Guest Editors are responsible for the selection of the manuscripts for the
special issue. This selection should be based on scientific quality of the
papers and the topic of the paper should clearly fall within the scope of the
special issue. The final selection should form a coherent and complete set of papers.
Peer Reviewing Process
The task of the Guest Editor(s) is to take care of the
strict peer-reviewing process, which is essential to ensure that only quality
papers are published.
Each paper must be
reviewed by at least two international specialists (three in case of doubt) and
revised in accordance with their comments.
If major revision is
asked for by one of the referees it might be reviewed again by at least one
The referees are the
choice of the Guest Editor.
Guest Editors should
not be involved as (first) author for multiple manuscripts included in the
The number of
contributing authors who are also used as reviewers should be limited.
In order for the
responsible Editor-in-Chief to make informed decisions, he must see all
relevant correspondence made between the Guest Editor and the author.
the journalís web site you will find the journalís Guides for Authors. Please
refer all authors to this Guide and make sure that they follow this carefully.
Review forms are sent to you to assist you in the preparation of the issue.
is recommended that you establish a time schedule and inform contributing
authors of deadlines for the submission of manuscripts, etc. This ensures that
the project is not delayed too much. Please inform/update your contact person
at Elsevier and inform him/her of the status/timing of the project regularly.
The time schedule for submission, review and receipt of papers at Elsevier,
which you initially agreed upon with Elsevier, must be adhered to. Changes in
the time schedule are possible, if mutually agreed upon.
Editors should not delay too long awaiting the last difficult papers. Authors
should be informed of a detailed time schedule in advance, and those papers
which are not delivered in time can eventually be published in a regular issue
of the journal - assuming that the Editor-in-Chief approves publication.
maximum number of printed pages should not exceed 500.
News and OceansDirect
We will require a short piece about the issue for inclusion
in the Elsevier newsletter and web site.†
This needs to be 100-150 words long, summarising the research
represented by the issue.
Manuscripts on Diskette
speed up publication time and reduce the possibility of typing errors,
submission of manuscripts/figures on disk is mandatory. Authors should be
clearly informed that it is absolutely necessary to submit both a hard copy and
an electronic version of the final manuscript.
all illustrations should be included with the accepted manuscript. Printing of
colour illustrations is possible at author's cost. The price is Euro 350/US$
350 for the first page (independent of the number of colour figures on that
page) and Euro 175/US$ 175 for subsequent pages.
is a fixed size for the cover illustrations, that
Guest Editors have to abide by. The size should be exactly 115 x 144 mm (h x
w); of this about 5 mm of the width will be cut off the right hand side, so
this has to be taken into consideration when designing the illustration.
sending us the complete set of papers, please ensure that you enclose the
date of receipt and
date of recommendation for publication
order of papers as
they are to appear in the issue
addresses, fax numbers and e-mail addresses
of all (corresponding) authors and Guest Editors
hard copy of† FINAL manuscripts, original figures, a disk with electronic version for each
logo or sponsorship
information (if necessary)
name, date and place
of conference where papers were presented (if necessary)
relevant† reviewers comments (+
additional comments by the Guest Editors and authors) including list of
reviewers per mss.
Cover image and
Title for the spine
(not more than 35 characters)
Bulk order (see
hereunder for details)
FINAL ACCEPTANCE by Editor-in-Chief
complete set of final manuscripts, accompanied by all the required information,
will be evaluated by (one of) the Editor(s)‑in‑Chief
of the journal, who makes the final decision on acceptance of manuscripts in
consultation with the Guest Editor. Guest Editors are requested to ensure that
authors are informed that their manuscript has been recommended for publication. Manuscripts
can not be accepted for publication before they have been subjected to a final
evaluation by the Editor-in-Chief. If the special issue is approved for
publication, a final acceptance letter will be sent to the senior authors by
first or corresponding authors will receive galley proofs for checking. Please
note that if, in your task as Guest Editor, you are interested in receiving
all, or part of, the galley proofs of the papers in the special† issue, you should give Elsevier
advance notification of your wish.
Free Offprints, Free Copy and No Page Charges
Each senior author will receive twenty
five free offprints of his/her manuscript as well as
a complimentary copy of the issue. Guest Editors receive five free copies of
the issue each. The journals do not have page charges.
Extra copies of the issue can be ordered at a considerable
reduced rate. As a guideline, 2001 prices are as follows:
Minimum 10 copies
10-49 copies††††† =††††††††† US $45.00†††††††† Euro 50.00
50-99 copies††††† =††††††††† US $40.00†††††††† Euro 45.00
100-199 ††††††††††† =††††††††† US
$35.00†††††††† Euro 39.00
200+†††††††††††††††† =††††††††† US $30.00†††††††† Euro 34.00
These prices include shipment in bulk to one address, but
exclude possible VAT.
Kristien van Lunen, Publishing Editor Ocean Sciences
Elsevier Science BV, P.O. Box 1930,
1000 BX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20 485 3340†††
Fax: +31 (0)20 485 2696