NEW! AGU Advances is offering embedded rich text. Embedded rich text allows authors to place a pertinent video within the text of their published article. To take advantage of this exciting new feature,

1. Call out the video in the text, just as you would for a figure. 

2. Upload the video file as Dynamic Content.

3. Specify a still image to be used as the placeholder for each video.

4. Provide captions for all videos and still images.


**We recognize that COVID-19 has drastically reduced the ability to participate in AGU's publishing activities. AGU staff remain fully committed to support the submission and peer review operations throughout this challenging time. If you need additional time to complete your revision or submit your review, please notify the journal inbox. We are happy to grant extensions.

Welcome to GEMS: AGU's submission system

AGU Advances will focus on publishing seminal research from across the Earth and space sciences and related interdisciplinary fields that has broad and immediate implications and is of interest to researchers across the Earth and space science disciplines, the broader science community, policy makers, and the public. It will publish novel, innovative research in the form of full-length papers, most of them enriched by plain-language summaries and open access commentaries aimed at elaborating and explaining the research to a broader audience. Advances will differentiate itself from other highly selective journals by being fully open access, available to all to download, read, and share.

Editor in Chief: Susan Trumbore

Peer review for all AGU Advances papers:

Transparent Review. AGU Advances is experimenting with transparent review. This means that when we publish a paper, we will also make available online the history of the review process, including reviewer comments (anonymous or self-identified). Thus, reviewers and authors need to know that their comments may be published on the web, though only in the case of papers that are ultimately accepted for publication.

Cross-review. In addition, we have agreed to make reviews available to all reviewers just prior to the editorial decision. Reviewers will have 48 hours in which to offer additional comments, and a decision will proceed regardless of whether comments are made. We hope that this allows for greater transparency and clarity, especially in the cases where reviewers have areas of disagreement.

AGU Advances requires additional elements beyond what is in a “standard” paper.

For Research Articles

Structured Abstract

Please include a structured abstract as part of your submission. This should be included in your manuscript (required) and can also be part of your cover letter (optional).

The structured abstract should be no more than 250 words and follow the general structure:

  1. A brief introduction on the general question/topic addressed and its importance, in language comprehensible to scientists across the breadth of Earth and planetary sciences;
  2. The specific aims and findings of the study;
  3. A clear statement of how the results advance understanding for the specific question asked, the general research field, and how it is expected to have broader impact.

Plain-Language Summary. Plain-language summaries are published alongside a paper’s scientific abstract, and are a great way to communicate your work to a broader audience. We showcase some good examples here and offer guidelines on how to write a good Plain-language summary. Submitting a plain-language summary is now an option across all AGU journals, and is required for submissions to: AGU Advances, G-Cubed, GeoHealth, GRL, JAMES, JGR: Biogeosciences, JGR: Oceans, JGR: Planets, and Reviews of Geophysics.

Data Section. To conform with AGU’s data policy, we ask that authors include a section that lists the data sources and where they are available. This section should be placed just after the conclusions and before the acknowledgements. This section is required for a paper to go to review, as reviewers are asked to comment on compliance with AGU data policies. We do realize that this is a time of transition and that FAIR criteria (requiring a public, permanent data archive as well as appropriate documentation and metadata) might be difficult to achieve in some fields and countries. Many fields and funding agencies have their own data archiving requirements. You can find a list of repositories with COPDESS, the Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences. The Editor in Chief of JGR: Space Physics, Mike Liemohn, has written a helpful blog post on finding and using repositories here.

For Commentaries click here.

Add your ORCID to GEMS and always have this identifier link you and all of your work. AGU encourages all authors and reviewers to create and add an Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) to their account. It’s easy: just update your profile on an existing account or add ORCID when you create your account. Learn more about ORCID.

ORCIDS will now be required for all corresponding authors and strongly encouraged for coauthors.
AGU officially joins with a number of other publishers in a commitment to include the ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) for authors of all papers published in 2016. See statement

All AGU journal content from 1997 to 24 months ago is freely available online. Content published in AGU's open access journals, including AGU Advances, Earth's Future, Earth and Space Science, GeoHealth and JAMES become fully open immediately upon publication.

Please note: Your username/password will be synched across AGU and be a universal login. The AGU membership site will be accessible with the same username/password you have used or updated in GEMS, and vice versa.

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