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Climate of the Past An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

Special issues

Climate of the Past (CP) and its discussion forum Climate of the Past Discussions (CPD) offer an efficient new way of publishing special issues for measurement campaigns, conferences, etc. The individual papers are peer-reviewed and published as soon as they are available in regular issues, but they are then labelled as part of the special issue and linked electronically.

The specific advantages are the following:

  • Publication date is not delayed by the latest paper, which is behind in the peer-review process: every individual contribution to the special issue is published as soon as it is available.
  • Efficient interactive discussion of the common theme takes place on the CPD website.
  • Pre-publication of discussion papers in CPD allows efficient cross-referencing between the final revised papers in CP.
  • All contributions are efficiently linked and coherently presented on dedicated special issue web pages (an appropriate logo is welcome as a *.jpg file) easily accessible from the CP/CPD Online Libraries.
  • Guest editors can define the order of the published papers on the SI web page.
  • Either a non-peer-reviewed editorial preface or a peer-reviewed scientific paper can be used to introduce a special issue.
  • Print versions are available upon completed publication of all contributions. A minimum order of 20 copies is necessary, and the price will depend on the total number of pages in the special issue. 


    The price per printed copy is calculated as follows:

    number of pages × €0.15
    + softcover and binding (€2.35) (hardcover price on request)
    + priority mail (individually calculated)

    = net price + VAT

    Please contact the Copernicus Publications Production Office for an official offer.

Inter-journal special issues

A special issue can comprise any number of journals, and the special issue editors can be the same or different and from different journals. The manuscript processing follows the standard special issue procedure of the journal in which the manuscript is submitted. Afterwards, all published papers are co-listed on a joint special issue web page (in addition to the regular chronological volume of each journal).

Types of special issues

There are two different types of special issues (SIs):

  1. Special issue (thematic): The normal route is an SI (thematic) that focuses on a particular, often relatively narrow, topic. An SI (thematic) has dedicated guest editors, one of whom must be an existing CP editor, but the others are drawn from the specialist community for the particular topic.
  2. Special issue (collection): In certain cases, where the topic is very broad, spanning a variety of editorial expertise, it is possible to have an SI (collection). In this case an SI coordinator works with the contributors and the CP co-editors-in-chief, but papers are edited by the existing CP editors of the regular editorial board.

In exceptional cases, and if agreed by all the journals involved, potentially SIs either style can be created that include papers from more than one journal published by Copernicus Publications.

Special issue proposal & guidelines for editors

To make arrangements for a special issue of any style, please contact one CP co-editor-in-chief. For a special issue (thematic), please also contact one CP editor covering the relevant subject areas, as you will need one of them on your guest editorial team (see editorial board and journal subject areas). Please provide the following information:

  • title of the special issue;
  • names, affiliations, and short CVs of the proposed special issue editors (SI (thematic)) or coordinator (SI (collection));
  • start date & end date of submission;
  • a statement of the purpose of the special issue (including information on whether the special issue will include only invited papers or whether it is open for all submissions within the scope of the special issue);
  • before final approval, a list of the planned papers (titles and authors required; abstracts if feasible) for the co-editors-in-chief to review.

Responsibilities of special issue editors and coordinators include the following:

  • coordinate a rigorous peer-review process (at least two independent referees) to the same standard as regular papers.
  • encourage timely submission of the papers expected for the issue.
  • ensure that the English is at a high level, and request copy-editing if necessary.

To browse existing special issues follow the links CPD special issues and CP special issues, respectively.

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