Eos Submission Guidelines
What Is Eos?
Eos is a source for news and perspectives about the Earth and space sciences. We seek to engage the worldwide scientific community and the science-interested public. Articles in Eos should not contain overly technical language or jargon.
Eos is not a journal and does not publish data or original research results that have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Eos does not accept simultaneously submitted or previously published articles, including articles published on preprint servers.
What Does Eos Publish?
Eos publishes articles that concisely report on or analyze and place in perspective
………..— Scientific activities and research updates
………..— Significant geophysical events
………..— Major scientific discoveries
………..— Current scientific controversies
- Feature articles
- Science Updates
- Tributes to recently deceased Earth and space scientists (by invitation only)
Manuscripts should both educate and engage the Eos readership. Writing for Eos offers you the opportunity to answer a question that journals may not: Why are you studying this? Why are you trying to answer these questions? Whether you’re describing the process behind your research in a Science Update, offering solutions to a community issue in an Opinion, or giving an overview of an area of research in a Feature, you have an opportunity to show readers why this work or these questions are exciting to you and important to science. As you educate our readers, we encourage you to bestow upon them the passion that brought you to study and write about the topic.
How Do I Submit?
Eos is transitioning from a manuscript submission to an article proposal process.
If you have already written a manuscript that adheres to the guidelines below, submit it via the GEMS portal (Geophysical Electronic Manuscript Submissions). Any questions about using GEMS can be sent to [email protected].
Eos will no longer accept manuscripts through GEMS as of 3 September 2019. GEMS users will continue to have access to their accounts and all files previously submitted.
We strongly encourage you to submit an article proposal instead. Proposals are evaluated by our panel of Eos Science Advisers. If your proposal is accepted, Eos will provide guidance from our Science Advisers and our staff editors before and during the writing process. The final manuscript will be reviewed for acceptance based on its adherence to the guidance received and our style requirements, including writing for a broad audience.
On the submission form, you’ll be asked to briefly describe the focus or thesis of your topic, the key points, and, finally, why it matters to Eos readers—about 300 words in total. Next, select the type of article you’re proposing.
- Science Updates: These articles should not contain science results that have not been peer reviewed; instead, they should offer a look into the process of the research, the challenges encountered and how (if applicable) they were overcome, and the questions that remain and how you plan to approach answering them. Your passion and excitement about the research and the importance of the conclusions you hope to reach are welcome additions to these articles.
- These articles may also offer insight into and context of discussions and results presented at meetings, conferences, and workshops. Articles that offer only broad summaries of meeting discussions will be rejected. The meeting must have occurred no longer than 2 months prior to your article proposal submission date.
- Science Updates are no more than 1,500 words.
- Opinion: A persuasive manuscript that identifies a problem within the Earth and space science community (culturally or scientifically) and offers solutions for the reader. If the problem is widely known (e.g., diversity in science; the need to address climate change), it doesn’t need to be established in the manuscript, which should move quickly to recommendations. An Opinion should engage or move forward a conversation in the science community.
- Opinions are no more than 1,500 words.
- Feature article: A solid overview of a defined topic. A good Feature article places its topic in a broad context; describes the work in a way that scientists across all disciplines can understand and appreciate; acknowledges the breadth of findings; and gives readers a sense of the history, challenges, and opportunities related to the topic discussed. A Feature article does not focus on a single program, project, meeting, or research experiment. Rather, it uses several case studies or examples to describe the topic. Some articles may be tutorial in nature. Whenever possible, the article should weave together science and policy issues related to the topic and acknowledge alternate findings.
- GeoFizz: These fun articles offer a lighthearted look into science. They can be narratives, photo galleries, or roundups of several items.
- GeoFIZZ articles are no more than 700 words.
After 3 September 2019, you may still submit a complete manuscript in lieu of a proposal via the submission form, which you must still fill out in its entirety. Eos discourages bypassing the proposal process, as manuscripts written without guidance are likely to be rejected or heavily edited.
Freelancers can also pitch us a news story, and any reader can suggest an idea that they’d like Eos to cover.
Tributes are written by invitation only, with approval from AGU section leaders. To suggest a Tribute, email editor in chief Heather Goss at [email protected].
What Does Eos Not Publish?
- Original research results (Eos is not a peer-reviewed journal.)
- Articles published in whole or in part elsewhere
- Simultaneous submissions
- After 3 September 2019, we will no longer accept the Meeting Report content type.
- If you believe that a meeting or workshop is of interest to those not attending, please pitch it to Eos for potential news coverage, or send us a proposal for a Science Update that offers insight into and context of discussion and results presented at the meeting, conference or workshop. Articles that offer only broad summaries of meeting discussions and lack insight or context will be rejected.
Thinking About Writing Something for Eos? Here Are Five Things You Need to Know
1. Who Is the Eos Audience?
- The science-minded public
- Geoscience educators
- College students
- Professionals in fields related to the Earth and space sciences
- Policy makers
- Your peers
2. Eos Manuscript Requirements
Your manuscript must
- Be readable (free of jargon or excessively technical language), interesting to the broader science community, and informative. Think of the Eos audience as you prepare your manuscript.
- Have a clear structure, with text presented in sections divided by subheads approximately every 500 words.
- Have minimal references. Include them only when necessary; instead, use hyperlinks wherever possible.
- Adhere to the following word count restrictions, including text and references:
Feature articles……………………… 2,000 words
Science Updates……………………… 1,500 words
Opinions………………………………. 1,500 words
Meeting Reports……………………….. 500 words
(accepted through 3 September 2019)
GeoFIZZ articles……………………….. 700 words
- Have a byline that is limited to those who actually wrote the manuscript (not those who created the underlying data). Project teams cannot be listed as authors.
- Be submitted with an eye-catching, landscape-oriented photo or illustration (with no text; it cannot be a figure, map, or infographic) for which we have, or can get, permission to publish. Similarly, we must have permission to publish any other photos or graphics to be included in the article.
- Be discerning when including figures. These should not be highly technical figures one would submit with a journal article. Just as Eos publishes text appropriate for a broader audience, the accompanying figures must be appropriate as well. Figures must be high-resolution, relatively simple (including only information covered by the manuscript), and visually interesting. We may insist that our graphics team redesign the figure.
- Be in Word or, if necessary, text file format. Do not send PDF files.
Not meeting any of these requirements will result in the delay of review and/or rejection of your manuscript.
Eos staff editors will work with authors of accepted proposals and manuscripts to ensure that the writing standards for Eos are met. Accepted manuscripts submitted through GEMS will receive editing that is more rigorous than editing provided by a journal. Eos staff editors are expert science communicators and will work with authors to ensure their articles are well written and widely read.
3. What Happens Once I Submit My Manuscript?
- Your proposal or manuscript will be reviewed by Eos’s editorial staff and Science Advisers, and you should receive a response within 1–3 weeks. These reviews assess the following:
— Readability (for manuscripts)
— Interest for the Eos audience
— Scientific accuracy and soundness
- If your proposal is accepted, Eos will send reviewer comments and science communication guidance to the authors, which they should use to complete the manuscript. Completed manuscripts are expected within 4–6 weeks.
- Your manuscript will be reviewed as noted above, and you should receive a response within 1–3 weeks.
- We may ask that you revise your manuscript before acceptance.
- If accepted, your manuscript will enter the publishing queue, which includes substantive and line editing by Eos This editing and production process will take approximately 2–4 weeks.
- Time from proposal to publication is between 8 and 16 weeks, depending largely on the time the author spends writing the manuscript and the editing required once complete.
4. What Style Does Eos Follow?
Eos style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style and Words Into Type. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (and its Addendum), and the Glossary of Geology are used for hyphenation and spelling. Eos uses an open punctuation style, that is, only as much punctuation needed for clarity. Units of measure are generally given in metric; SI units are strongly encouraged.
5. Will My Article Be Published in Eos Magazine?
Eos magazine, a benefit for AGU members only, is curated from articles published on the website. Only a fraction of the articles published on the website are included in the magazine. If your article is selected for inclusion, it may be altered for style and length, and we may contact you for assistance with additional illustrations. Authors selected will be mailed copies of the issue in which their article appears.