BAMS Authors

Most AMS members speak a common scientific language by virtue of education, but their access to information is often limited by the specialized scientific jargon developed within specialties. BAMS aims to cut through this Babel of scientific “dialects,” thus making your article accessible to people outside AMS who may influence or sponsor your work, or benefit from your ideas.

To make this possible, BAMS is edited for the readers’ sake. Authors need to translate their specialist’s understanding into general information and to persuade readers to read. Articles thus need to be sufficiently urgent, important, interesting, and/or rewarding for readers.

Differences between BAMS and Journals

While publishing with BAMS is similar to the Journals, there are some minor but significant differences:

  • BAMS requires that an Author Proposal be submitted (to the web site) and then approved before a full manuscript will be considered.
  • BAMS has a different structure for page charges.
  • BAMS features a full color cover image each month. Authors interested in submitting an image for the cover should read the Cover Figures for BAMS page.

What We Publish

BAMS publishes

  • descriptions of field programs
  • descriptions of research and operational organizations/initiatives
  • reviews of scientific research
  • new findings, results, and theories of general interest
  • history of science
  • discussions of research priorities
  • discussions of scientific issues of general interest
  • discussions of trends/priorities in forecasting and other operational fields
  • educational issues
  • meeting/workshop summaries (see special guidelines)
  • commentaries on issues of a wide variety

BAMS also emphasizes

  • applications of scientific knowledge for public benefit
  • innovative commercial ventures
  • analyses of emerging markets for sciences and related services
  • multidisciplinary research and services
  • societal impacts of atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic processes
  • mitigation and prevention of adverse impacts of those processes
  • education—K–12 as well as continuing education


Questions regarding BAMS submissions may be directed to
Editorial Assistant Melissa Fernau at