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Palaeontology (Journal)

ISSN 1475-493 (online) | ISSN 0031-0239 (print)

The journal Palaeontology is devoted to the publication of innovative and timely hypothesis-driven research that significantly advances our understanding of the history of life on Earth.  Its scope includes palaeozoology, palaeobotany, systematic studies, palaeoecology, micropalaeontology, palaeobiogeography, functional morphology, stratigraphy, taxonomy, taphonomy, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, palaeoclimate analysis and biomineralization studies.  Synthetic papers that span several of these areas are particularly welcome.

Articles published

Original Article: Reports of original research that advance our understanding of palaeontology in significant ways, either by the application of innovative approaches, or by addressing current issues in palaeontology with new empirical data. Usually 10–25 printed pages in length.  Online colour is free, but print colour and open access are optional at authors' expense.

Review: Authoritative overviews of topics where there has been notable recent progress and it would be helpful to summarize the advances to a general audience. Typically 10–25 printed pages in length. Printed colour is included at no cost to the author if the Editor in Chief considers it to be appropriate.

Rapid Communication: Short reports of original research that are of high calibre and represent a significant increase in our understanding of issues of wide topical interest to the palaeontological community. Typically 4–6 printed pages, including references, with no more than four figures. Printed colour is included at no cost to the author if the Editor in Chief considers it to be essential.

Discussion: We welcome discussion of any paper published recently in Palaeontology.  Comments are shared with the corresponding author of the original article who may append a response.  Both will be published together, ideally in the part after that in which the original article appeared.

Technical Report: Reports of significant new techniques or software packages.

See For Authors section below for more information.

Indexing

Palaeontology is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Academic Search (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO Publishing)
  • ASFA: Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Biological Abstracts (Thomson Reuters)
  • BIOSIS Previews (Thomson Reuters)
  • CSA Biological Sciences Database (ProQuest)
  • Current Contents: Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences (Thomson Reuters)
  • Ecological Abstracts (Elsevier)
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition (Thomson Reuters)
  • Oceanic Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Petroleum Abstracts (University of Tulsa)
  • ProQuest Central (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Research Library (ProQuest)
  • Research Alert (Thomson Reuters)
  • Science Citation Index (Thomson Reuters)
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (Thomson Reuters)
  • SCOPUS (Elsevier)
  • VINITI (All-Russian Institute of Science & Technological Information)
  • Zoological Record (Thomson Reuters)

Biodiversity Heritage Library

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In addition to the articles hosted by the Association and Wiley (see Archive) many can also be found on the Biodiversity Heritage Library: Palaeontology@BHL.

For Authors

Publishing with PalAss

Thinking of publishing in the journal Palaeontology? If so please read our guide to publishing within our journals (covering: how to submit a manuscript; initial assessment; editorial decision; production; copyright and open access; offprints).

A 'Publishing with PalAss' short guide is available here: 

Manuscript Preparation

Instructions for authors are available here:

Authors are also strongly advised to read the following: 

Submission

Please visit our online submission site: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pala

Note that the same submission site should be use for both Palaeontology and Papers in Palaeontology and all papers will be considered for both journals.

Handling of manuscripts after submission

An initial assessment of the manuscript is undertaken by the Editorial Board, usually within two days of submission.  The Editorial Board may also recommend that the scope of the paper is more suitable for Palaeontology’s sister journal Papers in Palaeontology.  In this case, the corresponding author will be contacted directly and the paper may be transferred without resubmission.  Currently, the journal receives many more articles than can be published in a year.  Papers that lack novelty, or are too restricted in their scope, will be rejected without review.  A manuscript that lacks broad appeal to the readership and is instead, at best, a worthwhile but not exceptional contribution to specialists is unlikely to succeed.  Similarly, papers dealing with one or a few new taxa belonging to well-documented groups will be rejected.  Authoritative synoptic taxonomic revisions of faunas/floras or reports of new taxa of international importance are welcome, but must use the new insights gained to address, ideally resolve, a broader issue in palaeobiology.  It is imperative that the author demonstrates the wider appeal of the paper to the readership.  This should be stated clearly in a covering letter, be obvious from the abstract, be developed in the introduction to the paper, and explored in the Discussion.

A paper may also be returned to the author without review if it has not been prepared in accordance with the Instructions to Authors, or if 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.

If the Editorial Board recommends review, the paper will be passed to a Scientific Editor who will manage the peer review process.  A decision on whether or not to publish the manuscript will be made in the light of the comments of at least two referees, an assessment of the technical aspects of the paper (including style and figure formats), and the opinions of the Scientific Editor and Editor-in-Chief.  The corresponding author will be notified.

Permissions

The Palaeontological Association asserts copyright on all articles and images in its electronic and print publications unless otherwise stated. Articles or figures in the journal Palaeontology may be reproduced in print or electronic medium for teaching, and for non-profit educational and research purposes, without fees or further permissions, providing that acknowledgements to 'The Palaeontological Association' is given, and that the source of the reproduced material is quoted in full. The Palaeontological Association reserves the right to withdraw this permission without notice. Written permission is required by the Association for all other forms of capture, reproduction and/or distribution of any of its publications or items in its publications. Permission should be sought from the Executive Officer (executive@palass.org).