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Weather, Climate, and Society

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Weather, Climate, and Society (WCAS) (ISSN: 1948-8327; eISSN: 1948-8335) 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.

2018 Impact Factor: 2.043 (#46 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.
  • 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. 
  • Corrigenda: The corrigendum article type is available for authors to address errors discovered in already published articles. For more information, see Corrigenda.

Editors and Staff Contacts

Chief Editor

Henry Huntington, Huntington Consulting


Walker S. Ashley, Northern Illinois University

Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina

Carla Roncoli, Emory University

Tanya Spero, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Associate Editors

Bogdan Antonescu, Romanian National Institute for Research and Development in Optoelectronics INOE 2000

Emma Archer, University of Pretoria

Harold Brooks, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Julie Demuth, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Michael A. Goldstein, Babson College

Kristine Harper, Florida State University

Jennifer Henderson, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder

Grete K. Hovelsrud, Nord University

Peter Howe, Utah State University

Vladimir Jankovic, University of Manchester

Jonghun Kam, University of Alabama

Kimberly Klockow, CIMMS, University of Oklahoma and NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory

Maria-Carmen Lemos, University of Michigan

Thomas Schmidlin, Kent State University

Kathleen Sherman-Morris, Mississippi State University

Detlef Sprinz, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Alan Stewart, University of Georgia
Benjamin Sultan, IRD, French National Research Institute of Sustainable Development and ESPACE-DEV

Elke U. Weber, Princeton University

Peer Review Support Staff

Erin Gumbel, Assistant to Henry Huntington, Susan Cutter, and Carla Roncoli

Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to Shubhayu Saha and Tanya Spero

Chris Ziebarth, Assistant to Walker S. Ashley

Production Staff

Mike Friedman, Senior Manager for Publishing Operations
Mark E. Fernau, Lead Technical Editor
Jessica A. LaPointe, Lead Copy Editor
Liz Wright, Author Submission Support

1 2018 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics. Ranking out of 86 journals in the Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.