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An accelerated publication procedure, ‘Paper Profiling’, is available for Articles and Letters. Eligible papers are topical or ground-breaking, and would particularly benefit from a fast turnaround and wide publicity. The editors may themselves initiate Paper Profiling. Alternatively, authors may request Paper Profiling before submission, or in a covering letter upon submission, briefly suggesting reasons why the paper may be eligible. A request for Paper Profiling before submission can expedite the procedure by allowing the editors to secure early agreement of reviewers to return reviews within two weeks. Profiled papers that are accepted will be produced rapidly and will be the subject of a press release at the time of online publication. Authors and their institutes will be asked to assist with publicity.

Suggestions for illustrations for the front cover are welcome, whether they relate to a paper in the issue or not.

Manuscripts submitted should be

Of high scientific quality.

Complete and clear.

Substantially different from previously published work, including works in press. Preprints posted on personal or institutional servers, or on preprint servers such as ArXiv, are not treated as if previously published, and may be considered. Papers posted for discussion with another publisher are also considered to be preprints, provided they are no longer under consideration for final publication. Such papers may be submitted provided that the authors have taken account of comments already made in discussion; these comments, and a response letter from the authors, should be attached to the submission.


Articles should be concise. Articles begin with a title, a list of authors and their affiliations, and an abstract of 200 words or fewer.

Letters are between three and five IGS pages when published. They have the same structure as Articles, but an abstract of 150 words or fewer. 

Communications are no longer than two IGS pages when published. Communications begin with a title and have no abstract, and the list of authors and affiliations appears at the end after the acknowledgements. 

One IGS page of pure text, of A4 size, is about 1000 words. Paper length in pages can be estimated by counting the words in the manuscript and adding suitable space for each figure and table. The space occupied by each item will depend on its width in columns (1 or 2; 85 mm or 179 mm) and its height; columns are up to 254 mm high.

Some general points: International Glaciological Society's style

  • Authors can expedite publication of their papers by following closely the style exemplified in recent issues.
  • For points not covered here, see the Style Guide for Authors.
  • Title should be concise.
  • Please do NOT use hypertext; hyperlinks should be rendered as ordinary text.
  • Abstract should be 200 words or less.
  • Papers should be in sections, numbered if necessary, with short section headings. Use multi-level numbering as appropriate; section headings are in BOLD CAPS, subheadings in Bold sentence case, sub-subheadings in Italic sentence case.
  • Use SI units.
  • Illustrations should
    • not be in boxes
    • use strong black lines (avoid tinting if possible)
    • use SI units in labels
    • use Optima, Arial or a similar sans-serif font in labels, with a minimum 8-10 pt font size in final printed format.
  • Tables should be formatted in a style resembling that of tables published in recent issues.
  • All citations in the text must include the author name(s) and the year of publication (e.g. Smith, 1999; Smith and Jones, 2000; Smith and others, 2003) and must have an entry in the reference list.
  • Reference list should
    • be short
    • be complete and accurate
    • be arranged in alphabetical order by first author’s surname (all authors should be listed surname first, followed by initials), with multiple references by the same first author in reverse chronological order
    • include too much rather than too little information
    • include DOI numbers when available
    • use minimal punctuation (in particular, no periods or spaces separating authors’ initials)
    • include works accepted for publication but not yet published as ‘in press’
    • not include personal communications, unpublished data, manuscripts in preparation or submitted for publication, or data published on the web (all these should be included in the text).
  • Equations should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. References to equations should be in the form (1), (2a),(2b), (3–5), etc.
  • If using Word, equations should be submitted in an editable form. A PDF of the equations should also be supplied in order to ensure that the equations are typeset correctly.

Examples of formatting for references

Barnes P, Tabor D and Walker JCF (1971) The friction and creep of polycrystalline ice. Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A, 324(1557), 127–155

Castelnau O, Duval P, Montagnat M and Brenner R (2008) Elastoviscoplastic micromechanical modeling of the transient creep of ice. J. Geophys. Res., 113(B11), B11203 (doi: 10.1029/2008JB005751)

Cuffey KM and Paterson WSB (2010) The physics of glaciers, 4th edn. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford

Nater P, Arenson LU and Springman SM (2008) Choosing geotechnical parameters for slope stability assessments in Alpine permafrost soils. In Kane DL and Hinkel KM eds. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Permafrost, 29 June-3 July 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska, Vol 1, Institute of Northern Engineering, Fairbanks, 1261–1266

Schulson EM and Duval P (2009) Creep and fracture of ice. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge