Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

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The Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences (JAS) publishes basic research related to the physics, dynamics, and chemistry of the atmosphere of Earth and other planets, with emphasis on the quantitative and deductive aspects of the subject.

2016 Impact Factor: 3.207 (#24 in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science1)

Submission Types

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words or 26 double-spaced pages of text. (Abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures do not count toward the length limit.
  • Reviews: Synthesis of previously published literature that may address successes, failures, and limitations.
  • Expedited Contributions:
    Due to the improvement in AMS overall production time, new Expedited Contributions can no longer be submitted after 31 December 2017. You can read more about this decision in the AMS editorial, "AMS Discontinuing Expedited Contribution Article Type."
    Up to 2500 words (abstract, references, figure captions list, tables, and figures do not count toward the length limit). No more than a combined total of 6 tables and figures. No length waivers can be requested for this submission type. Multipart papers are not allowed. The peer-review and production/editing processes are accelerated. Author revisions are due within 4 weeks. The expected publication time is 4–7 weeks after final acceptance. If the paper grows beyond the maximum length or figure/table criteria during review and revision, the editor will decide if it remains an expedited contribution or becomes a regular article. Also, if the paper requires a second round of reviews, it will be considered a regular article. 
  • Comment and Reply Exchange: Comments are written in response to a published article and should be submitted within 2 years of the publication date of the original article (although the editor can waive this limit in extenuating circumstances). The author of the original article has the opportunity to write a Reply. These exchanges are published together. 

Editors and Staff Contacts

Co-Chief Editors

William H. Brune, The Pennsylvania State University

Walter A. Robinson, North Carolina State University


Fotini Katopodes Chow, University of California, Berkeley
Robert G. Fovell, University at Albany, State University of New York
Wojciech Grabowski, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Sonia Lasher-Trapp, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Sukyoung Lee, The Pennsylvania State University
Olivier Pauluis, New York University
Lorraine Remer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Anne K. Smith, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Susan van den Heever, Colorado State University
Zhuo Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Louis Wicker, NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory
Chun-Chieh Wu, National Taiwan University
Ping Yang, Texas A&M University
Renyi Zhang, Texas A&M University

Associate Editors

M. Joan Alexander, NorthWest Research Associates

Edmund Chang, Stony Brook University

Daniel Feldman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Peter Haynes, University of Cambridge

Christopher Holloway, University of Reading

Yoshio Kawatani, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Kerry G. Meyer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Hugh Morrison, National Center for Atmospheric Research

William Randel, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Christopher Rozoff, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tiffany Shaw, University of Chicago

Shuguang Wang, Columbia University

Yuan Wang, California Institute of Technology

Eric Wilcox, Desert Research Institute

Yang Zhang, Nanjing University

Peer Review Support Staff

Rebecca Perriello, Assistant to William H. Brune and Walter A. Robinson

Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to Lorraine Remer and Anne K. Smith

Hayley Charney, Assistant to Sonia Lasher-Trapp, Sukyoung Lee, and Renyi Zhang

Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Olivier Pauluis and Louis Wicker

Alejandro Mazariegos, Assistant to Fotini Katopodes Chow, Susan van den Heever, Zhuo Wang, and Ping Yang

Christine Ziebarth, Assistant to Robert G. Fovell, Wojciech Grabowski, and Chun-Chieh Wu

Production Staff

Richard R. Brandt, Lead Technical Editor

Ramesh Pillay, Lead Copy Editor

Christopher R. Faucher, Author Submission Support

1 2016 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics. Ranking out of 83 journals in the Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.