Editorial: The publication of geoscientific model developments v1.0 GMD Executive Editors *J. Annan, J. Hargreaves, D. Lunt (Chief Editor), A. Ridgwell, I. Rutt and R. Sander
Abstract. In 2008, the first volume of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) journal Geoscientific Model
Development (GMD) was published. GMD was founded because we perceived there
to be a need for a space to publish comprehensive descriptions of numerical
models in the geosciences. The journal is now well established, with the
submission rate increasing over time. However, there are several aspects of
model publication that we believe could be further improved. In this
editorial we assess the lessons learned over the first few years of the
journal's life, and describe some changes to GMD's editorial policy, which
will ensure that the models and model developments are published in such a
way that they are of maximum value to the community.
These changes to editorial policy mostly focus on improving the rigour of the
review process through a stricter requirement for access to the materials
necessary to test the behaviour of the models.
Throughout this editorial, "must" means that the stated actions are required,
and the paper cannot be published without them; "strongly encouraged" means
that we encourage the action, but papers can still be published if the
criteria are not met; "may" means that the action may be carried out by the
authors or referees, if they so wish.
We have reviewed and rationalised the manuscript types into five new
categories. For all papers which are primarily based on a specific
numerical model, the changes are as follows:
– The paper must be accompanied by the code, or means of accessing
the code, for the purpose of peer-review. If the code is normally
distributed in a way which could compromise the anonymity of the
referees, then the code must be made available to the editor. The
referee/editor is not required to review the code in any way, but they
may do so if they so wish.
– All papers must include a section at the end of the paper
entitled "Code availability". In this section, instructions
for obtaining the code (e.g. from a supplement, or from
a website) should be included; alternatively, contact information should be given
where the code can be obtained on request, or the reasons why the
code is not available should be clearly stated.
– We strongly encourage authors to upload any user manuals associated with the code.
– For models where this is practicable, we strongly encourage
referees to compile the code, and run test cases supplied by the
authors where appropriate.
– For models which have been previously described in the "grey"
literature (e.g. as internal institutional documents), we strongly
encourage authors to include this grey literature as a supplement, when this is allowed by the original authors.
– All papers must include a model name and version number (or
other unique identifier) in the title.
It is our perception that, since Geoscientific Model Development (GMD)
was founded, it has become increasingly common to see model descriptions
published in other more traditional journals, so we hope that our
insights may be of general value to the wider geoscientific community.
Citation: GMD Executive Editors: Editorial: The publication of geoscientific model developments v1.0, Geosci. Model Dev., 6, 1233-1242, doi:10.5194/gmd-6-1233-2013, 2013.