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1. Manuscript Submission / Copyright

Submission of a manuscript for publication in Newsletters on Stratigraphy is considered binding assurance that this work has not been and will not be published elsewhere in this form and length.
With acceptance and publication of a manuscript the exclusive copyright for every language and country is transferred to the publishers. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article including reprints, microfilm or any other reproduction and translations.

Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words without prior agreement from the Editorial Team. In a cover letter accompanying the submitted manuscript, please supply the names and addresses (including E-mail addresses) of 4 potential reviewers. Please send your manuscript to one of the members of the Editorial Team.

Contributors to Special Issues are asked to submit their manuscripts directly to the Guest Editor(s).

2. Manuscript Preparation

2.1 Text preparation

Please make sure that your text is written in good English (American and British English are equally acceptable, but please avoid a mixture of both). If the English falls short of the standards of Newsletters on Stratigraphy, the Editorial Team will be unable to send the manuscript out for review and will instead return it to the authors for improvement. Please provide consecutive line numbering throughout the entire manuscript.

We accept most wordprocessing formats, but Word and WordPerfect are preferred. The text should be in single-column format and double spaced. All text lines and pages must be consecutively numbered. Please use bold face, italics, etc. where needed. To avoid unnecessary errors and thus to ease the reviewers’ task, authors are strongly urged to activate the 'spellchecker' function of their wordprocessing program.

Numbers: Please use decimal points, not commas in numbers; use a space for thousands (10 000 and higher).

Units: Please use International System (i.e., metric) units (SI) in the text, captions and illustrations.

Italics: Italics are only to be used in the context of genera and species names. Please do not use italics for any other expressions.

2.1.1 Title Page

Please provide the following information on the title page (in the order given)

  1. Title
    Please avoid abbreviations and formulae whenever possible.
  2. Author Names and Affiliations
    Please present the authors' addresses below the authors' names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the respective address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
    A „Present address“ may be indicated as a footnote to an author's name if that author has changed his address since the work presented in the article was carried out. The address where the author actually carried out the work needs to be retained as the main affiliation address.
  3. Corresponding Author
    Please indicate which author will handle correspondence throughout the refereeing and publication processes. For the corresponding author, E-mail address, telephone and fax numbers (including country and area code), and the complete postal address are required.
  4. Abstract
    An abstract exceeding not more than 400 words is required. Please consider that an abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should be avoided. In the rare cases they are essential, they must be fully cited in the abstract. If such a reference does not re-occur later in the manuscript text, it will not be included into the reference list. Abbreviations should be avoided unless they are commonly used (such as, e.g., SI units).
  5. Keywords
    After the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords.

2.2 Subdivision of the Manuscript

Please structure your manuscript into consecutively numbered, clearly defined sections with short, concise headings (the abstract is excluded from this numbering). Subsections are to be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, etc.), 1.2, etc. Ideally, articles in Newsletters on Stratigraphy are structured as follows:
  1. Introduction
  2. Regional and/or geological setting
  3. Materials and methods
  4. Results
  5. Discussion
  6. Conclusions
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Appendices
  9. References
  10. Figure Captions, Table Captions

2.3 Figures, Tables and Plates

Please present figures, tables and plates at the end of the manuscript - do not incorporate them into the text. All figures, tables and plates must be numbered consecutively (i.e., Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc; Table 1, Table 2, etc; Plate 1, Plate 2, etc.) according to their sequence in the text.

The submission of illustrations in electronic format is highly recommended. Please produce illustrations in roughly the same size as they should appear in the printed version of the article.

Illustrations for Newsletters on Stratigraphy are acceptable in the following formats:

EPS: Vector drawings. Embed the font or save the text as "graphics".
TIFF: Colour or greyscale photographs (halftones): always use a minimum of 300 dpi.

TIFF: Bitmapped line drawings: use a minimum of 600 dpi.
TIFF: Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (colour or greyscale): a minimum of 300 dpi is required.
DOC, XLS or PPT: If your illustrations are created in any of these Microsoft Office applications please supply "as is". Please do not supply embedded graphics in your wordprocessor (spreadsheet, presentation) document when submitting the final accepted article;
Avoid GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG and Corel graphics, ensure readability of graphics when reduced to page size.

If PDF files are submitted, please ensure that all fonts are embedded and figures are resolved with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (colour/grey scale figures) and 600 dpi (line drawings), respectively.

Colour illustrations

Each printed colour page will charged with € 34.90 + taxes. This includes colour in the online version of the article.

2.4 References

All references cited in the text need to be listed at the end of the paper in a “References” section. Please check carefully that the spellings of author names and publication years are consistent within the text and the „References“ section. Do not type author and editor names in capitals.

In the text, please refer to an author's study as indicated in the following examples:

  • referring to the study of Fischer et al. (2003), Stone and Waller (2005) argued that these observations are in line with the results of earlier workers (e.g., Smith et al. 1990, Miller et al. 1997, Willis and Morrison 2000).

References in the text are to be given in chronological order. References in the “References” section are to be arranged alphabetically based on the authors’ names; there, the last names and initials of all co-authors are required. Please give the full names of journals in the “References” section; do not use abbreviations.

For publications in any language other than English, please use the original title. Titles of publications in non-Latin alphabets (such as, e.g., Chinese, Greek, Japanese, or Russian) need to be transliterated, and a note such as '(in Chinese)' needs to be included at the end of the reference.

In the „References“ section, please list publications as indicated in the following examples:

Calvin, M.D., 1986. The significance of climate change on tropical ants. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Tropical Insects, Paris, France, p. 38-54.
Shilling, A.S., 1991. Calcareous nanoplankton stratigraphy across the Eocene-Oligocene boundary in the Bay of Biscay. In: Fleckstein, D.C., Mann, E.E. (Eds.), Eocene-Oligocene Climate Records. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p. 111-128.
Smith, J.P., Elbrächter, H.I. Gudmundsson, S., 2001. Planktonic foraminifera from the Neogene of the Los Valles Basin, Argentina. Marine Micropaleontology 24, 111-126.
Wareland, A.B., 2000. Spatiotemporal relationships in paleosols from the Upper Permian of Southwest England. Ph.D. Thesis, Agricultural University of London, London, Great Britain, 245 p.
Zonenshain, M.S., Berglund, G.V., 1999. Stratigraphy Through Space and Time. Schweizerbart, Stuttgart, 245 p.

2.5. Proofreading

After acceptance of their papers, authors (the first-named author for multi-author papers) will receive page proofs prior to final printing (as a pdf-file by e-mail). Author’s corrections in proof must not exceed 1% of type setting costs; otherwise the author will be charged for additional costs. In cases where the author is unable to make the corrections, he should appoint a representative responsible for this.

2.6. Reprints

Corresponding authors of an article will receive a pdf-file for personal use only. Personal use implies: No publication on private or other websites (self storage, repositories); No distribution in newsgroups or mailing lists etc. Printed author’s reprints are only available on demand and against costs when ordered prior to the printing process. Please contact the publishers together with the final corrections.

2.7. Online access for all subscribers

Beginning in 2004, the Newsletters on Stratigraphy is available online through Ingenta. Articles are included in the CrossRef Services which allow direct access to referenced papers (published in this or other journals which are available online). Conversely, papers in other journals are able to reference papers published in Newslettes on Stratigraphy by placing direct reference links. Please contact Ingenta.

2.8. Open Access

For regular papers authors or sponsors can purchase an optional Open Access license (Creative commons CC-BY-NC). For details please contact the publishers.