The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and Taylor & Francis Group are pleased to announce their partnership to publish the 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. These increases are a reflection not only of the increase in the size of our society, but also of the movement of our journal onto the international stage. Currently, the contributors to the journal are scientists from the four corners of the world. During this time, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has accomplished this feat as a self publishing organization, using the services of Allen Press, and more recently Sheridan Press.
The last few years have seen numerous changes, many in response to the increases in the size of the journal, including the introduction of the online submission and review process, changes in format and cover, reorganization of the editorial structure, and the introduction of a copy editor. Nevertheless, the increases in the size of our journal have placed a significantly increased financial burden on the society and its members. Similarly, our current format of four issues/year, and the continued pressure from the numerous papers that are being submitted for publication each year, have resulted in an unacceptably large backlog of manuscripts.
In order to counter this situation, the society leadership considered various solutions, and in collaboration with the Receiving and Senior Editors of JVP, found a solution that would not only address some of the financial issues related to the journal, but would also have a strong positive effect on the future of the flagship publication of the Society. I am therefore pleased to announce that the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has signed a five year publishing agreement with the Taylor&Francis Group, a major publisher of scholarly and professional journals.
This agreement provides numerous advantages to our journal and to the Society. First and foremost, an association with this publisher will lead to significantly greater general exposure of JVP. Taylor & Francis will bring to the Society and JVP its proven marketing skills and extensive connections to numerous scientific and educational institutions, as well as improved contact with the media. Among the most important positive changes, all at no extra cost to the Society, are:
- a change from four to six issues a year,
- an increase in the number of pages published annually,
- a dramatically decreased time to publication,
- elimination of much of the backlog of manuscripts by the end of 2010,
- significant improvements in the proofing process of accepted manuscripts,
- a budget of 24 color pages each year subject to the editors’ discretion, and
- an annual supplementary Memoir issue (maximum of 200 published pages).
Contributors to the journal will continue to receive a free PDF of their paper, which may be distributed to colleagues but not posted on the internet, and will also receive 50 offprints at no additional cost.
Taylor&Francis will also contribute toward an annual prize for the Journal, the criteria to be decided by the Editors and the Society. At the same time we will retain total control of our editorial process, including the use of Manuscript Central, as we have done in the past. We also retain the services of our current printer, Sheridan Press, who has been responsive to our expectations of paper and printing quality. JVP will continue to be archived at BioOne and at JSTOR as at present, while Taylor&Francis plan to create a similar archive that will be available through InformaWorld.
The new arrangement will begin with the first issue of 2010. Authors should not experience significant changes to submission and review procedures, but will see changes once a manuscript goes to press.
Robert R. Reisz
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology