About the Journal
The Journal of Cephalopod Palaeontology (JCP) is an international open access, peer-reviewed online journal publishing original research articles focused on fossil cephalopods with no restriction on geological time or palaeogeographic origin.
The scope of the journal includes e.g. evolution, phylogenetics, systematic studies, stratigraphy, palaeobiogeography, palaeoecology, taxonomy, taphonomy, nomenclatural acts, heritage, field data, research methods. Multi- or inter-disciplinary approaches are welcome as long as fossil cephalopods represent the main focus, even as a model for theoretical issues.
Taxonomy based on or inspired by a population approach (taking into account intraspecific variability and evolutionary patterns and processes) is especially welcome.
Submitted works can be discussions of broad interest, monographs, or more local descriptive research assuming that original data are at the basis of more detailed palaeontological studies or interdisciplinary topics.
All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors and will generally be reviewed by two or more experts. JCP operates a single-blind peer-review system (the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the author, but their report remains anonymous), except in case of express agreement of the reviewers to communicate their identity.
Peer reviewers assess submitted manuscripts for methodological rigor, ethics, validity and significance in an open-minded spirit. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with other members of the Editorial Board.
JCP meets the requirements of the current version of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN, Art. 8). The articles are deposited in open online archives, without any embargo period, where they will be permanently and openly accessible. All eligible nomenclatural acts (for example, introduction of a new taxon) mandatorily must be registered into Zoobank before publication following the process specified by the ICZN.
The journal is managed by the association of the 'Research group in palaeobiology and biostratigraphy of ammonites' (GPA - website here).