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Publications Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is the flagship publication of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The first issue of the journal appeared in 1981 and had 422 published pages. The total pages published yearly has increased steadily since then, but recent increases have been dramatic, leading to an all time high of 1245 published pages in 2008. The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is published bimonthly by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in partnership with the Taylor & Francis Group. Frequently Asked Questions about the JVP's transition to publisher Taylor & Francis.

Journal Contents

SVP Members can access all JVP issues including supplemental data and Memoirs. The JVP will now be posted to the Taylor & Francis Online Web site at least one week before the paper JVP ships.

Access to the annual meeting abstract volumes from 2006-2014 are also available here.

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History and Coverage

The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (or JVP) was founded in 1980 at the University of Oklahoma by Dr. Jiri Zidek, with financial support from the University of Oklahoma Presidential Associates Fund; publication of the JVP was continued in 1984 by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. It publishes original contributions on all aspects of the subject, including vertebrate origins, evolution, functional morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, taphonomy, paleobiogeography, and paleoanthropology.

Impact Factors

The Journal is included in the ISI Science Citation Index.  In the 2011 Journal Citation Report® the Journal had an Impact Factor of 2.214, ranking it at 6th out of 49 journals in the Paleontology category at ISI.

Information for Authors

The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (JVP) is the bimonthly journal of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. It is devoted to studies on the evolution, functional morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny,  biostratigraphy, paleoecology and paleobiogeography of fossil vertebrates. JVP publishes high quality peer-reviewed original articles, and occasional reviews and interdisciplinary papers. It is international in scope, and emphasizes both specimen- and field-based based research and the use of high quality illustrations.  Priority is given to articles dealing with topics of broad interest to the entire vertebrate paleontology community and to high-impact specialist studies. Articles dealing with narrower topics, including notes on taxonomic name changes (unless these deal with errors published in in JVP), preliminary site reports, and documentation of new specimens of well-known taxa, are afforded lower priority. Go to Information for Authors...

Copyright Permission

Permission to photocopy, republish or translate material from The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology may be requested directly from the publisher. Please click here for information or email Taylor & Francis for all copyright permission requests. You may view the society's copyright policy here.

Author Charges

There will be a $450 color page charge. SVP Members will receive discounted color page charges of $350.

Editorial Staff

The editorial staff of the JVP is appointed by the Publications Committee and includes the Senior Editor, Managing Editor, Technical Editor, Memoirs  Editor, Managing Editor, Book Reviews Editor, and Advertising Editor,  working with an Editorial Board consisting of respected specialists  in the various sub-disciplines of vertebrate paleontology. Read more about Editorial Staff..

Journal Advertising

Advertising space is available in the JVP. Download the Advertisement Rates Form for complete information about placing an ad. For advertising in JVP Email Us!  Note that the annual meeting program and abstracts are no longer a supplement of JVP. See the Meeting webpages for details on advertising in the annual program and abstract book.


The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is published bimonthly by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) in partnership with the Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK. The print JVP ISSN is 0272-4634; the online JVP ISSN is 1937-2809.

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