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[U05-01] "Earth, Planets and Space" An Open Acess Journal: Achievement and Future
Keywords:open access publication, Earth, Planets and Space
EPS covers scientific articles in Earth and Planetary Sciences, particularly geomagnetism, aeronomy, space science, seismology, volcanology, geodesy, and planetary science. EPS also welcomes articles in new and interdisciplinary subjects, including instrumentations. Only new and original contents will be accepted for publication.
EPS was established in 1998 as a continuation of the two journals, the Journal of Geomagnetism and Geoelectricity (1949 to 1997) and the Journal of Physics of the Earth (1952 to 1997). In 2014 we started open access publication under the SpringerOpen platform. Open Access publication successfully shortened the publication time, increased visibility of the journal and widened its international readership. We publish average of 190 papers per year and half of the authors are from overseas. One of the qualification indices of the journal, impact factor (IF), is continuously increasing from 1.328 (2014) to 2.243 (2016) and it will go over 2.5 in 2017.
EPS has the following four article types; Full Paper, Express Letter, Frontier Letter and Technical Reports. Full paper has no limit in size. Express Letter is a short article for a quick publication of new findings, which was introduced in 2017. Frontier Letter is a short article invited by the editor in chief. Technical report is for publication on a software tool or an experimental or computational method, test or procedure or hardware design.
We have expanded the editorial board members in 2017 to speed up the reviewing process. Editorial board members are international (currently 40 percent from overseas) and we provide qualified reviews. We will further increase the number of international editorial board members in the near future.
Special issues are important for EPS. We welcome special issue proposals on focused topics that are within the scope of the journal. Recent topics of the special issues are on the achievements of geoscientific projects or international conferences, or on geoscientific events, such as large earthquake events or volcano eruptions. In particular, recent special issues on International Geomagnetic Reference Field and on Kumamoto earthquake attracted good attention of readership. We will promote special issues more internationally.