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Author Guidelines

Weather is one of the common denominators of our lives. It helps shape our culture, character, conduct, and health. It frequents the pages of our history and can change its course. It colors our conversations, folklore, and literature; it rains on our parades, awes us with its power and beauty, frightens us, and sometimes kills us.

Weatherwise magazine shares this force of nature with engaging features and breathtaking photography. Weatherwise articles are anecdotal, analytical, and illuminating. They take a creative look at everyday occurrences and are accurate, authoritative, and easily understood by a large, non-technical audience that includes teachers and students.


Please initiate your interest in writing for Weatherwise by e-mailing a query letter to Editor-in-Chief, Margaret Benner Smidt, at: The preferred format is Microsoft Word.

Your letter should outline the direction of the article, give an indication of your writing style and perspective, tell us why or how you're qualified to write the article, list potential sources and illustration possibilities, and include clips of your published work. (If you have not been published, please send a sample of your writing suitable for magazine-style work.) We will consider research topics, but do not publish academic papers. Authors are expected to write (or rewrite) in a conversational, magazine style suitable for a popular audience. Look for the story within the story emphasizing the human element, rather than broad-brush articles on topics such as global warming, the greenhouse effect, the ozone hole, or El Niño. 

Because of the technical nature of our subject matter, most of Weatherwise’s authors are meteorologists. We do accept articles from non-meteorologist writers if the subject of the article is non-technical or if the author works with a meteorologist on an article of technical nature.

We begin planning an issue at least six months before the cover date (i.e., September/October in March; in other words, think hurricanes in January and blizzards in July). We try to respond to queries within two months.

Unsolicited manuscripts may be held indefinitely without response. Please remember that queries and manuscripts under consideration at Weatherwise should not be submitted to other publications concurrently. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Payments to established authors are at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief and are made upon publication.

Manuscripts should be prepared using MS Word or WordPerfect. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.


Feature articles are relatively short (2,000 to 3,000 words) and well illustrated. Authors are encouraged to provide appropriate, high-resolution graphics to accompany their articles.

After a manuscript is accepted for publication, it is edited thoroughly by the editorial staff for style, substance, and clarity. Articles that exceed the specified length may be shortened. We send authors edited and designed page proofs for review. Because Weatherwise offers rapid publication of timely material, we require a rapid response from authors to our queries. The magazine’s staff works closely with authors to ensure a mutually satisfying product.

Please include your name as you would like it to appear in print, a short (2-sentence) biography for yourself, your phone number, and a complete mailing address plus e-mail for yourself and every co-author of the article. Once an article is accepted, it must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document.


Published articles are often chosen as much for the quality and impact of the images as for editorial excellence. Authors must at least provide leads or ideas on illustrating an article. 

Taylor & Francis will locate and provide photos for Weatherwise articles. Authors who provide their own images are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.

All tables should be provided in a separate Word file.

Authors who wish to provide photographs must keep all photograph files in their original file format and highest resolution. Please do not import photographs into Microsoft Word files or save them as PDFs. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi. A list of captions and source lines for all photographs, figures, and tables, is also required.

We do not publish freelance illustrations or cartoons.


Page proofs are sent to the designated author using Taylor & Francis’ Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be checked carefully and returned before the given deadline.


Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online and will receive three complimentary copies of the printed issue.





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