Article processing charges

Earth, Planets and Space is supported by the Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, the Seismological Society of Japan, the Volcanological Society of Japan, the Geodetic Society of Japan, and the Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences. If the author of the accepted article is a society member, the Article-processing Charge is €200 with the remaining charge covered by the societies.

If the corresponding author is not a society member, the Article-processing Charge is €600 with the remaining charge covered by the societies.

The journal is partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results (251001) from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

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What is EPS?

    APCs for special issues are as follows:
  • Letter articles: 100 Euros regardless of membership.
  • Full papers or Technical Reports: normal APCs apply;
  • 200 Euros for members and 600 Euros for non-members.


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Steering Committee

  • Hirokuni Oda, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST, Japan
  • Yuto Katoh, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Haruo Horikawa, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST, Japan
  • Yuko Kase, Geological Survey of Japan, AIST, Japan
  • Fukashi Maeno, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Hisashi Suito, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, Japan
  • Masahiro Ikoma, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Sho Sasaki, Osaka University, Japan
  • Yoshiyuki Tanaka, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Takeshi Nishimura, Tohoku University, Japan

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Guidelines for special issues

Earth, Planets and Space (EPS) welcomes submissions from all authors to existing special issues. Authors need to state clearly on the cover letter that the paper is submitted for a special issue and state the name of the special issue. Letters submitted to a Special Issue can receive a discounted article processing charge of 100 Euros using the code TC01377566 under payment option 3A.

Proposals for special issues:

Earth, Planets and Space (EPS) welcomes proposals for Special Issues on focused topics that are within the scope of the journal. Only new and original contents can be published and EPS does not accept review papers. These policies are similar to those of the regular issues. The proposals should be submitted to the editor in chief of EPS by email

The proposal must clearly show the following:

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      1. The objectives of the proposed special issue
      2. Title of the special issue
      3. List of the guest editors (max. 5 editors)
        Names, affiliations, email addresses, specialties
        The guest editors should be international, not from a single country.
      4. Descriptions of call for papers
      5. Proposed timeframe
        Deadline for submission
        Expected publication date
      6. List of potential submissions

      All the special issue proposals are subject to approval by the Editorial Board of EPS.

Aims & scope


Earth, Planets and Space (EPS) covers scientific articles in Earth and Planetary Sciences, particularly geomagnetism, aeronomy, space science, seismology, volcanology, geodesy, and planetary science. EPS also welcomes articles in new and interdisciplinary subjects, including instrumentations. Only new and original contents will be accepted for publication. No review papers will be accepted. A word template for authors is available.

Back Issues

Earth, Planets and Space (EPS) has been published by TERRAPUB since 1998. Back issues can be accessed

Special Issues

Forthcoming special issues

The 12th International Conference on Substorms
Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2015
Edited by: Kazuo Shiokawa, Masaki Fujimoto, Olaf Amm, Mei-Ching H. Fok

The 12th International Conference on Substorms (ICS-12, November 10-14, 2014, Ise-Shima Royal Hotel, Japan) will encourage the participants to submit their presentations to the ICS-12 special issue of the open-access refereed journal "Earth, Planets and Space" (EPS).

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    • This special issue solicits papers from the ICS-12 that broadly address various aspects of substorms, i.e., substorm processes in the tail, interaction between the tail and the inner magnetosphere and ionosphere, substorm currents and their dynamics, and the role of substorms in geospace energetics, as well as the role of MHD and kinetic instabilities in substorms. Other substorm-related research topics are also welcome, such as the storm-substorm relationship, ULF/ELF/VLF waves, and non-Earth substorm-like features. Only new and original content can be published; EPS does not accept review papers. Please join us at the ICS-12 and submit your latest results to EPS!

Recent Advances in Environmental Magnetism and Paleomagnetism
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2015
Edited by: Hirokuni Oda, Yuhji Yamamoto, Xixi Zhao, Satria Bijaksana, Qingsong Liu

This special issue is based on Session SE04 "Recent advances in paleo-, rock and environmental magnetism" held during the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2014 Meeting (28 July - 1 August in Sapporo, Japan).

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    • Environmental magnetism is an important application of rock magnetism to understand the paleoclimate and paleoenvironment on Earth and other planets. On the other hand, the past ambient magnetic fields have influenced environmental processes on Earth and other planets. Thus, the issue especially focuses on environmental magnetism and paleomagnetism in order to understand environments on Earth and other planets. Submissions are welcome from the authors who were not in the Session SE04 of AOGS 2014 Meeting.

Science of solar system materials examined from Hayabusa and future missions (II)
Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2015
Edited by: Tatsuaki Okada, Richard P. Binzel, Harold C. Connolly Jr., Toru Yada, Keiji Ohtsuki

This special issue originates from the international symposium "Hayabusa 2014: Symposium of solar system materials," which will be held in Dec. 2014 at the Sagamihara Campus of JAXA, Japan.

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    • The main topics of this special issue, as well as those of the symposium, are results from Hayabusa’s sample analysis; new insights from solar system material analysis; spectroscopy and planetary surface processes; prospects of theoretical, observational and experimental studies of solar system evolution; technique and methodology of sample analysis; prospects of future sample return missions; and other related studies. This issue will not be limited to authors who present papers at the meeting but open to everyone who is interested in these topics, to make this special issue as diverse and fruitful as possible.

The Next Marmara Earthquake: Disaster Mitigation, Recovery and Early Warning
Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2015
Edited by: Takane Hori, Ali Pinar, Ocal Necmioglu, Muneo Hori, Azusa Nishizawa

The Marmara Sea is well known as a seismic gap prone to massive earthquakes. The aim of this special issue is to gather information about the risk of another Marmara earthquake from the latest geophysical, geological, geotechnical, computational and building sciences research findings in order to discuss ways of mitigating disaster in advance.

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    • We would welcome studies on the Marmara earthquake, especially, but not restricted to (i) identification and characterization of the magnitude, epicenter, recurrence, geometry, and structure for earthquakes in and around the seismic gap (ii) evaluation of the risk of tsunamis, landslides, strong ground motion, building collapse, liquifaction, and possibly giant earthquakes due to the interaction of fault segments, (iii) effective communication and utilization of scientific information on evacuation and hazard maps.

The 2015 Gorkha, Nepal, Earthquake and Himalayan Studies: First Results
Deadline for submission: October 31, 2015
Edited by: Hiroe Miyake, Soma Nath Sapkota, Bishal Nath Upreti, Laurent Bollinger, Tomokazu Kobayashi, Hiroshi Takenaka

A devastating earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.9 struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, resulting in more than 8,000 casualties.

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    • This earthquake has a remarkable seismological feature in that the interplate earthquake occurred just below the inland area, which can offer an invaluable opportunity to deepen our understanding of earthquakes in the collision zone and related disasters. This special issue focuses on multidisciplinary geoscientific research regarding the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal, earthquake and the relevant tectonics along the Indian-Eurasian plate collision zone.

The Phreatic Eruption of Mt. Ontake Volcano in 2014
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2015
Edited by: Koshun Yamaoka, Steven Ingebritsen, Teruki Oikawa, Takeshi Hashimoto, Nobuo Geshi

A phreatic eruption occurred at the summit of Mount Ontake on September 27, 2014, killing more than 50 climbers who were enjoying the excellent autumn weather with colored leaves.

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    • The eruption process was recorded with seismic and geodetic observations, and there are many eyewitnesses who survived the eruption. This available data provides us a unique opportunity to understand the volcanic process involved in the phreatic eruption and can help to reduce the risk associated with future phreatic eruptions. This special issue of EPS pursues a multidisciplinary approach to assessing the eruption of the Ontake volcano, combining geophysical, geological, geochemical and other methods to understand the processes underlying the eruption. Research papers on phreatic eruptions of other volcanoes as well as theoretical and experimental research on phreatic eruptions are also welcome additions to the special issue.

Swarm Science Results after two years in Space
Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2015
Edited by: Nils Olsen, Claudia Stolle, Rune Floberghagen, Gauthier Hulot, Alexey Kuvshinov

Swarm, a three-satellite constellation mission to study the dynamics of the Earth's magnetic field and its interactions with the Earth system, has been in orbit since November 2013.

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    • This special issue reports high quality scientific results from the first two years of the mission, including investigations of the Earth’s magnetic and gravity fields, their sources and of the way these interact with the Earth’s environment.

Global Data Systems for the Study of Solar-Terrestrial Variability
Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2016
Edited by: Takashi Watanabe, Toshihiko Iyemori, Kazuo Shiokawa, Jie Zhang, Shrikanth G. Kanekal, Nozomu Nishitani

This special issue solicits papers from presenters of the SCOSTEP-WDS Workshop on “Global Data Activities for the Study of Solar-Terrestrial Variability”, which was held in Tokyo from 28 to 30 September 2015.

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    • This issue covers data-analysis papers on solar-terrestrial phenomena in various time scales, e.g. St. Patrick’s Day 2015 Event, and technical reports of data-oriented activities relevant to the VarSITI program of SCOSTEP.

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