About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Annals of Geophysics is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal. Annals of Geophysics welcomes contributions on primary research on Seismology, Geodesy, Volcanology, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Oceanography and Climatology, Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism, Geodynamics and Tectonophysics, Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere.
- Open-access, freely accessible online (authors retain copyright)
- Fast publication times
- Peer review by expert, practicing researchers
- Free of charge publication
- Post-publication tools to indicate quality and impact
- Worldwide media coverage
- Annals of Geophysics is published by Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), nonprofit public research institution.
Peer Review Process
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
No Permission Required
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all works we publish. Under the CCAL, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in Annals of Geophysics, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.
In most cases, appropriate attribution can be provided by simply citing the original article. If the item you plan to reuse is not part of a published article (e.g., a featured issue image), then please indicate the originator of the work, and the volume, issue, and date of the journal in which the item appeared. For any reuse or redistribution of a work, you must also make clear the license terms under which the work was published.
This broad license was developed to facilitate open access to, and free use of, original works of all types. Applying this standard license to your own work will ensure your right to make your work freely and openly available. For queries about the license, please contact AG Editorial Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Editor Instructions
- The AE main support to the Journal is the appropriate tracing of the Reviewers inside the top level scientists in the research field of the submitted paper.
- Once the reviewer(s) complete their work, the AE read the paper, the revision(s) and make a short comment giving their opinion about the destiny of the submission.
- The Sector Editor will take the decision of: a) accepting; b) send again the paper to the authors for a (major or minor) revision. The Editor will take in serious account the opinion of the AE, giving the AE opinion the highest score.
- Once that the revision by the authors is ready, the AE is asked by the Sector Editor of a second opinion. Then, the Sector Editor can choose to start a second revision process, repeating the procedure, reject or accept the paper.
- In case of a second revision, the AE will handle the paper in the same way as the first revision round.
- The entire revision process will be done through the on-line system. In case of need, the AE can communicate via e-mail with the Editorial Office and/or directly with the Sector Editor.
Comments and replies are entirely managed by one of the Associate Editors. The procedure is the following:
1) the submitted comment is assigned to one of the Associate Editors (possibly the same who was assigned to the paper under comment) by the Sector Editor
2) The assigned editor read the comment and verify if the comment is well sounded, scientifically correct and non offensive or aggressive. The A.E. decides if the comment is appropriate or not.
3) If it is, the assigned A.E. sends the comment to the authors of the paper under comment, asking if they want, or not, prepare a reply in 4 weeks.
4) When ready, the Associate Editor verify the reply using the same principles used for the comment. If the A.E. opinion is positive, both comment and reply are sent to the Sector Editor who accept the paper.
5) If the authors do not want prepare any reply, the comment is published alone.
6) The A.E. can ask rapid and small changes to both the comment author and to the reply author.
- Accepting to become part of the reviewing process is not compulsory, even tough the the peer-review process is the life of Science. Each researcher should feel himself morally obliged to not refuse whenever possible.
- The Reviewer is anonymous except when he/she desires to be known. The authors are always known.
- When the Researcher is asked to review, he/she should accept when: a) is really competent in the field; b) there is no conflict of interest.
- After accepting, the reviewer should conduct the revision process confidentially.
- In the revision process, the reviewer should be conscious of the Journal politics, making the report and taking the decision accordingly.
- The main points to check are: a) the originality of the work; b) the proper citation of previous work of other authors, dealing with the same subject and/or related to the results presented; c) the clearness of the objectives; d) the correctness of the methods (including mathematics if any).
- The revision consists mainly in the answer to the questions raised in the Reviewer’s checklist, and in a brief written comment to be sent to the author/s. If the reviewer thinks necessary, can add further comment to the Editor (not open for authors).
- The comments should not contain personally offensive phrases or generic sentences containing personal criticism to the authors. Reviewers should clearly express their opinion supported by objective arguments.
Annals of Geophysics Data Policy
The data collected from registered and non-registered users of ANNALS OF GEOPHYSICS falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.
Annals of Geophysics’ editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.
Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.