Author guidelines for Fast Reports

Fast Reports are high quality, short, and time-sensitive manuscripts. A key focus will be the first report of a recent earthquake, swarm, or other event (typically submitted within 3-4 weeks after its occurrence or of data collection from that event). An earthquake report may include: original observations and ground motion recordings, source inversions, felt reports and impacts on the built environment, or secondary hazard assessments (e.g., tsunami, landslides). However, submissions offering little more than information routinely provided by earthquake monitoring agencies (e.g. USGS, Geoscope, EMSC) will not be considered.

Because of the expedited peer-review process, Fast Reports are subject to strict criteria:

  • The report must be brief, but the research must be neither overstated nor overly summarised,
  • The report must include multiple analyses of the event in question,
  • The report must be scientifically sound, and
  • The report must provide new information.

Ideally, a Fast Reports paper would be very concise, comprising only two or three pages, with one or two figures and if necessary, one table. We offer the following general recommendations on the various components of a submission:

Component Maximum Size
(words or numbers)
Abstract 100 words
Keywords 5
Main Text (excluding references) 3,000 words
Figures 2/3
Tables 2
Supplementary Text 1,000 words
Supplementary Figures 10
Supplementary Tables 10