Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography along with its sister journal Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, are the international, peer-reviewed journals of the International Meteorological Institute in Stockholm, an independent non-for-profit body integrated into the Department of Meteorology at the Faculty of Sciences of Stockholm University, Sweden. Aiming to promote the exchange of knowledge about meteorology from across a range of scientific sub-disciplines, the two journals serve an international community of researchers, policy makers, managers, media and the general public.

Original research papers comprise the mainstay of Tellus A. Review articles, brief research notes, and letters to the editor are also welcome. Special issues and conference proceedings are published from time to time.

The scope of Tellus A spans dynamic meteorology, physical oceanography, data assimilation techniques, numerical weather prediction, climate dynamics and climate modelling.

We constantly work to improve the journal’s ranking and impact factor. The 2013 figures are as follows:

ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking: Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences: 27/76; Oceanography: 15/58. Impact Factor 2.518


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Contributions

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Tellus A are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

All articles go through a preliminary review by the Editor-in-Chief. When articles are felt to not be appropriate for full peer review, authors are notified at that point, usually within approximately two weeks. Articles that are felt to be appropriate for full review are assigned to at least two peer reviewers.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Tellus A has a 'single blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, but reviewers are told who wrote the paper.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s). Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above) When asking for revisions, reviewers basically have two alternatives: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data, or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or formalities is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

Decision letters contain those of the reviewers’ comments that are intended for the author, and may also contain additional comments by the Chief Editor.


Publication Frequency

All articles published in Tellus A are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e., after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered and paginated issues but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and can be cited without delay.


Open Access Policy

Open access
Tellus A is published under the open access model and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational (but not commercial) purposes. Articles will be published immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay.

Tellus A is accessible via the journal’s website at www.TellusA.net as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. Under the open access model authors retain copyright. See copyright section.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.


Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post manuscripts, incl supplementary material, submitted to Tellus A on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).