The following types of manuscripts can be 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 within 12 journal pages, have appropriate figures and/or tables, a maximum of 80 references, and an abstract of 150–250 words.
- Review articles summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the journal scope. These articles do not have a required page limit or maximum number of references, should include appropriate figures and/or tables as well as a concise abstract. 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:". 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.
- 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; and (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 3 figures and/or tables, a maximum of 20 references, and an abstract length not exceeding 100 words. The manuscript title must start with "Brief communication:".
- 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 (and replies thereon) continue the discussion of papers published in TC 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 TCD. 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".
- Book reviews provide a "critique" of a book and are not primarily a summary. They contain fewer 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 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 discussion paper.