BAMS Authors

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), the flagship magazine of AMS, has been publishing peer-reviewed science for nearly 100 years. Ranked #3 in the field for journal impact, BAMS continues to be the publication of choice for researchers looking to reach the entire weather, water, and climate community.

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 particular fields of study. 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.

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Topics Covered in BAMS

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

BAMS Article Types

Please view the different article types for BAMS on Choosing a Journal and Submission Type.

Writing for BAMS

The BAMS editors have assembled a writing guide to ensure your magazine piece communicates effectively to its audience.

Publishing in BAMS

Proposal Stage

A proposal is required for most article types and should be submitted before writing the full article.


Page Charges

BAMS has a separate page charge structure from the Journals.


Cover Image

Authors can propose a full-color cover image for an issue.


Your BAMS Submission

  • If you are seeking support for the submission process, please write to
  • If you have a question regarding peer review, please write to Gwendolyn Whittaker.
  • Please be aware revisions are expected from authors within a month of the initial decision. Authors may be granted a longer revision period for complex revisions or may be granted an extension by the editor in charge of the manuscript in appropriate circumstances.
  • If you have production-related concerns after your article has been accepted, first read Author Responsibilities during Production. You may also contact with any questions.
  • Please also be aware that BAMS production generally requires up to five months from acceptance to the final publication in the print issue.