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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Scope:  Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System will publish research in the mathematical, statistical, and physical aspects of the climate system. The journal will act as a natural point of exchange for the community focused on developing mathematical and statistical ideas and techniques for understanding the climate system. The journal will actively encourage papers based on collaborations among members from the different disciplines.

Submission: All manuscripts are submitted and reviewed via the journal's web-based manuscript submission system. New authors should create an account prior to submitting a manuscript for consideration. Questions about submitting to the journal should be sent to Valerie Dennis (Managing Editor) at the DSCS Editorial Office.

Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System is open for submissions, see https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dscs

Peer review process: All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by one of the Editors. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process. Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors’ judgement a decision is given on the manuscript.

If a paper is not acceptable in its present form, we will pass on suggestions for revisions to the author.

For information on the journal’s review process or a manuscript’s progress, please contact Valerie Dennis (Managing Editor) at the DSCS Editorial Office.

Article Types: Research Papers, Review Articles

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Basic Formatting Guide

(i) On the first page please include the title of paper, author names, and the address (including email) of the corresponding author. If there are multiple corresponding authors then nominate one for communication with the editorial office.

(ii) We suggest a length of 500-1000 words for the Abstract. Avoid reference citations and abbreviations in the Abstract.

(iii) Tables and figures should be accompanied by a legend. Please use a common image format for figures (e.g. pdf, eps, gif, tif, jpg).  The initial submission can have figures and text in one file, rather than separate files if desired. Further information on figures can be found here. 3D figures, such as those generated by S2PLOT, are fully supported in the journal.

(iv) Videos can be published in the article. Please submit videos in MP4 format. All videos should have an accompanying legend.

(v) References can be formatted in any readable style at submission, although authors are responsible for their accuracy.

(vi) Acknowledgements and details of funding sources should be included at the end of the text. Please refer to your funding organizations to acknowledge their support.  PubMed Central links will require a specific grant number to be referenced.

(viii) Please list all author contributions upon submission of the manuscript.

(ix) Please also define non-standard abbreviations at the first occurrence and number figures and tables consecutively.

arXiv: Authors who have posted a pre-print of their manuscript to arXiv.org may supply their arXiv ID when submitting their article through ScholarOne Manuscripts. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the arXiv record will be updated with the article DOI and will link to the final published version of the article in the journal. The arXiv record will be updated when the article is published online.

Upon revision papers should be submitted in an editable file format (i.e. not PDF) and figures should be submitted as separate, high-resolution, files.

For information on Latex files, please see: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/en/authors/latex-files.html

Figures: For information on how to submit figure files, please see the Oxford Journals page on figures:  http://oxfordjournals.org/en/authors/figures.html.

Proofs: Authors will receive a link to the PDF proof of their manuscript on our online system by email, and it is essential that a current email address is supplied with all manuscripts. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately upon receipt and uploaded in accordance with covering instructions. Only essential corrections should be made at the proof stage.

For Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System manuscripts arrive at OUP and go through the production process until the final versions are ready to publish in the issue online.

Open Access: All content published in Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System is made freely available online under an open access model. After a manuscript is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be required to complete a mandatory licence to publish form.

Authors can use the following licences for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY);

• Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence (CC BY-NC);

Please click here for more information about Creative Commons licences.

All article processing charges are currently waived.

Supplementary Material: Supplementary material that is not essential for inclusion in the full text of the manuscript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, will be placed online by the journal, and linked to the manuscript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper, but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include more detailed methods, extended data sets/data analysis, or additional figures.

We strongly encourage authors to deposit data in a public repository that assigns a permanent URL (DOI) rather than uploading datasets as supplementary data.

All material to be considered as supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main manuscript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication, and will not be edited. Please make sure this material is checked carefully. Please indicate clearly all material intended as supplementary data upon submission and name the files e.g. 'Supplementary Figure 1', 'Supplementary Data', etc. Also ensure that the supplementary data is referred to in the main manuscript where necessary, for example as '(see Supplementary data)' or '(see Supplementary Figure 1)'.

Language editing: If your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Online Search Engine Optimization (SEO): You can improve the online accessibility of your paper by writing optimized copy that is highly indexable across all search engines. A large number of readers find articles online by using search engines such as Google. Most searching is done using keywords or key phrases. Including key phrases that people searching are likely to use should make your article more discoverable. By taking some simple steps to optimize your article for search engines it will help your work to be discovered and read. This may in turn lead to the work being cited in others' work and will further raise the visibility of your article. Future measures, which assess the value of journals and of individual articles based on the number of times they are downloaded, are currently being developed and tested (see http://www.uksg.org/usagefactors/ and http://www.cranfieldlibrary.cranfield.ac.uk/pirus2/tiki-index.php).

Journal Policies

Ethics: Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Third-party copyright:  In order to reproduce any third party material, including tables, figures, or images, in an article authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and be compliant with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse. When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following:

• non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal;

• print and electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium;

• the right to use the material for the life of the work; and world-wide English-language rights.

Please note we are not able to accept permissions which carry a time limit because we retain journal articles as part of our online journal archive.

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content

Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found here.

Conflict of Interest: Oxford University Press requires declaration of any conflict of interest upon submission online. If the manuscript is published, conflict of interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

Self-archiving policy: See http://www.oxfordjournals.org/en/access-purchase/rights-and-permissions/self-archiving-policyc.html

Crossref Funding Data Registry: In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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