Paleontological Techniques: Instructions for Authors
First of all, thanks for
considering the Journal of Paleontological Techniques for your submission!
Journal of Paleontological Techniques is a peer-reviewed journal with focus
on the paleontological methods and techniques, including articles, videos,
and notes on:
techniques applied to paleontology
of collecting, digging, data-collecting, curation
other topic of general interest to fossil preparators and paleontologists
professional, student or amateur paleontologist or preparators are invited
to submit their original manuscripts on the topic above. Three types of
papers are accepted:
in paleontological methods, including test reports of preparation tools and
Suzuki et al., 2010)
(e. g.: McIntosh, J. S. (1981). Annotated catalogue of the dinosaurs (Reptilia,
Archosauria) in the collections of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 18, 1–67.)
All papers will be peer-reviewed by professional paleontologists, and referees
may choose to remain anonymous in their reviews. The articles are published as
HTML and PDF documents accessible to anybody with Internet connections via the
The Journal of Paleontological Techniques is published simultaneously on the
World Wide Web (ISSN:1646-5806; http://www.jpaleontologicaltechniques.org) and
on CD-ROM (ISSN:1646-5792). Each volume of Journal of Paleontological Techniques
is available free-of-charge to all persons with access to the World Wide Web.
Articles will generally be published under the
license CC BY,
but researchers can choose any other creative commons license if they wish to do
digital, publishing in The Journal of Paleontological Techniques has some
important advantages against journals in print:
each article has an independent number and is published with independent timing
to any other article. Each article will be released once it is ready and the
periodicity depends on the articles submitted;
can include 3D animations or videos, in order to enhance
understandability of the technique;
page limit or page charges,
though all articles are edited to optimize their realized information content;
limits or charges for color illustrations,
digital animations and other online tools.
All manuscripts must be submitted in well-written English or Portuguese,
abstracts will be in both languages (we provide support for translations if
needed). Authors should submit manuscripts in Microsoft Office Word format.
should be sent by CD or email to the address:
Journal of Paleontological Techniques
Rua João Luis
If the manuscript and figures are bigger than 10 Mb, it should be sent by means
of an upload server like www.dropbox.com or www.wetransfer.com, or by post mail
on a CD-Rom or DVD. In all communication by email, the author should ask email
receipt in order to confirm correct reception of the email. Hard copies are not
Only after acceptance of the paper, authors will be requested to bring the
manuscript into the right format. We don’t want you to lose time for doing
science by formatting an article you don’t even know yet if it’ll be accepted!
As long as it follows a general paper structure, and references are given with
all needed information (authors, year, title, name and volume of journal),
that’ll be fine.
For the first submission, authors just have to provide a first page including
title, author(s) name(s), author(s) affiliations, and date of submission. The
abstract should provide pertinent details of the research and conclusions, and
should not include references. The subsequent structure should follow the usual
structure: Introduction, *Methods, *Results, *Discussion, Conclusion,
Acknowledgments, and References Cited. Titles marked with an asterisk are not
mandatory because they may depend on the work performed, and on the type of
The letter size is 12pt, except for the title (15pt). The letter type is
optional. Please avoid excess formatting the text. Use as less indenting,
bolding, underlines, and title formats as possible.
All text, including title, subtitles, and author names should be in capital
and lowercase letters.
Use space between lines of 1,5 within the entire manuscript, including
abstract, text, references, as well as explanations of figures, tables, and
Do not justify the right margin.
Do not create columns.
Figures, tables, and appendices must be cited in consecutive order in the
Do not use footnotes.
The first page should have the (following this order):
The abstract should provide pertinent details of the research and conclusions.
Authors should avoid statements such as "will be discussed herein."
Do not include references
introduction can start in the first page
headings and subtitles
All text headings and subtitles are flush left, written in bold, on a line of
First order are bold, underlined, with all capital letters, and with an empty
line below. Second order headings are bold, with capital and lower-case letters,
and an empty line below. Third order headings are bold, with capital and
lower-case letters, and the text following on the subsequent line.
INTRODUCTION (First Order)
Introduction text after an empty line.
Adhesives text after an empty line.
Text continuing here, without empty line.
References and citation
All citations should be included in the chapter “references cited”, and
When possible in citations, the page number should be given after the
publication date: (Smith, 1973: 89), indicating the page rather than (Smith,
Single author: (Smith, 1973: 89).
Two authors: (Smith and Jones, 1973: 89).
Three or more authors: (Smith et al., 1973: 89).
In press reference: (Smith, in press).
Personal communication: (Smith, personal commun., 1995).
Reference to a quotation: (Smith, 1973: 16).
Portion of text written by a subordinate author: (Smith in Jones, 1973)
Communication cited in a previously-published paper: (Smith cited in Jones 1973)
Notes: Initials are used only if the same surname occurs more than once in the
text, (e.g., Smith, A.A., 1973; Smith, B.M., 1984).
Citation style for the references section is JVP, with authors and year in bold.
JVP styles can be downloaded for reference managers like Zotero.
Beiner, G. G., and R. Rabinovich. 2013.
An elephant task—conservation of elephant remains from Revadim Quarry, Israel.
Journal of the Institute of Conservation 36:53–64.
Bromage, T., G., and S. Werning. 2013.
Image Standardization in Paleohistology; pp. 161–175 in K. Padian and E.-T. Lamm
(eds.), Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods. University of California Press,
Oakland, CA, USA.
Campeny, G., B. Gómez de Soler, and J. Agustí. 2012.
Memòria de L’excavació Al Camp Dels Ninots (Caldes de Malavella, La Selva).
Campanya de 2012. Dept. de Cultura, Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalunya, Spain,
JPT allows references from websites and conference communications:
Davidson, A. 2012.
Cavity mounts for safe storage & handling. Available at
Val, S., C. Cancelo, B. Vila, and A. Sallés.
Preparation of dinosaurs eggshells: New insights to traditional techniques. 3Rd
annual Fossil Preparation & Collections Symposium, The Field Museum Chicago,
JPT invites all authors to contribute and profit from the
open Zotero group on paleontological techniques:
The images should
be of good quality, with no less than 300 dpi, a width of 9 cm (one column) or
18 cm (whole page), and without compression. The formats AI, JPEG, TIFF, PDF are
accepted, but the preferred format for figures is jpg files. Figures must be
submitted as separate files, not embedded in manuscript text.