Working Paper Series – Submission Guidelines for Authors

The FCEA Working Paper Series is a platform for expeditious sharing of new and evolving knowledge in the emerging field of climate engineering. Working Paper Series papers disseminate the work of physical scientists, social scientists, legal scholars and policy makers. It seeks to establish a space where the policy, legal, scientific, and academic worlds intersect on climate engineering issues.

Examples of published papers can be found [here].

The format of the Series will vary according to subject and may include brief and longer working papers, policy briefings, literature reviews, original research studies, and reflective essays. Our target audiences include government ministries and agencies, the scientific community, academics, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations and the interested general public.

Publications in the series will normally grow out of invitations to authors; however, we also welcome proposals that meet our criteria. Both solicited and unsolicited manuscripts will be subject to review on the basis of scholarship, the extent of original research and rigor of analysis. All prospective publications must not have been published previously in any other venue.

Authors are responsible for the content of Working Paper Series publications, and the views and interpretations expressed are not necessarily those of FCEA or American University.

Prospective authors should submit an abstract to Working Paper Series to

1.   Scope of the Series

Any topic pertinent to climate engineering will be considered. This includes scientific and technological assessment of discrete options, ethical considerations, potential governance architectures, and the pertinent scope and architecture for public deliberation.

2.   Who May Contribute?

Anyone may submit an original manuscript to be considered for publication in the Working Paper Series, provided that they hold the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works.

Submitted manuscripts cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: “publication” in another working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to the Working Paper Series, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process. Publishing a paper with the Working Paper Series does not prohibit an author from submitting the same paper, or a modified version of the paper, to another journal.   If you have questions about the submission terms for the Working Paper Series, please write to

3.   General Submission Guidelines

Papers should be between 2500-5000 words (including footnotes). Pages should be numbered and double-spaced. Footnotes should be prepared in 10-point font size, 100% scale, and normal spacing. Tables, diagrams, and illustrations should be included in the text of the paper (please also submit such materials in a separate file).

Paper Title

The paper title should be italicized.

Direct Air Capture: Potential Regulatory Approaches in the United States

Author Name(s)

The author’s name should be placed immediately below the chapter title.

Can Citizen Juries Help Us Ensure Effective Public Deliberation About Climate Engineering?
Thomas T. Smith

Author(s) Affiliation(s):

The author’s (authors’) affiliation(s) should be placed in a footnote following the author’s (authors’) name(s).

Thomas G. Smith.[1] This should be the first footnote of the paper.

Paper Subdivisions

An article may be divided into sections, subsections and second-order subsections using an Arabic number-based system. Arabic numbers should be separated by a period. Sections should be formatted in bold type, subsections in bold, and second-order subsections in italics.

1.  The Role of Environmental Impact Assessment in Climate Engineering Research and Development
1.1. National Approaches
1.2. International Approaches
1.2.1 The Espoo Convention

Footnotes: Formatting

All citations should be formatted as footnotes, i.e. do not embed citations in the text or use endnotes.


All papers should include an abstract of approximately 50-75 words, to be placed at the outset.

4. Review Procedure

Upon submission, you will receive acknowledgment of receipt.  Your post submission will be reviewed by FCEA Faculty and Working Paper Series editors and returned within two weeks.

Editors may accept or reject any Working Paper Series submissions.  In all cases, you will get an explanation of the decision.  In cases of rejection, we are unable to accept resubmissions.

Include a photo and a short bio of no more than 200 words, which can include links to your work.

Please write to with additional questions.