Editorial Policies

Section Policies


Regular articles can be of any length and report important additions to paleoentomology. They should include an abstract that summarizes the results and their implications. Typically the abstract should not be more than 300 words in length, although exceptions can be made for this.

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Brief Communications

Brief communications are short articles reporting new data or ideas. They should be 10 or fewer typed, single-spaced pages (including literature cited) and include no more than 2 figures and/or 2 tables. They should include abstracts no longer than 3 sentences. In some instances, brief communications may be delayed in publication to be published along with other short articles all at once and in the same issue number.

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Review or Commentary

Reviews provide a current synthesis of a particular topic and suggest future directions for the field. Commentaries express wholly new points of view or set out speculations based on scholarly review of recently published works. They must go beyond the works being reviewed and include discussions of new directions, new syntheses, and/or resolutions to old questions. These contributions will normally be solicited, but authors may submit proposals to the Editors.

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Historical, Biographical, Popular Articles

These contributions provide information or comments on the history of paleoentomology, significant contributors to the field, or popular accounts designed to engage or education the public about some aspect of the science. These contributions will normally be contributed or solicited by the Editors.

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Peer Review Process

Novitates Paleoentomologicae seeks two peer reviews per manuscript submission. In cases of conflict between reviews, additional reviewer opinions or that of one of the editors may be sought. In some cases, the editors may decide to return manuscripts to authors prior to review with preliminary comments designed to improve the manuscript's chances of eventual acceptance. Manuscripts which are poorly written will not be considered and will be returned to authors without review. After a paper has been reviewed by the Editors and reviewers, the Editor will decide whether to accept or reject it. Acceptance is based on the quality of the work and writing and significance of the article to paleontology. Each paper must stand on its own merits and be a noteworthy contribution to the field. The Editors reserve the right to reject a paper (before or after review) for any reason and without explanation to the authors. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to send an electronic version (Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format) of the final, accepted version of the manuscript to the journal’s website for editing, type-setting, layout, and publication.


Publication Frequency

Novitates Paleoentomologicae will be published continuously, with papers appearing as they are ready throughout the year.


Open Access Policy

All articles in Novitates Paleoentomologicae are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.  This journal provides open access to all of it content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.



Novitates Paleoentomologicae is archived in PORTICO (www.portico.org) and at the University of Kansas.


A Journal of Occasional Fossil Insect Research at the University of Kansas

Novitates Paleoentomologicae is an international, open access journal that seeks to rapidly disseminate the results of paleontological research conducted in the Division of Entomology at the University of Kansas. All taxonomic articles are registered in ZooBank and conform to the latest standards of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.