Please note that these guidelines are subject to change.
PaleorXiv accepts all types of manuscript, including but not limited to systematic reviews, hypotheses, ‘negative’ results, and data and methods papers.
We publish two major types of article:
Preprints of articles in parallel to traditional journal submissions.
Previously published articles that you wish to make Open Access.
Please check the Journal Policies page for further details on self-archiving options.
We encourage submissions from all domains of Paleontology and Paleobiology, including, but not limited to: Vertebrate paleontology; Invertebrate paleontology; Micropaleontology; Paleobotany; Paleoecology; Paleoclimatology; Paleogeography; Paleoceanography; Paleohistology; Paleobiogegraphy; and Biostratigraphy.
We do not accept letters or blog posts, or those which do not pass the normal community standards for submission.
Note that preprint publication does not replace publishing with journals, and we recommend authors to use the SHERPA/RoMEO service to check journal preprint policies. A Paleontology-specific and revised version of this database is maintained here.
All submissions will go through a basic moderation process to check for conformation with these guidelines.
All published articles will be granted a CC BY 4.0 license and a DOI. All articles are indexed in Google Scholar.
Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be published, and the authors notified.
As common courtesy, please make sure that all co-authors are aware of, and have agreed to, submission. They will be notified upon submission of preprints.
Before submitting, it is recommended to add a note to the front page stating “This is a preprint that has been submitted to journal XXX” where applicable. When updating to the postprint or accepted author manuscript, please change to “This is a postprint that has been peer reviewed and accepted at journal XXX.” A template for this is available here.
All preprints can be updated with the postprint version or author-accepted manuscript. Please check for journal compliance and embargo periods where needed.
Using paleorXiv articles
Please note that preprints are not formally peer reviewed. When re-using them, and especially when citing, this status should be clearly marked.
Please exercise the same care and judgment you would use for any research output when it comes to the re-use of preprints.
We strongly encourage community interaction through commenting and sharing of preprints.
When submitting taxonomic papers that identify new genera or species, please omit the name and replace with 'gen et. sp. nov.', as appropriate.
For newly named higher level taxa, recombinations, referrals, synonymisations, and phylogenetic definitions, we strongly advise that these be fully redacted too prior to submission.
For manuscripts that include a lot of taxonomic and systematic work, authors are advised to carefully consider the taxonomic implications before publishing.