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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (unless an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, or Markdown document file format.
  • Citations and references are formatted using the APA style, and where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines below.
  • Access to the code and data is provided, through URLs to public archives or repositories, where appropriate.
  • Suggest 3-5 reviewers in the cover letter.
  • By submitting the manuscript, authors grant SESMO a non-exclusive license to publish and distribute the article (once accepted) under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0), and acknowledge SESMO as the original publisher of their work.

Author Guidelines

Formatting - The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Please add line numbers and page numbers.
Figures & Tables - All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. All figures and tables must be referred to in the text. Figures should be at least 300 dpi resolution, and any embedded text must be clearly legible.
Equations - Mathematical equations should be inserted as editable text, not images.
Referencing - Bibliographic references and citations should follow the APA style.  
Title - The title of the article should be concise, yet informative. The title should not contain any abbreviations.
Abstract - Abstract text should contain no more than 250 words and no citations.
Keywords - Suggest three to five keywords
Data & Software availability - A statement regarding access to the model code and data should be provided (see Data and Software availability policy).
Main body - The article should be divided into clearly defined and numbered sections.

Also see SESMO's Journal Policies

Article Types

SESMO considers three types of contributions:
Research papers present the results of original research in the area of socio-environmental systems. The core article should desirably not exceed 10,000 words but could include supplementary material with additional technical details and analysis.
Advances in Modelling Practice are short, succinct, and problem-oriented papers that offer tangible takeaways that can be applied to the day-to-day work of modellers of socio-environmental systems. Topics can include, but are not limited to: innovations and best practices in modelling software, participatory modelling, programming solutions, communicating model results, model analysis, model evaluation, and model documentation. Within this category, there are two types of articles: 1) traditional research articles which define a problem or issue in the practice of modelling socio-environmental systems, and then demonstrate how that problem was overcome, and 2) "how-to" articles where the intent is to provide the reader with clear, concise, step-by-step guidelines for successfully completing tasks that are or might become common practice.
Modelling reviews are reviews of books, models, data, methods, conferences, MOOCs or other types of scholarly activities related to modelling of socio-environmental systems. Reviews provide authoritative, unbiased critique of those scholarly activities and provide constructive information of the latest developments in the field.

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