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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 this journal.

2016 Impact Factor: 2.594 (#39 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.)  
  • 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. 

  • Policy Fora: Synthesis or integration of policy debates and scientific research. Up to 1500 words.

Editors and Staff Contacts

Chief Editor

Amanda Helen Lynch, Brown University  


Henry Huntington, Huntington Consulting

David Letson, University of Miami

Shubhayu Saha, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Olga V. Wilhelmi, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Associate Editors

Heidi Cullen, Princeton University

Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina

Kristine Harper, Florida State University

Grete K. Hovelsrud, Center for International Climate and Environmental ResearchOslo

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 Amanda Helen Lynch and Shubhayu Saha

Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to David Letson and Henry Huntington

Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Olga V. Wilhelmi

Production Staff

Laura M. Klein, Lead Technical Editor
Jordan Stillman, Lead Copy Editor
Jillian Neustel, Author Submission Support

1 2016 Journal Citation Reports® by Thomson Reuters. Ranking out of 83 journals in the Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.