For those interested in submitting to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), please see the BAMS Article Types section lower on this page. BAMS does not follow the submission types outlined below.
The following journals have submission types in addition to those listed above.
Earth Interactions (EI) publishes research on the interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, and lithosphere, including, but not limited to, research on human impacts, such as land cover change, irrigation, dams/reservoirs, urbanization, pollution, and landslides. Earth Interactions is a joint publication of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, and American Association of Geographers.
Earth Interactions is fully open access.
The Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (JAMC) publishes applied research on meteorology and climatology. Examples of meteorological research include topics such as weather modification, satellite meteorology, radar meteorology, boundary layer processes, physical meteorology, air pollution meteorology (including dispersion and chemical processes), agricultural and forest meteorology, mountain meteorology, and applied meteorological numerical models. Examples of climatological research include the use of climate information in impact assessments, dynamical and statistical downscaling, seasonal climate forecast applications and verification, climate risk and vulnerability, development of climate monitoring tools, and urban and local climates.
The Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology (JTECH) publishes research describing instrumentation and methods used in atmospheric and oceanic research, including remote sensing instruments; measurements, validation, and data analysis techniques from satellites, aircraft, balloons, and surface-based platforms; in situ instruments, measurements, and methods for data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation and assimilation in numerical models; and information systems and algorithms.
The Journal of Climate (JCLI) publishes research that advances basic understanding of the dynamics and physics of the climate system on large spatial scales, including variability of the atmosphere, oceans, land surface, and cryosphere; past, present, and projected future changes in the climate system; and climate simulation and prediction.
The Journal of Hydrometeorology (JHM) publishes research on modeling, observing, and forecasting processes related to fluxes and storage of water and energy, including interactions with the boundary layer and lower atmosphere, and processes related to precipitation, radiation, and other meteorological inputs.
The Journal of Physical Oceanography (JPO) publishes research related to the physics of the ocean and to processes operating at its boundaries. Observational, theoretical, and modeling studies are all welcome, especially those that focus on elucidating specific physical processes. Papers that investigate interactions with other components of the Earth system (e.g., ocean–atmosphere, physical–biological, and physical–chemical interactions) as well as studies of other fluid systems (e.g., lakes and laboratory tanks) are also invited, as long as their focus is on understanding the ocean or its role in the Earth system.
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.
Monthly Weather Review (MWR) publishes research relevant to the analysis and prediction of observed atmospheric circulations and physics, including technique development, data assimilation, model validation, and relevant case studies. This research includes numerical and data assimilation techniques that apply to the atmosphere and/or ocean environments. MWR also addresses phenomena having seasonal and subseasonal time scales.
Weather and Forecasting (WAF) publishes research that is relevant to operational forecasting. This includes papers on significant weather events, forecasting techniques, forecast verification, model parameterizations, data assimilation, model ensembles, statistical postprocessing techniques, the transfer of research results to the forecasting community, and the societal use and value of forecasts. The scope of WAF includes research relevant to forecast lead times ranging from short-term “nowcasts” through seasonal time scales out to approximately two years.
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.
In Box: Dispatches on new directions and projects
Short articles (up to ~2,500 words) that inform and analyze in a relatively informal style. Citations should be used sparingly. A brief bibliographical list called “For Further Reading” takes the place of references and citations style used in other AMS publications.
“In” refers not just to “informative” and “informal,” but also to the following:
Article or In Box? Please discuss this decision with the BAMS editors at the proposal stage.
Map Room: Short discussion of interesting forecast situations
Particularly targeted toward operational meteorologists as well as up-and-coming forecasters and students, this section features interesting forecast situations in relatively straightforward language. It is akin to a “map room” briefing with good visual documentation, with a discussion of models where necessary. Emphasis is primarily on concepts: lessons learned or applications of science to everyday or unusual weather scenarios.
These articles are usually fewer than 2,500 words.
Nowcast: Short general-interest contributions
The “magazine within the magazine,” covering developments in the atmospheric and related sciences and services. These articles are simple, urgent, or important and often promote ideas and good work by being informative. Nowcast is not a formal peer-reviewed section, though the editors may choose to conduct a peer review.
Nowcast is flexible, but basic types of articles are as follows:
These contributions do not use formal citation–reference style or include abstracts. See a recent issue of BAMS for examples.
Nowcast is also a space for you to be creative—anything that sheds light on our sciences, our professions, our goals, or our natural world, including the visual arts. Contact Matt Gillespie at email@example.com for specific guidelines about submitting graphics, photos, or art. For guidelines about contributions to various standing sections of Nowcast, including News and Notes, Chapter Channel, Technology, and Product Announcements, contact Matt Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachel Thomas-Medwid at email@example.com.
Meeting Summaries: Synthesis of a recent meeting or workshop
Reports on recent meetings and workshops should synthesize topics, helping readers navigate the meeting’s main focus. Emphasize newsworthy findings, recommendations, and what was accomplished rather than what was intended; do not try to cover every presentation or outline the agenda. The best meeting summaries read like a letter from a participant to a colleague who could not attend.
Meeting summary manuscripts must meet these basic guidelines:
Authors may supplement their meeting summaries using documents, tables, or figures that will be published online only. This allows for approximately 2,000 words of additional online text or roughly three full pages of tables and figures. Inclusion of supplemental material may delay publication by at least one month.
After acceptance (within two weeks), manuscripts are posted in AMS Early Online Releases. Following layout and proofing, the meeting summaries are listed in the Table of Contents of the next available print issue, and the meeting summaries in final layout form are published online only. (NOTE: Only meeting summaries that the editors deem to be exceptionally well written and appealing to the wider readership are considered for both online and printed publication.)
Types of articles that commonly have been submitted to the Meeting Summary section should be directed to the BAMS Articles section or In Box section. These are
In some cases, after discussion with the BAMS Editor-in-Chief during the proposal process, the authors may choose to write a fast-track report for the Meeting Summary section and also submit a related essay or review for publication in another section of BAMS.
45 Beacon: Various topics regarding AMS and AMS membership
Short articles about issues or projects directly related to the Society or membership in the Society, including articles about the conduct of professional meetings, announcements, and various AMS programs such as the Broadcast Seal, journals, government relations, scholarships, and continuing education. For information on submitting Obituaries or content for About Our Members, contact Rachel Thomas-Medwid at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Gillespie at email@example.com.
Readings: Discussion of books and publishing
Essays about books or publishing or reviews (by invitation) and book excerpts. Contact Rachel Thomas-Medwid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to the Editor: Topics of concern for AMS members
Letters to the Editor (500 words or less) are encouraged. They can be submitted through the BAMS Editorial Manager page or by e-mail at email@example.com. Please include your complete contact information.