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Historical note

Meteorologische Zeitschrift was founded in 1866 by the “Österreichische Gesellschaft für Meteorologie (ÖGM) ”; starting 1886 it was published jointly with the “Deutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft” (DMG). The German, Austrian and Swiss Meteorological Societies refounded the Journal in 1992, thereby merging Meteorologische Rundschau and Zeitschrift für Meteorologie (published by the Meteorological Society of the former GDR) into Meteorologische Zeitschrift. Since January 2000, the journal is published united with Beiträge zur Physik der Atmosphäre (cited as Contributions to Atmospheric Physics) under its previous title Meteorologische Zeitschrift.
Beginning with Vol 23, 2014, all papers published in MetZet are published as Open Access papers.

Editorial policy

Beginning with Volume 23, 2014, Meteorologische Zeitschrift is a Full Open Access Journal open to original manuscripts in the English language from all fields of atmospheric sciences, covering meteorology and climatology, including the interaction of the lower atmosphere with the oceans, the land surfaces, and the middle and upper atmosphere. Short contributions, and review articles are particularly invited. Six issues are published per annum and form one volume. Articles published in this journal are expected to make interesting and novel contributions from all topics of meteorology, including theoretical and experimental investigations, numerical simulations, statistical studies, information about operational work in meteorological services and on applied meteorology (including environmental meteorology and energy meteorology). Contributions on the philosophy and history of atmospheric sciences are also welcome. In addition to original papers and short communications, review articles, special reports, laudatory articles, and obituaries are published. Special issues on specific topics or conferences may be published as feasible. Papers must not have been published previously. Authors are fully responsible for the content of their papers.

Open Access Charges

All papers published in MetZ are published Open Access, upon submission to MetZ authors agree to carry the following OA charges:
Base charge* per article € 140.00
Each published page is charged with € 119.00
No other charges (taxes, colour figure charges etc.) will apply; only if upon editor’s decision a language editing is necessary for the article, additional net € 12.00 per page are charged. EU customers indicating a valid VAT number will receive an invoice stating VAT.
* The Base Charge covers the entire file handling, long time accessibilty control, DOI-registration, access platform etc.
Authors are free to distribute their articles to all interested colleagues and may post their article on private or institutional websites for non commercial purposes.

Manuscript submission: First submission (for review purposes only): Manuscripts must be submitted in English only. A pdf file of the manuscript containing the title page with authors information, English abstract, keywords, text, reference list, abbreviation list, appendices (where necessary). Tables and figures together with captions are to be positioned at the end of the paper. The manuscript should be formatted single-column, double spaced, with page numbering and line numbering. Manuscripts have to be submitted to the MetZet web site
If at all possible, please use the MS-Word and LaTeX-templates (we provide here) to prepare your final manuscript.

In case you encounter any difficulties while submitting your manuscript online, please get in touch with the Editorial Office:

Abstract and keywords: Each article must be preceded by an English Abstract and a minimum of 4 keywords. On a separate title page, please indicate the title of the paper, the names of all authors, their institutions and complete mailing and e-mail addresses, indicating the name of the corresponding author whose mail and e-mail address will be printed as a footnote on the first page of the article.

Peer review: Manuscripts will be reviewed by two referees.

Abbreviations must be explained as they are used in the text. SI units are mandatory. If necessary, a list of symbols is to be added. Equations must be written with extreme care, especially with respect to indices.

Headings are to be typeset in regular letters (no capital letters, no bold face, underlining etc.).

Figures (graphs, illustrations, photographs, computer plots and line drawings) shall be provided with legends or captions that make the figures understandable without reference to the text. Each figure must be referenced explicitly and must be numbered in the order of first appearance in the text. Figures and captions must be submitted on separate pages of paper at the end of the manuscript. For the final version of the manuscript, figures are requested as encapsulated PostScript (.eps) files; only if that is not possible, high-resolution Tagged Image Files (.tif) must be supplied. Please refrain from using frames around or shaded areas behind the figures and allow for a reduction of the illustrations (most desirably to the width of one column, i.e. 86 mm). Individual letters after reduction should at least be 2 mm high. Pixel-oriented files should provide a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for grey-scale or colour figures and of 1000 dpi for black-and-white figures.

Tables should be restricted to an absolute minimum and should preferably be drawn in MS Excel. They should be supplied as separate files with their headings. Table captions are required in English only.

Dates: Day, month, and year are written in the form "13 March 2014". Do not abbreviate the names of months except in figure captions or tables. The recommended time zone annotation system is universal time and is abbreviated UTC. Time, time zone, day, month, and year are written in the form "1720 UTC 13 March 2014." The use of other time zones (please define acronym) is permissible-for instance, EST, EDT, PST, LST (local standard time), or LT (local time). Do not use Z or GMT in place of UTC. Four-digit astronomical or military time (i.e., a 24-hour clock) is required.

References: The list of references (in alphabetic order) should only contain sources made reference to in the text, i.e. all sources cited in the text must appear in the references list at the end of the paper, and all entries in the references list must be cited in the text. In the text they should be set in small caps, e.g. NAME(s) (year) or (NAME, year). When using a word processing program do not shift to upper case (Capital Letters), use only small capitals (- >Style/Font/Small Caps). In citations with 2 authors, use “and” (e.g. FESEFELDT and PRITCHARD, 2002); in citations with more than 2 authors use the abbreviation “et al.” in the text (but not in the list of references!). Note, that “et al.” must not be typeset in italics. Also note, that there is a comma between authors and dates. Citations are to be separated by a semicolon. Websites can be given in the text (or as footnotes if referred to more than once), and they must be accessible when the article is published. A website alone is not sufficient for a full entry in the “Literature cited”, but a website may be added to a book, article or paper cited there. References to submitted articles have to be updated with the final author proof or will otherwise be deleted in the final published version.

Example for the correct order of the references list: MEYER, A., 1988: MEYER, A., 1999: MEYER, A., C. MÜLLER, 1998: MEYER, A., B. SCHULZE, 1988: MEYER, A., D. BRINKMANN, B. SCHULZE, F. FÜRST, E. SALOM, 1951:

Example for a journal reference: DAVIS, J., C. COLLIER, F. DAVIES, R. BURTON, G. PEARSON, P. DI GIROLAMO, 2013: Vertical Velocity Observed By Doppler Lidar During COPS - A case study with a convective rain event. – Meteorol. Z. 22, 463–470. DOI: 10.1127/0941-2948/2013/0411. Example for citing a book: GOODY, R.M., C.G. WALKER, 1985: Atmosphären. – Enke Verlag, Stuttgart, 180 pp. Example for citing a chapter in a book: ISLER, J.R., D.C. FRITTS, 1993: Tidal variability studies using an MF radar in Hawaii. – In: THRANE, E.V., T.A. BLIX, D.C. FRITTS (Eds.): Coupling processes in the lower and middle atmosphere. NATO ASI Series 387, 153–160.

Please note the order of Names and Christian Names, as well as punctuation Please use for hyphen “–“ this “--“ Please note there is no comma before the volume number Please note there is no “and” before the last author/Editor.

Useful Tips Section

Final Version: The final manuscript must be produced with a word processing system, most preferably with LaTeX (download LaTeX-Style file ) or Word for Windows (download Word Style File). For up to date technical directions on formatting please contact the technical editor. It must include all illustrations either as files (specifications: see section Figures below).

Online first publication (pre-print-publication)

Manuscripts that are ready to be published (e.g. accepted by the editors, composed and the proofs checked by the authors) will be made available online (Open Access) prior to final publication. Papers will have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) assigned and may be cited. This service will give the opportunity to have articles available well in advance of their actual publication date. Papers published Online first will carry the dates: Received (date), published online (date).

Citation of Online first articles: Online first articles published prior to regular publication must carry a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to be found in databases. This number will be assigned by the publisher. As page numbers will not be available when placing a Online first publication, please cite Online first articles in the following format: HOINKA, K.P. 2007: Semi-diurnal pressure fluctuation in the ERA40 Data. – Meteorol. Z., published online July 1st, 2007; DOI: 10.1127/0941-2948/2007/0213. After the final version of the paper is published, please cite as following: Hoinka, K. P., 2007: Semi-diurnal pressure fluctuation in the ERA40 Data. – Meteorol. Z., 16, 255–260. Published online July 1st, 2007; DOI: 10.1127/0941-2948/2007/0213. When receiving your galley proofs please check, if articles cited as online publication have been published in print in the meantime. If so, please update the citation. As soon as the paper is published in final version, the Online first publication will automatically be removed and CrossRef links will be available. As the publication date for Online first articles will be the date of going online, corrections in the paper will only be possible as Errata pages.

Offprints may be ordered at cost price. Printed issue copies may be ordered prior the final issue´s release. Please contact the Publishers for a quote.

Proofs: Authors will receive proofs shortly before publication to correct typesetting errors. Changes to the contents of the manuscript will be charged in principle.

Meteorol. Z.: Meteorologische Zeitschrift is to be abbreviated as Meteorol. Z.

Copyright: Submission of a manuscript for publication in Meteorologische Zeitschrift is considered binding assurance that this work has not been and will not be published elsewhere in this form and length.

Requestes for printed copies and print subscription should be addressed to Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung, Science Publishers, Stuttgart, Johannesstraße 3 A, 70176 Stuttgart, Germany phone: +49-711-351456-0, fax: +49-711-351456-99, e-mail

March 2014