|Volume 62(1) – 2013
Guidelines for authors
The WMO Bulletin is the official journal of the World Meteorological Organization. The Bulletin was first published in 1952 and is produced in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The Bulletin is currently issued twice yearly in print and online. The online version is available at http://www.wmo.int/pages/publications/bulletin_en/index_en.html and is disseminated via the WMO Facebook and Twitter pages and WMO Web news.
The target readership is the WMO scientific community, with extended outreach to the broader informed public. The aim is to inspire readers to improve their operations and reach out to their user communities, by providing interviews, features, case studies and best practices in the areas of weather, climate and water.
The target audience is global and interdisciplinary.
The Bulletin is disseminated to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in the 190 WMO Member countries and territories, as well as national, regional and academic scientific institutions and media. It promotes WMO programmes, projects and events.
Authors are encouraged to write with the readership in mind and to disseminate the online version to their networks.
Each issue is planned around a given theme, developed in consultation with the WMO Bulletin Editorial Board. Together, the articles provide a clear message by outlining an issue and providing insight and examples to address its various aspects.
Communication techniques are used to maximize each edition as a whole as well as individual contributions. Storylines outline trends, challenges and opportunities and provide insight and examples that may encourage others to adopt similar approaches in their work. Messaging is developed to help National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to communicate more effectively with their constituents. As a result, the shelf life of thematic WMO Bulletin issues spans many years.
Guidelines for authors
The story to be communicated in each article is told in a combination of text and images. Authors should keep in mind that the online version has a potentially large and varied audience.
The majority of readers consults the English edition, and are not native English speakers. Please keep metaphors and colloquialisms to a minimum. Conclusions and recommendations should be culturally appropriate for a global audience.
The Bulletin may accept articles that have been previously published, if they are judged to be of particular value and provided the author indicates the earlier publication, volume, date, etc. Alternately, the Bulletin may produce adapted versions of the original article in order to tailor it to its audience. The Bulletin does occasionally publish suitable unsolicited articles, in accordance with editorial policy and plans, if they can be adapted to the thematic issue underway, space permitting.
Measurements and numerals
The Bulletin style is as follows:
Authors should provide a selection of supporting illustrations (figures, graphs, photos). Illustrations should be submitted as high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) electronic files (jpg, tiff) for printing purposes. The Bulletin reserves the right not to publish illustrative material that is not of sufficiently high quality for printing. It is the author’s responsibility to clear copyright, and credits should be marked clearly.