Publisher policies

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Most journals now require for you to publish the data underlining your research when you submit a paper. However, what each journal means by publishing the data can be different and policies and guidelines are frequently updated. More recently most publishers are trying to base their policies on the FAIR principles and they are making an effort to align their requirements.

Many of them now refer to the Coalition for Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS). This provides a common framework to enable the FAIR principles in sharing Earth Science data.

While there might be differences between the policies, you can satisfy them by:

  • have well formatted and described data
  • publish your dataset in a trusted repository, ie. a one that follow the FAIR principles: all the choices listed in our publishing options page are trusted.
  • add the dataset to the references as you would for a paper
  • have a Data Availability Statement, the format of this will change depending on the journal, it is not always required.

As you still need to know what the specific requirements are, we collected some information on each publisher data policy and summarised our findings in the pages below:

American_Geophycal_Union - AGU

American_Meteorological_Society - AMC

CSIRO_Publishing - CSIRO


European_Geophysical_Union - EGU Copernicus publisher




Royal_Meteorological_Society - RMetS


Wiley_Blackwell - Wiley

For more information of which data you should be publishing you can check the CLEX_Data_policy page. When you are ready to publish you can find out what to do from the data publishing options page.


Refer to the table below to identify the publisher for the journals most used in CLEX.

Journal Publisher
Applied Sciences MDPI
Atmosphere MDPI
Biogeosciences EGU
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society AMC
Climate Dynamics Springer
Climate of the Past EGU
Climatic Change Springer
Environmental Research Letters IOPscience
Geophysical Research Letters AGU
Geoscientific Model Development EGU
Global Change Biology Wiley
International Journal of Climatology RMetS
Journal of Climate AMC
Journal of Geophysical Research (multiple sub-journals) AGU
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres AGU
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans AGU
Journal of Hydrology Elsevier
Journal of Hydrometeorology AMC
Journal of Physical Oceanography AMC
Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science CSIRO
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences AMC
Nature Nature
Nature Climate Change Nature
Ocean Modelling Elsevier
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society RMetS
Scientific Reports Nature
Water Resources Research AGU