Basin Research

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Edited By: Cynthia Ebinger, George Hilley, Rebecca Bell, Atle Rotevatn, Andreas Mulch and Nadine McQuarrie

Impact Factor: 4.147

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 17/188 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1365-2117

Author Guidelines

Publication Policy
Basin Research is an international journal which aims to publish original, high impact research papers on sedimentary basin systems. We view integrated, interdisciplinary research as being essential for the advancement of the subject area; therefore we do not seek manuscripts focused purely on sedimentology, structural geology or geophysics that have a natural home in specialist journals. Rather, we seek manuscripts that treat sedimentary basins as multi-component systems that require a multi-faceted approach to advance our understanding of their development. During deposition and subsidence we are concerned with large-scale geodynamic processes, heat flow, fluid flow, strain distribution, seismic and sequence stratigraphy, modelling, burial and inversion histories. In addition, we view the development of the source area, in terms of drainage networks, climate, erosion, denudation and sediment routing systems as vital to sedimentary basin systems. The underpinning requirement is that a contribution should be of interest to earth scientists of more than one discipline.

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Publication ethics
Basin Research requests that all authors follow the ethical guidelines set out at

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 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.

Basin Research accepts submission at This enables the quickest possible review. Manuscripts should be submitted in an editable format, ideally as a Word document (.doc). If using LaTeX please upload a PDF file of the manuscript for the reviewers - note that upon acceptance we will require your TeX/LaTeX source files to edit and typeset the article. Figures should be uploaded separately.

The recommended word limit for manuscripts submitted to Basin Research is 20 pages (6000-7000 words, 12 figures). Material for specialists should be placed in Supplementary Material that is available online, but not in print (e.g., Tables, diagrams). If the paper exceeds the recommended limit authors are requested to contact the Editor-in-Chief, Cynthia Ebinger ( or the Editorial Office ( providing a brief explanation for the greater length.

On acceptance, you will be required to upload your manuscript as clean text file and additional high resolution graphics files. TIFF (.tiff) or EPS (.eps) are our preferred formats. Full upload instructions and support are available online from the submission site via the 'Get Help Now' button. Please submit your covering letter or comments to the editor when prompted online.

Exclusive Licence Form

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.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.


Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

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 License OAA

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Accepted Articles

'Accepted Articles' have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. A completed copyright form is required before a manuscript can be processed as an Accepted Article.

The editors retain the right to modify the style and length of a contribution (major changes being agreed with the corresponding author) and to decide the time of publication.

Pages should be numbered consecutively, including those of acknowledgements, references, tables and figure legends. Papers must be in English and spelling should conform to the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. Authors are advised to retain a copy of the paper in case of loss as the Editors cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Papers will be acknowledged on receipt.

The typescript should include a title page with a concise, but informative, title and a short running title for page headings, a list of authors names with addresses, and the name, address and email address(es) of the author to whom proofs and offprint requests should be directed. There should also be an abstract comprising a summary of about 50-300 words.

The main body of the text should be arranged under up to four different levels of heading. It would be helpful if the authors could indicate in the margin the relative importance of a heading by the use of ringed capital letters, i.e. (A) for the main heading, (B) for the secondary heading, etc.

Author material archive policy 
Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Units, Symbols and Abbreviations
SI units are preferred. Statistics and measurements should be given in numeric form, e.g. 2 m, except where the number begins a sentence. When a number is used to identify a feature, it should be given in figures with the feature capitalized (e.g. Section 10, Locality 5). The word figure should be shortened to Fig. unless starting a sentence.

Tables and Figures
The journal will have a page size of 276 mm deep by 210 mm wide, and tables and figures should be prepared to fit within the width of either a column (80 mm) or the full page (167 mm). The column depth is 230 mm. Tables must be typed on separate sheets. They should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Column headings should be brief with units of measurement in parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns.

Fly-outs will be accepted, but they are costly and will be subject to rigorous scrutiny. Authors who wish to publish fly-outs should attempt to obtain funds towards the publication costs, but inability to pay will not prevent publication of a fly-out if the Editors consider it necessary.

We would like to receive your artwork in electronic form. Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Ideally, vector graphics that have been saved in metafile (.WMF) or pict (.PCT) format should be embedded within the body of the text file. Detailed information on our digital illustration standards is available at our digital illustration guidelines page.

From 2013 onwards, in all cases colour figures will be free of charge both online and in print.

Data that is integral to the paper must be made available in such a way as to enable readers to replicate, verify and build upon the conclusions published in the paper. Any restriction on the availability of this data must be disclosed at the time of submission. Data may be included as part of the main article where practical. We recommend that data for which public repositories are widely used, and are accessible to all, should be deposited in such a repository prior to publication. The appropriate linking details and identifier(s) should then be included in the publication and where possible the repository, to facilitate linking between the journal article and the data. If such a repository does not exist, data should be included as supporting information to the published paper or authors should agree to make their data available upon reasonable request.

These should be given in the text in the form: Miall (1983), Reineck & Singh (1990) and, for three or more authors, Miller et al. (1977). When different papers with the same first author and the same year are cited, a, b, c, etc., should be put after the year of publication. References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper in the following standard form

MIALL., A.D. (1983) Basin analysis of fluvial sediments. In: Modern and Ancient Fluvial Systems (Ed. by J. D. Collinson and J. Lewin), Spec. Publ. int. Ass. Sediment., 6, 279-286.

MILLER, M.C., McCAVE, I.M. & KOSAR, P.D. (1977) Threshold of sediment action in unidirectional currents. Sedimentology, 24, 507-528.

REINECK, H.E. & SINGH, I.B. (1980) Depositional Sedimentary Environments, 2nd edn. SpringerVerlag, Berlin.

STOW, D.A.A. (1986) Deep clastic seas. In: Sedimentary Environments and Facies, 2nd edn (Ed. by H. G. Reading), pp. 399-444. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here.

Authors using Endnote software to format their References can download a profile for Basin Research here. Right-click on the link and select 'save target as'. Navigate to your EndNote styles folder and save. We have endeavoured to make this style file as comprehensive as possible, but complex or unusual reference types and variations in reference data quality in EndNote may result in missing information or formatting problems. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement, please contact the journal Production Editor at


The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from here. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.



Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

Paper offprints of the printed published article may be purchased if ordered via the method stipulated on the instructions that will accompany the proofs. Printed offprints are posted to the correspondence address given for the paper unless a different address is specified when ordered. Note that it is not uncommon for printed offprints to take up to eight weeks to arrive after publication of the journal.


Early View
Basin Research is covered by Wiley Online Library's 
Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. To receive an e-mail alert once your article has been published, please see this page.