Hydrological Processes

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Edited By: Professor Malcolm G. Anderson

Impact Factor: 2.696

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 9/79 (Water Resources)

Online ISSN: 1099-1085

Author Guidelines

Please note that effective with the 2011 volume, Hydrological Processes will be published in an online-only format. For additional tools visit Author Resources - an enhanced suite of online tools for Wiley Online Library journal authors, featuring Article Tracking, E-mail Publication Alerts and Customized Research Tools.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission. Hydrological Processes operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hyp to navigate to the Hydrological Processes online submission site. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. Prior to acceptance manuscripts are also checked to prevent simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to multiple journals. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

When you submit your paper, you will be asked to enter the names of three preferred referees. Please note that these should not be co-authors, friends or colleagues.


Editors expect your papers to be:
1) novel
2) of a high standard of English
3) within the scope of the journal

The papers should also add to the area of research and be useful to the community.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://wileyeditingservices.com/en/. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at http://www.wiley.co.jp/journals/editcontribute.html

Submissions to HPToday

Invited Commentaries provide an opinion, news, or timely comment on important issues to the readership. The Commentary is a rapid way to communicate important ideas in an unencumbered style. Commentary topics may include short communications on open problems and challenges that are currently facing the hydrological community. Commentary topics may also be research summaries from conferences and workshops and news from research labs and international research organisations capturing important new developments of broad significance. Commentary authors are leaders in the field who are selected for their views. Balance, fairness and perspective are stressed in reporting on controversies. Invited commentaries should not normally exceed 750 words. Solicited by the Editor of HPT.

Scientific Briefings are short papers that follow a fast track publication route, offering a total time from submission to publication not normally exceeding four months. The review process for such submissions will be completed within four weeks. Scientific briefings are limited to four printed pages and are concise research letters that present scientific advances that are likely to have immediate influence on the research of other hydrological investigators. Scientific briefings can focus on a specific technique, process or models that have broad significance to the understanding of hydrological processes. The structure should be similar to that of a regular paper but greatly condensed for rapid communication and focused on a single important and timely point. Submit via ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Letters to the Editor: Letters can be sent to the Editor, in which the author seeks a dialogue with readers of HPT in relation to any aspect of hydrological science of current interest to the readership. Letters should not generally exceed 500 words. Submit to the Editor of HPT.

All Other Submissions

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .docx, rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.
LATEX USERS: Please use "article" class for LaTeX submissions and include any associated packages/files with the submitted LaTeX source files. Please also include a PDF of the manuscript. Do not add coding to "force" line breaks or the positioning of "floats", as this will need to be removed in the conversion of the file to XML.
As articles undergo considerable conversion and transformation during production, we achieve the most efficient processing if articles are presented in as generic a form as possible.

Related papers. Copies of papers currently submitted to journals by any of the authors that relate to the paper submitted to Hydrological Processes must be included with the initial submission and uploaded as 'Supplementary Material for Review'.


NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

Supporting Information. Supporting Information can be useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Example of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legends should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppinfo.asp

Online Open

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/onlineopen_order.asp

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Copyright and Permissions

  • Copyright Transfer Agreement

    If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

    For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

    If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

    CTA Terms and Conditions

    For authors choosing OnlineOpen

    If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

    Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

    To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

    If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

  • Permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form .

Authors are encouraged to suggest the names and full contact details of referees on the understanding that the editor has the final decision on the selection of referees.

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time.

Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  • During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) .
  • Supply an abstract of up to 250 words for full-length articles and 80 words for a short note (book reviews do not require an abstract). An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.
  • Papers should not normally exceed 7500 words. Manuscripts over this limit will be returned to the authors without editorial or external review. The following sections are included as part of the word count: abstract; main text; and acknowledgements. The following sections are excluded: title page, including author list and affiliations; bibliography; figure legends; any words that form part of a table or figure; and supporting information.

The title should be short and should not contain symbols or unusual words. The abstract, describing main results and the methods used, should be up to 250 words in length, and followed by a list of up to eight key words. Please note that abstracts are self-contained and should contain no citation/reference to any other published work. It is strongly recommended that authors take into consideration the Wiley Author Services guidelines on search engine optimization (SEO) when writing their title, abstract and key words, in order to achieve the best online discoverability for their article.

Reference style . References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al ., 1998).

All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Singh P, Bengtsson L. 2004. Hydrological sensitivity of a large Himalayan basin to climate change. Hydrological Processes 18 : 2363-2385. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.1468.

Hillel D. 1980. Applications of Soil Physics. Academic Press: New York; 385.

Holster H. 1978. Mathematical modelling of tidal flats: a few remarks. In Mathematical Modelling of Estuarine Physics , Sundermann J, Holz KP (eds). Springer- Verlag: Berlin; 173-177.

*The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identifcation system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.

LaTex References: If you wish to use a citation package such as BibTeX and natbib.sty then please do so. Please provide all the necessary bibliographic information in a standard format, this will allow for clearer conversion and formatting to journal style by the typesetters.

Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. As Hydrological Processes is online only, there are no charges for colour figures. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the the main document and should be placed after thereferences. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploadedseparately.

Post Acceptance

Further Information. Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for checking except letters which will be printed as received. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only (unless otherwise stated). Please sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Reprints of your article and copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.

Accepted Articles

Accepted Articles have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. A completed copyright form is required before a manuscript can be processed as an Accepted Article.

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Cite EarlyView Articles

To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "http://dx.doi.org/" as per following example:
DOI 10.1002/hyp.1468, becomes http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.1468.

To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:
Singh P, Bengtsson L. 2004. Hydrological sensitivity of a large Himalayan basin to climate change. Hydrological Processes 18 : 2363-2385. DOI: 10.1002.hyp.1468.

Note to NIH Grantees Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.

HP Policy on Data

Data are the backbone of the significant majority of the papers that HP publishes.

Good practice in the dissemination of data
HP encourages, but does not require, authors to make their data available as Supplementary Material, attached to their article. This allows the wider community to make good use of those data, provided that the source is acknowledged by reference to the associated article. The ownership of those data is not transferred to the publisher but remains in the hands of the author or authors.

Permission to use data
When an article makes use of secondary data i.e. that provided by others, it is expected that an author or authors will have obtained the necessary permissions from the provider. Such permissions should be acknowledged by reference in the journal article.

Irregularities regarding data
HP adopts a rigorous review process in relation to all of the manuscripts that it receives. In situations where a reviewer raises concerns regarding the integrity, or otherwise, of the data contained in a manuscript, then these are considered within this sequence of recommendation and decision-making as practised by the journal’s Associate Editors and Editor in Chief. As part of this process, the Associate Editors and/or Editor in Chief may request to see the data used by an author or authors in order to verify the data’s integrity. If an author or authors is unable to provide those data without reason (and an acceptable reason might be that they have been made available to the author or authors under special and exclusive license) then they may be asked to withdraw their manuscript.
      Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, any data used in the manuscript are taken as given. Were the community to raise concerns over those data or their analysis after a manuscript has been accepted, then the Associate Editors or Editor in Chief should be contacted. If an author or authors of a manuscript subsequently discover(s) errors in their data themselves, then they are entitled to request that we publish an erratum.