Call For Papers

Overview

The Journal of Operational Meteorology (JOM) publishes submissions in several categories: Article, Short Contribution, Images of Note, and Commentary. For any type of paper submitted there is an expectation that relevant literature will be cited as appropriate and that the data, methods, interpretations, and conclusions will be consistent with common practice and sound scientific processes. The Editor will complete an initial evaluation of each submission prior to initiating the peer-review process to ensure the paper meets the scope of the JOM, complies with format guidelines contained in the author instructions, and meets basic grammatical and scientific research standards. The Editor will return the submission if these basic criteria are not met.

Questions on the appropriate category for a particular submission should be sent to the Editor at  jom_editor@nwas.org.

 

Cost Structure

Article Short Contribution Images of Note Commentary
$450 $260 $185 $185

 

Article

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The title page should be centered on the page with the following information: the title of the paper; the author(s) and professional affiliation(s), including city and state; the month and year of submission; and the corresponding author address. Only persons who contributed significantly to the research and paper preparation should be listed as authors; other contributors should be mentioned in the acknowledgments section.

Basic definition of category: These full-length submissions present a fully developed research study, with definitive results and conclusions. Articles may address any topic that falls under the purview of the JOM.

Submission criteria: Manuscripts should be double spaced and no longer than 25 pages, including the title, abstract, and body. Acknowledgments, references, figures, and tables are excluded from the 25-page limit. Authors are limited to a number of figures and tables that are commensurate with the submission and be relevant and necessary, but an upper limit of 25 is recommended. Animations are encouraged but not required, and each one will be counted as a single figure.

Review process: Submitted Articles will complete one round of reviews within five weeks of the time the Editor accepts the submission for review, and authors will be expected to complete the revisions within eight weeks. Additional rounds of reviews, if necessary, will be limited to a cycle of four weeks in review and four weeks in revision. If the reviewers request changes that result in the growth of the submission in excess of the established criteria, the Editor may suggest either breaking the Article up into two individual submissions or waiving the limit depending on the reviewer recommendations. If authors cannot complete requested revisions in the time allowed, the Editor may request that the Article be resubmitted to begin the review process anew.

Submission logistics: Authors must use the Article template found here to create their submission. If the file size of the paper is less than 10 MB, the file can be emailed directly to the Editor at jom_editor@nwas.org. If the file size is greater than 10 MB, authors should provide a link to a server where the file can be retrieved.

Posting format and fee: Accepted papers will be posted on the NWA website in PDF format after the NWA Technical Editor has finalized the format for publication. Authors will be assessed a $450 publication charge.

 

Short Contribution

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Basic definition of category: These submissions are relatively short and limited in scope, and may contain preliminary results, but yet follow the scientific process. This category is ideally suited for rapid dissemination of studies involving recent weather and climate events, new observing platforms, or new modeling systems. However, Short Contributions may address any topic that falls under the purview of the JOM.

Submission criteria: Manuscripts should be double spaced and no longer than 10 pages, including the title, abstract, and body. Acknowledgments, references, figures, and tables are excluded from the 10-page limit. Authors are limited to a number of figures and tables that are commensurate with the submission and be relevant and necessary, but an upper limit of 10 is recommended. Animations are encouraged but not required, and each one will be counted as a single figure.

Review process: The peer-review of submissions to this category will be expedited. Short Contributions will complete one round of reviews within four weeks of the time the Editor accepts the submission for review, and authors will be expected to complete the revisions within three weeks. Additional rounds of reviews, if necessary, will be limited to the same cycle of three weeks in review and three weeks in revision. If the reviewers require changes that result in the growth of the submission in excess of the established criteria in order for the paper to be of publishable quality, and the editor agrees, the submission may be transferred into the Article category. However, this practice will be discouraged in most instances, and authors and reviewers are thus strongly encouraged to keep submissions to Short Contributions within the 10-page limit. If authors cannot complete requested revisions in the time allowed, the Editor may request that the Short Contribution be resubmitted to begin the review process anew.

Submission logistics: Authors must use the Short Contribution template found here to create their submission. If the file size of the paper is less than 10 MB, the file can be emailed directly to the Editor at jom_editor@nwas.org. If the file size is greater than 10 MB, authors should provide a link to a server where the file can be retrieved.

Posting format and fee: Accepted papers will be posted on the NWA website in PDF format after the NWA Technical Editor has finalized the format for publication. Authors will be assessed a $260 publication charge.

 

Images of Note

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Basic definition of category: An Images of Note submission must exhibit the following qualities:

  • The submission documents an exceptionally clear example of an atmospheric phenomenon through the use of high-quality images and animations. The imagery can be photographic or GIS-based, but need not be. It can be from either observed (e.g., radar, satellite, etc.) or model data (e.g., excessive convective feedback).

  • The atmospheric phenomenon presented need not be rare, but must be noteworthy to the study and practice of operational meteorology in some way. The text should describe and evaluate the atmospheric processes at work in the imagery.

  • As long as the above requirements are met, Images of Note may address any topic that falls under the purview of the JOM.

Review process: The peer-review of submissions to this category will be expedited. Images of Note will complete one round of reviews within two weeks of the time the Editor accepts the submission for review, and authors will be expected to complete the revisions within two weeks. Additional rounds of reviews, if necessary, will be limited to the same cycle of two weeks in review and two weeks in revision. If the reviewers require changes that result in the growth of the submission in excess of the established criteria in order for the paper to be of publishable quality, and the editor agrees, the submission may be transferred into either the Short Contribution or Article category. However, this practice will be discouraged in most instances. If authors cannot complete requested revisions in the time allowed, the Editor may request that the Images of Note be resubmitted to begin the review process anew.

Submission criteria: Submissions are limited to four pages of double-spaced text, including the title and body. Acknowledgments, references, figures, and tables are excluded from the four-page limit. Authors are limited to two figures, each of which may include multiple panels. Animations are encouraged but not required, and each one will be counted as a single figure.

Submission logistics: Authors must use the Images of Note template found here to create their submission. If the file size of the paper is less than 10 MB, the file can be emailed directly to the Editor at jom_editor@nwas.org. If the file size is greater than 10 MB, authors should provide a link to a server where the file can be retrieved.

Posting format and fee: Accepted papers will be posted on the NWA website in PDF format after the NWA Technical Editor has finalized the format for publication. Authors will be assessed a $185 publication charge.

 

Commentary

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Basic definition of category: Commentaries are written responses and reactions to a published paper in any category. A commentary may serve a number of purposes; for example, it may present constructive criticism of a paper, or it may discuss how the techniques and ideas conveyed in the paper have been subsequently applied in operational forecasting. The authors of the publication being commented on have the opportunity to submit a reply to the commentary, with both the commentary and reply published simultaneously.

Review process: Commentaries and replies will not undergo peer-review, but will be subject to review by the Editor. The Editor will ensure that the discourse is professional and clear. Only two commentary-reply exchanges generally will be permitted per item published in the JOM. However, additional commentary may be considered if widespread community input is received.

Submission criteria: Submissions are limited to five pages of double-spaced text, including the title, acknowledgments, and references. Figures and tables are excluded from the five-page limit. Authors are limited to two figures, each of which may include multiple panels. Animations are encouraged but not required, and each one will be counted as a single figure.

Submission logistics: Authors are strongly encouraged to use the Commentary template found here to create their submission. Authors must submit a request to the Editor to submit the Commentary in another format. If the file size of the paper is less than 10 MB, the file can be emailed directly to the Editor at jom_editor@nwas.org. If the file size is greater than 10 MB, authors should provide a link to a server where the file can be retrieved.

Posting format and fee: Accepted papers will be posted on the NWA website in PDF format after the NWA Technical Editor has finalized the format for publication. Authors will be assessed a $185 publication charge.