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Hydrology Research

Instructions for authors

General policy

Authors should follow these Instructions carefully.

All manuscripts and related correspondence from the Corresponding Author to the Editor should be submitted via the online peer review system at https://www.editorialmanager.com/hydrology/.

Manuscripts that do not meet the high standard of written English expected will be rejected, solely on that basis. If English is not the lead Author's first language, or the lead Author does not have the necessary level of expertise in written English, the work should be checked and corrected by a native English speaker before the manuscript is submitted. If necessary, the Authors should consider employing the services of a commercial agency to help with preparation of the manuscript. The manuscript must be written for an international audience, e.g. terms that are not standard internationally must be clearly defined.

When a manuscript is submitted to Hydrology Research the Authors are required to state, for the record, that it has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that if accepted it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher.

On acceptance of a manuscript for publication, Authors will be asked to sign a Transfer of Copyright Agreement releasing copyright of the paper to IWA Publishing. Provision is made on the form for work performed for the United States Government (for example, for which copyright cannot be assigned) and other extenuating circumstances.

Proofs will be sent to the Corresponding Author. Any corrections must be returned within one week of receipt and should only cover typesetting errors. Authors will be required to pay for major alterations from their original manuscripts, and it may be necessary to disallow excessive changes. Corrected proofs should be returned to Emma Gulseven at IWA Publishing in London.

Upon publication, the Corresponding Author will receive an electronic file of the paper. Alternatively, hardcopy offprints can be ordered using the Offprint Order Form, available from IWA Publishing on request.

The manuscript

Manuscripts should not normally exceed 7500 words, taking into account Figures, Tables and References. One printed page of the journal is equivalent to about 800 words. The main text should be double-spaced. Use 12 pt Times New Roman font and A4 paper size. The pages should be numbered. The lines should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript (not page by page). An Appendix may be placed after the References, followed by Tables then Figures. More than one Appendix is discouraged but not disallowed.

Use of the third person narrative style throughout the manuscript is recommended.

Use double quotation marks only for short pieces of text quoted from published work. Quotations must be accurate and not used out of context. Do not use a different font or italics for quotations. The source of each quotation must be cited. Use italics sparingly throughout the manuscript, e.g. to emphasize a word or a very short sequence of words – and then only if it is really necessary.

Title. The first page should contain a concise but informative title, the name(s) of the Author(s) and the institutions with which the Authors are associated. The full postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address must be included for the Corresponding Author to whom communications and proofs are to be sent. If the title is longer than 80 letters (including spaces), a short title should be given for use in the running heads. Abbreviations and acronyms are not allowed in titles. The title must match the content of the manuscript and not imply more than can be justified from the content.

Abstract. An Abstract of no more than 200 words should appear under the Authors' names and addresses, briefly specifying the aims of the work, the methods used, the main results obtained and the conclusions drawn. Use acronyms sparingly in the Abstract, and define them at first use, e.g. “geographical information system (GIS)”. Say what the manuscript does and achieves. Do not use the Abstract as an Introduction.

Keywords. Under the Abstract, up to 6 Keywords should be listed in alphabetical order. Abbreviations and acronyms are not allowed as Keywords.

Main text. For clarity, the main text should normally be in headed sections, e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, References. Do not assign numbers or letters to section headings. Do not indent the first paragraph under a heading, but indent subsequent paragraphs. Leave no spaces between paragraphs. All acronyms must be defined at first use, e.g. “global climate model (GCM)”.

When referring to Tables, Figures and Equations, use “Table 1”, “Fig. 2”, “Eq. (1)”, “Eqs. (1)–(3)”. Use a decimal point (“.”) rather than a comma (“,”) in numbers (i.e. 3.142 not 3,142). Use “January”, “February”, …, “December” rather than “I”, “II”, … “XII”.

Avoid repetition within the main text, and between the Abstract and the main text. Never cut and paste blocks of text, especially not from work by others but also not within your own manuscript.

Clearly define all mathematical symbols at first use in the main text.

Citations and References. In the main text, citations should be given in the form “as mentioned by Hoover (2002)” or “as stated elsewhere (Kerr and Chung 2001)”. If a cited paper has more than two authors, the names of all the authors should be given in the References and the citation should appear as, for example, “Metcalf et al. (2002)”. All references cited in the text are to be listed in alphabetic order in the References at the end of paper. Every citation in the text must match an entry in the References, and vice versa.

Example References:

Journal: Robson, A.J., Jones, T.A. & Reed, D.W. 1998 A study of national trend and variation in UK floods. Int. J. Climatol. 18, 165–182.

Book: McIntosh, A.C. 2003 Asian Water Supplies. IWA Publishing, London.

Edited book: Yoshida, Z. 1963 Physical properties of snow. In: Ice and Snow (W. Kingery, ed.). MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, pp. 124–148.

Report: WWC 2000 A Water Secure World: Vision for Water, Life, and the Environment. Report of the World Water Council. World Water Council, Paris.

Symbols and Units: Symbols should be defined at first use in the text. Where a manuscript contains many symbols they should all be listed additionally in an Appendix. Refer to that Appendix at an early point in the main text, e.g. when defining the first symbol introduced in the text. Use the SI system of units.

Figures. All Figures (graphs, drawings, photographs, etc.) must be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals, in the order they are referred to in the text. Each Figure must have a caption, the general meaning of which can be understood without reference to the text. Figure captions should be concise, and not contain text that should be in the main text.

Figures should be prepared to fit the proportions of the printed pages. Lines, numbers, or lettering should be of a quality acceptable for reproduction and large enough bearing in mind any reduction that may be necessary. The printed journal can accommodate colour Figures, at a cost to the Authors of £300 per figure. Colour Figures will appear in the online version of the journal at no charge. The Editors may question colour Figures that would be published in black and white in the printed journal, if they do not allow the reader to see the information the Authors intended. Screen-shot Figures should be of sufficient quality in all respects, e.g. all text must be easily readable and, if they are to appear in the printed journal in black and white, they must show the information that was conveyed through any use of colour in the original.

Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order they are referred to in the text. Table titles should be concise and not include text that should be in the main text. The rows and columns of Tables should be generated using word-processor tabulation features; do not use text separated by tabs, or graphics of tabulated data.

Equations should be in dimensionless form or in SI units. Use italic letters to denote variables (in the text and in the equations). In Equation Editor, define the font of all Styles (except Symbol) to Times New Roman. Number all equations in parentheses at the right hand margin. Ensure that a given mathematical symbol in an equation and a corresponding symbol in the main text, or in a Figure or Table, are clearly identifiable with each other, i.e. use the same font type, size and style.