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Environmental Research: Climate

About Environmental Research: Climate

“People have been observing the climate for as long as humans have existed, and climate research began more than a century ago. But in the past two decades there has been a true explosion of climate research, and a coherent field has taken shape, aimed at understanding the causes, consequences and solutions of climate change. Underpinned by open science principles, Environmental Research: Climate is a journal for that entire community.”

Noah Diffenbaugh, Editor-in-Chief, Stanford University, USA


Environmental Research: Climate™ is a multidisciplinary, open access journal devoted to addressing important challenges concerning the physical science and assessment of climate systems and global change in a way that bridges efforts relating to impact/future risks, resilience, mitigation, adaptation, security and solutions in the broadest sense. All research methodologies are encouraged comprehensively covering qualitative, quantitative, experimental, theoretical and applied approaches.

Particular topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Physical and biogeochemical processes relating to all climate systems;
  • Computation and modelling of dynamic climate systems;
  • Impact assessments of climate and global change relating to health, energy, biodiversity, infrastructure, natural resources, ecosystems, agriculture, land, oceans, the atmosphere and food;
  • Natural hazards and disasters relating to climate and global change;
  • Climate and global change relating to economic, social, and political systems;
  • Climate and global change relating to resource management, infrastructure and sustainable development;
  • Climate and global change relating to resilience and security;
  • Mitigation and adaptation in relation to climate and global change;
  • Development of monitoring tools for climate systems;
  • Engineering and technological solutions for climate change.

Why should you publish in Environmental Research: Climate?

  • Multidisciplinary scope: Uniquely bringing together all communities working on important challenges relating to climate systems and global change.
  • Open access: All articles are published under a CC BY licence, providing immediate and perpetual access, and ensuring the widest possible dissemination and visibility for authors and their work. IOP Publishing is currently covering all article publication charges so the journal is free for both authors and readers.
  • High quality peer review: adopting the same high level of service as Environmental Research Letters (including Transparent Peer Review), all articles are rigorously peer reviewed by IOP Publishing’s global network of expert reviewers, supported by the journal’s diverse Editorial Board.
  • Fast publication: We are committed to providing authors with a fast, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours (with a citable DOI).
  • Pre-print friendly: authors are encouraged to post on community pre-print platforms.
  • Data and code: research published in Environmental Research: Climate can include citable datasets and programmable code.
  • Society owned: IOP Publishing is a leading society publisher and profits generated are invested in the Institute of Physics, helping to support science research, education and outreach around the world.

Article types

Environmental Research: Climate welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Papers: Articles of unlimited length that report quality original research with conclusions representing a significant advance in the field.
  • Letters: Outstanding concise articles, reporting important, new and timely developments. These articles should be deserving of priority review, and you are required to upload a justification statement along with your submission. As a guide, Letters should not generally be more than eight journal pages (or around 4500 words) in length.
  • Topical Reviews: Written by leading researchers in their fields, these articles present the background to and overview of a particular field, and the current state of the art. Topical review articles are normally invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Special issue papers: Research papers published as part of a guest-edited collection centred around an emerging and highly topical field.
  • Roadmaps: Broad, multi-author reviews in which leaders in the field discuss the latest developments and future research directions.
  • Perspectives: Commentaries on the impact of previously published work, or authoritative discussions on the future direction of a field, that are of notable interest to the community.
  • Comments and Replies: Comments on, or criticisms of, work previously published in the journal. The authors of the original article will be invited to submit a reply.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Environmental Research: Climate, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: review reports (author and reviewer opt in), author/editor communication, reviewer identities (reviewer opt in)

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process as well as checklists in both English and Chinese language to help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

IOP Publishing follows Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication to ensure that journal articles use bias-free and culturally sensitive communication. We ask authors to please follow these guidelines in their manuscript submissions.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Environmental Research: Climate maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

Environmental Research: Climate has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

Environmental Research: Climate is a fully open access journal. Articles are published under a CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence. Articles are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided attribution to the author is given. Publication is funded by article publication charges (APCs).

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page.

Publication charges

Environmental Research: Climate has no subscription charges and the costs of publication are fully funded by article publication charges (APCs).

As part of our commitment to open science, IOP Publishing is covering the article publication charge (APC) for all articles published in the journal. The list prices shown below will not be charged if your article is accepted for publication.

Article publication charge* £1775 €2040 $2395
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in Environmental Research: Climate.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.

Abstracting and indexing services

We work with our authors to help make their work as easy to discover as possible. Articles published in Environmental Research: Climate will be available in relevant indexing services and databases when appropriate.

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