Weather, Climate, and Society

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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 for this journal.

2017 Impact Factor: 2.033 (#41 in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science1)

Submission Types

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words (approximately 26 double-spaced pages), including the body text, acknowledgments, and appendixes. The word limit does not include the title page, abstract, references, captions, tables, and figures. If a submission exceeds the word limit, the author must provide a justification for the length of the manuscript and request the Chief Editor’s approval of the overage. This request may be uploaded in a document with the "Cover Letter" item type or entered in the comment field in the submission system.
  • Reviews: Synthesis of previously published literature that may address successes, failures, and limitations. Requires Review Proposal. For more information, see Review Articles.
  • Expedited Contributions:
    Due to the improvement in AMS overall production time, new Expedited Contributions can no longer be submitted after 31 December 2017. You can read more about this decision in the AMS editorial, "AMS Discontinuing Expedited Contribution Article Type."
    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. 

Editors and Staff Contacts

Chief Editor

Henry Huntington, Huntington Consulting


Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina

David Letson, University of Miami

Carla Roncoli, Emory University

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

Associate Editors

Heidi Cullen, Princeton University

Kristine Harper, Florida State University

Grete K. Hovelsrud, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research—Oslo

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 Henry Huntington and Shubhayu Saha

Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to David Letson

Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Susan Cutter and Carla Roncoli

Production Staff

Laura M. Klein, Lead Technical Editor
Christopher R. Faucher, Author Submission Support

1 2017 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics. Ranking out of 86 journals in the Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.