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Palaeo Publishing & Library


About us

Palaeo Publishing & Library vzw (PP&L) is a non profit organisation which groups professional and amateur palaeontologists alike. Its aim is to build up a library for research purposes, to be made available to its members. In order to achieve this goal, we maintain a large exchange programm with institutions worldwide (see: exchange programm). On the long run we also envisage the storage of important collections from our members to preserve them for the future. Both the library and the collection will be kept with the goal to further palaeontological research. For this reason anyone who earnestly wishes to contribute to palaeontology is welcome to join our association.

Since 2001 Palaeo Publishing & Library vzw (PP&L) contributes to the science of palaeontology through its series PALAEONTOS and PALAEOFOCUS.

PALAEONTOS is published at irregular intervals, but at least once a year, only after international peer review and preferably in English. Each volume is a monograph of at least 50 pages in length about a palaeontological subject or a number of smaller papers about related subjects.

PALAEOFOCUS is also published at irregular intervals and preferably in English. This series is not peer reviewed, but will be submitted to a specialist for comments.


Journal Policy


PALAEONTOS is published at irregular intervals, but at least once in a year with a total edition of at least 200 copies per title. They are original monographs of 50 pages or more, containing new scientific information. Smaller papers will be referred to a regular journal of another publisher. Manuscripts should preferably be about a macropalaeontological subject, such as mollusks, elasmobranchs, ammonoids, echinoderms, etc. The number of plates is of no importance.
All manuscripts fitting this scope can be submitted to our board of editors, who will give you the first feedback. When the manuscript is considered original, it will be sent to two or more international referees on whose judgement final acceptance will depend. Positive judgment of referees is however no guarantee of final acceptance by the editors.
Once a manuscript is accepted by the editors, it will be prepared for printing. The first author of the manuscript will receive a proofprint of the monograph, which he should read very carefully and return to the editor as soon as possible. We always publish in the autumn of every year, so the deadline for returning the proofprints is August 15th. Any accepted manuscript received after this date, will be published in the next year.It is strongly recommended that potential authors contact the editor-in-chief in a very early stage of preparation of the manuscript so that submission won’t falter.After publication the first author will receive 15 copies free of charge of his paper or book. Additional copies can be purchased at a reduced rate. Each of our volumes is abstracted in the Zoological Records. Since we maintain an exchange programm, each volume of PALAEONTOS is distributed worldwide.
 
PALAEOFOCUS is also published at irregular intervals. They are original monographs of 50 pages or more, not containing new scientific information. The content should treat e.g. the fauna of a locality, which doesn’t contain anything new, but as such has never been published before. Also an iconographic atlas of a taxonomic group or a region will be considered. We insist on high quality of both content and illustrations.Smaller papers will be referred to another publisher. Manuscripts should preferably be about a macropalaeontological subject, such as mollusks, elasmobranchs, ammonoids, echinoderms, etc. The number of plates is of no importance.
All manuscripts fitting this scope can be submitted to our board of editors, who will give you the first feedback. When the manuscript is considered original, it will be sent a specialist in the field for reading, on whose judgement final acceptance will depend. Positive judgment of the reader however is no guarantee of final acceptance by the editors.
Once a manuscript is accepted by the editors, it will be prepared for printing. The first author of the manuscript will receive a proofprint of the monograph, which he should read very carefully and return to the editor as soon as possible. We always publish in the autumn of every year, so the deadline for returning the proofprints is August 15th. Any accepted manuscript received after this date, will be published in the next year.
It is strongly recommended that potential authors contact the editor-in-chief in a very early stage of preparation of the manuscript so that submission won’t falter.After publication the first author will receive 15 copies free of charge of his paper or book. Additional copies can be purchased at a reduced rate.
 

Any manuscript which doesn’t fit this policy can still be published as a book or will be referred to another publisher. Please always contact us before submitting any manuscript!

 

 

Authors' instructions


Authors should prepare their texts digitally, saved in WORD, with the necessary headings, separations, italics, bolds, small capitals, etc. Names of authors should be in small capitals, not in full capitals. Names of genera and species should be in italics. Each manuscript should have an abstract, key words, introduction, geological and geographical setting, systematic part, conclusions, references and legends to the plates. The text should be in English, but a large abstract in another language is possible. If the text is not in English, please contact the editor-in-chief for advice. The text should be at least 50 pages and preferably not exceed 150 pages, but this is no strict rule. Always prepare the text and title as concise as possible.
Illustrations (maps, tables, graphs, plates, drawings, etc.) should be prepared on high quality and saved each as a separate file. These files should be TIFF files of at least 300dpi. Please do not insert any illustration in the text, but mark the place in the text where the corresponding illustration / table should be inserted! Tables can be submitted as a separate EXCELL file.
All the files should be submitted electronically on a CD or DVD. We do not need a hard copy for submission. Please avoid sending large files via e-mail.
The number of illustration / plates is not important, but they should be of good quality and black/white. If colour printing is desired, please contact us first before submitting. In this case, the board of editors may request the author to participate in the cost of printing.
All papers will be refereed (for PALAEONTOS) or sent to a specialist for reading (for PALAEOFOCUS). After acceptance, authors will be asked to sign an author’s contract with the association. They of course will retain the intellectual authorship of the manuscript. Publication is free of charge, except sometimes in the case of colour printing. Membership of Palaeo Publishing & Library vzw is not required to publish with us.We publish on high quality glossy paper so as to secure the quality of the illustrations. All our books are bound.

We will register all publications, authors and new taxa in our series Palaeontos with Zoobank (www.zoobank.org/), who will then assign a Life Science Identifier (LSID) to each of them. This LSID will be incorporated in our publications.

Exchange programm

Since the aim of our association is to build up a scientific library, we invite other institutions, museums or associations to exchange their palaeontological journals or publications for our Palaeontos, which will be sent once a year after publication. Our other publications, Palaeofocus and the books, are not part of the exchange programm, unless after agreement with us. Although we prefer to receive journals in the field of palaeontology; we also accept publications which are not part of a series, such as special volumes or books, but always dedicated to palaeontology or with a large portion devoted to palaeontology. 

Please send you enquiries or publications to:

Palaeo Publishing & Library vzw
Minervastraat 23
2640 Mortsel
Belgium

Contact us

Please contact us at: palaeontos@gmail.com

 


Palaeo Publishing & Library