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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

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  1. Manuscript Preparation

Cover Letter

A precise cover letter is mandatory with the submission of a new manuscript. A cover letter has to explain the significance of the work done and why the submitted manuscript is appropriate for publication in the Journal of Hydro-Climate. Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: cover letter; title page; abstract; main text; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement (if applicable); appendices (as suitable); references; tables with captions and figures; figure captions (as a list).

  1. Manuscript style

The manuscripts must be typed in double space with Arial font of size 11, line spacing 1.15and all margins should be ≥ 2.5 cm. Consecutive line numbering needs to be given throughout the manuscript.  Download Microsoft Word templates.

  1. Introductory material

The second page of the manuscript after the cover letter should contain the following items in the order given below:

  • Title of the paper that clearly defines the area of research;
  • Names of all authors with the given name following surname in full for every author and their affiliations, including complete postal addresses and email address of the corresponding author;
  • 4–6 keywords (in alphabetical order), which reflect the key area of research (do not repeat words in the title);
  • if the paper is based on a presentation on a meeting or similar, a footnote must be given with the date (name of the month spelled out), place, and title of the meeting;
  • A footnote must also be given if the contribution is based on another publication.


For Research Articles, the third page of the manuscript should start with the abstract not exceeding 300 words, clearly explaining the research background, aims, methodology, results and conclusion. For Review Articles, Game Changers, and Viewpoints, abstracts may vary but should not exceed 350 words. Although, for Short Communications, an abstract is limited to 500 words, including spaces.

Moreover, authors are also appreciated to submit a graphical abstract consisting of a figure or file identified to highlight their article. The graphical abstract will be posted on social media to enhance the readership.


Main Text

Original articles

The body of the article should contain the following sections: introduction; methods; results; discussion; conclusions.

Introduction: This section should state the relevance and background to the study, and its rationale and purpose.

Methods: This section should contain all the information that was available at the time the plan or protocol for the study was being written. You should describe your selection of the observational or experimental participants, identify the methods, apparatus and procedures in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the results, and describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable acknowledgeable readers with access to the original data to verify the reported results.

Results: Present your results logically in the text, tables, and figures. Where a new parameter is reported, the results should include proper heading as appropriate.

Discussion: This should include inferences/consequences of the findings and their limitations/justifications, with reference to all other relevant studies conducted previously or ongoing published results and the possibilities of these suggestions for future research.

Conclusions: This must summarize the main paper. Ensure that extrapolations are reasonable, that conclusions are justified by the presented data, and indicate if the study design can be generalized to a broader study population.

Review article

It should be structured as follows: context, objective, methods (including data sources, study selection and data extraction), results and conclusion.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

Author Contributions
Please, insert author contributions according with Redit (Contributor Roles Taxonomy). RediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) is a high-level taxonomy, including 14 roles, that can be used to represent the roles typically played by contributors to research outputs. More about Redit can be found at
Example of author contributions:

Conceptualization, G.E.D., S.E.G. and T.E.C.; methodology, G.E.D.; software, S.E.G.; formal analysis, G.E.D. and S.E.G.; writing—original draft preparation, G.E.D. and S.E.G.; writing—review and editing, T.E.C. and S.E.G. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.

Appendices - If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.

Acknowledgments - Collate acknowledgments in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proofreading the article, etc.).

Footnotes and abbreviations - Footnotes should be avoided. Abbreviations should also be avoided, except from exceptionally usual. If used, footnotes should only contain additional text (comment), and not information about sources used. The abbreviations stated in tables and pictures should be explained.


In the main text, references are to be quoted as numbers such as 1, 2 3... ascending order with brackets for example, [1], if there are two or more references, add with a comma such as [1,5,7]; if the references are in ascending numbers like 1234 then add like [1-4]. 

If you are using an endnote, you can select the numbered style. 

In References, add the citation in order with numbers.

  1. Koleva, I.I., et al., Screening of plant extracts for antioxidant activity: a comparative study on three testing methods. Phytochemical Analysis: An International Journal of Plant Chemical and Biochemical Techniques, 2002. 13(1): p. 8-17.
  2. Atif, A., et al., Acacia nilotica: A plant of multipurpose medicinal uses. Journal of medicinal plants research, 2012. 6(9): p. 1492-1496.

Recommendation for Language Editing 

The  Journal of Hydro-Climate has partnered with LetPub to recommend English editing support for authors prior to submission. For authors whose native language is not English, editorial support from LetPub is a useful pre-submission resource.


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