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Topical Issue "Solar variability, solar forcing and coupling mechanisms in the terrestrial atmosphere", deadline 15 September 2013

Deadline 15 September 2013

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC, http://www.swsc-journal.org/) plans a Special Issue on "Solar variability, solar forcing and coupling mechanisms in the terrestrial atmosphere", to appear in 2014. This topical issue is organised by the Editors-in-Chief of SWSC, conveners of three sessions at the latest general assembly of the EGU (Vienna, 8-12 April 2013), and members of the COST Action TOSCA (http://www.tosca-cost.eu).The three EGU sessions are:

  • Solar forcing and coupling mechanisms in the terrestrial atmosphere (CL2.7)
  • Solar and stellar variability: what can we learn from a joint effort? (ST1.5)
  • Contribution of Solar and Geomagnetic indices to Space Climate and Space Weather (ST5.2)

Authors of oral and poster presentations given at the conference are hereby encouraged to submit manuscripts. However, this special issue is open to all and is not exclusively limited to conference participants.


This interdisciplinary issue will address:

  • The various mechanisms of the Sun-Earth connection by which external forcings (e.g. solar radiative variability, energetic particles, etc.) may impact the upper, lower and middle terrestrial atmosphere, eventually affecting climate.
  • The role of couplings between atmospheric layers.
  • How the intercomparison of solar and stellar observations sheds new light on our understanding of solar variability.
  • The current status of indices and their role in our understanding of the coupling between solar activity and the variation of our space environment.


Important deadlines are:

  • 31 May 2013: declarations of intent, with preliminary title and list of authors should be sent simply by email to Thierry Dudok de Wit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
  • 15 September 2013: final submission, directly to SWSC via online submission tool (consult "author information" on the left-hand side menu on the SWSC web site)


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. It is therefore required that all manuscripts submitted for publication in SWSC 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 accessible by all.

The guest editors are G. Cessateur (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), M. Kretzschmar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and T. Dudok de Wit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). For questions regarding this special issue or the submission process, please contact any of the three guest editors.

Topical issue "Space Weather and its Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: Science and Applications", deadline extended to 30 November 2013

Deadline 15th October 2013 extended to 30th November 2013

All authors of oral and poster presentations given at the conference are invited to submit manuscripts for a Topical Issue "Space Weather and its Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: Science and Applications" of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC, http://www.swsc-journal.org/) to appear in 2014. It will be jointly organized by the Editors-in-Chief (EiC) of SWSC and the conveners of the session "Space Weather and its Effects on Terrestrial and Geo-Space Environments: Science and Applications" at the EGU conference, Vienna, 8-12 April 2013.


Deadlines

  • 31th May 2013: declaration of intent. Please send a preliminary title and list of authors to the guest editor in chief, Viviane Pierrard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • 30th November 2013: final submission via the SWSC online submission tool (consult "author information" on the left-hand side menu on the SWSC web site).


If you need additional time to complete your submission, please do not hesitate to contact the SWSC editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts are peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. It is therefore required that all manuscripts submitted for publication in SWSC contain enough new insight; present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work; present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions; write clearly, concisely and comprehensively and include all necessary and appropriate figures and tables but not more. Accepted papers are published in electronic form only.


Viviane Pierrard, Topical EiC
Hanna Rothkaehl and Robert Bentley, Associate EiC
Anna Belehaki and Jean Lilensten, SWSC Editors-in-Chief

SWSC indexed in DOAJ (November 2012)

SWSC is now indexed in the DOAJ database. Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that provides access to quality controlled Open Access Journals. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system, and it will not be limited to particular languages or subject areas. The aim of the Directory is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.

Topical Issue "Space Weather and Challenges for Modern Society", deadline 31 March 2013

Deadline 31 March 2013

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC, http://www.swsc-journal.org/) plans a Topical Issue "Space Weather and Challenges for Modern Society" to appear in 2013. It will be jointly organised by the Editors-in-Chief (EiC) of SWSC and members of the Programme Committee of the conference "Space Weather and Challenges for Modern Society", Oslo, 22-24 October 2012. Authors of oral and poster presentations given at the conference are encouraged to submit manuscripts for this Topical Issue.

The conference was organised by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) in cooperation with the Norwegian Space Centre, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Norwegian Statnett, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Danish Meteorological Institute, and Swedish Institute of Space Physics, see also http://tiems.info/About-TIEMS/oslo-conference-2012.html .

Deadline for submission is 31 March 2013 through the SWSC web site. If you need additional time to complete your submission, please do not hesitate to contact the SWSC editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Publication in this Topical Issue is free of charge.

The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts are peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. It is therefore required that all manuscripts submitted for publication in SWSC contain enough new insight; present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work; present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions; write clearly, concisely and comprehensively and include all necessary and appropriate figures and tables but not more. Accepted papers are published in electronic form only.

Peter Wintoft (Guest EiC), Anna Belehaki and Jean Lilensten (EiC)

Topical Issue on "Results from COST Action ES0803", deadline 8 June 2012 - Chief Guest Editor Maurizio Candidi, IFSI/CNR, Italy

deadline 8 June 2012
Chief Guest Editor Maurizio Candidi, IFSI/CNR, Italy

Dear COST ES0803 Colleagues

The final report of COST ES0803 will take the form of a series of papers to be published in a Topical Issue of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC). We hereby invite all COST ES0803 participants (MC members, associates, affiliated experts) to submit COST ES0803 related work to SWSC for publication in this Special Issue.

We consider for publication scientific reviews, research papers, technical papers, papers addressing dissemination and education activities, to name just a few. The articles must be related to the objectives of COST Action ES0803 as stated in its MoU. All manuscripts are peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. It is therefore required that all manuscripts submitted for publication contain enough new insight; present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work; present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions; write clearly, concisely and comprehensively and include all necessary and appropriate figures and tables but not more. Accepted papers are published in electronic form only, and publication is free of charge.

Guidelines for submission of papers

Specific questions concerning this Special Issue should be addressed to Anna Belehaki (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), EiC of SWSC.

Maurizio Candidi (Chief Guest Editor)
Anna Belehaki (chair person COST ES0803 and EiC for SWSC)

AOGS-AGU Joint Assembly (Singapore, Aug 13-17, 2012)

Singapore, Aug 13-17, 2012

Session ST22: Space Weather and Space Climate: Coupling Processes from the Sun to the Earth.
Abstract submission deadline 12 March.

For more information, click here

International Conference on Space Weather and Challenges for Modern Society (Oslo, Norway, October 22-24, 2012)

Oslo, Norway, October 22-24, 2012

The International Conference on Space Weather and Challenges for Modern Society will be held in Oslo, Norway,
on October 22-24, 2012. Deadline for abstracts submission is 1st April 2012.

For more information, click here.

Topical Issue on "First results from the EU-FP7 projects on Security of space assets from space weather events", deadline 30 September 2012

deadline 30 September 2012

Dear participants to FP7 projects on Security of Space Assets from Space Weather Events

The Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC, http://www.swsc-journal.org/) are organising a Topical Issue "First results from the EU-FP7 projects on Security of Space Assets from Space Weather Events".

SWSC has already received several manuscripts, but the number of submissions is still small compared to the large number of projects co-funded by the REA. SWSC has therefore decided to extend the deadline to 30 September 2012.

The EiCs of SWSC wish to clarify the following points:

  1. All EU-FP7 projects which address space weather issues are welcome to submit articles, not only those that participated in session 2 of ESWW8, and not only those which responded to the specific call "Security of Space Assets from Space Weather Events".
  2. The emphasis should be on results. Copies of technical proposals or parts thereof should not be the main thrust of the articles.
  3. SWSC is still in its initial period in which publication is free of charge to the authors. Being an open-access journal articles will always be free of charge to the readers.

Deadline for submissions is 30 September 2012. If you need additional time to complete your submission, please do not hesitate to contact the SWSC editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The type of contributions should fit the style of SWSC, which accepts regular research articles, short communications, invited reviews, technical and observational reports, strategic and educational articles and reports on project accomplishments. All manuscripts are peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. It is therefore required that all manuscripts submitted for publication in SWSC contain enough new insight; present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work; present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions; write clearly, concisely and comprehensively and include all necessary and appropriate figures and tables but not more. Accepted papers are published in electronic form only.

Guidelines for submission of papers are on the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate web site under the menu item "Author information" (Instructions for authors).

With kind regards,
Jean Lilensten and Anna Belehaki, EiC for SWSC

Last updated on 17th July 2012.

Topical Issue on "Space Climate", deadline 29 February 2012 - Chief Guest Editor Kalevi Mursula, University of Oulu, Finland

deadline 29 February 2012
Chief Guest Editor Kalevi Mursula, University of Oulu, Finland

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to draw your attention to the possibility of submitting papers to the Topical Issue on Space Climate in the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC).

This is an open call for papers discussing any aspect of Space Climate, i.e., the long-term change in the Sun and its effects in the heliosphere (solar wind, HMF, cosmic rays etc.) and the near-Earth space environment, including magnetosphere, ionosphere, and the solar effects on the atmosphere and climate.

This Topical Issue originates from, but is not restricted to contributions presented at the Space Climate Symposium-4 in January, 2011 in Goa, India, and in the Space Climate Session at the ESWW8 meeting in November 2011 in Namur, Belgium.

Only full-length papers written in readable English will be considered for publication, and are subject to peer review by two reviewers. There is no page limit although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented.

Both original papers and, e.g., review papers (for instance from invited review talks presented in SC4) can be considered for publication.

Publication in SWSC is free of charge.

The manuscripts should be submitted electronically to SWSC web page
https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/swsc/home.php by
February 29, 2012

Please send the (preliminary, non-binding) title and author list of Your coming manuscript to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by
January 15, 2012

The general format for submission of papers is on the SWSC web site http://www.swsc-journal.org/ (Author information).

Kalevi Mursula
(for the Guest Editors)

Eighth European Space Weather Week (Namur, Belgium, Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2011)

European Space Weather Week

We are pleased to announce that the Eighth European Space Weather Week will take place at the Palais des Congres, Namur, Belgium between 28th November and 2nd December 2011.

This meeting is being jointly organized by the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), ESA, the SWWT and the COST ES0803 communities. The local organization is done by the STCE. This event will continue to build on the advances made during the first seven European Space Weather Weeks held between 2004 and 2010.

Now in its 8th year, the ESWW has grown into the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar. This year's event will highlight key innovations in space weather research, applications and services. The meeting will also focus on current challenges and actions necessary in moving towards a sustainable Space Weather Infrastructure in Europe able to meet the requirements of a diverse end-user community.

Recent Space Weather related activities in the framework of the ESA Space Situational Awareness programme and the EC's 7th Framework Programme will be a key topic. Next step will be presented with the opportunity for technical discussion. Community input is welcome and encouraged in particular via the SWWT plenary meeting.

Abstract submission is open.

Oral and poster contributions are welcome to all sessions.
The deadline for submission is 16th September.

Selected oral or poster papers presented at ESWW8 will be invited to be submitted to the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC).