Permafrost and Periglacial Processes

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Edited By: Professor J. B. Murton

Impact Factor: 2.0

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 13/47 (Geology); 26/49 (Geography Physical)

Online ISSN: 1099-1530

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Permafrost and Periglacial Processes publishes papers, short communications, reviews, discussions, monographs and book reviews in English. Please note: Editors reserve the right to reject papers without external review if i) the paper is not within the scope of the Journal; ii) the English of the paper is not of a high enough standard; or iii) if the length or format of the submission does not does not meet the Journal’s requirements.

For the latest editorial advice please read What makes a good paper for PPP? by the current Editor, Professor J.B.Murton.

  • Papers - are reports of varying lengths that describe the results of original research. The normal length limit is 30 double-spaced word-processed A4 (or US letter) pages including figures and tables. Papers are subject to peer review, with originality and excellence as the main criteria for acceptance.
  • Short Communications - are short reports on methodology, technique or instrumentation, that do not require lengthy accounts of background and principles. They will undergo the normal review process. The normal length limit is 15 double-spaced word-processed A4 (or US letter) pages, including figures and tables.
  • Review Articles - are state-of-the-art summaries of areas of permafrost science or engineering. The normal length limit is 30 double-spaced word-processed A4 (or US letter) pages including figures and tables. Review articles are subject to the normal PPP refereeing system, with synthesis, completeness and timeliness as the main criteria for acceptance.
  • Discussions - of articles published in recent issues of Permafrost and Periglacial Procsses may be accepted for publication if they are brief and of a technical or interpretative nature. Replies to such discussions are invited from the original authors and are generally published in the same issue.
  • Monographs - are authoritative and benchmark studies that provide seminal contributions to understanding permafrost and periglacial processes and engineering endeavours. They allow a topic to be considered in greater depth than is possible in a standard research article, and reflect on research over an extended period of time or through multidisciplinary collaboration. Monographs will occasionally be published in place of a standard issue of PPP, when there is no special issue in the same year. The submission and reviewing process for monographs will be the same as for research articles. Authors who wish to submit a monograph to PPP must provide the editors with an abstract, outline structure and statement about the scientific significance of the monograph for approval prior to submission. Submissions will be peer reviewed and considered in the same way as a research article.
  • Book Reviews - are critical assessments of major recent publications in the permafrost and periglacial literature. The normal length limit is 5 double-spaced word-processed A4 (or US letter) pages.
  • Comments and Replies - A Comment on an article published in PPP must be submitted within two years of the article’s publication in print. Comments should focus on either important implications or spinoffs of the research or identify serious problems or inadequacies with it. Comments should not exceed three printed pages in length (3000 words). Comments will be treated in the same way as articles and therefore could be sent out for review by experts in the field before an editorial decision is made regarding their suitability for publication. If the Comment is accepted for publication, the author(s) of the original article will then be given up to three weeks to submit a Reply to the Comment. The Reply, too, may be sent out for review, to ensure that it also merits publication. After a potential review is complete, the authors will have a limit of one week to revise and resubmit the Reply. Final decisions about the suitability of Comments and Replies for publication will be made by the editors on the basis of referees’ comments (if available) and significance to the readership.

Manuscript Submission. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to the Permafrost and Periglacial Processes online submission site.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .docx, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.

LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single.pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the designation "Main Documents" from the dropdown box.


NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage, such as Word documents. Please ensure that both a separate response document AND a tracked changes document of the main file are also uploaded for ease of review. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow. Please note that both response and tracked changes documents are required, as above.

Electronic Enhancement/Supporting Information . Data that are (i) not amenable to presentation in a traditional print format, (ii) of interest primarily to specialists and do not require Journal page space, or (iii) particularly useful to the community in electronic (downloadable) form can be published online as supporting information hosted within Wiley Online Library.

Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

Manuscript style. The languages of the journal is English. All submissions including book reviews must have a title, 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  • During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title (for the running header in the journal) and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) .
  • Supply an abstract of up to 200 words for all articles [except book reviews]. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.
  • Spelling - should follow that of Webster's Third New International Dictionary or the Oxford English Dictionary . Authors are responsible for consistency in spelling.
  • Authors must ensure that their manuscript has: (1) double spaced lines throughout the manuscript; and (2) consecutive line numbers from p. 1 onwards to the end of the manuscript. Line numbers must be set before a manuscript is uploaded.
  • Symbols, units and nomenclature - should conform to international recommendations such as those of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (see Document U.I.P 11 (S.U.N.) 65-3 (1965)) and the International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry (see the new Manual of Symbols and Terminology for Physiochemical Quantities and Units (1975)).
    Metric units should be used for metric equivalents given. The use of SI units (Système International d'unités) is encouraged. This is explained in the Metric Practice Guide (published in 1979 by the Canadian Standards Association, 178 Rexdale Boulevard, Rexdale, Ontario, Canada M9W 1R3) and in Quantities, Units and Symbols (published in 1971 by the Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, England).

    Permafrost terminology should follow that recommended in either i) Glossary of permafrost and related ground ice terms (published in 1988 by the Permafrost Subcommittee, Associate Committee on Geotechnical Research, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0R6, Technical Memorandum 142, ISBN 0-660-12540-4; also available in French) or ii) van Everdingen, R. (ed.) (1998, revised 2005). Multi-language glossary of permafrost and related ground-ice terms. (Chinese, English, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish). Boulder, CO: National Snow and Ice Data Center/World Data Center for Glaciology (available on-line at

Reference style. References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al ., 1998).

All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) * for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Burn CR. 2004. A field perspective on modelling 'single-ridge' ice-wedge polygons. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 15 : 59-65. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.475

Harry DG. 1988. Ground ice and permafrost. In Advances in Periglacial Geomorphology , Clark MJ (ed.). John Wiley & Sons: New York; 113-249.

For further examples of reference styles please read the Reference Style Guide.

*The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.

Footnotes are to be avoided. References in Russian and Chinese should be translated into English or French and the original language should be indicated in brackets at the end of the reference.

Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the lead author's name, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size, at least size 9, that can still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi
  • Figures must be of a size and quality to fit either one column, less than 83 mm wide, or two columns, less than 176 mm wide

As there is 100MB limit to the combined size of the files you can upload some figures may require compressing. Files can be saved in a .zip archive (or other compressed format such as .rar) to reduce their size. Figures once uploaded should be of at least a size of 250K. To double check the quality of a figure, it should not become noticeably blurred or pixelated at 300% zoom. Please click here for links to useful compression software and for more information please read the Electronic Artwork Guidelines.

Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

It is the responsibility of the author to clarify whether or not the colour figures are required in print when submitting the manuscript for review.

A small allocation of colour pages per volume is available at the Editor's discretion. Outside of this allocation, the cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. For a cost quotation and advice on placement of colour figures, please contact the Journal's Content Editor following acceptance of your paper. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author if the illustration appears in black and white in the printed journal. In this case, authors must ensure that all elements of the illustration will reproduce adequately in the black and white print version. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional: tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format. For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission please visit:

The availability of Supporting Information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the Acknowledgements, headed 'Supporting Information'. Short legends should be included here, listing the titles of all supporting figures, tables, data etc. Full (more detailed) legends for Supporting Information must also be uploaded as a separate Word document. This version will be used online, alongside where the Supporting Information is hosted, but not in the manuscript text, which instead uses the short versions of the legends. For image files (i.e. TIFF, JPEG etc.), legends should not be embedded. Instead, when uploading the image file to ScholarOne, please use the space provided to paste in the legend so that it appears underneath the figure in the PDF that is sent to the reviewers. In order to protect reviewer anonymity, material posted on authors’ websites cannot be reviewed.

Supporting Information items should be referred to in the text as follows:

Supporting figures: Figure S1, Figure S2 etc.

Supporting tables: Table S1, Table S2 etc.

Supporting data: Data S1, Data S2 etc.

Supporting experimental procedures: Methods S1, Methods S2 etc.

Supporting animations: Movie S1, Movie S2 etc.

Any other text-based Supporting Information: Appendix S1, Appendix S2 etc.

The above order should be used when listing the Supporting Information legends, both in the short versions in the main manuscript text file, as well as in the separate full legends file.

Post Acceptance

Further Information. For accepted manuscripts, the publisher will supply proofs by e-mail to the submitting author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only (unless otherwise stated). Please sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Reprints of your article and copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.

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To link to an article from the author's homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "" as per following example:

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To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:

Burn CR. 2004. A field perspective on modelling 'single-ridge' ice-wedge polygons. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 15 : 59-65. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.475.

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Pre-Submission English Language Editing. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.