The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate welcomes submissions on the topics listed below. If you wish to submit your article to one of these Topical Issues, please submit your manuscript via the JSWSC online submission tool and select the appropriate Topical Issue when you reach the Section/Category selection step. Please note the deadlines for submissions to Topical Issues, as submissions will not be considered past the expiration date.

The list of Topical Issues closed for new submissions is available here: Archive


Topical Issue "Fast and slow solar winds: Origin, evolution and Space Weather effects"

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) opens a Topical Issue "Fast and slow solar winds: Origin, evolution and Space Weather effects", deadline 31st October 2024.

The topical issue (TI) is dedicated to the nuanced exploration of Heliospheric Solar-Wind Dynamics and their implications for Space Weather. This issue seeks to bring together cutting-edge studies that shed light on the complex interplay between slow and fast solar winds, their effects on geomagnetic activity, and the propagation of solar transients.

The heliospheric solar-wind structure, arising from the intricate interplay between slow and fast winds, constitutes the primary instigator of minor to moderate geomagnetic activity. Furthermore, it serves as the medium for the propagation of other solar transients. Stream interaction and co-rotating interaction regions are prolific sources of shocks, compression, and rarefaction regions, well-established contributors to recurrent geomagnetic effects on Earth. In light of these dynamics, a comprehensive understanding of the heliospheric solar wind, ambient magnetic field, and their origins is indispensable for the validation and enhancement of Space Weather forecasting efforts. The objective of this TI is to collect and present new studies on the origin, evolution, and Space-Weather effects of both fast and slow solar winds using observational data and modeling approaches. Recent missions, such as the Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter, in conjunction with established missions like the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, offer a wealth of information. This data presents an invaluable opportunity to validate, refine, and augment existing knowledge in the solar wind domain.

This Topical Issue arises from the session CD-02 "All About the Solar Wind", held during the European Space Weather Week 2023 (ESWW2023) in Toulouse. However, contributions to this TI are not limited to participants of the ESWW2023. The TI will be open to all submissions that fit its scope. Submissions are encouraged, focusing on solar wind sources for both slow and fast winds, mechanisms of solar wind acceleration/outflow, dynamics of stream interaction, and the configuration of the magnetic field and plasma topology at the source surface and within the inner heliosphere. The integration of observations and models is particularly welcomed, fostering a deeper understanding of solar and heliospheric physics within the context of space weather.

Manuscripts must be submitted via the JSWSC online submission tool. Guidelines for submission of papers are found on the JSWSC website under the tab "Instruction for Authors".

Deadline: 31st October 2024

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of JSWSC. 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 JSWSC website. JSWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):

  • Stephan G. Heinemann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), University of Helsinki, Finland

Topical Editors (TE):

  • Eleanna Asvestari (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Matt Owens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), University of Reading, UK
  • Krzysztof Barczynski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), ETH Zurich and PMOD/WRC Davos, Switzerland

For questions regarding this Topical Issue, please, contact the T-EiC. For questions concerning the submission process, please contact the Editorial Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Topical Issue " Observing, modelling and forecasting TIDs and mitigating their impact on technology", deadline 30th September 2024

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) opens a Topical Issue "Observing, modelling and forecasting TIDs and mitigating their impact on technology", deadline 30th September 2024.

Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs) are plasma density fluctuations that propagate as waves through the ionosphere at a wide range of velocities and frequencies. They are the ionospheric manifestation of internal atmospheric gravity waves (AGW) in the neutral atmosphere which play an important role in the exchange of momentum and energy between various regions of the upper atmosphere. TIDs are associated with auroral and geomagnetic activity and with lower-atmosphere phenomena of non-space origin (e.g., severe tropospheric convection or passages of cold fronts, seismicity, volcanic activity, and artificially triggered events such as explosions). The exact physical mechanisms of TID formation, the trigger mechanisms, the basic properties and parameters of TIDs and their propagation direction, the dissipation of their energy over travel distance and the influence of background ionospheric conditions on their propagation are not fully understood. Also, the characterisation, modelling and prediction of TIDs still need substantial improvement. We invite submissions of manuscripts which address TID identification and tracking, TID nowcasting and forecasting, as well as feeding the obtained results into ionospheric weather services. Manuscripts on methods and technologies capable of mitigating adverse effects of TIDs on the performance of critical space and ground-based infrastructure are also welcome.

Manuscripts must be submitted via the JSWSC online submission tool. Guidelines for submission of papers are found on the JSWSC website under the tab "Instruction for Authors".

Deadline: 30th September 2024

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of JSWSC. 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 JSWSC website. JSWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

Topical Editor-in-Chief (T-EiC):

  • Anna Belehaki (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), National Observatory of Athens, Greece.
  • Iurii Cherniak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA.

Topical Editors (TE):

  • Claudia Borries (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany.
  • Dalia Buresova (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Institute of Atmospheric Physics CAS, Czech Republic.
  • Claudio Cesaroni (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy.
  • John Bosco Habarulema (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), South African National Space Agency, South Africa.

For questions regarding this Topical Issue, please, contact the T-EiC. For questions concerning the submission process, please contact the Editorial Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).