Submit your article via the OJS submission system here

For information about our Editorial Calendar or on ways in which you may volunteer and contribute, visit our Volunteer and Contribute page or send us an email: earthzineeditor@ieee.org


Before you prepare an article for Earthzine, you may submit a query. 

You can email your query to earthzineeditor@ieee.org. If you include the following information, it will make it easier:

Your name:
Your institutional affiliation and/or position:
Preliminary title for your article: Are you submitting this article idea for a specific themed issue of Earthzine?

In a few sentences please give us a short summary of your article.


Writer Guidelines

Image Credit: Jeroen Bennick

Image Credit: Jeroen Bennick

Earthzine accepts articles at any time via its submission system.  Writers may submit completed articles or queries at any time.

Every effort should be taken to make an article’s language free of jargon and as accessible as possible to a non-specialized reader. For instance, use examples to show how a new technology or application would mitigate or solve a real-world problem. Earthzine serves an international audience. Therefore, articles should be written with a global perspective that does not assume specific regional or national knowledge by the reader.

Articles are typically between 500 and 2,500 words, depending on topic and scope. Please submit articles in a text format compatible with Microsoft Word (Open Office, Libre Office also accepted). This makes it easier to send copyediting changes as annotations.

Earthzine uses Associated Press (AP) style for its articles, and IEEE citation style for references.

Earthzine does not do rigorous technical peer-review. Hence, we would not be in a position to give detailed technical feedback for original research - for such articles, you may want to consider submitting to a peer-reviewed journal such as IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. We recommend that technical statements that are not common knowledge, be backed by citations to already-peer-reviewed publications. Alternately, such statements may also come from citing experts or covering presentations at events. In the spirit of keeping up the quality, we will do a sanity check on the technical content.

Authors should submit photos and graphics in common formats such as jpg. Images should be of sufficient resolution to present all relevant detail. We suggest including at least three images per article or one image for every 400 words. Images must include caption and credit information, and the author(s) must have permission to use the images with the article. Images should properly attribute the source of the image. Refer to Creative commons attribution guidelines for CC-licensed images, and try to use images from the public domain or Creative commons friendly image sharing platforms such as Flickr, Unsplash, Wikimedia commons or Canva. A CC-search tool can be used. Make sure you attribute the images as per its copyright license.

Earthzine does not pay royalties or use copyrighted material without permission. Submit a completed Earthzine copyright form with your final article.

Create hyperlinks within your article to words and phrases that should be defined, individuals and organizations with Web sites, and other external links pertinent to your topic. Links to related previously-published Earthzine content is encouraged. Please do a search on the Earthzine website to find related articles and their connection to your content.

*** You may download a template article available in pdf or .docx form (download both here) as a guide to Earthzine’s requirements and helpful hints for preparing your article for submission. Note that each article should include a squib, or summary, at the top, along with information for categorizing the article based on Topic, Region, and Interest Level. 

Earthzine’s practice is to capitalize “Earth” in honor of the planet on which we live.

Publication fees for non-OES members will be $25 submission, $25 for one round of editing and publication, and additional fees in cases where extensive editing is needed

Earthzine solicits and publishes voluntary submissions. First time authors are encouraged to submit an article query that presents your topic, primary sources, and cite your credentials for writing on this topic. Each proposal and article will be reviewed by Earthzine’s editorial staff and volunteer reviewers with relevant expertise. See our Reviewer Guidelines and Editorial Policy.

Reviewer Guidelines

This document provides guidelines to Earthzine reviewers. Although Earthzine is not a fully technically peer-reviewed publication, Earthzine maintains the high standards of an IEEE publication through a formal review process of the articles it receives. Earthzine relies on reviews by subject-matter experts to maintain the accuracy, appropriateness and quality of its content.

Earthzine aims to publish positive, respectful, informative and thought-provoking content about the benefits of using Earth information in our daily lives. Articles are written by professionals, researchers, educators, students and others. Reviews serve to provide constructive feedback to authors on ways to improve their writing and effectiveness in reaching Earthzine readers. Reviewers are encouraged to review Earthzine’s Editorial Policy. For information on style, format, content and length, reviewers are referred to the Writer Guidelines.

Reviews should address the following:

• Importance and interest to Earthzine readers;
• Scientific soundness - only a brief check is expected, not rigorous review;
• Degree to which technical statements are backed by citations and/or expert opinion;
• Degree to which conclusions are supported;
• Originality;
• Organization and clarity;
• Length relative to information content;
• Citations and hyperlinks;
• Quality and relevancy of graphics and/or images.

When reviewing an article, use the Track Changes option in Microsoft Word/LibreOffice to make suggested revisions and comments. When communicating with the editor, identify comments to be provided to the author and those meant only for the editor.

Reviewers should recommend to the editor whether an article should be: Accept without changes, undergo minor revisions, undergo major revisions, or be rejected for publication. Comprehensive justification should be provided for articles recommended for rejection.

Confidentiality and Objectivity

Reviewers usually maintain confidentiality about the manuscript they are reviewing. If you have a conflict of interest in regards to the paper you are asked to review, please disclose this to the editor handling the manuscript.

Your review and your recommendation also are considered confidential. You are welcome to disclose your identity to the authors; otherwise, your review will be shared with the author as anonymous.

If you feel you have a conflict of interest or are otherwise unable to provide an objective review, please notify the corresponding editor. Earthzine aims to assist authors in publishing their work; therefore, reviewers are asked to provide constructive criticism and suggestions.

Questions to consider when reviewing:

• Is this paper scientifically sound?
• Is this paper up to international standards?
• Is the title pertinent and understandable?
• Does the introduction or abstract adequately summarize the contents of the paper?
• Are technical statements that are not common knowledge, backed by sufficient citations or expert opinion ?
• Are all important assumptions (or speculations) clearly stated?
• Does the paper contain new ideas (except for review papers)?
• Are the results presented clearly and concisely?
• Are all the figures and tables necessary and of good quality?
• Are the captions appropriate and informative?
• Is the paper well written and organized?
• Does the author give proper credit to related work?
• Is the English understandable?
• Is IEEE citation style followed?

Please address questions or comments about the review process to Earthzine’s Editor-in-Chief at earthzineeditor@ieee.org.

Privacy Policy

Earthzine is an online publication that fosters Earth observation, utilization of Earth information, sustainability, and global awareness. In so doing, Earthzine welcomes submissions that explore the disciplinary and regionally diverse topics encompassing Earth observation, application of Earth information and sustainable practices for the benefit of humanity.

Earthzine editors review submitted material for content, accuracy and appropriateness and may forward submissions to external subject-specific experts for additional review. Each submission may be edited for length, language, and factual content. Authors are provided an opportunity to review and revise the edited draft and respond to reviewers’ comments prior to publication. The final decision to publish is made by the Editor. Considerate debate and discussion are encouraged in comments posted on Earthzine’s blog. Earthzine espouses the values of tolerance and respect in the content it posts.

The diversity of viewpoints and opinions is extensive. To accommodate and foster the benefits of this diversity, Earthzine encourages the inclusion of a wide range of perspectives in a vibrant discourse on relevant contemporary issues. Earthzine views favorably the submission of thoughtful and stimulating articles, Opinion Essays, Editorials, and Letters that offer fresh perspectives. The categories in which submissions are published are at the discretion of the Editor. Authors should consult Earthzine Writer’s Guidelines and Reviewer Guidelines for further information.

Views offered in published material are those of the submitting author, and not the Earthzine staff, Editor, IEEE, or Earthzine sponsors.