Aims and Scope

Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (TAO) is a SCI-accredited journal publishing original scientific articles, notes, correspondence, and reviews on the solid earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere and space. In general, articles should not exceed 15 printed pages including illustrations. "Notes and correspondence" should be limited to 5 printed pages. "Reviews" should put previous scientific work of at least ten years into perspective. Although reviews may be longer than articles, prospective authors are advised to discuss their plans with an editor or associate editor in advance. Submission of a contribution is assumed to indicate that no similar paper, other than an abstract or a preliminary report, has been, or will be, submitted for publication elsewhere.

  • Geophysics
    The Geophysics Section of TAO publishes original research in all scientific and applied aspects of geophysics, seismology, tectonophysics, geodesy, and natural hazards.
  • Geology
    The Geology section of TAO publishes original research in all aspects of geologic science and its implication, including structural geology, tectonic evolution, petrology, geochemical, structural geology, mineral, fossil..etc.
  • Atmospheric Science
    The Atmospheric Science Section for the journal of Terrestrial, Atmospheric, and Oceanic Sciences (TAO) publishes basic and applied research related to the physics, dynamics, and chemistry of the atmosphere on Earth, with emphasis on the quantitative and deductive aspects of the subject.
  • Space Science
    TAO Space Science publishes original research articles on the broad field of space science, including aeronomy, ionospheric physics, magnetospheric physics, planetary sciences, solar and interplanetary physics, cosmic rays, heliospheric physics, and links and couplings among them.
  • Oceanic Science
    The Oceanic Science Section for the journal of Terrestrial, Atmospheric, and Oceanic Sciences (TAO) publishes original research articles on all aspects of oceanic science and its applications.
  • Hydrology
    The Hydrology Section of TAO publishes original research in all scientific and applied aspects of surface and subsurface hydrology, including their interactions with geological, biogeochemical, atmospheric, ecological, and social systems.

Guide for Authors

Manuscript submission and preparation (Template)
Please kindly note that manuscripts must be written in English. If your native language is not English, please consider seeking help from English-speaking colleagues/friends in preparation of the text. Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format. For electronic submission, manuscripts should be prepared in MS WORD and submitted by Online Submission System. For initial submission, the manuscript should be prepared (with line and page number) and organized in the following order:

  1. Cover Letter
    (Note: If your manuscript is a re-submission, please put this information in your cover letter.)
  2. Title page
    Title of the manuscript (< 120 characters, including punctuation and spaces), the name(s) of the author(s), full affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s), the e-mail address/telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author, and a concise and informative title should be provided.
  3. Potential Reviewers
    Please suggest at least 5 potential international reviewers for your submission.
  4. Key points
    Please add three key points to the title page, the three key points should be provided to summarize your article and put them to the title page. Please note that each of them should be less than 85 characters including punctuation and spaces.
  5. Abstract
    An abstract is required at the beginning of the manuscript (< 1700 letters, including punctuation and spaces).
  6. Keywords
    At least three keywords should be provided after the abstract.
  7. Text
    Only standard terms and SI units should be used. Unfamiliar abbreviations must be defined when first used. All symbols should be clearly defined.
  8. Acknowledgements
    These should be as brief as possible.
  9. References
    The text citation should consist of the author and the year of publication, e.g., "according to Wang (1980)", or "as shown by earlier studies (Wang 1980; Liou et al. 1987)". In the list of references, references should be arranged alphabetically by author's last name without numbering. Each reference must be complete and in the following form:
    • For articles:
      author(s), year, title of article, title of journal, volume number, pages (abbreviations for journal titles should be in general form). If available, the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the cited reference should be added at the end of the reference:
      Pruseth, K. L. and H. Palme, 2004: The solubility of Pt in liquid Fe-sulfides. Chem. Geol., 208, 233-245, doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2004.04.014.
    • For books:
      author(s), year, title of book, publisher, pages:
      Lin, C. C., 1955: The Theory of Hydrodynamic Stability, Cambridge Univ. Press, 155 pp.
    • For book chapters:
      author(s), year, chapter name, editors, title of book, publisher, pages:
      Huang, H. J., F. Li, and X. R. Zhang, 2001: Water and sediment discharges from the Changjiang and Huanghe Rivers: A comparative study. In: Hu, D. X., S .Zhang, and W. Y. Han (Eds.), Land-Ocean Interaction in the Estuaries of the Changjiang and Pearl Rivers and the Adjoining Regions, China Ocean Press, Beijing, 36-49.
  10. Appendix
    Lengthy mathematical analysis or data tabulation should normally be put into an appendix. If the original dataset is too large to be listed in its entirety, they may be posted in the TAO Electronic Supplement at the TAO website.
  11. Figure captions
    Each figure must be accompanied by a caption. Photographs, charts and diagrams are all to be referred to as "Figure(s)" and should be numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred.
  12. Illustrations
    All figures should be of good quality. Lettering must be large enough to remain clearly legible when reduced. They may be embedded within the text.
  13. Tables
    Each table should have a title and a legend explaining any abbreviations used in that table. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters.

  • Reviews and revision
    All manuscripts are subjected to at least two international peer reviews. The authors are recommended to provide names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of 5 potential reviewers when submitting a manuscript. Manuscripts which are returned to the authors for revision should be resubmitted within 3 months; otherwise they will be considered withdrawn.
  • Copyright
    The Copyright Form must be signed by corresponding author, individually and in his/her own handwriting. Each manuscript published in the Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences journal is allowed only one first author and only one corresponding author. Designation of co-first authors and co-corresponding authors is not permitted.
  • Open Access (from Vol. 27, No. 2)
    Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences is a fully open access journal, which means that all articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication. See:
    Creative Commons License
  • Use of materials from TAO (from Vol. 1, No. 1 to Vol. 27, No. 1)
    Permission is granted for individuals to make single copies for their personal use in research, study, or teaching and to use figures, tables, and short quotes from this Journal for re-publication in scientific books and journals. There is no charge for any of these uses. The reproduction of multiple copies, the use of full articles, and the use of extracts for commercial purposes require specific permission from the TAO office.
  • Subscriptions, orders, and claims
    Subscription prices are available on the TAO website. For orders, claims and enquiries, please contact the TAO office through e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Publication Charges


TAO Journal will be published by Springer Nature commencing with Volume 33, 2022.

The Article Processing Fee for article submitted in 2021 (as from today) and published in Volume 33 shall be EUR 1,570 if no companion waiver is provided from editorial office.

update: 2021/08/13