JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association

Cover image for Vol. 52 Issue 6

Edited By: Parker J. Wigington, Jr., Ph. D.

Impact Factor: 1.659

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 28/50 (Engineering Environmental); 34/85 (Water Resources); 93/184 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1752-1688

Author Guidelines

JAWRA Instructions for Authors: 


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.

Any author wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from the Editorial Office.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform the Editorial Office that you intent 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. 

EarlyView. JAWRA is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s EarlyView service. EarlyView articles are complete, full-text articles Online published in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. EarlyView articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after Online publication. The nature of EarlyView articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so EarlyView articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

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.

Please note the following important submission notes:

 Artwork: There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp

IMPORTANT: To verify if the image you are providing is of adequate resolution, perform a visual inspection by zooming-in to 300%. If the image becomes blurry or pixelated, adjust the resolution. When adjusting the resolution in Photoshop, Illustrator, etc., the "resample image" box MUST be un-checked in the dialog box (figure editing programs automatically have the "resample image" box checked - it needs to be un-checked in order for the resolution to actually increase).

English Language Editing Services: Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission or during the review process. Authors wishing to pursue a professional English-language editing service should make contact and arrange payment with the editing service of their choice. For more details regarding the recommended services, please refer to http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp.

 Manuscript Submission

 The Journal of the American Water Resources Association prefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically using ScholarOne Manuscripts. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started

Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or Safari 1.2.4) and go to the Journal of the American Water Resources Association  ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jawra). Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts. If you are creating a new account:

  • After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.
  • Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”
  • Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.

If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” on the Journal of the American Water Resources Association  ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage and enter your email address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and password reminder. Log-in and select “Author Center.”
 Submitting Your Manuscript

After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. You are required to upload your files.

  • Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
  • Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button
  • When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.

Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Getting Help With Your Submission

Each page of the ScholarOne Manuscripts website has a ‘Get Help Now’ icon connecting directly to the online support system at http://mcv3support.custhelp.com.  Telephone support is available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week through the US ScholarOne support office on: +1 434 817 2040, ext 167.  

After Acceptance

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/bauthor for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.