Manuscript types

The following types of manuscripts can be considered for peer-reviewed publication in Biogeosciences (BG):

  • Research articles report substantial and original scientific results within the journal scope.
  • BG Letters are research articles that report particularly important results and major advances in a concise and engaging style. Letters have fewer than 2,500 words in the main text, 200 words in the abstract, and an appropriate number of figures, or tables, and references. For more information, see the instructions for authors. Papers accepted for final publication as BG Letters will also become "Highlight articles", which have high visibility in EGU. BG Letters are also eligible for inclusion in EGU Letters. Manuscripts submitted for consideration as BG Letters are subject to regular peer review with interactive public discussion, and the selection procedure is overseen by the BG executive committee.
  • Reviews and syntheses summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the journal scope. The manuscript title must start with "Reviews and syntheses:". Depending on the subject and further characteristics, review articles are also eligible for inclusion in the Encyclopedia of Geosciences. If you are interested in this option, please see the author instructions and contact the editors of the encyclopedia. For reviews and syntheses papers, full or partial waivers of the article processing charges can be considered. Authors who consider submitting such a manuscript are encouraged to contact the co-editors-in-chief with a brief description of the scope of their manuscript and estimated length to enquire whether a partial or full waiver could be granted upon final acceptance of their manuscript.
  • Ideas and perspectives report new ideas and novel aspects of scientific investigations within the journal scope. Manuscripts of this type should be short (a few pages only). The manuscript title must start with "Ideas and perspectives:".
  • Technical notes report new developments, significant advances, and novel aspects of experimental and theoretical methods and techniques which are relevant for scientific investigations within the journal scope. Manuscripts of this type are often short (a few pages), yet are not strictly limited to a given page limit. Highly detailed and specific technical information such as computer programme code or user manuals can be included as electronic supplements. The manuscript title must start with "Technical note:".
  • Peer-reviewed comments and replies continue the discussion of preceding papers beyond the limits of immediate interactive discussion. They may be longer and submitted later than the comments exchanged in the interactive public discussion of preprints in BGD. They undergo the same process of peer review, publication, and interactive discussion as articles and technical notes and are equivalent to the peer-reviewed comments and replies in traditional scientific journals. The manuscript title should start with "Comment on" or "Reply to".
  • Overview articles synthesize and summarize the findings and conclusions of the papers published in a special issue. The manuscript title must clearly reflect the relation to the special issue and start with "Overview:".
  • Corrigenda correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title reads as follows: Corrigendum to "TITLE" published in JOURNAL, VOLUME, PAGES, YEAR. Please note that corrigenda are only possible for final revised journal papers and not for the corresponding preprints. Corrigenda have to be submitted to Copernicus Publications within 3 years from the publication date of the original journal article. Should there be reasons for publishing a second corrigendum within these 3 years, the first one will be substituted by a single new corrigendum containing all relevant corrections.