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Journal metrics

IF value: 9.197
IF 5-year value: 9.612
IF 5-year
CiteScore value: 12.5
SNIP value: 3.137
IPP value: 9.49
SJR value: 4.532
Scimago H <br class='widget-line-break'>index value: 48
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h5-index value: 35

Data policy

Copernicus Publications requests that all ESSD authors deposit their data corresponding to journal articles in reliable (public) data repositories, assign digital object identifiers, and properly cite data sets as individual contributions. Please find your appropriate data repository in the list of data centres supporting the ESSD criteria or consult with ESSD editors. A data citation in a publication must resemble a bibliographic citation and be located in the publication's reference list. To foster the proper citation of data, Copernicus Publications requires all ESSD authors to provide a statement on the availability of data (see section data availability).

Best practice following the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles initiated by FORCE 11:


In addition to promoting these data citation principles, Copernicus Publications is a signatory of the Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS) commitment statement and the Enabling FAIR Data Commitment Statement in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences.

Statement on the availability of underlying data

Authors are required to provide a statement on how their underlying research data can be accessed. This must be placed as the section "Data availability" at the end of the manuscript. Please see the manuscript preparation guidelines for authors for the correct sequence. If the data are not publicly accessible, a detailed explanation of why this is the case is required. The best way to provide access to data is by depositing them (as well as related metadata) in FAIR-aligned reliable public data repositories, assigning digital object identifiers, and properly citing data sets as individual contributions. If different data sets are deposited in different repositories, this needs to be indicated in the data availability section. If data from a third party were used, this needs to be explained (including a reference to these data). Data Cite recommends the following elements for a data citation:

creators: title, publisher/repository, identifier, publication year (e.g. Loew, A., Bennartz, R., Fell, F., Lattanzio, A., Doutriaux-Boucher, M., and Schulz, J.: Surface Albedo Validation Sites, EUMETSAT,, 2015).