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Guidelines for contributors to "Weather and Climate"


Manuscripts should be submitted in duplicate to the Editor together with an electronic version. A cover page should include contact details (including telephone and fax numbers and email address, if available) for the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. There are no page charges. Papers are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have not been published nor are in the process of being published elsewhere; that all authors and any relevant authorities have approved publication; and that if the paper is accepted for publication, exclusive copyright is assigned to the Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc).


Manuscripts should be typed on A4 paper on one side only, using double spacing, with margins of 3 cm on both the left-hand and right-hand sides of the page. All pages should be numbered. The title page should include:

  • the title
  • a short running title for page headings
  • the initials, name and full address of each author

An abstract of 100-200 words must be included after the title page. In the body of the paper, please follow the system of headings and sub-headings used in the latest issue of 'Weather and Climate'. Please include an electronic version of the manuscript (including any illustrations and tables as separate files) by email or on floppy disk or CD.


All graphs, diagrams and similar illustrative material must be suitable for reproduction without being retouched or redrawn. If and electronic version is not supplied, a master copy (in addition to the two manuscript copies) should be supplied and this should be at least twice as large as the intended final size. Check that all lettering will still be legible after the figure is reduced to fit the page. Colour illustrations may be used at the editor's discretion but will then incur a special charge. There should be a caption providing explanation for each illustration, and each illustration must be numbered and referred to in the text. Write the figure number lightly on the back in soft pencil. Electronic versions can be read in most formats but TIFF (.tif) or JPEG (.jpg) are preferred.


Tables should be typed following the format used in the latest issue of 'Weather and Climate', without vertical lines separating columns. They should be numbered and captioned, as for illustrations. Units should be given in the column headings or the caption.


Avoid using footnotes if possible.


References to published work should be cited in the text with author's name (or up to two authors' names) and the year of publication in parentheses, eg. Smith (1972) or (Smith, 1972). The full reference should be given in a list in alphabetical order at the end of the paper, following the convention used in the latest issue of 'Weather and Climate'.

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