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Topical Issue "System Science: Application to Space Weather Analysis, Modelling, and Forecasting", deadline 15 May 2018

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a Topical Issue on "System Science: Application to Space Weather Analysis, Modelling, and Forecasting" to appear in 2018.

The construction of accurate dynamical models is fundamental to forecasting the many aspects of space weather. The process of deducing models for forecasting traditionally involved breaking the system into component parts and applying the laws of physics to each part to build up a description of that system. However, for complex space weather systems we do not have enough knowledge about some of the processes involved to build an accurate model solely from first principles. Alternatively, complex systems science based methods have been developed to deduce dynamical models from input-output data. The techniques developed in system science, such as system identification, machine learning, data assimilation, information theory, signal processing, among others, are applicable to any system that has large amounts of data available. With the increasing amount of space weather data we are able to make use of these tools and techniques to analyse, model and forecast the complex systems of space weather.

This Topical Issue is dedicated to contributions that make use of these state of the art tools developed in system science. It is based on the outputs of the sessions devoted to this topics at the European Space Weather Week 14. However, it is open to all contributors and not limited to the ESWW14 participants.

Manuscripts must be submitted via the SWSC online submission tool.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , University of Sheffield
Topical Editors:
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For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact the T-EiC.
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Topical Issue "Planetary Space Weather", deadline 15 April 2018

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a Topical Issue on "Planetary Space Weather" to appear in 2018. Space weather – the monitoring and prediction of disturbances in our near-space environment and how they are controlled by the Sun - is since long recognised as an important aspect of understanding our Earth and protecting vital assets such as orbiting satellites and power grids. The concepts of space weather and space situational awareness have also been extended to other planets in our Solar System and in particular to spacecraft that voyage through it.

This Issue aims to detail available methods and tools developed in order to make services for planetary space weather and space situational awareness operational. Papers on the validation of the services, availability of data relevant to the field, as well as research on forecast and modelling of the planetary environments and their response to solar or meteor disturbances are welcome.

This Issue is based on the outputs of the sessions "Planetary Space Weather and Climate – Science and Services" at the European Planetary Science Congress in 2017 and "Planetary Space Weather Services" at the 14th European Space Weather Week which brought planetary and space weather scientists, amateur astronomers, service developers and end users together to address planetary space weather studies and recent developments of tools and services.

However, this Topical Issue is open to all contributors and not limited to EPSC 2017 and ESWW14 participants. Submitted manuscript must deal with space weather in the environment of at least one body other than Earth in order to be suitable for this issue.

This Issue invites contributions on the following broad topics:

  • Methods and tools for prediction or detection of planetary space weather
  • Validation of methods and tools against remarkable solar or meteor events
  • Space weather effects on planetary environments and spacecraft
  • Radiation modelling and effects at planets and spacecraft
  • Modelling of planetary environments and their response to solar disturbances

Manuscripts must be submitted via the SWSC online submission tool.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse

Topical Editors:
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For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact the T-EiC.
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Topical Issue "Space weather effects on GNSS and their mitigation", deadline 15 June 2017

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on "Space weather effects on GNSS and their mitigation" to appear in 2017. One of the most dominant error sources for GNSS applications is the Ionosphere. It does not only affect standard GNSS applications and differential GNSS but also high-accuracy demanding applications like the Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and Real Time Kinematics (RTK). Next to the common signal delay, the Ionosphere can cause e.g. loss of lock in case of scintillation events or produce hazardous misleading information in augmentation systems due to strong ionospheric gradients. Higher order ionospheric effects limit the PPP. Today, a large variety of products and models is already in place to reduce the ionospheric error on GNSS applications. However, often there is still a gap between the currently available products and their actual usage in GNSS applications.

This issue aims to present the status of the currently available techniques for ionospheric error correction and reports on the impact of the ionosphere on GNSS applications. Furthermore we also encourage discussion and validation of available products for mitigating the ionospheric impact on GNSS, as well as related research on forecast and modelling of the Ionosphere.

This issue is based on the output of the session "Space Weather effects on GNSS and precise positioning" at the 13th European Space Weather Week which brought space weather scientists, service developers and end users together to address space weather impact and recent developments.

However, this topical Issue is open to all contributors and not limited to ESWW13 participants.

This topical issue invites contributions on the following broad topics:

  • Space weather effects on standard GNSS applications and differential GNSS
  • Space weather effects on Precise Point Positioning and Real Time Kinematics
  • Techniques for ionospheric error correction
  • Scintillation effects on GNSS
  • Report and validation of available products for mitigating the ionospheric impact on GNSS
  • Research on ionospheric modelling and forecasting for GNSS applications

Manuscripts must be submitted via the SWSC online submission tool.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The Topical Editors-in-Chief are:

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For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of them.
For questions concerning the submission process the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be contacted.

Topical Issue "Developing New Space Weather Tools: Transitioning fundamental science to operational prediction systems", deadline 15 June 2017

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on "Developing New Space Weather Tools: Transitioning fundamental science to operational prediction systems", to appear in 2017. This interdisciplinary issue is an outcome of Session 5 and Session 7 at the 13th European Space Weather Week (ESWW13) conference in November 2016 that brought together solar, space and Earth scientists, statisticians, operational forecasters and industry stakeholders. This Topical Issue will focus on the creation of new space weather prediction tools and highlight best practices applied in transitioning existing research tools to operational systems.

Authors of oral and poster presentations given at the ESWW13 conference are hereby encouraged to submit manuscripts. However, this Topical Issue is completely open to all contributors (i.e., it is not limited to conference participants).

This Topical Issue will address, among others:

  • guidelines/requirements for operational space weather predictions;
  • advances in existing research-oriented prediction systems;
  • implementation of research-oriented models/tools in operational settings;
  • robustness, reliability and testing of near-real time observations for space weather modelling;
  • near-real time prediction system verification.

Manuscripts must be submitted via the SWSC online submission tool.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The Topical Editors-in-Chief are:

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For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of them. For questions concerning the submission process the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be contacted.

Topical Issue "Measurement, Specification and Forecasting of the Solar Energetic Particle Environment and GLEs", deadline 15 June 2017

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on “Measurement, Specification and Forecasting of the Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) Environment” to appear in 2017. SEPs arrive in bursts known as Solar Particle Events (SPEs) which are penetrate into the Earth’s magnetosphere to an extent depending on the magnetic rigidity of the particle. SPEs with significantly large high energy components induce an atmospheric cascade leading to an enhancement of count rate of ground-based detectors, specifically neutron monitors (NMs). This special class of SEP events, known as Ground-Level Enhancements (GLEs). Characterisation of the SEP environment and its effects is important for several industry sectors including civil aviation, human space flight, satellite design and operations.

This issue is an output of sessions at the 13th European Space Weather Week which brought space weather scientists, service developers and end users together to address space weather impact and recent developments.

Authors of oral and poster presentations given at ESWW13 are hereby encouraged to submit manuscripts. However, this topical Issue is open to all contributors and not limited to ESWW13 participants.

This topical issue invites contributions on the following broad topics:

  • Measurement and processing of SEP and NM data
  • Models relevant to the specification of the SEP environment
  • Models and tools for forecasting SPEs and predicting fluxes throughout the heliosphere
  • Tools for calculating the propagation of SEPs and generation of secondaries through magnetic, physical and atmospheric shielding
  • Modelling and nowcasting of aircrew dose exposure during SEP events and GLEs.

An assessment of the impact of SEP fluxes based on model outputs in terms of deposited doses in electronic components and humans and the implications of such dose levels are strongly encouraged. Also encouraged are publications describing the contribution of data and models towards development of space weather applications.

Manuscripts must be submitted via the SWSC online submission tool.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The Topical Editors-in-Chief are:

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For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of them. For questions concerning the submission process the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be contacted.

Topical Issue "Flares, coronal mass ejections and solar energetic particles and their space weather impacts", deadline 31 May 2017

Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and their interplanetary counterparts (ICMEs) remain topics of important research in the field of solar-terrestrial relations. Flares can have an important impact (UV radiation, particles) on the Earth's atmosphere. Recent remote observations and modeling studies have shown that coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can drive shock waves very low in the solar corona, which, in turn, may produce significant fluxes of solar energetic particles (SEPs). Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections (ICMEs) are the main drivers of large geomagnetic storms.

In this topical issue, we invite observational, theoretical, and modeling contributions that address the following topics:

  • particle acceleration at flares as well as the response of the lower ionosphere to a variety of external forcing during flares, such as energetic particles and solar UV and X-ray variability,
  • the coronal dynamics of CME and shocks in connection with the early production of SEPs
  • the magnetic connectivity and early-stage transport in the heliosphere of SEPs
  • the propagation of coronal mass ejections in the heliosphere, their interaction with Earth and/or with other planets,
  • the link between CMEs and ICMEs, the relation of coronal mass ejections with energetic particles.

This Topical Issue is seen as an outcome of the session on a similar topic organized at the 13th European Space Weather Week in Ostende but is open to any contributions on the subject.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The Topical Editors-in-Chief are:

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , LESIA, Paris Observatory
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , IAASARS, National Observatory of Athens

For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of them. For questions concerning the submission process the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be contacted.

Proposal for a Topical Issues based on ESWW13 sessions

If you are convening a session at the ESWW13 and would you like to be a Topical Editor in Chief for a Topical Issue (TI) in SWSC, you can send us your proposal for a TI. You are allowed to combine with other conveners whose sessions are close to yours. Your TI would be open to non-participants to the ESWW.

From your propositions, the SWSC Editorial Board will select the two most promising. In order to do so, please

1) Send us a mail before September, 15th to tell us whether you are interested in participating

2) If so, provide by November 30th (during or just after the ESWW13):

  • A list of papers that are expected to be submitted if the TI is selected
  • A list of 2 to 4 colleagues who will help you in handling the TI as « Associate Editors »

Finally, if you have a really outstanding presentation (oral or poster) in your session, you may propose that a corresponding manuscript is submitted to SWSC and quoted as "invited" even if your TI is not selected. It will follow the regular review process and if accepted will be stamped "invited".

Please, do not hesitate to contact Anna Belehaki (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Jean Lilensten (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for any question

Best regards
Anna and Jean

Note:
If your proposal is selected, you will serve as "Topical Editor in chief". Upon acceptance of your TI, you will be given access to our Manuscript Management System, which handles the following steps automatically (with templates asf). Our editorial office will provide support during the process.

Any time a paper is submitted to your TI:

  • It is read by Anna Belehaki, Jean Lilensten and the Topical EiC. If the 3 of us decide to reject it immediately, we send a mail to the authors with our arguments for rejecting it. If at least one of us thinks that it should proceed to a peer review, we send it to an AE after discussion between the three of us (handling a journal is a lot of discussions).
  • An AE is invited to handle the manuscript. (S)he may deny or accept, (s)he may also recommend to reject it . If (s)he handles it, (s)he looks for 2 reviewers (2 are mandatory) and follows the process until the final decision.
  • The AE makes a recommendation for the final decision to the Topical editor, to Anna and to Jean: legally, the EiCs are the authority to decide. When a paper is rejected, we write a mail to the authors on behalf of the EiCs. When it is accepted, we send a mail on behalf of the AE (so that when an author is angry, we get all the bitter words but when an author is happy, the nice words go to the AE).

Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate announces its new Impact Factor - 2.846* (June 2016)

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The latest Journal Citation Reports® recently announced by Thomson Reuters have revealed that Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate’s Impact Factor has risen to 2.846*.

This confirms Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate’s position as an important voice in the discipline as it grows readership by publishing regular research articles, invited topical research and review articles on all aspects of space weather and space climate from a broad range of scientific and technical fields. All papers in Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate are Open-Access.

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*2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports. Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

SWSC Impact factor 2015: 2.846

Thomson-Reuters just published the 2015 Impact Factors. The 2-year Impact Factor for SWSC, based on articles published in SWSC in 2013 and 2014 and cited in 2015, is 2.846 (2014: 2.558; 2013: 2.519).

The Immediacy Index, based on articles published in SWSC in 2015 and cited in 2015, is 0.308 (2014: 0.857; 2013: 0.600). As SWSC is a rather new journal, 2013 was the first year that Thomson-Reuters listed it in its Journal Citation Report.

13th Edition of the European Space Weather Week, Oostende, Belgium, 14-18 November 2016

The 13th Edition of the European Space Weather Week will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Oostende, Belgium. The ESWW is the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar. It is the European forum for Space Weather as proven by the high attendance to the past editions. The agenda will be composed of plenary/parallel sessions, working meetings and dedicated events for service end-users. The ESWW will again adopt the central aim of bringing together the diverse groups in Europe working on different aspects of Space Weather.

For more information click here.