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Journal of Atmospheric Modelling and Climate Change

Editor Biography

JA at Bryce N.P., USA, 2010

The Editor, Dr. John Austin, has over 30 years' research experience in stratospheric work and has published over 80 papers in numerous international scientific journals. In addition John Austin worked for 4 years as an Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research. After graduation in 1978 from the University of Cambridge (UK) with a first class honours degree in mathematics and physics, he worked for 25 years at the UK Meteorological Office (UKMO), building dynamical and chemical models of the stratosphere.

While doing research there he collected the Cambridge degrees MA and PhD and had occasional sojourns at NASA Langley, Hampton, virginia (1984-1985) and the University of Washington (1988-1990), where amongst other things he met his future wife Alda. For 2003-2011 John worked for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research at the Geophysical Fluid dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, NJ, USA. Thereafter, he expanded into science journalism, and in 2014 created an internet scientific publishing business Enigma Scientific Publishing, of which JAMCC is a significant component. Over the years he has developed a chemical solver for use in climate models. This solver was used in the UKMO model UMETRAC (Unified Model with Eulerian TRansport And Chemistry) and AMTRAC/AMTRAC3 (Atmospheric Model with TRansport And Chemistry), based on the GFDL model AM2 and AM3. The results of these coupled chemistry climate models have been described in a number of publications and included in the World Meteorological Organisation Ozone reports for 2003, 2007 and 2011. Since 1994, John has also been a contributor to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which resulted in the IPCC receiving the Nobel peace prize in 2007. For more information about the Editor go to or his page on

Editorial staff and Editorial Policies

At this early stage in the Journal's history, the one Editor will be taking on all the duties, including editor, copy editor, phone and email answerer, and teasmaid. On receipt of papers, the editor will contact potential reviewers with the aim of securing 2 or 3 detailed reviews.

Reviewers are encouraged to reveal their identities in the interest of openness. The Editor believes that his duty is to bring authors and reviewers together and this is often not helped by anonymous reviewing which frequently leads to entrenched positions. The Editor believes that Reviewers sometimes forget that the best experts are the scientists doing the work themselves. Nonetheless, Reviewers anonymity will be preserved unless otherwise stated. The journal is considering paying an honoriarium to Reviewers for their time in the preparation of reviews. This will likely not be put into operation until the second year of the journal or later.

Following the receipt of reviews, authors will be asked to revise their papers. The final version of the manuscript, which may require one or more iterations, will be copy edited in the journal style. An invoice will then be sent to the author with instructions for payment. The paper will be published on the website once approval of the copy edited version is obtained from the authors and payment is received.


Website revised by John Austin, 1/9/2014. © Enigma Scientific Publishing, 2014.