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Aims and scope

Swiss Journal of Palaeontology is an international fully Open Access peer-reviewed journal publishing original research and review articles of interest to the international community in the field of palaeontology. Manuscripts with palaeontological analyses comprising global data are equally welcome as they document high-quality palaeontological data in a regional context. The diversity of published articles is reflected by the members of our editorial board.

We welcome contributions of all fields of palaeontology including alpha taxonomy & systematics, palaeobiology, palaeobiodiversity, palaeoenvironmemt, biostratigraphy, conservation palaeontology, palaeontological methodolgy, etc. including palaeontological studies employing up-to-date methods such as CT- or synchrotron-scanning, geochemical analyses and complex phylogenetic analyses.

The Swiss Journal of Palaeontology publishes Special Issues and also longer articles. Contact us if you have a proposal for special issues and proceedings volumes.

The Commission for the Swiss Journal of Palaeontology has funds available for outstanding contributions and review articles from researchers who lack funding for fully OA publication.

 
An international editorial team as well as guest editors guarantee that the thematic issues as well as all articles in regular issues are peer-reviewed and meet the highest standards.


Bibliographic Data
Swiss J Palaeontol
First published in 1874 as Schweizerische Paläontologische Abhandlungen
renamed in 2011
ISSN 1664-2376 (print)
ISSN 1664-2384 (electronic)

Open access


All articles published by the Swiss Journal of Palaeontology are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in the Swiss Journal of Palaeontology​​​​​​​ you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £860.00/$1290.00/€1000.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

SpringerOpen provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service. 

Indexing Services

All articles published in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology are included in:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • SCOPUS
  • Biological Abstracts
  • BIOSIS
  • Current Contents/ Life Sciences
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
  • Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • Naver
  • OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Earth
  • Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database
  • ProQuest Natural Science Collection
  • ProQuest SciTech Premium Collection
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Zoological Record

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology has an Impact Factor of 1.102 (2019) .

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Single-blind

Swiss Journal of Palaeontology operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. Publication of research articles by Swiss Journal of Palaeontology is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Citing articles in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology

Articles in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:


Authors: Title. SJPA [year], [volume number]:[article number].


e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Diagn Pathol 2009, 1:115.


1:115 refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Editorial policies


All manuscripts submitted to Swiss Journal of Palaeontology should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Once your article is accepted, it will be processed by production and published shortly afterwards. In some cases, articles may be held for a short period of time prior to publication. If you have any concerns or particular requirements please contact the Journal.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Appeals and complaints


If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Why publish your article in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology?


High visibility

Swiss Journal of Palaeontology's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Swiss Journal of Palaeontology offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Swiss Journal of Palaeontology and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Swiss Journal of Palaeontology retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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