Important: Effective 16 May 2022, the Article Processing Charge (APC) will increase. Please see the Publication Fees Table.

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

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

2. Upload the file as one of the following: Embedded Video, Embedded Audio, Video Placeholder, Video/Audio transcript. 

3. Leave the autogenerated file title and add a number. The files should be numbered sequentially according to their order in the paper.  

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

5. Provide captions for all videos and still images.

6. Use the new "Auto Order" button to put the files in the correct order.  

 For information regarding accepted file formats and instructions for uploading, please click here


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 72 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. Here we offer guidelines on how to write a good plain-language summary and showcase some good examples. 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.

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 published from 1997 to 24 months ago is freely accessible online. Content published in AGU's open access journals, including AGU Advances, Earth's Future, Earth and Space Science, GRL, GeoHealth, G-Cubed, JAMES, and Space Weather 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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