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.
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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.
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