Publishing with PalAss
Thinking of publishing in the journal Papers in 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:
Instructions for authors are available here:
Authors are also strongly advised to read the following:
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 Papers in Palaeontology’s sister journal 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. Those dealing with one or a few new taxa belonging to well-documented groups are unlikely to succeed. Authoritative synoptic taxonomic revisions of new faunas/floras of biogeographical, stratigraphical or palaeoecological importance are welcome, as are detailed descriptive studies of new or poorly understood taxa so long as their significance is made clear. 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.