American Geophysical Union and Wiley Partner to Launch New Open Access Journal

11 June 2013

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WASHINGTON, DC, and HOBOKEN, NJ—11 June 2013—The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced today their partnership to publish the new open access peer-reviewed journal,Earth’s Future, which will begin accepting submissions on 17 June.

Earth’s Future will emphasize the Earth as an interactive, evolving system under the influence of the human enterprise and will reflect the risks and opportunities associated with environmental changes and challenges. It will feature primary research across disciplines and connect it to policy through the inclusion of editorials, essays, reviews, and other commentary pieces. Contributors will tackle solutions to such grand challenges as population increase, industrial and agricultural development, urbanization, climate change, energy, food and water resource sustainability and security.

Dr. Guy Brasseur has been appointed to lead the launch of Earth’s Future as its inaugural Editor-in-Chief.  Brasseur is the director of Germany’s Climate Service Center.  Previously, Dr. Brasseur was associate director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, and head of NCAR’s Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory.

Earth’s Future represents an important and innovative contribution not only to transdiciplinary research, but also to the ability of the public and policy makers to navigate and connect with our science, and to successfully incorporate it into their decision making processes,” said AGU President Carol Finn. “AGU is pleased to be able to partner with a global leader like Wiley to provide this new platform for the exploration of global change and sustainability. Launching Earth’s Future represents a key achievement in our mission to promote discovery in the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity.”

“We are extremely excited to launch Earth’s Future, an open access journal, with our partner AGU that spans the scope of their disciplines,” said Colette Bean, Vice President and Associate Publishing Director in Wiley’s Global Research business. “This is truly a unique publishing opportunity for emerging research within and beyond the geophysical research community. Earth’s Future will play an important role in disseminating this critical research on a global scale.”

The new journal joins AGU’s prestigious portfolio of peer-reviewed research publications, includingGeophysical Research Letters and Journal of Geophysical Research – AtmospheresBoth are ranked among the top ten most-highly cited research publications on climate change over the past decade. As with all its journals, AGU is responsible for editorial processes and content which will be published on Wiley’s innovative platform.

Earth’s Future will publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License enabling authors to be fully compliant with open access requirements of funding organizations where applicable. All articles will be published as fully open access on Wiley Online Library and deposited in PubMed Central immediately upon publication.

A publication fee will be payable by authors on acceptance of their articles. Authors affiliated with, or funded by, an organization that has a Wiley Open Access Account can publish without directly paying any publication charges.

Additional information on Earth’s Future, which will begin accepting manuscripts on 17 June, is available at

About American Geophysical Union
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization with more than 62,000 members representing over 144 countries. AGU advances the Earth and space sciences through its scholarly publications, conferences, and education, science policy and public outreach programs. The Union’s Fall Meeting, held annually in San Francisco, CA, is the world’s largest gathering of Earth and space scientists.

About Wiley
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