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

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

Special section organizers:
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 "Dayside Magnetosphere Interactions"

Submission acceptance begins: 01 October 2017
Submission deadline: 30 November 2017

Special section organizers:
Qiugang Zong, Peking University
Philippe Escoubet, ESA/ESTEC
David Sibeck, NASA GSFC
Hui Zhang, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Manuscripts are invited for a special section on the processes by which solar wind mass, momentum, and energy enter the magnetosphere. Regions of interest include the foreshock, bow shock, magnetosheath, magnetopause, and cusps, the dayside magnetosphere, and both the dayside polar and equatorial ionosphere. Results from spacecraft observations (e.g., MMS, Cluster, Geotail, THEMIS, and Van Allen Probes), ground-based observations (all-sky camera, radar, and magnetometer), MHD, hybrid and PIC simulations are all welcome. Parallel processes occur at other planets, and recent results from NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars, as well as ESA’s Mars and Venus Express missions will be actively solicited.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS website. For additional information please contact:

Call for Papers for "Atmospheric Gravity Wave Science in the Polar Regions and First Results from ANGWIN"

Submission acceptance begins: 17 October 2016
Submission deadline: Extended

Special section organizers:
Tracy Moffat-Griffin, British Anarctic Survey

Manuscripts are invited for a special section that focuses on the theory, modelling and observations of gravity wave activity in the Polar Regions at any altitude in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The importance of gravity waves in the Polar Regions and their effect on global circulation is well known.  However, models can struggle to represent their effects correctly, especially related to the Polar Vortex duration. There is also a lack of comprehensive observations in this region, especially over Antarctica. Gravity waves, and their different sources, over the Polar Regions need to be studied continent wide and through all levels of the atmosphere in order to fully understand their impact on both the global and local circulation and correctly represent their effects in models.

The ANtarctic Gravity Wave Instrument Network (ANGWIN) is a highly successful "grass roots" program initiated in 2011 that utilizes a network of instrumentation at several international research stations around Antarctica. The 3rd ANGWIN science workshop (April 2016) showed that excellent results are being produced as a result of this collaborative approach.  These results will also be presented in this special issue.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS website. For additional information please contact: