Instructions for Authors

JMSJ online submission system

Guide for Authors: Please read this before submission.

JMSJ template files

Copyright Agreement Form

General Information

Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan (JMSJ) is a bimonthly journal for the publication of research papers in the science of pure and applied meteorology and related studies of atmospheric physics and chemistry, climate systems, and geophysical and planetary fluids.

JMSJ publishes research articles, invited reviews, notes and correspondence by members and nonmembers of the Society. Submitted articles should be unpublished original contributions and should be of significant scientific value. Notes and correspondence are used to rapidly report recent significant discoveries, to present summary results from special publications of limited distribution, and to discuss published articles.

The JMSJ Editorial Board makes the final decision on the suitability of manuscripts for publication and is responsible for the final editing of all accepted manuscripts.

In 2018, JMSJ will switch to fully Open Access publication. All articles published after the switch will be freely available online and will have clearly defined use and re-use rights, without the need to ask prior permission from the Meteorological Society of Japan (MSJ). Authors will be required to sign a License to Publish to grant the MSJ permission to reproduce the work in the journal under a Creative Commons license. Authors will be able to choose either the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license or the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND) license. Further information will be provided in the second half of 2017.

To submit a manuscript, please read the Guide for Authors which is archived at the JMSJ web page. The following information is an abridged version of the Guide for Authors.

  1. Submission. Manuscripts should be submitted to the Chief Editor of JMSJ through the journal's ScholarOne submission system:
    Each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter. See the Guide for Authors for details on preparing the manuscript. During the submission process, authors can provide the names and e-mail addresses of up to five potential reviewers. The date of receipt is the day on which the Editorial Office receives the manuscript.
  2. Articles to be published. Articles are scientific reports of original findings with complete discussions. Research reports requiring urgent publication should be submitted as Notes, for which the editorial decision will be made within four months of the submission.
  3. Page Limits. The length of a manuscript, including figures and tables, should not exceed 75 pages for an Article and 20 pages for a Note when formatted using the JMSJ word template. The reference list and figure and table captions are excluded from the page count.
  4. Page and color charges. Authors are requested to pay a publication charge of 4,000 yen (4,500 yen for nonmembers of the Meteorological Society of Japan) per printed page. For Articles exceeding 12 printed pages and Notes exceeding 8 printed pages, 10,000 yen (10,500 yen for nonmembers) per page will be charged for each additional page. An additional page charge of 2,000 yen is required for the Japanese abstract to be printed in Tenki. For color photos and illustrations, an additional charge of 21,000 yen per page (maximum) will be imposed. Invited Review Articles of up to 20 printed pages are exempt from the page charges and the Japanese abstract fee.
  5. Manuscript format. The manuscript must be double spaced in 12 point type, and all pages and lines must be numbered consecutively. The format of each manuscript should be as follows:
    1. Title pages: The title page should include the manuscript title, author name(s), and affiliation.
    2. Abstract: An abstract is required at the beginning of each manuscript. The abstract should be no more than 300 words.
    3. Keywords: Authors should list 1-5 keywords that describe the topic of the manuscript.
    4. Text: The text should be divided into sections, each with a separate heading and numbered consecutively. The section heading should be written on a separate line, e.g., 1. Section; 1.1 Subsection; a. Item; (1)…; (i)…. Mathematical formulas and equations should be written clearly in the text with ample space above and below.
    5. Supplement: Any supplementary material must be explained in the manuscript.
    6. Acknowledgments: Funding sources etc. should be provided.
    7. Appendix: Lengthy mathematical analyses or data tabulation should normally be put into an appendix.
    8. References: References should be listed alphabetically by author names, without numbering. The citation of references within the text should be as "according to Okada (1921)" or "as shown by earlier studies (Fujiwara 1923; Horiguchi 1928)". In the list of references, each reference should follow this format: For an article: Author(s), year: Title of article. Title of journal (abbr.), volume, first page-last page. For a book: Author(s), year: Title of book. Publisher, total pages. Authors are encouraged to consult recent issues of JMSJ to find examples of the journal's reference style.
    9. Figure and table legends: Each figure or table must be provided with a numbered figure or table legend, and all legends should be grouped together.
    10. Figures: Each figure should be cited in the text. For illustrations, only original drawings in Indian ink on white paper or on blue section paper, or clear glossy photoprints are accepted. Lettering must be large enough to remain clearly legible when reduced.
  6. Japanese abstract. Each accepted manuscript requires a Japanese abstract, which is published as supplementary material in the electronic journal and is printed separately in Tenki, the bulletin of the Meteorological Society of Japan. Authors should include the title, author names, and abstract on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. If the authors include a Japanese co-author, a Japanese abstract must be prepared by the authors. For non-Japanese contributors, these abstracts will be supplied by the JMSJ Editor. Template file for a Japanese abstract (word file)
  7. Revision of manuscripts. After assessing the referees' comments, the Editor in charge may advise the authors to revise their manuscript.
  8. Galley proof. The corresponding author will receive a galley proof of the manuscript but not a page proof.
  9. Reprints. The corresponding author shall receive 30 reprints free of charge. For extra reprints, authors will be charged additional costs for printing. Authors should complete the relevant section on the Author Form after their manuscript has been accepted.
  10. Copyright. The copyright of papers published in the Journal belongs to the Meteorological Society of Japan (MSJ). Authors are requested to submit the Copyright Agreement Form signed by all authors when the manuscript is submitted. The form can be found on the JMSJ web site and also on the last page of the December issue of each volume of the Journal.

The publication of JMSJ is financially supported in part by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science KAKENHI Grant Number 15HP1234 for the year 2015.


The copyright of manuscripts published in the journal belongs to the Meteorological Society of Japan. For each manuscript, all authors must transfer their copyright to the Meteorological Society of Japan by completing the Copyright Agreement Form. As an exception, authors whose work is created by official employees of any government should certify that the government holds the copyright but that the Meteorological Society of Japan may publish the manuscript freely.

When quoting part or all of an article published in JMSJ, an author must refer to the original JMSJ publication. When reproducing part or all of an article or figure published in JMSJ, authors must follow the Meteorological Society's regulations. More information on copyright and permissions can be found on the JMSJ website.

For more information, visit Copy, Republication, and Translation.

Research and Publication Ethics

The JMSJ seeks to uphold the highest ethical standards in both research and publication.

Conflicts of Interest

JMSJ recognizes that it is vital for there to be transparency around any real or perceived conflict of interest regarding papers published in the journal. A conflict of interest exists when any judgement about one interest might be influenced by another secondary interest. This can extend from any financial considerations to academic competition and rivalry, personal rivalry or intellectual incompatibility. Conflicts of interest extend to all participants in the peer review process: authors, reviewers, Editors, and Editorial Board members.

JMSJ holds that consideration of real or perceived conflicts of interest by any of the participants in the publication process must be considered while undertaking their respective tasks. If relevant, they should be declared clearly to the relevant authority.

Authors should declare in their cover letters whether they have any conflicts of interest (financial or otherwise). If so, the Editor will determine the course of action. Reviewers are asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest and recuse themselves if the potential for bias exists.

The Editors and Editorial Board undertake to declare their conflicts of interest when handling manuscripts for publication.

Duplicate Submission

Authors must not have submitted their manuscript to another journal before the Editorial Committee makes the final decision on suitability for publication. If there is possibility of duplicate submission, the Editorial Committee will investigate further and will reject immediately in cases where duplicate submission is confirmed. Authors may submit their manuscripts to another journal freely after withdrawal or rejection.

Images and data

Images, especially graphics files, which are included in a manuscript for review should not be processed except for necessary guides for readers (e.g., labels or arrows etc.). If manipulation is necessary, it should be applied to the entire image and any changes noted in the manuscript.

Any data associated with images or other aspects of the manuscript must be retained and provided upon request.