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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Manuscript Types

The following types of manuscripts can be considered for peer-reviewed publication in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) and its discussion forum Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions (HESSD):

  • Research articles report on original research which clearly advances our understanding of hydrological processes and systems, and/or their role in water resources management and Earth system functioning as detailed in the journal's aims and scope.
  • Review articles summarize the status of knowledge and outline future directions of research within the journal scope. Before preparing and submitting a review article, please contact an editor covering the relevant subject area and an executive editor.
  • Opinion articles discuss a topical aspect of hydrology. These articles are not peer reviewed in the traditional sense, but they are discussed openly in HESSD so as to stimulate an open debate among peers on new ideas, views, or perceptions in hydrology. Opinion articles will be published under the heading "HESS Opinions" and are handled by one of the executive editors. Opinion articles are generally invited, but authors with ideas for an opinion paper are encouraged to contact an executive editor. The manuscript title should start with "HESS Opinions:".
  • Technical notes report new developments, significant advances, and novel aspects of experimental and theoretical methods and techniques which are relevant for scientific investigations within the journal scope. Manuscripts of this type should be short (a few pages only). Highly detailed and specific technical information such as computer programme code or user manuals can be included as electronic supplements. The manuscript title must start with "Technical note:". For manuscripts focused on the development and description of numerical models and model components, we recommend submission to the EGU interactive open-access journal Geoscientific Model Development (GMD).
  • Black swans and scientific falsifications offer the opportunity to report and detail, on a high level, unexpected and instructive scientific failures, as they might carry the seed for fundamental advancement. Peer reviews of falsification studies evaluate the significance and originality of the proposed hypotheses, the rigour of their tests, and whether the reasons for hypothesis rejection are indeed supported by the presented evidence. Manuscript submissions are handled by one of the executive editors. They require a separate and mandatory statement explaining their relevance for advancing hydrological science, and manuscripts must conclude with propositions for revising the related part of hydrological science. If falsification studies are considered to be controversial, they shall be accompanied by an editor comment or an invited comment.
  • Cutting-edge case studies report on case studies that require (a) broadening the knowledge base in hydrology as well as (b) sharing the underlying data and models. These case studies should be cutting edge with respect to the quality and diversity of data provided, the soundness of the models employed, and the importance of the study objective. Peer reviews of a manuscript of this type will additionally evaluate whether this case study points out challenges for hydrological science and/or accurate/appropriate/innovative design and execution of challenging experiments. The data and models used for the article have to be made publicly available through an open data repository or as a supplement. The related data sets may additionally be published within Earth System Science Data (ESSD), an international, interdisciplinary journal for the publication of articles on original research data (sets), furthering the reuse of high-quality data of benefit to Earth system sciences.
  • Education and communication report on new ideas and experiences in communication of hydrological sciences and hydrological education. These articles will be reviewed as normal research articles, and critical attention will be given to aspects of communicating science.
  • Comments (and replies thereon) continue the discussion of papers published in HESS beyond the limits of immediate interactive discussion. They may be longer and submitted later than the comments exchanged in the interactive public discussion of papers in HESSD. They undergo the same process of peer review, publication, and interactive discussion as articles and technical notes and are equivalent to the peer-reviewed comments and replies in traditional scientific journals. The manuscript title should start with "Comment on" or "Reply to".
  • Corrigenda correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title reads as follows: Corrigendum to "TITLE" published in JOURNAL, VOLUME, PAGES, YEAR. Please note that corrigenda are only possible for final revised journal papers and not for the corresponding discussion paper.
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