Palaeontographica A - Instructions to Authors
Section A of PALAEONTOGRAPHICA provides qualified papers on Paleozoology and Stratigraphy which should not exceed approximately 80 printed pages (printing area 17,5 x 23 cm). All manuscripts are subject to peer-review. Articles in English from none native authors have to be corrected by a native speaker who should be subsequently quoted in the acknowledgement.
The editor will make the final decision about the acceptance of a manuscript only if the manuscript has been reviewed including all illustrations, plates and tables. The authors themselves are responsible for the contents of the scientific contributions.
Submission of manuscriptsOriginal manuscripts and illustrations (accompanied by at least one additional copy) are to be sent to one of the editors in chief.
For technical reasons, printing of papers in order of receipt cannot be guaranteed. Authors are solely responsible for the scientific content of their papers. Submission of a manuscript to the editor for publication in Palaeontographica Section A is considered binding assurance from the author that this work has not and will not be published elsewhere in this form and length.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 reproductios and translations.
ManuscriptManuscripts must be submitted ready for printing; this means one-sided, double spaced, with regular margins and consecutively numbered pages. Do not send carbon copies or bound manuscripts.
Please use italics only for genera and species; not for names of higher taxa; not for names with Latin suffixes; not for additions like "cf.", "aff.", "sp." and "n.sp."; not for accentuation of words within the text. Do not attempt to indicate different type faces for headings and subtitles.
Footnotes are to be consecutively numbered and entered at the bottom of the page where they appear under a horizontal line. Use of footnotes should be kept to a minimum.
References must include the author's name and year of publication of each paper. Any abbreviations used must be uniform and consistent.
Word-processor generated manuscriptsYour manuscript on CD, prepared preferably using Microsoft Word for Windows, should be sent to the editor accompanied by one printout of your manuscript. The data file should correspond completely to the submitted printout of your manuscript. Please indicate the name of the file and word processing system used (e.g. Word for Windows 2000). In your manuscript use only the following mark-up of types: normal, italics, bold and small capitals. Avoid manual hyphenation of words (it is better to not hyphenate at all). Do not use style sheets or templates. Combine your Figure captions and tables at the end of the data file. These legends and explanations should additionally be in English, if the article is not written in English.
Structure of the paper
- Title page should contain:
- Title of the paper (as short and precise as possible; subtitles and words in parentheses are to be avoided)
- English translation of the title (if the article is not written in English)
- First and last names of author(s), location where the work was done (i.e. Alexander Brown, Baltimore)
- English summary
- Key words: Up to 5 key words should appear at the end of the "Summary", respectively. These should facilitate correct classification in subject areas for data processing (e. g. Key words: conodonts, ultrastructure, biogenic calcium phosphate, Jurassic, India)
- Table of contents (The sections and subtitles of the table of contents must correspond to the structure of the main text.)
- The main text
- Introduction should contain:
- General description of the problem
- Discussion of previous work on the same subject (by other authors)
- Explanations of special features and abbreviations in the text
- Methology and techniques used in the investigations
- Acknowledgements or recognition of research assistance
- Literature references
- Explanation of plates
Description of speciesObserve the International Rules of Zoological Nomenclature when presenting new species. In open nomenclature abbreviations cf., aff., n. sp., n. gen. et sp. are to be used without further additions. Analogously: subsp., subgen. In the synonymy list, separate species names and literature references should be indicated with a dash in those cases where the describer is not the original describer of the species. Examples:
1856 Ammonites ixus OPPEL, p. 4, pl. 1, fig. 3.
1919 Novoceras novus MÜLLER, p. 10, pl. 3, figs 2, 3.
Referring to types and typoids indicate the location of collection (abbreviated) and catalogue number of the fossil.
IllustrationsIllustrations in the text are to be labelled as "Text-fig." and those on the plates as "Fig.". For figures on plates, please specify the plate number. Submit black India ink originals of drawings (no hachures with coloured pencil). Diagrams printed on laser or ink-jet printers are acceptable, photocopies and dot-matrix printouts are not. Labelling must be large enough to allow necessary reductions in size (characters must have a final size of at least 2 mm (after reduction)). Photographic prints must be high-gloss and sharp, with clear contours and lighting of the object from the left front. Indicate the scale for all figures in the explanatory text and use a scale bar whenever possible. Please mark in the printout of the text the approximate place where the text-figures should be located.
Photo platesPhoto plates should be mounted on stiff cardboard with plain white or black background. Photo reproductions of whole plates cannot be accepted. The individual figures on a plate should correspond in terms of dark/light contrast so that the whole table appears as a unit. Indicate the desired degree of reduction on the reverse side of each illustration.
If an inscription cannot be clearly and neatly placed on a plate, please put it in pencil; the publishers will then have it drafted and inserted. The type area for plates is 17.5 x 23 cm and should not be exceeded.
Only a limited number of photo plates (max. 15) can be accepted for each paper without printing charges. The appropriate number of plates will be fixed by the editors.
Electronic version of illustrations and platesFiles of illustrations and plates can be delivered on CD-ROM. Line-art figures must be supplied in tif- or eps-format (no Corel Draw) at a resolution of at least 600 dpi. Photographs must be provided at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (tif, eps or jpg). Please be sure that in eps-files all fonts are embedded. The digital version has to be accompanied by a high-quality printout.
Literature referencesWe request that the German standard (DIN 1502) for journal name abbreviations be used. For example: FLÜGEL, E. & HÖTZL, H. (1966): Hydrozoen aus dem Ober-Jura der Hesperischen Ketten
(Ost-Spanien). – N. Jb. Geol. Paläont., Abh., 124: 103–117.
LINDEMANN, R. & YOCHELSON, E.L. (1994): Redescription of Styliolina (Incertae Sedis) –
Styliolina fissurella (HALL) and the type species S. nucleata (KAPRINSKY). – In:
LANDING, E. (Ed.): Studies in Stratigraphy and paleontology in honor of D.W. FISHER. – New York State Museum, Bull.
481: 149–160, New York. TAYLOR, T.N. (1981): Paleobotany: An introduction to fossil plant biology. – (McGraw-Hill Book Co.) New York, 589 p.
SCHINDEWOLF, O.H. (1950): Grundfragen der Paläontologie. – 1. Aufl. (E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung), Stuttgart.
All publications referred to in the text of the paper must be included in the reference list.
ProofsThe authors (the first-named author for co-author papers) will receive 2 sets of page proofs prior to printing or, if the data size is not too large, a pdf-file of the proofs by e-mail. We request that one copy of the carefully corrected page proofs will be returned to the publishers immediately. If the page proofs are not returned within the period indicated on the proof, the paper will be published exactly as it appears on the uncorrected page proofs.
Author's corrections in proof must not exceed 10% of the typesetting costs; above that, the authors will be charged.
Reprints25 reprints of each article will be supplied free of charge, additional copies may be obtained at cost price.
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