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Aims & Scope of the Journal
Computers & Geosciences publishes high impact, original research at the interface between Computer Sciences and Geosciences. Publications should apply modern computer science paradigms, whether computational or informatics-based, to address problems in the geosciences.
Computational/informatics elements may include: computational methods; algorithms; data structure; database retrieval; information retrieval; data processing; artificial intelligence; computer graphics; computer visualization; programming languages; parallel systems; distributed systems; the World-Wide Web; social media; and software engineering.
Geoscientific topics of interest include: mineralogy; petrology; geochemistry; geomorphology; paleontology; stratigraphy; structural geology; sedimentology; hydrogeology; oceanography; atmospheric sciences; climatology; meteorology; geophysics; geomatics; remote sensing; geodesy; hydrology; and glaciology.
Other fields may be considered but are not regarded as a priority.
Computers & Geosciences does not consider:
- Geoscience manuscripts that do not contain a significant computer science component. Pure analytical developments are not considered, unless they have significant implications on computational geoscientific problems.
- Purely computer science manuscripts with no clear application to the geosciences.
- Manuscripts aiming at solving a geoscientific engineering problem rather than answering a scientific question
- Standard code of already well-established, or previously published methods
- Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), unless they provide an original solution to a non-trivial input-handling problem.
- Manuscripts that use GIS tools in standard ways, but otherwise focus on the geosciences.
Code and Data:Computers & Geosciences aims to publish code and supporting data from accepted manuscripts using state-of-the-art technologies. Code should be original and demonstrate a development in research. It should also have clear design and be reproducible, reusable, extensible and maintainable. Manuscripts that describe code that is not open source are desk rejected. Location of the source code repository and open source license used should be clearly indicated in submitted manuscripts. The journal editors offer to fork source code or data repositories that accompany published papers on GitHub https://github.com/CAGEO, to help the community find the author’s original repository..
Paper Types and maximum lengths:
- Research paper (5,000 words): Providing a novel and original contribution to the scientific fields of study outlined above.
- Case study (5,000 words): Describing a real-world case study on the scientific fields of study outlined above.
- Review paper (10,000 words): Critically describing the state-of-the art of applications of computer science in the geosciences, as a stand-alone contribution or to frame a special issue. Criteria for assessment shall be: completeness, depth, novelty, timeliness, quality, and interest to the Journal’s readership. Before submitting review paper manuscripts, a review outline should be approved by one of the editors of the Journal.
- Book or software reviews (1500 words): Describing and evaluating a new or significant publication or piece of software, not written by the author, that is relevant to computation or informatics in the geosciences.
- Letter to the Editor: Commenting on published articles. Criteria for assessment shall be the merit of the question or comment raised. The author(s) of the commented-on article shall be offered the opportunity to prepare a reply, to be published alongside the comment.