The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is moving to a rapid online publication workflow (iFirst)!

January 16, 2015
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, in conjunction with Taylor & Francis, is pleased to announce JVP’s move to iFirst. For authors, this means faster turn-around and for readers, it means quicker access to breaking research.


Going forward, accepted articles will be copy-edited, typeset, proofed, and corrected, to become the Version of Record (VoR). Papers will then be published online in the journal's "Latest articles" list on Taylor & Francis Online. The VoR online will be identical to the printed VoR in every way. These "Latest articles" are later assigned to a particular issue of the journal and published in print.


Why move to the iFirst publication model? Rapid online publication of an article significantly reduces the time it takes your research to reach its target audience. With this new workflow, your research and discoveries will be published in JVP more quickly, which will also give your paper more opportunities for other researchers to use and cite.


A few points to note:


•     The VoR is the final version, and is indeed published and fully citable.


•     The VoR will be paginated beginning with page 1, and this will not change when the article is physically printed, so citations will be consistent. An ePub number is assigned to each article and includes the pagination (e.g., 870000-1, 870000-2, etc.).


•    Note that the date of the version published online is the date that should be used in all future citations of the work, rather than that of the print version.


Coincident with the move to iFirst, JVP will now also require registration with ZooBank for any taxonomic acts included in your article. You will be queried at the proof stage of production to provide a ZooBank ID if appropriate for your paper.


Finally, Taylor & Francis is beginning to integrate ORCID identifiers (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) into the journals that it publishes, including Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.  ORCID serves as a mechanism to register unique research identifiers that link research interests, activities and publications to researchers.


The goal of ORCID is to ensure that common ambiguities in the scholarly record are significantly reduced. For example, ORCID IDs enable us to:


•         Make a distinction between two researchers with the same name working at different institutions.

•         Link a person’s record even if their name appears differently in different places.

•         Link a researcher with a name change (married name, etc.) to works authored with a previous version of her/his name.


We hope that you are excited about the transition to iFirst, as this move alone will significantly enhance the impact of your contributions to the field and the journal. Moreover, the integration of both ZooBank and ORCID will keep JVP abreast of 21st century publishing standards and solidify its position as a leading journal among its peers.


Patrick O’Connor and Lars Werdelin

Co-Senior Editors, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology