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Manuscript preparation guidelines for authors

The following sections provide guidelines on how to prepare and compose your manuscript. Please follow these standards to ensure a smooth peer-review and production process. When preparing your manuscript, please also refer to the manuscript-type-specific guidelines.

If you or your institute plans a press release or some other promotional work on your paper, please inform Media and Communications at Copernicus (media@copernicus.org) before. We may be able to assist you and help distribute your work further.

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Manuscript composition

Animal research 

It should always be stated in the abstract which organism(s) was (were) studied. Furthermore, ethics statements are required in the methods sections of manuscripts whenever results of animal research are reported. These ethics statements should explicitly contain relevant information on the endeavour to reduce animal suffering and state which ethics committee approved the work, as well as the associated permit number(s). If no ethical consent was required, this must be clearly stated and justified in the manuscript.

Observational and field studies 

Manuscripts reporting any type of field study must include ethics statements in their methods sections that point out the following:

  • details regarding all research permits/approvals (including the full name of the approving authority) − if no approval/permit was needed, this should be stated explicitly, and reasons should be provided by the author(s);
  • a statement regarding the land accessed (privately owned, protected, etc.);
  • a statement on the conservation status of the species;
  • details on animal living conditions, husbandry, testing procedures, and care/welfare.

Palaeontology research 

Detailed descriptions of methods and specimens need to be included in submissions reporting palaeontology research to allow reproducibility. In this regard, underlying data sets supporting the findings should be provided in suitable data repositories and linked to the manuscript by using a permanent identifier (e.g. DOI).

In addition, each manuscript must contain the following:

  • specimen numbers;
  • detailed repository information (name of the museum, geographical location);
  • information about the study site (information on the locality should be specified in the manuscript as legally permissible, or a statement should be included detailing the availability of the respective information to qualified researchers);
  • any required permits (numbers, issuing authority) or a statement if no permits were needed.

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