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Submit Your Proposal

SVP Memoir Series

Submit your Memoir proposal to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

What is a Memoir?

A Memoir provides the opportunity for publishing single major works that are too lengthy to be published as a single paper, as well as collections of shorter papers with a single theme (e.g., symposium proceedings) that might appropriately be published in a single volume.

What is a Memoir Proposal?

In order to publish your Memoir in JVP, we require a 3-5 page proposal outlining the Memoir and its relevance to the Society in general.

This must include:

  • Justification for the topic’s broad interest to the JVP readership

  • A detailed outline of the proposed memoir

  • Substantial evidence of progress on the manuscript (e.g., completed sections of text, illustrations; these should be sent as separate files and do not contribute to the 3-5 page limit)

  • A schedule that details the proposed timeline for submission and review

  • Estimated length of the manuscript (text, number of tables, and number of figures)

  • Number of illustrations and whether any will be rendered in color

  • A list of potential reviewers

Please send your proposal to Patrick O’Connor.

How will my Memoir be reviewed?

A review panel comprising the Memoirs Editor and four additional SVP members will review the proposals and make a decision based on quality and likely appeal to a broad spectrum of Society membership. The Review Panel’s specialist areas will cover a broad range of vertebrate paleontology subdisciplines. The Senior Editor, Managing Editor and Memoirs Editor will be responsible for appointing the panel subject to the approval of the President of the Society. Members will serve three-year terms with staggered appointments for the original five members to ensure continuity.

How will my Memoir get published?

The manuscript must be submitted through Manuscript Central no later than November 1 of the same year, but preferably earlier. The complete revised manuscript must be available for final approval by the Memoirs Editor no later than June 30 of the following year. This provides a period of up to two months for review followed by 6 months for revision. This schedule will ensure that the Memoir can be published as a supplement to issue 5 or 6 of that year’s JVP. If the submission is received earlier, it may allow publication as a supplement to an earlier issue of the volume.

All submitted manuscripts must follow JVP style exactly, with high-quality illustrations in JVP-acceptable formats. Submission of a color cover illustration is mandatory.

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