Monthly Weather Review (MWR) publishes research results relevant to the analysis and prediction of observed atmospheric circulations and physics, including technique development, data assimilation, model validation, and relevant case studies. This includes papers on numerical and data assimilation techniques that apply to the atmosphere and/or ocean environments. MWR also addresses phenomena having seasonal and subseasonal time scales. Reviews of climatological aspects of high-impact events such as hurricanes, as well as review articles, are occasionally published.
Articles – Full length, up to 7500 words or 26 double-spaced pages of text (not including abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures).
Expedited Contributions – Shorter articles with an expedited peer-review and publication cycle, limited to 2500 words (approximately nine double-spaced text pages), not including abstract, references, figure and table lists, and figures, and no more than a combined total of six figures and tables. Multipart papers are not allowed. For Expedited Contributions the Editor will expedite the review process and the AMS Publications Department will accelerate manuscript preparation for publication in final form. Authors will have a deadline of four weeks to complete revisions. Expedited Contributions should be published 4-7 weeks after final acceptance. If the manuscript grows beyond the maximum length or figure criteria specified above during the review and revision, the Editor will decide if the paper remains an Expedited Contribution or becomes a regular article. If, however, the paper requires a second round of reviews, the contribution must move out of the expedited contributions category and will be considered as a regular article.
Comment and Reply Exchanges– Comments are written in response to a published article. The author of the article being commented upon always has the opportunity to write a reply. These exchanges are published together. Generally, comments should be submitted within two (2) years of the publication date of the original paper, although the Editor can waive this time limit based on extenuating circumstances.
Review – A Review Article reflects excellent scholarship that synthesizes previously published literature. Authors of Reviews may address successes, failures, and limitations of previous works.
Picture of the Month - A Note emphasizing imagery of weather phenomena of interest to the meteorological community.
Annual Weather Summary – An extensive overview of, for example, an entire season of hurricane activity. A Summary may be granted a higher word count, at the Chief Editor's discretion.