Climate change and global warming are topics that incorporate a vast array of scientific, technical, and policy issues. Documented human-caused global warming is now or will affect every environmental and social system on the planet.
You are invited to contribute to the Encyclopedia of Earth's collection on climate change. When approved, your contribution will immediately become part of the collection that is published in the Encyclopedia.
Click here to see the current working Table of Contents.
The development of Encyclopedia entries is sought for topics not hyperlinked to articles.
Potential authors are encouraged to contact the Collection Editors with additional suggestions or questions.
Types of Contributions
- New entries. Entries are comprehensive introductions to and overviews of a topic or issue of relevance to climate change and/or global warming. They can be up to 5,000 words in length, be written for a general audience, and contain a minimum of mathematics, technical jargon, and buzzwords known only to specialists.
- New Informational Boxes. Informational Boxes are supplemental material that will accompany the main text of the book. They should be between 250 and 1,000 words, be written for a general audience, and contain a minimum of mathematics, technical jargon, and buzzwords known only to specialists. You can see examples listed in the Table of Contents of the online edition.
- Revision or extension of existing entries. Edits or expansions of existing entries are welcome and are approved through review of the associated Topic editors..
How to Contribute
- if you already are an EoE author, you can:
- Edit or add to an existing article by clicking on any of the entries in the Table of Contents. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on EoE Authors can click here to access this article within the editor wiki. This takes you to the authors' site where you can edit your selection.
- Create a new entry. See the topic areas above for suggestions, or contact the Collection Editor if you would like to suggest a new topic: Stephen Nodvin. Once you have decided on a topic, go here to create your article.
In addition to falling under the scope of this book, all contributions must meet the editorial and stylistic guidelines for the EoE.
- Audience Level
- The level of writing should target the educated lay public, and thus should fall somewhere between that found in a good newspaper (e.g. NY Times, London Times) and that found in a good general encyclopedia (e.g. Encyclopedia Britannica).
- Avoid jargon that only specialists will understand.
- Article Format
- Article length is 250 to 5,000 words.
- The first sentence of an article should give a succinct definition of the article's topic.
- Use headings and subheadings to organize your article.
- Do not use in-text references.
- Include a "Further Reading" section at the end of your entry. Wherever possible, include links to the resource itself.
- The International System of Units (SI) is recommended.
- The technical and mathematical details should be limited to that necessary for making your most fundamental points. Remember, the EoE is intended to reach a broad audience.
- Article length is 250 to 5,000 words.
- Neutrality Policy
- In the interests of encouraging the broadest participation, of assisting people in making up their own minds about controversial issues, and of increasing the likelihood of articulating the whole truth about all subjects, the EoE has explicit policies regarding neutrality and fairness. These policies require that articles shall, when touching upon any issue of controversy, be fair and insofar as possible neutral. Articles shall recognize uncertainties in data, interpretation, and understanding, as well as other reasons for different perspectives on a subject, such as assumptions made.
Review and selection process
All entries are reviewed by a Topic Editor for the EoE. Approved articles become part of the Encyclopedia of Earth's collection on climate change.
You are listed as the author for any entry approved by a Topic Editor for inclusion in the EoE. An example of the recommended citation for an EoE entry is :
Nodvin, Stephen (Lead Author); Kevin Vranes (Topic Editor). 2007. "Global warming." In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published March 14, 2007; Last revised May 2, 2007; Retrieved October 20, 2007]. <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Global_warming>
For any procedural or administrative questions, contact the Managing Editor of the EoE: Arielle Conti. For content questions or comments on this collection contact the Collection Editor: Stephen Nodvin.