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Geosphere Guidelines
1.

Submission, Review, and Acceptance

2. Supplemental Material
3. Editorial Policy, copyright, and costs
4. Style
5. Figures
6. Contact Information
7. Ethical Guidelines for Publication
8. Open Access Information

Geosphere

Submission, Review, and Acceptance

The acceptance or rejection of a manuscript is based on the appraisal of the paper by two or more reviewers and an editor designated by GSA. Critical review determines the suitability and originality of the paper and the adequacy and conciseness of the presentation. Nearly all manuscripts are returned to the author with suggestions for revision, condensation, or final polish. If the revised manuscript and the author's cover letter show that the author has conscientiously considered the reviewers' suggestions, the manuscript may be accepted directly; however, some revised papers may be sent out for additional review. The submitted revised manuscript is considered final.

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Tips and Suggestions
for Using Editorial Manager

We have tried to identify aspects of the Editorial Manager manuscript submission system that may cause frustration or puzzlement. Here is what we have to date.

Scroll: If ever you don’t see what you are looking for, try scrolling down.

Navigation: Avoid using the “back” button. It is safer to use the “previous” buttons or to go to the Main Menu.

Roles: If you are sometimes using the system as an author and other times as a reviewer, use the pull-down menu near the top and center of the screen to choose the role you need to work in.

Authorship: Don’t add yourself as an author. You are automatically listed as an author when you start the submission process. Note: If you designate someone else as the corresponding author, only that person will be able to access the paper once it is submitted.

Must do: Once you have submitted your files, the system builds a PDF, which you MUST approve in order for your paper to proceed to peer review. You will be asked to go to “Submissions Waiting for Author’s Approval.” At this page, you will find a table. Click on the plus sign in the “Action” cell to see your action choices (View, Edit, Approve, Remove, or Send E-mail) if they are not visible.

View: If your PDF is O.K., you may approve it, and it will move on in the system.

Edit: If you need to make any changes, you do not need to go through every page of the submission process. If, for example, you need to add an author, you can click on the box on the left labeled “Add/edit/remove authors.” If you only need to add or change a file, you can click on the box on the left labeled “Attach files.” If you reach a page where you don’t need to make any changes, just click on the “next” button at the bottom of that page.

Upload text and figures as separate files. Also, we need your text file in its original word processing format (Word, Word Perfect, wpd, or rtf; Mac files O.K.).

File types: The system accepts a couple of file types that GSA cannot use. Please do not send LaTex or PowerPoint files.

You may find it helpful to gather the following information before starting your submission:

Note: Files over 20 MB may cause problems for editors and reviewers. If you have files over 20 MB, please contact the managing editor,, before submitting your files.


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Manuscript Submission

Submit your manuscript via the online submission and review system, Editorial Manger, at www.editorialmanager.com/geosphere/. First-time users need to register for an account at this URL using their active e-mail addresses. The same user name and password are used to log in as an author and as a reviewer. For help using the Editorial manager system, select "Help" from the menu at the top of the screen at any time.

All reviews, revisions, and proofs are handled electronically. If you are unable to access the site, please contact the Geosphere editorial office, .

If you are resubmitting a manuscript, please note this in both your cover letter and in the "Comments" section during manuscript submission, and include the original manuscript number if you have it.

Your manuscript will be considered officially submitted only after it has been approved through an initial technical check. If figures are illegible, the merged file size is too large, or any required files are missing, your submission will be returned to you so that you can fix these problems.

Acceptance or rejection of a manuscript is based on the appraisal of the paper by two or more reviewers and a science editor designated by GSA. Critical review determines the suitability and originality of the paper and the adequacy and conciseness of the presentation. Nearly all manuscripts are returned to the author with suggestions for revision, condensation, or final polish. If the revised manuscript and the author's cover letter show that the author has conscientiously considered the reviewers' suggestions, the manuscript may accepted directly; however, some revised papers may be sent out for additional review.

Please upload your text and figure files separately. We will need your text file (original word processing file in Word, Word Perfect, wpd, or rtf) in order to copy edit your manuscript should it be accepted. Our system will automatically merge the text file that you upload with the figure and table files, to make one article file PDF. This allows editors and reviewers to view and/or download your manuscript in one easy step. If any of your figures are illegible, or the merged file size is too large (see below), your submission will be returned to you so that you can fix these problems. Your manuscript will only be considered officially submitted after it has been approved through our initial quality control check, and these problems (if any) have been fixed.

Before submitting a manuscript, please gather the following information:

Supplemental Files

One of the goals of Geosphere is to provide a venue for innovative papers and materials that don't fit into traditional print journal formats. Here are some examples:

The supplemental files should be in a format that does not require proprietary software or in a format that has a downloadable free viewer. Free viewers exist for Microsoft Excel for Windows; Adobe PDF ; and Postscript.

If you have questions about special file formats you want to use in your submission, please e-mail editing@geosociety.org with the details.

Resubmissions

If you are resubmitting a manuscript, please note this fact in both your cover letter and the "Manuscript Comments" at the bottom of the first submission screen. If you know it, please also include the original manuscript number.


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Cover Letter


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Manuscript Status

After you approve your manuscript, you are finished with the submission process. You can access the status of your manuscript by:

This procedure will display detailed tracking information about where your manuscript is in the submission/peer-review process.


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Withdrawing a Manuscript

If at any point you wish to withdraw your manuscript, contact the editor handling your manuscript and advise them of the specific manuscript number of the manuscript that you wish to withdraw. You will receive a letter acknowledging the withdrawal.


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Getting Started

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