EGUsphere – The preprint repository hosted by the European Geosciences Union

EGUsphere, the not-for-profit scientific repository of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), is envisioned to bring together all preprints submitted to the EGU in the domain of Earth, Space, and Planetary sciences in a diverse, inclusive, and systematic collection of contributions submitted to EGU events and publications, including:

EGUsphere is transparent and interactive in that authors of presentations and preprints can receive attributed comments from the public to stimulate discussion, mentoring, and cooperation.

Volunteer to be an EGUsphere preprint moderator!

EGUsphere will soon be ready for preprint submissions. To ensure scientific standards, moderators will pre-screen all preprints submitted solely for public discussion before they’re posted on the platform. Self-nominations for EGUsphere moderators are now sought from within the EGU community. Apply now at:

Abstracts & presentations on EGUsphere

Abstracts accepted and scheduled for presentation at EGU General Assemblies or EGU's topical conference series (e.g. Galileo conferences, Plinius conferences, or Alexander von Humboldt conferences) are listed on EGUsphere in order to provide a central repository for the community of geoscientists. Starting with the EGU General Assembly 2020, such abstracts have received DOIs (digital object identifiers) to make them better citable. Authors are asked to consider uploading presentation materials alongside their abstract. They can decide whether the community can comment on these presentation materials. While abstracts are all distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY 4.0) and listed on EGUsphere, authors can decide for presentation materials whether CC BY 4.0 can be applied or restrictions become necessary leading to a stricter distribution. EGUsphere lists only presentation materials posted under CC BY 4.0. These materials as well as corresponding author comments (AC) and community comments (CC) remain online.

Preprints with peer review

EGU has established the so-called interactive public peer review in 2001 which has been applied to almost all EGU journals. So far, this process has involved posting authors' manuscripts as preprints on the journals' discussion forums for public peer review in form of invited referee comments (RC), author comments (AC), editor comments (EC), and comments from the scientific community. The latter have been called short comments (SC) so far but will be renamed to community comments (CC) in summer 2020.

Starting in late 2020, authors intending to receive a public peer review for a possible later acceptance and publication in EGU's topical journals can decide whether their manuscript preprint is posted on the discussion forums or on EGUsphere. As for the discussion forums, preprints on EGUsphere will be open for community comments, author comments, and, due to the request for peer review, for comments from referees and editors. The peer-review completion after public discussion on EGUsphere and a possible publication of a journal article will then take place in the selected EGU topical journal. EGUsphere preprints are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY 4.0).

Preprints with access review and public discussion only

From late 2020, EGU will provide the opportunity for geoscientists to post preprints on EGUsphere without the intention to receive a full public peer review and a possible later journal publication. Such preprints will be screened by EGUsphere moderators before public posting to ensure that the content meets basic standards of scientific quality, adheres to conventional standards of civil discourse and common decency, and is neither unlawful nor abusive. The preprints are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY 4.0) and are open to comments by the community (CC) and the authors (AC).

EGU's Code of Conduct

Participating in EGUsphere on abstracts, presentations, preprints, or commenting implies that anyone adheres to EGU's Code of Conduct.