The following types of manuscripts can be considered for peer-reviewed publication in SOIL and its discussion forum SOIL Discussions (SOILD):
- Research articles are based on primary data collected and present substantial and original findings.
- Review articles should comprehensively summarize and especially synthesize the state-of-the-art science of specific subjects related to the scope of the journal.
- Short communications report new methods or small data sets that have significant implications.
- Forum articles should stimulate an open debate by presenting new ideas and views of soil as part of the larger Earth system. As such, they must strive to be a point of departure for future work. Purely speculative contributions are discouraged. Manuscript composition is free of parameters, although it is requested that forum articles should be short (less than 2500 words, with a maximum of three figures and tab items).
- Letters to the editors are short commentaries on published articles in SOIL. Such letters should be submitted to the executive editors for review.
- Comments (and replies thereon) continue the discussion of papers published in SOIL beyond the limits of immediate interactive discussion. They may be longer and submitted later than the comments exchanged in the interactive public discussion of papers in SOIL Discussions. They undergo the same process of peer review, publication, and interactive discussion as articles and technical notes and are equivalent to peer-reviewed comments and replies in traditional scientific journals. The manuscript title should start with "Comment on" or "Reply to".
- Corrigenda correct errors in preceding papers. The manuscript title reads as follows: Corrigendum to "TITLE" published in JOURNAL, VOLUME, PAGES, YEAR. Please note that corrigenda are only possible for final revised journal papers and not for the corresponding discussion paper.