Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology along with its sister journal Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography, are the international, peer-reviewed journals of the International Meteorological Institute in Stockholm, an independent non-for-profit body integrated into the Department of Meteorology at the Faculty of Sciences of Stockholm University, Sweden. Aiming to promote the exchange of knowledge about meteorology from across a range of scientific sub-disciplines, the two journals serve an international community of researchers, policy makers, managers, media and the general public.

Original research papers comprise the mainstay of Tellus B. Review articles, brief research notes, and letters to the editor are also welcome. Special issues and conference proceedings are published from time to time.

Tellus B accepts papers on all aspects of atmospheric chemical cycling related to Earth science processes including:  air/surface exchange processes; long-range and global transport and dispersion; aerosol science; chemical reactions; cloud physics and chemistry related to  – cloud radiative effects, physical/chemical transformation and wet removal; biogeochemical cycles of carbon and other atmospheric constituents important to climate, air quality and the environment.

We constantly work to improve the journal’s ranking and impact factor. The 2014 figures are as follows:

ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking: Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences: 31/77. Impact Factor: 2.147. Five-year Impact Factor: 3.003.


Section Policies

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Contributions

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Tellus B are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

All articles go through a preliminary review by the Editor-in-Chief. When articles are felt to not be appropriate for full peer review, authors are notified at that point, usually within approximately two weeks. Articles that are felt to be appropriate for full review are assigned to at least two peer reviewers.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Tellus B has a 'single blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, but reviewers are told who wrote the paper.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s). Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

When asking for revisions, reviewers basically have two alternatives: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data, or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or formalities is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

Decision letters contain those of the reviewers’ comments that are intended for the author, and may also contain additional comments by the Chief Editor.


Publication Frequency

All articles published in Tellus B are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e., after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered and paginated issues but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and can be cited without delay.


Open Access Policy

Open access
Tellus B is published  Open Access under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license. Authors retain the full copyright to their work. For more information see the copyright section.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). 

Tellus B is accessible via the journal’s website at www.TellusB.net as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. 

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:




This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.


Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).