geophysical science

Geophysical Research Letters

Geophysical Research Letters is a publication of the American Geophysical Union. GRL is the organization's only letters journal. Since its introduction in 1974, GRL has published only short research letters, typically 3-5 pages long, which focus on a specific discipline or apply broadly to the geophysical science community. The shortness of its papers expedites peer review and the publication process, which allows for rapid dissemination of new scientific results.

The Editorial Board of GRL evaluates manuscripts according to the following criteria:

  • Is it a short, concise research letter?
  • Does it contain important scientific advances?
  • Would it have immediate impact on the research of others?

The AGU provides subscribers access to electronic versions of nearly all papers published in Geophysical Research Letters from 1994 to the present. In addition, since 1994, the AGU has provided online e-supplements to GRL articles, allowing data sets to be disseminated and archived along with electronic versions of the published articles.

Citation system change

Beginning January 1, 2002, the American Geophysical Union began distributing all of its publications online with papers provided in both HTML and PDF formats. Officially, these electronic versions, rather than the print versions, of the journals are the publications of record. Sequential page numbers were eliminated and a digital object identifier (DOI) was assigned to each paper for citation purposes. After some controversy about citations using a DOI, the AGU introduced a new citation number effective August 13 2002 to supplement the DOIs. The citation format was revised again in 2004.

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