The Journal of Paleontology publishes authoritative manuscripts on all aspects of paleontology, including systematics, phylogeny, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, biostratigraphy, taphonomy, and evolution. It emphasizes specimen-based research and features illustrations of the highest quality possible. Manuscripts treating all fossil organism groups are welcome, including invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, algae, and microorganisms of all sorts, as well as ichnofossils (trace fossils).
Manuscripts that demonstrate broad significance will be given a higher priority for acceptance, e.g., those that explain the significance of the findings in a broader context. Those that simply describe a single new taxon (particularly a single new species) have a low priority—a taxon that is simply new to science or newly reported in a region is not in itself sufficient justification for publication. Splitting faunas or floras into a series of short descriptive manuscripts is less desirable than a more comprehensive contribution. Manuscripts giving just a catalog of taxa and only limited application are also given a low priority. Assessing the significance of manuscripts is ultimately at the discretion of the editors.
Benefits of Publishing in the Journal of Paleontology
- Options for Open Access
- Paleo Society Discount on Gold Open Access. Members of the Paleontological Society receive a 50% reduced rate on Gold Open Access articles (see Gold Open Access below).
- Read and Publish Discount on Gold Open Access. The Journal of Paleontology is a Read and Publish journal. If your institution has a Read and Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press, you may publish your article Gold Open Access at no cost to you, or with a discount for your article processing charge (APC). You can also enjoy access to all of the journal's content via Cambridge Core. Please click on this link for a list of eligible institutions and their specific agreements: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/open-access-policies/read-and-publish-agreements
- No cost for Green Open Access. Authors do not pay page or publishing charges for any article type for traditionally published articles (see Green Open Access below).
- Upload to Dryad and Zenodo at no cost. The Journal of Paleontology covers the cost of uploading all supplemental files to Dryad and Zenodo, making this free for authors.
- ZooBank registrations updated after publication. Authors must register new zoological taxonomic names on ZooBank, but the Journal takes on the responsibility of updating this information after publication. This removes extra burden from authors and ensures new names from Journal of Paleontology articles are always searchable online.
- PDF of article. Each author will receive a PDF of their article for personal use and unlimited e-mail or personal distribution. Gold Open Access papers can be uploaded to file-sharing sites.
- Authors retain copyright of their articles.
Questions and concerns should be directed to the Managing Editor, Jessica Kastigar, at firstname.lastname@example.org