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Edited By: Nigel Mountney and Tracy Frank

Impact Factor: 2.948

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 6/44 (Geology)

Online ISSN: 1365-3091

Author Guidelines

Papers dealing with every aspect of sediments and sedimentary rocks are considered for publication in Sedimentology. Sedimentology is produced seven times a year and publishes original research articles, State of the Science papers and discussion-replies. The first issue of every year is a special issue.

Original Research Articles can be of any length and will be evaluated using the criteria below (for a fuller account see the Editorial in Sedimentology 58: 1675-1677). Papers that tend to be shorter, for example because they are methodological, highly theoretical or simply more succinct will be treated in the same way as longer papers. Authors who have exceptionally current or provocative findings to report may ask the editors to fast-track their submission. Articles of this type should be relatively short (normally less than 5000 words) and the authors must make a convincing case that the community urgently needs to see their work.

State of the Science papers provide an authoritative critical synthesis of an important topic in sedimentology and have three components: (1) a commanding review that explains the broad importance of the topic and how key ideas, evidence and arguments have developed; (2) a critical account of the current state of this science – its strengths and weaknesses; (3) an innovative perspective on the topic’s future trajectory that lays out the main challenges and provides insights (possibly supported by new data, meta-analysis or modelling) into how those challenges might be overcome. The style may be more idiosyncratic and contentious than would normally be found in a research article. We welcome proposals for this type of paper, but approval should be received from the Chief Editors before any work is undertaken.

Discussions of previously published papers, and associated Replies, should be brief, respectful and must address non-trivial issues. They should have merit in their own right and present evidence-based scientific arguments that add new understanding.

In all cases, colour figures are produced free of charge.

Publishing criteria

Successful research articles will exhibit the following qualities. The list is not exhaustive. It is used to guide editorial decisions and to help authors target weaknesses. Authors should use this as a checklist to ensure that their paper is ready for submission.

Criteria 1 to 6 refer to the technical competency of the work and its presentation:

1. The paper’s purpose is clear and adequately justified.
2. Specific research questions or hypotheses are clearly stated and subsequently addressed.
3. The science is robust and competent, based on appropriate methods and analysis.
4. Data presentation is separated from data interpretation.
5. The paper is data-rich with adequate evidence to support the inferences and conclusions.
6. The written arguments, data tables and figures are clear and accessible.

Criteria 7 to 10 refer to the impact, novelty and intellectual value of the paper:

7. The broad, generic importance of the work is adequately explained. The paper addresses theoretical or scientific gaps in understanding, not geographical or stratigraphic gaps per se. Studies focused on a particular location or region explain the relevance of the work; for example, in terms of broader scientific questions of relevance to sedimentologists working elsewhere.
8. The work contains novel elements with innovative aims, hypotheses or methods.
9. The paper represents an important advance in the field with outcomes that are significant and that add to our scientific understanding of sedimentology.
10. The material has not been published previously.

These publication criteria are listed, along with some advice regarding abstract and title construction, in a downloadable guidance note.

Author Services
Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don't need to contact the Production Editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.
Authors should also consider using our SEO Search Engine Optimization Guide to make their articles easier to discover online. Optimizing your article for search engines will greatly increase its chance of being viewed and cited in other work.

Sedimentology is covered by the EarlyView service. EarlyView 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. EarlyView 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 EarlyView articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so EarlyView 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.

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.

Authors should submit their manuscripts online at: Save the text of your manuscript as a Word document or in Rich Text Format. The file will be converted to a PDF when uploaded.  Figures, tables and graphs should be provided as separate files. 
Papers submitted to Sedimentology are accepted on the basis that they have not been, and will not be, published elsewhere.

Exclusive Licence

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 ELF.

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Exclusive License Form to sign. The terms and conditions of the Exlusive License Form can be previewed below:

Exclusive License Form Terms and Conditions sed_elf. Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

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 Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License 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:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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The title page should bear the title of the contribution, name(s) of the author(s) and address of the place where the work was carried out. Please indicate the corresponding author and provide the e-mail address (and full postal address) to which the proofs should be sent. In addition, please include the present address of any author if different from where the work was carried out. All pages should be numbered in the top right-hand corner. A short running title should be provided and authors are requested to provide up to six keywords following the Abstract. Papers should follow the format of Sedimentology as printed in recent issues of the journal. A brief informative Abstract, of 50 to 300 words, should be included. The use of abbreviations should be avoided in the abstract, if possible. Authors should avoid use of the first person ('I', 'we' etc.) within the text.
There is a range of four different levels of headings. It would be helpful if authors could set their paper in the style of Sedimentology, or 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 second heading, etc.
Figures and tables must be cited at an appropriate point and numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript.  All abbreviations used must be defined.  Manufacturer details [company name, town (state, if USA) and country] should be included for any equipment which is mentioned in a manuscript.

Authors should also consider adjusting manuscripts so they can be found more easily by search engines, which in turn will help increase downloads and citations. For a guide on how to optimize your article for search engines please click here.

For preferred use of stratigraphic terminology and nomenclature, the reader is referred to the Code of Stratigraphic Nomenclature by ACSN, 1961, in Bulletin American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 45, 454-459, and to Geological Society of London Special Report no. 11, 1978.
Files should be formatted double-spaced with no hyphenation or automatic wordwrap (no hard returns within paragraphs). Please type your text consistently, e.g. take care to distinguish between '1' (one) and 'l' (lower-case L) and '0' (zero) and 'O' (upper-case o), etc.

Title and Abstract

Titles should be short, punchy and not parochial. While care must be taken to avoid overstating the generality of your contribution, titles should emphasise the generic value of the work, not its geographical location or stratigraphic position. In some cases the novelty and significance of the work will be tied to a particular location and allowances will be made, but in most cases excessive geographical or chronological referencing is unnecessary. Titles should not be more than 25 words long.

Abstracts must not include paragraph breaks or references and must be less than 300 words. Your abstract should contain the following pieces of information while being succinct and clear.
• A statement of aims, key questions or hypotheses.
• A rationale that explains the importance of the questions being asked (that is broad, not focused on a particular study area).
• Brief coverage of the methods and analyses, the main results and important interpretations or inferences that are made.
• An explanation of why these findings are important.
• A clear statement of how this work is novel or significant.

Illustrations will be sized to fit within the width of a column (80 mm), two thirds of a page (112 mm) or a page (170 mm); a page is 230 mm deep. Panels of multipanel figures should be labelled with upper-case roman letters, A, B, etc. at the top left-hand corner of each panel. Multipanel figures that have common axes need not have all axes labelled if the abscissa axis closest to the bottom of the page or the ordinate axis closest to the left are also valid for those axes further up the page or further to the right, respectively. Final lettering, after reduction, should be a minimum of 8 point (2 mm tall). Please note that your paper will go through production more quickly if the figures do not have to be relabelled or redrawn. Please ensure that scale information is included for all figure panels where appropriate.

Please supply figures as EPS or TIFF files. Please ensure that electronic artwork is prepared such that, after reduction, all lettering will be clear and easy to read, i.e. no labels should be too large or too small. Avoid using tints on diagrams if possible; if they are essential to the figure, always try to make them coarse. Figures and graphs should not contain gridlines. No artwork should be incorporated into the text files. For further information in relation to preferred figure formats please use the following link:

Colour figures. All papers are eligible for free colour throughout in print and online.

Each illustration must have a caption that makes the material completely understandable without reference to the text. In the full-text online edition of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full-screen version. Therefore, the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the authors of the key points of the figure.

Large figures can be printed as fold-outs in the journal; please contact the Production Editor for details of charges for these.

Tables should be supplied in an editable format, e.g. word-processed files; they should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Tables should be typed as text, using 'tabs' to align columns. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses. Extensive tabular material can be accepted if deposited with the British Library under their Supplementary Publications Scheme or published on the Sedimentology website. Details on each method of data storage are available from the Editors. All other illustrations (including photographs) are classified as figures and should be numbered consecutively.

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.

In-line equations should be typed as text. Use of graphics programs and 'equation editors' should be avoided, unless part of commonly available word-processing packages (Word, WordPerfect, etc.). A full Nomenclature defining symbols and terms should be provided after the Acknowledgements in the text.

Abbreviations and Units
SI units are preferred. Statistics and measurements should always be given in figures, e.g. 10 mm, except where the number begins the sentence. When a number is used to identify a feature (e.g. Section, Locality) 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.

The use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager is recommended for reference management and formatting.
EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:
Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Authors should use the system illustrated below. Only full articles that have been published or are 'in press' may be included in the reference list. In the text, references should be cited by giving the author's name with the year of publication in parentheses, and should be given in date order (e.g. Jones, 1982; Adams, 1985). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used in the text on all occasions. If several papers by the same author and from 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. Please note that authors names should be shown in bold:

Bridge, J.S. (1993) Description and interpretation of fluvial deposits: a critical perspective. Sedimentology, 40, 801-810.
Kocurek, G.A. (1996) Desert aeolian systems. In: Sedimentary Environments and Facies (Ed. H.G. Reading) 3rd edn, pp. 125-153. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Middleton, G.V. and Wilcock, P.R. (1994) Mechanics in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 459 pp.
Shurr, G.W. (1984) Geometry of shelf sandstone bodies in the Shannon Sandstone of southeastern Montana. In: Siliciclastic Shelf Sediments (Eds R.W. Tillman and C.T. Siemens), SEPM Spec. Publ., 34, 63-83.

In the references, papers with two authors should follow those of the first named author, arranged in alphabetical order according to the name of the second author. Papers with three or more authors should be ordered following the name of the first author in chronological order. The titles of Journals should be abbreviated as directed in Journal Abbreviations.

Supporting Information
Supporting Information, such as data sets or additional figures or tables, that will not be published in the printed edition of the journal but which will be viewable in the online edition can be submitted. Supporting Information must be submitted to the journal with the rest of the article. Any such material that is submitted after acceptance of the main article will be referred to the Editor for approval and may delay publication. Supporting Information will be published exactly as supplied and it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the material is logically laid out, adequately described, and is in a format that is likely to be accessible to readers. It is recommended that text and graphics be supplied in PDF format, data tables in native file formats such as Excel, and animations and other moving images or sound files in common Internet standard formats such as AVI, MPG, WAV, QuickTime, animated GIF or Flash.

Production Editor

Contact the Production Editor for queries concerning accepted manuscripts only. For all other manuscript enquiries please contact the Editor.

Author Material Archive Policy
Please note that, unless specifically requested, Blackwell Publishing 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.

The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a website. The proof can be downloaded as a pdf from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website: 

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. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

A PDF offprint of the online published article will be provided free of charge to the corresponding author, and may be distributed subject to the Publisher's terms and conditions. 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.

The Publisher, International Association of Sedimentologists and Editors cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this journal; the views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Publisher, International Association of Sedimentologists and Editors, neither does the publication of advertisements constitute any endorsement by the Publisher, International Association of Sedimentologists and Editors of the products advertised.

Book Reviews
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Elaine Richardson
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University of Leeds
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