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Climate Adaptation Flagship working paper submissions

Submission requirements for publishing high quality research in progress as part of the Climate Adaptation Flagship working paper series.

  • 10 May 2011 | Updated 14 October 2011

Background

The Climate Adaptation Flagship working paper series, since 2008, has provided a simple avenue for making accessible:

  • high-quality research-in-progress to generate discussion prior to more formal publication
  • reports that provide decision-makers with timely insights or relevant details which are not likely to be published elsewhere in this form.

The series is open to CSIRO researchers and visiting scientists on topics relevant to the goals and scope of the Climate Adaptation Flagship. They are subject to internal review within CSIRO but are not externally refereed.

The working papers are publicly accessible and citable:  they are published with an ISBN. They are only available in electronic document format on The Climate Adaptation Flagship working paper series

The working paper (WP) series is appropriate for:

  • client reports with the administrative sections removed, where the client is happy for wider exposure and where the content will only reach the peer-reviewed literature in a synthesised or altered form (e.g. WPs 1, 3, 4)
  • background material such as extensive literature reviews that may be generally useful and would otherwise only be published in a substantially condensed form (e.g. WP 2)
  • early exposure of new ideas or findings or agenda-setting papers where substantial discussion and modification is expected before eventual publication, external input may be useful, and it helps to establish the source of new ideas (e.g. WPs 2, 5, 6).

The working paper series is not an appropriate outlet for:

Working paper material must be of a publishable standard but might not be in the form that a journal would take because of structural rather than quality reasons.
  • pre-submission drafts of journal papers (just submit them! Journals may reject them if they are subsequently regarded as already published)
  • important nuggets of confidential Intellectual Property as working papers are public documents).

Essentially, working paper material must be of a publishable standard but might not be in the form that a journal would take because of their structure rather than their quality. There will be a disclaimer on the document indicating the level of review, but authors must take the internal review process seriously.

Procedures

  1. Establish the document is suitable as a Working Paper.
    Contact the Science Director or Executive Officer before sending the document to internal review to confirm it is suitable as a Working Paper. Alert us to any external interests in the paper, primary stakeholder contacts and areas of any potential conflict from your informed point of view. This is a critical step where we assess possible risks from this form of publication. We may request that you include a particular reviewer
  2. Format the document as a Working Paper.
    If accepted then you will be expected to format the document as a Working Paper. The format to use is the CAF report format available from the Executive Officer or from the Visual Identity resources (This link is for CSIRO staff only)
  3. Send the document for internal review.
    The Working Paper will go through the normal standard of internal review in the CSIRO ePublish system. Please ensure the Approver in ePublish and the reviewers are aware that this is to be a Working Paper (i.e. a public document) so that they can review with this in mind. Technically only one review is required but we prefer you have two reviewers.
  4. Send the document for approval
    Send the approved document to the Executive Office confirming the approval ID, what review was obtained and from whom. The Science Director will approve the document as a Working Paper at this stage.
  5. Loading onto the website
    The Executive Officer will assign a WP number and an ISBN to the Working Paper and send it to Climate Adaptation Flagship Communication team for loading onto the website.

Read the The Climate Adaptation Flagship working paper series.