The following types of manuscripts are considered for peer-reviewed publication in The Cryosphere (TC):
- Research Articles report substantial and original scientific results within the journal's scope. Generally, these are expected to be between 6 and 12 journal pages, appropriate figures and/or tables, a maximum of 80 references, and an abstract of 100–200 words.
- Review Articles summarise the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the journal scope. These articles do not have an expected page limit or maximum number of references, should include appropriate figures and/or tables, and an abstract of 100–200 words. Before preparing and submitting a review article, please contact an editor covering the relevant subject area and the chief or managing executive editor. The manuscript title must start with "Review Article:".
- Brief Communications are timely, peer-reviewed and short (2–4 journal pages). These may be used to (a) 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; (b) report/discuss on significant matters of policy and perspective related to the science of the journal, including 'personal' commentary; (c) disseminate information and data on topical events of significant scientific and/or social interest within the scope of the journal. Brief Communications have a maximum of three figures and/or tables, maximum 20 references, and an abstract length not exceeding 100 words. The manuscript title must start with "Brief Communication:". To encourage these timely, short and focussed papers, their layout will be different from other types of manuscripts and the cost less per page compared to Research Articles.
- Invited Perspective Articles form an occasional series of solicited reports on topical and/or emerging fields of research of particular interest, authored by leading experts in the discipline. They may include a commentary element.
- Special Issue Editorial: Special issues may include an introductory article or an overview article or both. Introductory articles outline the motivation and background, and overview articles synthesize and summarize the findings of the special issue papers. The manuscript title must clearly reflect the relation to the special issue and should normally start with "Introduction:" or "Overview:"
- Comments & Replies are peer-reviewed, 1 page each (for a total of 2 pages), and include discussion and commentary that address significant aspects of a paper already published in the journal within the last year, without (a) becoming essentially new papers, (b) delving into too much detail, (c) becoming personal. A Comment & Reply should address non-trivial points of interest to readers other than the authors of the comment and the paper being commented on. The manuscript title should start with "Comment on" or "Reply to". Please see the further guidelines on Comments & Replies.
- Book Reviews provide a "critique" of a book, and are not primarily a summary. They are less than 1000 words and start with "Book Review on:". Please see the further guidelines on Book Reviews.
- Corrigenda correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title is: 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 Discussion Paper.
For all manuscript types, supplementary material, such as data sets, detailed and specific technical information such as computer programme code, animated visualisation, maps, very large images, etc., can be submitted together with the manuscript for peer-reviewed publication for inclusion as electronic supplements.
Please also note the following
- Manuscripts should be as concise as possible but not at the expense of scientific accuracy and completeness. To promote scientific conciseness and completeness at the same time, the inclusion of a comprehensive abstract is encouraged. There are no specific page limits and there is no special manuscript category for accelerated publication since the process of peer-review and publication in TCD and TC is inherently efficient and rapid.
- Manuscripts have to be written in English, and authors are responsible for correct spelling and grammar. Moreover some General Obligations for Authors have to be considered.
- Manuscripts can be accompanied by supplementary material for the visualisation of results or documentation of details (movies, data sets, etc. - for details see Manuscript Preparation).
||The supplementary material shall contain only complementary information but no scientific interpretations or findings/messages that would go beyond the contents of the manuscript.
- For more information about the evaluation of manuscripts see: Review Process and MS Evaluation Criteria.