Publication Ethics

AGU aspires to select and publish, through peer review, the highest quality Earth and space science research. The peer review must be objective, fair, and thorough. The ethical basis for this aspiration is absolute trust and honesty among Editors, authors, researchers, reviewers, and funding agencies. The following are links to resources to provide guidance in protecting the integrity of the peer review.


The following guidelines are intended to ensure and sustain the trust of the public and the scientific community in the integrity of the science and of the published works in AGU journals.

  1. Provide unbiased consideration to all manuscripts offered for publication.
  2. Process all manuscripts promptly.
  3. Take full responsibility for the integrity of the peer review.
  4. Ensure the peer review process is objective, fair, and thorough.
  5. Maintain peer review confidentiality.
  6. Respect the intellectual independence of authors.
  7. Avoid conflict of interest.
  8. Quickly facilitate publication of errata to correct erroneous information in a published report.


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.


To protect the integrity of authorship, only individuals who have significantly contributed to the research and preparation of the article should be listed as authors. All of these coauthors share responsibility for submitted articles. Click here for more on authorship.


All AGU members will disclose as appropriate the financial, personal, professional, and other conflicts of interest that could compromise the trustworthiness of their work on AGU committees, publications, research proposals, meeting presentations, and public communications as well as in all review activities. Conflict of interest is defined as any financial or non-financial interest that conflicts with the actions or judgments of an individual when conducting scientific activities because it

  1. could impair the individual’s objectivity,
  2. could create an unfair competitive advantage for any person or organization, or
  3. could create the appearance of either item listed above.

For more information on Conflicts of Interest, see the Council of Science Editor’s White Paper


In order to preserve the integrity of AGU publications with respect to publishing original investigations, AGU prohibits the submission of material for publication that has been previously published in any form that constitutes public distribution. For more information, view the AGU’s Dual Publication Policy.