Call for Papers

Call for Papers for "Mars Aeronomy"

Submission acceptance begins: October 13, 2017
Submission deadline: January 5, 2018

Special section organizers:
Dmitrij Titov, ESTEC/ European Space Agency
Bruce Jakosky, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

The Mars upper atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, and solar-wind interactions are becoming increasingly important for understanding loss of atmosphere to space and the evolution of the Martian climate.  Recent observations have been made from Mars Express over the last decade, from MAVEN for the most-recent Mars year, and from Mars Odyssey, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Mars Orbiter Mission; landed spacecraft and earlier orbiters also provided valuable information.

 The International conference on Mars Aeronomy held in May 2017 in Boulder, Co, USA brought together all aspects of Mars aeronomy, including pertinent observations, analyses, theoretical models and results. The proposed special issue will collect the papers presented at the conference and will also be open to all relevant manuscripts about the Mars upper atmosphere and space environment, even if the authors did not attend the conference. This collection is a joint special section between JGR-Space Physics and JGR-Planets, so the authors can submit manuscripts to either journal.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the website for the appropriate journal, JGR Space Physics or JGR Planets.  For additional information please contact: or

Call for Papers for ""5th International Planetary Dunes Workshop Special Issue"

Submission acceptance begins: 01 October 2017
Submission deadline through: 15 January 2018

Simone Silverstro, INAF Osservatorio Astronomico Capodimonte
Timothy Titus, US Geological Survey

This issue will include papers from the 5th Annual Planetary Dunes Workshop that was held in May 2017 in St. George, Utah. All the papers focusing on eolian and fluvial bedforms on different bodies of our Solar System (including Earth) are welcomed. The papers of the special issue can focus on all aspects of the machanism of bedform formation and development (geology, geomorphology, sedimentology, physics of transport and modeling). Papers on yardangs morphology and development are also welcomed. Attendance at the workshop is not required to submit a paper to this special issue.

Special collection submissions can be submitted to JGR-Planets.

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Call for Papers for "Science and Exploration of the Moon, Near-Earth Asteroids, and the Moons of Mars"

Submission acceptance begins: 01 October 2017
Submission deadline through: 31 January 2018

Timothy Glotch, Stony Brook University 

This special collection, sponsored by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) invites papers focusing on the science and exploration of the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars. We invite contributions covering topics including, but not limited to, geologic investigations, dust/exosphere/plasma environments, surface remote sensing studies, field analog studies, laboratory analyses, and geophysical modeling relevant to the bodies of interest. In addition, we invite contributions focusing on efforts to prepare for future human exploration of these bodies.

Special collection submissions can be submitted to JGR-Planets, JGR-Space Physics, Earth and Space Science, or GeoHealth. Potential authors do not need to be members of a SSERVI team to submit a paper to this special collection.

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Call for Papers for “Ice On Ceres”

Submission acceptance begins: 01 October 2017
Submission deadline through: 01 November 2017

Britney Schmidt, Georgia Tech
Hanna Sizemore, Planetary Science Institute

This issue of JGR-Planets will focus on evidence for ice and its dynamical behavior on Ceres from morphological, compositional, and geophysical perspectives. Prior to the Dawn mission’s arrival at Ceres, many lines of evidence pointed to a potentially ice rich composition, however there were no direct detections of ice on its surface. The Dawn mission has revealed an intimate mixture of ice and silicates at Ceres’ surface, and a complex history for ice in the interior. Understanding the role of ice on Ceres places important constraints on the history and distribution of water in the asteroid belt, as well as presenting a range of surface processes potentially unique to Ceres, which represents a hybrid between the silicate bodies of the inner solar system and the icy worlds of the outer solar system. Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site for JGR-Planets.

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Call for Papers for “Planetary Mapping: Methods, Tools for Scientific Analysis and Exploration”

Submission acceptance begins: 01 November 2017
Submission deadline through: 28 February 2018

Editor: Steve Hauck

Angelo Pio Rossi, Jacobs University Bremen
Trent Hare, United States Geological Survey
Chiara Marmo, Université Paris SUD
Lisa Gaddis, United States Geological Survey
Jay Laura, United States Geological Survey

Imaging, geologic and geospatial mapping of planetary surfaces is key to exploration. A growing wealth of data has triggered the development of new tools, capabilities and techniques for storing, serving, analyzing and interpreting planetary mission data. The process of planetary geologic and thematic mapping also evolves both in standards and practice with the availability of more diverse, more complex, complementary datasets. This special section aims at summarizing the state of the art and perspective of planetary mapping in broad sense (imaging, geospatial, geologic) and its underlying techniques for future robotic and human exploration of solid bodies in the Solar System. Encouraged topics of the special section include: planetary cartography, analysis and visualization tools, scientific case studies for geologic/geospatial mapping matching traditional and innovative approaches. This is a special joint section and will welcome software and algorithm development (Earth and Space Science) as well as scientific data analysis papers (JGR-Planets). Manuscripts should be submitted appropriately through the GEMS Web site for either JGR-Planets or Earth and Space Science.

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