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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Manuscript types

The following types of manuscripts can be considered for peer-reviewed publication in Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS) and its discussion forum Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Discussions (NHESSD):

  • Research articles report substantial and original scientific results within the journal's scope. Generally, these are expected to be between 6 and 12 journal pages,  have appropriate figures and/or tables, a maximum of 80 references, and an abstract of 100–200 words.
  • Review articles summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the journal scope. These articles do not have an expected page limit or maximum number of references, should include appropriate figures and/or tables, and an abstract of 100–200 words. Before preparing and submitting a review article, please contact an editor covering the relevant subject area and the chief or managing executive editor.  The manuscript title must start with "Review article:".
  • Brief communications are timely, peer-reviewed, and short (2–4 journal pages). These may be used to (a) report new developments, significant advances, and novel aspects of experimental and theoretical methods and techniques which are relevant for scientific investigations within the journal scope; (b) report/discuss significant matters of policy and perspective related to the science of the journal, including "personal" commentary; (c) disseminate information and data on topical events of significant scientific and/or social interest within the scope of the journal. Brief communications have a maximum of three figures and/or tables, maximum 20 references, and an abstract length not exceeding 100 words. The manuscript title must start with "Brief communication:".
  • Invited perspectives articles present new ideas, views, or perceptions on a topical aspect of natural hazards. They intend to stimulate an open debate among peers via the discussion phase. The articles should articulate the author's perspective, (critical) observation, or research suggestions based on sound arguments, facts, published research studies, or real-life examples. Invited perspectives are handled by one of the executive editors, who either actively motivates a submission of the respective articles or accepts suggestions brought forward by the prospective authors. The articles are published after passing the regular peer review evaluation and open discussion. The title must start with "Invited perspectives:".
  • Peer-review comments (or Peer-review replies thereon) continue the discussion of papers published in NHESS beyond the limits of immediate interactive discussion, and address non-trivial points of interest to readers other than the authors of the comment or the paper being commented on. The initial decision as to whether a Comment (or Reply thereon) will be accepted for consideration in NHESS will be with one of the NHESS editors. Comments (or Replies thereon) may be longer and submitted later than the comments exchanged in the interactive public discussion of papers in NHESSD. They undergo the same process of peer review, publication, and interactive discussion as articles and technical notes and are equivalent to the peer-reviewed comments and replies in traditional scientific journals. The manuscript title should start with "Comment on" or "Reply to" and during manuscript submission, the manuscript type "comment/reply" should be selected.
  • Book reviews provide a "critique" of a book and are not primarily a summary. They should contain fewer than 1000 words and start with "Book review". Please see the further guidelines on book reviews.
  • Corrigenda correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title reads as follows: Corrigendum to "TITLE" published in JOURNAL, VOLUME, PAGES, YEAR.
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