Earth System Science Data (ESSD)

Chief Editors: David Carlson & Hans Pfeiffenberger

Open Access – Public Peer-Review & Interactive Public Discussion – Personalized Copyright under a Creative Commons License – Article-Level Metrics


ESSD provides full-text XML19 Nov 2014

Earth System Science Data (ESSD) has started an XML-first workflow and will provide all new articles in full-text XML from now on. 

CO2 emissions set to reach new 40 billion tonne record high in 201421 Sep 2014

The latest annual update of the Global Carbon Budget shows that the remaining CO2 emission "quota" may be used up in one generation, and half of all fossil fuel reserves may need to be left untapped. more

Aims and Scope

Earth System Science Data (ESSD) is an international, interdisciplinary journal for the publication of articles on original research data(sets), furthering the reuse of high (reference) quality data of benefit to Earth System Sciences. The editors encourage submissions on original data or data collections which are of sufficient quality and potential impact to contribute to these aims.

The journal maintains sections for regular length articles, brief communications (e.g., on additions to datasets) and commentary, as well as review articles and "Special Issues".

Articles in the data section may pertain to the planning, instrumentation and execution of experiments or collection of data. Any interpretation of data is outside the scope of regular articles. Articles on methods describe nontrivial statistical and other methods employed, e.g. to filter, normalize or convert raw data to primary, published data, as well as nontrivial instrumentation or operational methods. Any comparison to other methods is out of scope of regular articles.

Review articles may compare methods or relative merits of datasets, the fitness of individual methods or datasets for specific purposes or how combinations might be used as more complex methods or reference data collections.

Earth System Science Data has an innovative two-stage publication process involving the scientific discussion forum Earth System Science Data Discussions (ESSDD), which has been designed to:

  • foster scientific discussion;
  • maximise the effectiveness and transparency of scientific quality assurance;
  • enable rapid publication of new scientific results;
  • make scientific publications freely accessible.

In the first stage, papers that pass a rapid access peer-review are immediately published on the Earth System Science Data Discussions (ESSDD) website. They are then subject to Interactive Public Discussion, during which the referees' comments (anonymous or attributed), additional short comments by other members of the scientific community (attributed) and the authors' replies are also published in ESSDD. In the second stage, the peer-review process is completed and, if accepted, the final revised papers are published in ESSD. To ensure publication precedence for authors, and to provide a lasting record of scientific discussion, ESSDD and ESSD are both ISSN-registered, permanently archived and fully citable.

Earth System Science Data also offers an efficient new way of publishing special issues, in which the individual papers are published as soon as available and linked electronically (for more information see Special Issues).


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