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Publishing in Palaeontology


Palaeontology publishes papers on any aspect of palaeobiology and allied disciplines (for example, facies analysis, biostatigraphy). Papers on Recent material are acceptable if their relevance to the history of life is clear. The categories of publication are detailed in the document Scope of the journals 2012. It is imperative that a paper has considerable novelty and wide appeal to the readership. Papers solely describing new species of common genera will not usually accepted (e.g. with a title such as: A new species of …).

Papers are considered for publication on the understanding of the following:

(a) All authors have seen and approved the submitted version.

(b) When a manuscript has more than one author, all have made a significant contribution to the work. Authors are encouraged, but not obliged, to detail the relative contribution of each author at the end of the paper; refer to authors by their initials when doing so.

(c) The named corresponding author is the sole point of contact with the journal. Disagreements arising among authors as to any aspect of the manuscript (including its content and author seniority) or with other individuals who have not been listed as authors are not the responsibility of the journal.

(d) The same or a similar manuscript has not been submitted or published elsewhere; the overlap of content between related articles should be minimal. Duplications of text and use of previously published illustrations without adequate citation may constitute plagiarism and are unacceptable.

(e) Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their text.

(f) Published copyright is assigned to the Palaeontological Association.

(g) All specimens or other materials referred to are curated in appropriate repositories, and other researchers are ensured access to them.

Click on the following links to access individual sections:
How to submit a manuscript to Palaeontology
Initial assessment of manuscripts after submission
The difference between ‘Recommended' and ‘Accepted' manuscripts
After acceptance
Arranging transfer of copyright and purchasing offprints

How to submit a manuscript to Palaeontology

Details of how a manuscript should be prepared before submission are available online. Additional, general, information on authoring is also available from Wiley Author Services.

All manuscripts should be submitted online via the Palaeontology Manuscript Central electronic editorial office. Authors submitting a manuscript to Palaeontology for the first time will need to register before uploading.

Manuscript Central will guide the author(s) through the submission process and there are online help functions available for various of the steps.

Files should be uploaded in the following order: manuscript text file, figures (each as a separate file), table(s) (as separate file(s)). An appendix intended to be published in the journal should precede Supporting Information that will be published solely online. Use simple, logical, names for individual files (e.g. Smith_text or SmithFig1). When uploading illustrations to Manuscript Central, the total number of figures should be entered at the appropriate point and each figure identified subsequently by its figure number.

Text should be uploaded in ‘.doc' or ‘.rtf' format; do not use ‘.docx' or pdf formats.

Print quality figures should be supplied in TIF (using LZW compression) and EPS (line figures only) formats. They should be submitted at the final required size at 300 dpi for photographs and 600 dpi for line diagrams and photographs with additional labelling.

There is no charge if colour figures appear only in the on-line (pdf) version of the publication. Colour reproduction in the printed version may incur an extra cost to the author, although authors can submit a case to the scientific editor for no charge to be made where colour printing is essential for conveying the science in the paper. Colour images should be supplied as CMYK, not RGB.

Manuscript Central will create a single pdf file for editors and referees from the files submitted; authors must review this file and confirm it is complete and the quality of illustrations is adequate.

General information on digital illustration standards can be obtained from the Wiley-Blackwell website.

It may not be possible to submit a large number of photographic figures at high resolution via Manuscript Central owing to space limitations. Appraise the Editor-in-Chief at once if this proves to be the case. The corresponding author and the Editor-in-Chief will arrange an alternate mechanism.

Initial assessment of manuscripts after submission

After submission an initial assessment of all manuscripts submitted as Rapid Communications and Original Research Articles is undertaken by the Editorial Board. At this time a manuscript can be rejected for one of three reasons:

(a) It lacks broad appeal to the readership and is instead, at best, a worthwhile contribution, particularly to specialists, but not exceptional. Papers solely describing new species of common genera will not usually accepted (e.g. with a title such as: A new species of …). It is imperative that at the time of submission an author demonstrates that a paper will have wide appeal to the readership. This should be stated succinctly in a covering letter at the time of submission, and demonstrated in the introduction to the paper.

(b) It has not been prepared in accordance with the Instructions to Authors.

(c) There is room for linguistic improvement. A list of independent suppliers of editing services is available from Wiley Author Services. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and do not guarantee acceptance for publication.

Manuscripts that are deemed suitable will be passed to a Scientific Editor who will manage the peer-review process. In the light of the comments of at least two referees and the opinions of the Scientific Editor and Editor-in-Chief a decision on the suitability of the manuscript will be made; the corresponding author will be notified by the Editor-in-Chief.

The difference between ‘Recommended' and ‘Accepted' manuscripts

The two terms Recommended and Accepted are not synonyms. After a paper is recommended for publication by the Scientific Editor, this decision is reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief will contact the corresponding author if any further changes to the manuscript are required. These are typically of a technical nature, and will also include a critique of the quality of both the writing style and illustrations. A paper is only considered accepted after any such changes that are required are made to the satisfaction of the Editor-in-Chief. At this time the Editor-in-Chief will notify the corresponding author of the approximate date on which the paper is likely to be published. The time between a paper being recommended and accepted can be curtailed significantly if preparation of the original manuscript and any revision thereof conforms scrupulously to the journal's style.

After acceptance

The manuscript will then be copy edited and the corresponding author will receive proofs (as a pdf file) from the publisher; final, minor, corrections may be required at this stage. Extensive changes at the corresponding author's request at this stage will inevitably delay publication and may incur charges. Note that the quality of figure reproduction in the proof copy will be less than the published article.

Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services. Authors can track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript.

Palaeontology is included in the Wiley Early View service (whereby the Online Version of Record is published before inclusion in an issue). This is the finalised and typeset version of a paper; no changes can be made subsequently. Each is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which allows the paper to be tracked and cited before it is allocated to an issue. The DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the paper after print publication. To avoid conflicts with nomenclatural rules, papers that include descriptions of new genera and species, and new combinations thereof, other than those covered by the ICBN, cannot be included in Early View until the issue in which they are to be included is published.

The Wiley-Blackwell OnlineOpen service is available to authors who wish to make their publication available to non-subscribers, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server, immediately on publication, in addition to its being published in the Wiley Online Library. A fee is payable. A full list of terms and conditions and a payment form are available online.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to confirm that you intend to publish your paper in OnlineOpen. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other manuscript submitted to Palaeontology.

Arranging transfer of copyright and purchasing offprints

Authors of papers that are accepted for publication will sign over copyright to the Association. A Copyright Assignment Form will be sent to the corresponding author together with the proof copy. Manuscripts will not be published unless this has been returned to the publisher.

Authors receive a complimentary pdf file of the published paper for personal use. Paper offprints can be ordered at cost. The order form should be returned to the publisher with the reviewed proof copy of the paper and completed copyright form.

Created by Alan R.T. Spencer on the 2012-05-01. (Version 2.0)