Instructions for Authors

Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan (JMSJ) is a peer reviewed, bimonthly publication for research 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 Articles, Invited Review Articles, and Notes and Correspondence by members and non-members of the Society. Submitted Articles should be unpublished original contributions and be of significant scientific value.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 Committee 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 from 2018 will be freely available online under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. This license allows users to adapt, reproduce and distribute JMSJ articles (even commercially) in any medium, provided they give appropriate credit to the author(s) and original source, include a link to the license, and indicate if any changes have been made, 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 the CC BY 4.0 license.

Guide for Authors

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting a manuscript.

JMSJ online submission system

JMSJ template files

License to Publish form

Please complete the relevant page of the License to Publish (LTP) form when submitting your manuscript. (Page 1: standard LTP; Page 2: government employees LTP).


Article Processing Charge (For Articles Published from January 2018)

Publishing scholarly journals comes with many costs, such as those of managing peer review, copy editing, typesetting and online hosting. To cover these costs in the absence of other income sources such as subscriptions, authors (or their institutions) are requested to pay an article processing charge (APC), as detailed below. There is no submission fee.

Article Type Articles Notes Reviews
Members of MSJ 200,000 yen 150,000 yen No charge
Non-members of MSJ 220,000 yen 170,000 yen No charge
(plus local consumption tax where applicable)

*Authors who have published a JMSJ paper as a first author will receive a 50,000 yen discount on the page or article processing charges of any manuscript submitted within a year of its publication date; for example, if a manuscript is published in the December issue of 2017, manuscripts submitted by the end of December 2018 are eligible. Authors should request this reduction in charges in their cover letter.

*APC Waiver Policy: The journal will waive the APC on an article if no authors have a professional affiliation with a research organization or if all authors are based in a "Least Developed Country" or "Other Low Income Country" on the OECD’s qualifying country list. Other waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the journal’s Editorial Office. Authors must apply for a waiver before or upon the submission of their manuscript; applications will not be considered after the review process has started. Applications may be made by emailing the journal at jmsj@metsoc.jp and must include evidence of financial hardship. The ability of an author to pay the APC does not influence editorial decisions. To avoid any possibility of undue influence, editors involved with the decision-making process on submitted manuscripts are not involved in any deliberations on waivers.

*Reprints: Authors will receive 30 reprints free of charge. Additional reprints with or without the journal cover may be ordered at the price listed on the Author Form.

If you have any questions about the journal's policies, please contact the Editorial Office.

Copyright and Licensing

For papers published from January 1, 2018, the copyright of manuscripts will be retained by the authors; authors will be required to sign a License to Publish form which allows the MSJ to publish the article. For manuscripts published before 2018, the copyright belongs to the MSJ.

When quoting part or all of any 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 terms of each article's license and/or the MSJ's regulations. More information on copyright and permissions can be found elsewhere on the JMSJ website.

For more information, visit Open Access, Copyright and Permissions

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.