SSS
Soil System Sciences

Solid Earth, an open-access journal

Fabrizio Storti
Chief Executive Editor of Solid Earth
Università degli Studi di Parma

The importance of publishing open access is increasing every year in Scientific Institutions worldwide and is becoming mandatory in several research funding programmes. Many funding institutions, including ERC, are financially supporting publishing in open access journals. EGU and Copernicus launched open access publishing in 2001, well before other publishers, and this means that we have accumulated a lot of experience with making articles available open access. But not only our journals are open access, we also have a fully open, interactive review system.

Fabrizio Storti, editor in chief of Solid Earth, during fieldwork.

Fabrizio Storti, editor in chief of Solid Earth, during fieldwork.

Without entering into details, which are available in the EGU portal, the major diagnostic features are the following:

  • As soon as a manuscript is submitted, it undergoes a preliminary assessment by the relevant Executive Editor and, if found suitable for possible publication, a Topical Editor is assigned to immediately start the review process. At this stage the manuscript receives a DOI and can be cited as published in the Discussion version of the journal (the non-peer review journal).
  • The review process is open, so reviewers upload their reports in the public domain, as well as authors do with their rebuttal letters. Everybody can download manuscripts under review and upload comments, which will help authors improve their manuscripts.

Solid Earth is the EGU open access journal in the broad area of Earth system sciences. The journal is organized into six topical clusters, each one handled by an Executive Editor. Different types of manuscripts can be submitted, including special issues, pending approval of proposals by Executive Editors.

 

Solid Earth cover.

Solid Earth cover.

EGU is a bottom-up union that relies on the fundamental contributions by members to organize events, first of all the Annual General Assembly. The same approach has allowed several EGU journals to become leaders in their fields. Solid Earth is still young and, as such, it has a great potential of growing up to get established as one of the best journals in Earth system sciences. With your contribution, the journal impact factor, higher than 2.0, can significantly increase and start a virtuous loop to attract more and more good papers.

Please take few minutes of your time to browse the journal homepage, sign in to get alerts and enjoy published papers, and think about submitting a manuscript. We are all volunteers in EGU and by supporting the self-managed, non-profit Solid Earth journal, all together we can make it one of the reference journals in Earth system sciences.

Looking forward to handle your manuscripts!

Best regards,

SE Editorial Team.

Antonio Jordán is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Seville and coordinator of the MED Soil Research Group. Antonio’s research focusses on rainfall-induced soil erosion processes, the effects of wildfires on soil properties and soil degradation in Mediterranean areas. He is an active members of the Soil System Sciences (SSS) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), which coordinates the scientific programme on soil sciences.
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