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This section provides summaries of the publications produced by the Association and links to information on how to access copies and make purchases. It also provides publications related links such as information for authors intending to submit manuscripts to the Association, and links to supplementary data linked to published articles.

Field Guides to FossilsThe Palaeontological Association publishes:

  • Palaeontology [ISSN 0081 0239]
  • Special Papers in Palaeontology [ISSN 0038 6804]
    Two 'Special Papers' are published each year; these range from monographic treatments of groups to edited volumes on linked themes. Members may subscribe to Special Papers in Palaeontology by conactinng the Executive Officer. The subscription rate is 80.00 (U.S. $160) for Institutional Members, and 25.00 (U.S. $50) for Ordinary and Student Members.
  • Field Guides to Fossils
    An award winning series of well illustrated and reasonably priced pocket-sized field guidebooks which are aimed at both amateur and professional palaeontologists.
  • Fold out fossils
    This series of publications [ISBN 1740-4487] comprises high quality photographic illustrations and descriptive text in two-colour concertina-type laminated brochures. They are subject or location specific and are intended as pamphlets for fossil collecting trips.
  • Palaeontology Newsletter

Other links:

  • Palaeontologia Electronica
    The Palaeontological Association is a sponsor of this high-quality free-to-access online palaeontological journal, for which we also provide web-hosting services.
  • Palaeobiology, A Synthesis (eds Briggs & Crowther)
    This highly successful volume was produced in 1990 as a joint venture between the Palaeontological Association and Blackwell Scientific Publications; its encyclopaedic form made it an ideal and widely-used teaching reference across the world. The hard copy has been out of print for some years, and Blackwell's more recent 'Paleobiology' (by the same editors) does not cover exactly the same ground. We have therefore arranged for the original text to be freely downloadable, chapter by chapter. There are no restrictions on downloading this material.
  • Publication Policy and Practice including Scope of Publications:

      PALAEONTOLOGY. Manuscripts on any aspect of palaeontology will be considered for publication. Papers on Recent material may be acceptable if their palaeontological relevance is clear. Preference is given to topics that have more than local significance; those describing only one or two new species of common genera are not usually accepted. As noted above, reviews are welcome provided that they contain a substantial amount of new information and/or new interpretations. Those solicited by the Council of the Association will be given priority of publication, as may short papers that report novel research. Most contributions will, however, be published approximately in the order revised manuscripts are received by the Editor-in-Chief, length and possible production problems permitting.

      SPECIAL PAPERS IN PALAEONTOLOGY. These are for papers that are longer than normally accepted for Palaeontology, or for thematic collections of articles. The decision on whether to publish a long paper as a Special Paper or in Palaeontology rests with the Editor-in-Chief and may sometimes depend on current production schedules.

      FIELD GUIDES TO FOSSILS. Published at irregular intervals, these are designed primarily to be of value for the identification of fossils found in the British Isles, but guides to fossils encountered in successions overseas will also be considered. They should be broad in scope, and compiled and written in a style that will appeal to both amateur enthusiasts and professional palaeontologists.

      FOLD-OUT FOSSILS. Published at irregular intervals, these are aimed at both professional and amateur geologists and palaeontologists who want to be able to identify particular groups of fossils in the field. The first issue, published in 2003, is a fold-out document that consists of a title page and five plates on one side and text, including a glossary of terms, on the other.

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