Author FAQs

Please note: as this is an evolving format, some aspects of journal policy, such as the list of, and criteria for inclusion as, approved repositories will develop over time. Moreover, if your specific query is not addressed by this document, please contact the Journal directly at

What types of papers does the Journal publish?

The Journal publishes primarily Data Papers. These are papers which describe a dataset that is available in an approved data centre, giving details of its collection, processing, file formats etc., but do not go into detail of any scientific analysis of the dataset or draw conclusions from that data. The papers should allow the reader to understand when, why and how the data were collected, and what the data are.

The Journal will also accept papers on data services, and papers which support and inform data publishing best practices.

Does my paper need to be about a dataset?

Yes, if it is a Data Paper. All Data Papers should describe a dataset that has been submitted to an approved data centre. The Data Paper should cite the dataset using its DOI. Further information on approved data centres and DOIs can be found in the Author Guidelines. The paper can also be about data services, or topics which inform and support data publishing best practices.

What subject areas does the Journal cover?

Geoscience Data Journal will accept contributions in the areas of Weather and Climate; Oceanography; Atmospheric and Ocean Chemistry; Cryosphere; Biosphere and Land Surface and Geology. If your contribution falls outside these field, but is still related to geosciences, please contact the Journal to discuss .

Are there guidelines on how to structure a Data Paper?

Yes. A guide on manuscript style can be found in the Author Guidelines. Also, an example of how to structure a Data Paper can be found here.

How can I submit a Data Paper to Geoscience Data Journal?

Before submitting a Data Paper, you should ensure that the dataset, and supporting metadata, have been formally archived in a Geoscience Data Journal approved repository or data centre, and that a DOI has been assigned. Further information on approved data centres and DOIs can be found in the Author Guidelines. We are continually updating the approved list, so if the repository does not appear, please contact the Journal.

Once this has been done, a Data Paper describing the dataset, giving details of its collection, processing, file formats etc. can be submitted using the Geoscience Data Journal online submission system (

What is the publication charge?

All papers published in Geoscience Data Journal are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share. To cover publication costs, the Journal charges article publication fees of $1,500 / €1,200 / £1,000.

Are there any potential discounts available on the article publication charge?

Members of the Royal Meteorological Society receive a 20% discount on this fee.

Waivers and discounts will also be given to authors from countries on the Waivers and Discounts List. Authors should submit a waiver or discount request during the submission of their article.

Could I be eligible for funding from my institution or agency?

A number of funding agencies and academic institutions have an arrangement with Wiley Open Access to fully or partially cover the article publication charge. More information can be found on the Wiley Open Access Institutions & Funders page.

Do I need to assign Copyright to the publisher?

No. Copyright on any article published by a Wiley Open Access journal is retained by the author(s). Geoscience Data Journal articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) which allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article, adapt the article and make commercial use of the article. For more information visit the Journal’s Open Access License and Copyright page.

Is the Journal listed by Thomson Reuters’ (formerly ISI) Web of Science?

Geoscience Data Journal was accepted for inclusion within the Web of Science beginning with Volume 1 (2014) and currently has an Impact Factor of 2.8. There are also discussions with Thomson Reuters regarding their recent announcement of a Data Citation Index.

What are the benefits of submitting to Geoscience Data Journal?

The Journal provides an Open Access platform where links to 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.

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