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The SVP Memoir Series


A Memoir provides the opportunity for publishing single major works that are too lengthy to be considered for Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (JVP) articles, as well as collections of shorter papers with a single theme (e.g., symposium proceedings) that might appropriately be published in a single volume. The Memoir is published and mailed with an issue of the JVP.

Each year the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (Society) will support publication of one Memoir that does not carry any page charges to the author for a total of 200 printed pages. Page charges would be applicable beyond the initial 200 printed pages. Additional Memoirs may also be published as supplements to the same volume of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (JVP), but authors will be responsible for the full cost of publication and the added mailing cost. Costs vary depending on the length of the Memoir, the number of figures, and the amount of color requested. Proposals for these additional Memoirs should be sent directly to the Memoir Editor and Senior Editors for evaluation and discussion of costs.


Review Panel


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.
 

Proposal Submission Requirements


A 3–5 page proposal is requested that outlines the content of the proposed Memoir and its relevance to the Society in general, including:

  • an indication of the length of the manuscript
  • the number of illustrations and whether any will be rendered in color
  • a detailed outline
  • evidence of progress on the manuscript (e.g., completed sections of text, illustrations)
  • a schedule that details the timeline for submission and review
  • a list of potential reviewers and their availability. 
     

Submission and Selection Deadlines and Information


A single round of submissions will take place each year for intended publication sometime during the following year.
 

  • Proposals for the 2016 series should be submitted by February 1, 2015
  • Potential authors will be notified of the panel’s decision.

In the event that two exceptionally high quality proposals are received in the same competition, the selection panel has the option to accept both, but delay the publication of one until the following year. This would potentially have a knock-on effect for competitions in subsequent years.
 

Selected Manuscript Schedule


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 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.
 

All Proposal Submissions are to be sent to:

Randy Irmis at : irmis@umnh.utah.edu
 

Questions? Contact Randy Irmis at: irmis@umnh.utah.edu


Back Issues of the Memoir Series

 

Krause, David W. and Nathan J. Kley.
Simosuchus clarki  (Crocodyliformes: Notosurchia) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 10: 1-236; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(6)

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Balanoff, A.M. and T. Rowe. 2007. Osteological description of the extinct elephant bird, Aepyornis (Palaeognathae: Ratitae). Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 9: 1-53; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(4)

Memoir 9
Sampson, Scott D. and David W. Krause (eds.). 2007. Majungasaurus crenatissimus (Theropoda: Abelisauridae) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 8: 1-184; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(2)
Memoir 8

Brochu, C. A. 2002. Osteology of Tyrannosaurus rex: Insights from a nearly complete skeleton and high-resolution computed tomographic analysis of the skull. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 7: 1-138; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22(2) 

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            7

Rowe, T., C. A. Brochu and K. Kishi (eds.). 1999. Cranial morphology of Alligator mississippiensis and phylogeny of Alligatoroidea. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 6: 1-100; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 19(2)

Memoir 6
Wilson, J. A. and P. C. Sereno. 1998. Early evolution and higher-level phylogeny of sauropod dinosaurs. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 5: 1-68; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18(2)
Memoir 5
Grande, L and W. E. Bemis. 1998. A comprehensive phylogenetic study of amiid fishes (Amiidae) based on comparative skeletal anatomy. An empirical search for interconnected patterns of natural history. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 4: 1-690; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18(1)
Memoir 4
Witmer, L. M. 1997. The evolution of the antorbital cavity of archosaurs: a study in soft-tissue reconstruction in the fossil record with an analysis of the function of pneumaticity. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 3: 1-73; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 17(1)
Memoir 3

Sereno, P. C. 1991. Basal archosaurs: phylogenetic relationships and functional implications. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 2: 1-53; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 11(4)

Memoir 2

Grande, L and W. E. Bemis. 1991. Osteology and phylogenetic relationships of fossil and Recent paddlefishes (Polyodontidae) with comments on the interrelationships of Acipensiformes. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 1: 1-121; supplement to Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 11(1)

Memoir 1