Licenses are available where mandated. For more information see An example of the CC BY license can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Plagiarism checking

Atmospheric Science Letters 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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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 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.

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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

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