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Weather, Climate, and Society (WCAS) publishes research that encompasses economics, policy analysis, political science, history, and institutional, social, and behavioral scholarship relating to weather and climate, including climate change. Contributions must include original social science research, evidence-based analysis, and relevance to the interactions of weather and climate with society.
Since many authors of WCAS papers are from social science disciplines, for which funding is generally more limited than in the physical sciences, the AMS Council has eliminated page charges for this journal.
2016 Impact Factor: 2.594 (#39 in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science1)
- Articles: Up to 7500 words (approximately 26 double-spaced pages), including the body text, acknowledgments, and appendixes. The word limit does not include the title page, abstract, references, captions, tables, and figures. If a submission exceeds the word limit, the author must provide a justification for the length of the manuscript and request the Chief Editor’s approval of the overage. This request may be uploaded in a document with the "Cover Letter" item type or entered in the comment field in the submission system.
- Reviews: Synthesis of previously published literature that may address successes, failures, and limitations. Requires Review Proposal. For more information, see Review Articles.
- Expedited Contributions:
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
Henry Huntington, Huntington Consulting
Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina
David Letson, University of Miami
Carla Roncoli, Emory University
Shubhayu Saha, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Heidi Cullen, Princeton University
Kristine Harper, Florida State University
Grete K. Hovelsrud, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research—Oslo
Vladimir Jankovic, University of Manchester
Maria-Carmen Lemos, University of Michigan
Detlef Sprinz, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Elke U. Weber, Columbia University
Peer Review Support Staff
Rebecca Perriello, Assistant to Henry Huntington and Shubhayu Saha
Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to David Letson
Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Susan Cutter and Carla Roncoli
Laura M. Klein, Lead Technical Editor
Christopher R. Faucher, Author Submission Support