Copernicus Publications has established an innovative online editorial support system for the selection of associate editors and reviewers. This helps to minimize the time that a manuscript spends in review. Associate editors are selected based on index terms supplied by the authors (see the table below). Index terms are categorized into three distinct subject areas: (i) instruments, (ii) methods, and (iii) data systems.
After submission of a manuscript, the Copernicus Office Editor will send an email requesting associate editor(s) whose subject areas match the first-choice index terms to review the manuscript. As soon as one of them accepts the task, the associate editor will be assigned to the manuscript. After this assignment is complete, the author(s) will be informed accordingly.
If none of the initial addressed associate editor(s) accepts the task within a few days, the request is extended to the associate editor(s) whose subject areas match the second-choice index terms. In case of another unsuccessful call, the request is extended to all members of the editorial board.
If none of the editorial board members are available to start the review process, the executive editors are asked to assign the manuscript to one of the associate editors.
|Subject areas||Index terms|
|Instruments||electromagnetic, sensors, optical systems, radar, lidar, acoustic, microwaves, millimeter waves, radio frequencies, propagation, simulations, system concepts, networks, airborne instruments, magnetometers, satellites, space instruments, ground-based, ship-borne|
|Methods||imaging, sensing, signal processing, estimation, interferometry, tomography, retrieval technique, neural network, fuzzy logic, machine learning, optimal, field campaign|
|Data systems||data management, data mining, display, data archive, database, data quality, network|