Hydrological Processes

Cover image for Vol. 32 Issue 4

Edited By: Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff

Impact Factor: 3.014

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 12/88 (Water Resources)

Online ISSN: 1099-1085

Author Guidelines


  1. Submission
  2. Aims and Scope
  3. Manuscript Categories and Requirements
  4. Preparing Your Submission
  5. Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
  6. Author Licensing
  7. Publication Process After Acceptance
  8. Post Publication
  9. Editorial Office Contact Details


Submission to Hydrological Processes implies that the content has not been previously published, and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. All authors are expected to uphold Wiley’s ethical guidelines, details of which can be found here .

Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hyp

The submission system will prompt authors to use an ORCID iD (a unique author identifier) to help distinguish their work from that of other researchers. Click here to find out more.

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For help with submissions, please contact: HYP-editorial-office@wiley.com


Hydrological Processes is an international journal devoted to the publication of original scientific and technical papers in hydrology. The aim and focus of these communications is to enhance our understanding of hydrological processes. The scope of the journal encompasses the physical, biogeochemical and mathematical aspects of hydrological processes, together with research on instrumentation and techniques. Not all papers related to water resources are appropriate for submission to this journal; rather we seek papers that clearly articulate the role(s) of hydrological processes. The journal also publishes several special issues annually, which relate to themes emergent from conferences and hydrological science societies and key research topics identified by the Editorial Board.


We accept the following article types:

a. HP Research Articles: these should be original and novel contributions that advance our understanding of hydrological processes by presenting new concepts, theories or results.

All research articles should take the following into account:

Presentation of Observational Data - The Editors strongly encourage authors to provide details of the techniques and uncertainties associated with data collection and analysis.

This should include:

- The units and an estimate of the precision of individual observations;

- If the number of observations is great enough summary sample statistics should be associated with estimates of uncertainty, including in graphical presentations of data as error bars or box plots of distributions. For a small number of observations all data should be shown;

- Where statistical tests are used, the test should be clearly named, and the number of observations and critical values of the test statistic and probability should be clearly stated. Consideration should be clearly given to the critical assumptions required (e.g. normality of distributions, independence of observations), and those assumptions tested as appropriate.

Presentation of modelling results - The Editors strongly encourage authors to provide details of the evaluation and uncertainties of modelling results presented.

This should include:

- An assessment of the uncertainty of the observations used in the evaluation of relevant model variables;

- Full details of the methods of model evaluation and performance measures used;

- Some assessment of the uncertainty associated with the modelling results. This should at least be based on a sensitivity analysis even if a full uncertainty analysis is not feasible.

- A statement of the conditionality of the modelling analysis giving full details of the sources of uncertainty considered and the assumptions used (if necessary in the Supplementary Material). Where this includes treating uncertain variables as known precisely, this should be stated explicitly.

b. HPToday: devoted to research and sources of information which are considered to be deserving of rapid dissemination to hydrologists. As such, it should be seen as a forum for rapid scientific communication and as a vehicle for up-to-date dialogues in hydrological sciences.

HPToday includes the following article types:

Scientific Briefings - These 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 submitted papers 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.

HPToday Data Notes - The purpose of HPToday Data Notes is to alert the scientific community to the existence of data sets and data bases that could be used in further hydrological, or multi-disciplinary collaborative research. Contributions will have a maximum length of two (2) submitted pages, and will be subject to peer-review. The following components should be included in a Data Note:

- The official title of the data set/data base.

A listing of all contributors to the creation of the data set/data base, a statement of the funding origins and ownership of the data set/data base, together with any licensing or embargo restrictions.

A description of the data, and (If relevant) a description of the study site at which the data were obtained.

A description of the method(s) used to create the data, including instruments, proprietary software or other research-critical equipment, and assessment of uncertainty associated with the data.

A statement of the contribution that the data make to an improved understanding of hydrological processes, including citations to publications that have used it, and an outline of the range of applications that the data may have in hydrology.

Details about how the data may be accessed (including landing page url, DOI or other identifier), and the means to access any software that might be needed in order to access and process the data to convert them to a usable form.

HPEye contributions - The purpose of the HPEye section in HPToday is to provide a venue for the presentation of short videos, animations or examples of data visualization that focus on hydrological processes. Examples of such contributions might include a brief video showing the installation of a specific type of equipment, or an animation illustrating a particular hydrological process. These contributions would be citable and would be assigned a DOI. All submissions would undergo peer review. The following components should be included in an HPEye contribution:

- The official title of the contribution.

- A listing of all contributors to the creation of the contribution.

- An image or series of images, animations in a generally recognized format (pdf, MP4, etc.).

- Details about how the video, animation or data visualization example may be accessed (e.g. url).

- A brief (no more than 1 submitted papers) description of the content of the video or animation, including the methods of its collection/generation and its relevance to hydrological processes.

Invited Commentaries – These should all be sent to the HPToday Editor before they are submitted.


Cover Letters

Cover letters are not mandatory; however, they may be supplied at the author’s discretion.

Novelty and International Appeal Statement

All articles must be accompanied by a short author statement detailing the novelty and international significance of the paper to the understanding of hydrological processes, uploaded as a separate file. The novelty and international significance should also be made clear within the main text of the article (i.e. the abstract, objectives, main findings and conclusions should make it clear how the article enhances understanding of hydrological processes and is of interest to a wide and international audience).

Parts of the Manuscript and File Types

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.
Copies of papers currently submitted to other 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".

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 and that figures are supplied in .eps format. The journal does not currently accept Lyx files.

Figure files: Please note that figure files should be submitted as separate files, with one figure per file. Figures should be submitted in .EPS/.TIFF/.TIF format, with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. No figures should be submitted as part of the body of text. Please note that manuscripts that do not comply with these guidelines will be sent back to the Author Centre for amendments

NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.

LATEX USERS: If you have used LaTeX to produce your manuscript please follow these instructions for submitting:

Please upload your LaTeX and EPS source files, designating them as files 'not for review'. These will be used for typesetting purposes and must be uploaded with each version of your paper, i.e. original version and all revisions. A single .tar or .zip file containing all of your source files and a readme file should be uploaded. If you have used a .bib file to generate your bibliography in LaTeX, please do include this in your .tar/.zip archive along with the .bbl and .tex files; this will aid the typesetting process.

Note Regarding pdfTeX: Please do not use pdfTeX to create your PDF. We have found that PDFs created using pdfTeX often fail. The latest version of pdfTeX is not currently supported by ScholarOne. If you have used pdfTeX, please also upload a PS file.

For reviewing purposes please upload a single PDF that you have generated from your own source files. Please use the file designation "Main Document". Please see the following guidelines for further information on restricted fonts and other useful tips for preparing your manuscript in LaTeX: LaTeX Helpful Tips.pdf


NON-LATEX Users: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not 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.

Title Page

The title page should contain:

i. A short informative containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);

ii. A short running title of less than 40 characters;

iii. The full names of the authors;

iv. The author's institutional affiliations where the work was conducted;

v. Acknowledgements.

The present address of any author, if different from where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.


Please refer to the journal’s Authorship policy in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section for details on author listing eligibility.


Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Conflict of Interest Statement

Authors will be asked to provide a conflict of interest statement during the submission process. For details on what to include in this section, see the ‘ Conflict of Interest ’ section in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section below. Authors should ensure they liaise with all co-authors to confirm agreement with the final statement.

Main Text File

The main text file should be presented in the following order:

i. Title, abstract, and key words;

ii. Main text;

iii. References;

iv. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);

v. Figure legends;

vi. Appendices (if relevant).

Papers submitted for publication should be concise and not exceed the 7500 word limit. The following sections are included as part of the word count: abstract; main text; and the 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. Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.


Please provide an abstract of no more than 300 words containing the major keywords.


Please provide eight keywords.

Main Text

· The journal uses British/US spelling; however, authors may submit using either option, as spelling of accepted papers is converted during the production process.

· Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.


The journal uses APA reference style. Please find below information on the usage of this style.

Citations in Text

In-text citations include the author and date, either both inside parentheses or with the author names in running text and the date in parentheses.

  • After the intervention, children increased in the number of books read per week (Smith & Wexwood, 2010).
  • Smith and Wexwood (2010) reported that after the intervention, children increased in the number of books read per week.

*Note the use of “&” when both author and year are inside parentheses, while “and” is used when only the year is in parentheses.

For multiple citations within parentheses, alphabetize the studies as they would appear in the reference list and separate them by semicolons.

  • Studies of reading in childhood have produced mixed results (Albright, Wayne, & Fortinbras, 2004; Gibson, 2011; Smith & Wexwood, 2010).

Please find below a chart indicating the correct usage of ‘et al.’.

Number of authors

First text citation (either parenthetical or narrative)

Subsequent text citations (all)

One or two

Palmer & Roy, 2008

Palmer & Roy, 2008

Three, four, or five

Sharp, Aarons, Wittenberg, & Gittens, 2007

Sharp et al., 2007

Six or more

Mendelsohn et al., 2010

Mendelsohn et al., 2010

Reference list indications:

  • List authors with full family name and initial of given name, with space between initials in given names and full stop after given name initial
  • Multiple authors separated by a comma
  • Use “&” before last author with preceding comma
  • Use “(Ed.)” or “(Eds.)” to denote editors
  • List only up to 7 authors. If more than 7 authors, list first 6 authors, then ellipses followed by the last author.
  • Article title in sentence case, but initial caps for first word after colon
  • Journal titles are written in full
  • For editions, use “(2nd ed.)”, “(3rd ed.)”, and so forth [follow existing journal style for superscripting of ordinal indicators]
  • Page ranges are written in full
  • For page ranges and page count, use “p.” for single page and “pp.” for multiple pages and page ranges
  • Formatting: journalTitle and bookTitle in italics. Volume in italics as well. As a general rule, for non-journal or book references where there appears to be 2 titles: one appearing to be a part of the other larger body of work, set the larger body of work in italics. In this case, italic tags will need to be added, as only journalTitle, bookTitle, or bookSeriesTitle will be formatted by the template.

We also ask that a list of any references that the authors have been asked and/or suggested to include in the paper after any pre-submission reviews by colleagues or editing services is provided at the end of the reference list.


If the authors have included any additional references in the reference list since the initial completion of the writing process (e.g. due to suggestions from pre-submission review or editing) please list these under the heading “Reference Additions” on the title page. Please also briefly state why these references have been included.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

Figure Legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted. Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements. Please do note that wherever possible eps or tiff are preferred over pdf files. Figures submitted in colour may be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (e.g. graphs and charts) are supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white. If an author would prefer to have figures printed in colour in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged by the Publisher.

Additional Files

Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article, but provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Note: if data, scripts, or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.

Wiley Author Resources

Manuscript Preparation Tips: Wiley has a range of resources for authors preparing manuscripts for submission available here. In particular, authors may benefit from referring to Wiley’s best practice tips on Writing for Search Engine Optimization .

Editing, Translation, and Formatting Support: Wiley Editing Services can greatly improve the chances of a manuscript being accepted. Offering expert help in English language editing, translation, manuscript formatting, and figure preparation, Wiley Editing Services ensures that the manuscript is ready for submission.


Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality, originality and significance of the research and relevance to the scope of the journal. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed. Papers will only be sent to review if the handling Editor determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

Wiley's policy on confidentiality of the review process is available here.

Data Storage and Documentation

Hydrological Processes encourages data sharing wherever possible, unless this is prevented by ethical, privacy, or confidentiality matters. Authors publishing in the journal are therefore encouraged to make their data, scripts, and other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper available via a publicly available data repository; however, this is not mandatory. If the study includes original data, at least one author must confirm that he or she had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Conflict of Interest

The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to: patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.


Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature: https://www.crossref.org/services/funder-registry/


The list of authors should accurately reflect who contributed to the work and a separate list detailing how the authors contributions were made should also be provided. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:

1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;

2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;

3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and

4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support). Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.

Additional Authorship Options : Joint first or senior authorship: In the case of joint first authorship, a footnote should be added to the author listing, e.g. ‘X and Y should be considered joint first author’ or ‘X and Y should be considered joint senior author.’


As part of the journal’s commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, the journal requires the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. This takes around 2 minutes to complete. Find more information here.


If a paper is accepted for publication, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or OnlineOpen under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

General information regarding licensing and copyright is available here. To review the Creative Commons License options offered under OnlineOpen, please click here. (Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used; to check this please click here.)

Self-Archiving Definitions and Policies: Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions. Please click here for more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.

Open Access fees : Authors who choose to publish using OnlineOpen will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is available here.

Funder Open Access : Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.


Accepted Article Received in Production

When an accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. The author will be asked to sign a publication license at this point.

Accepted Articles

The journal offers Wiley’s Accepted Articles service for all manuscripts. This service ensures that accepted ‘in press’ manuscripts are published online shortly after acceptance, prior to copy-editing or typesetting. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. After publication of the final version article (the article of record), the DOI remains valid and can still be used to cite and access the article.


Once the paper is typeset, the author will receive an email notification with full instructions on how to provide proof corrections.

Please note that the author is responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made during the editorial process – authors should check proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned within 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

Early View

The journal offers rapid publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before the article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once the article is published on Early View, no further changes to the article are possible. The Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


Access and Sharing

When the article is published online:

  • The author receives an email alert (if requested).
  • The link to the published article can be shared through social media.
  • The author will have free access to the paper (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, they can view the article).
  • The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to the article.

Promoting the Article

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Measuring the Impact of an Article

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