BAMS Authors

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), the flagship magazine of AMS, has been publishing news and peer-reviewed science for over a century. BAMS continues to be the publication of choice for researchers looking to reach the entire AMS membership.

The Readers You Reach

As the AMS membership magazine, BAMS covers a wide scope of topics for a diverse community of readers—researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners. BAMS publishes a unique selection of high-quality, high-impact, high-interest papers to represent the advances and issues of the AMS community.

BAMS also reaches beyond the immediate AMS community to policy makers, the media, and ultimately, the public that funds and applies our science.

What to Expect When You Submit to BAMS

Writing for BAMS begins when authors send proposals for peer-reviewed articles. The Chair of the BAMS Editorial Board reviews proposals and approves submissions based on these proposals. An important criteria for approval is the need for BAMS to represent the wide range of advances and issues relevant to our community. The proposal process also provides authors with guidance before peer review. Articles need to be sufficiently urgent, important, accessible, and interesting: rewarding enough to persuade a broad range of people—not just specialists—to read.

Following acceptance of a proposal, authors should submit the full manuscript within six months.

The Chair of the BAMS Editorial Board will assign the manuscript to one of the BAMS Subject Matter Experts, who will handle the peer review process. BAMS provides a rigorous peer review by some of the most prominent scientists in our community, just as with every AMS journal.

Articles accepted after peer review are published and archived in BAMS online in complete and final form for citation, archiving, and in-depth reading. These papers are open access in PDFs and on the Web.

BAMS editorial staff will select from accepted articles to feature as brief highlights, which will appear in the print magazine.

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Topics Covered in BAMS

BAMS selects and publishes articles covering the full range of findings, achievements, and issues in the weather, water, and climate community, including

  • research developments and priorities
  • operational (including forecasting) developments and priorities
  • field program design, implementation, findings, and evaluation
  • scientific findings, theories, and issues of general interest
  • applications, technologies, services, and resources
  • social science insights and related expertise of significance to AMS members
  • historical perspectives, including memoirs and biographical studies
  • developments defining AMS disciplines—at their intersections and expanding boundaries
  • educational, workforce, and policy issues for the weather, water, and climate community
  • insightful commentary and context
  • meeting/workshop summaries (see special guidelines)

BAMS also welcomes

  • applications of scientific knowledge for public benefit
  • innovative commercial ventures
  • innovative collaborations and multidisciplinary work
  • analyses of emerging markets for sciences and services
  • societal impacts of atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic processes
  • adaptation, mitigation, and prevention related to such impacts

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 help you communicate effectively to your 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 have questions about format or other submission requirements, or if you need assistance with the submission process, please contact [email protected].
  • If you have questions about content to be submitted, please contact Jeff Waldstreicher.
  • If you have questions about peer review, please contact Andrea Herbst.
  • Please be aware that revisions are expected from authors within one or two months of the initial decision (one month for minor revisions and two months for major revisions). 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 [email protected] 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.