Open Paleontology



Philosophy of Open Paleontology

For more information, please see Open Paleontology Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Open Paleontology provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Open Paleontology, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Open Paleontology. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Open Paleontology, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

New submissions to Open Paleontology do not have to be formatted in the Journal’s style and format. Nonetheless, they should be organized in a manner that is consistent with a standard research article and be formatted so that they are easy to read and comment on (e.g. with line numbers, double line spacing…). On revision, provisionally accepted manuscripts should be carefully formatted to the Journal’s style. After initial review, you may be asked to supply editable files that match journal formatting requirements, and high-resolution figures. For more information, please consult the Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines.

The manuscript should contain the following information: title; author(s); author addresses, plus email address, phone and fax numbers of the corresponding author; abstract; key words; core text; tables and figures.

Maximum word count for abstracts: 200 words

Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and The Research Repository @ WVU

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to The Research Repository @ WVU all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of The Research Repository @ WVU, requires credit to The Research Repository @ WVU as copyright holder (e.g., The Research Repository @ WVU © 2023).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from The Research Repository @ WVU provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the The Research Repository @ WVU website and/or software agree not to misuse the The Research Repository @ WVU service or software in any way.

The failure of The Research Repository @ WVU to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between The Research Repository @ WVU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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