Terra Nova

Cover image for Vol. 29 Issue 2

Edited By: Jean Braun, Georges Calas, Max Coleman, Carlo Doglioni, Klaus Mezger & Jason Phipps Morgan

Impact Factor: 2.758

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 37/184 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1365-3121

Author Guidelines

Instructions to Contributors
Terra Nova publishes short, innovative and provocative papers of interest to a wide readership and covering the broadest spectrum of the Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences. Terra Nova encompasses geology, geophysics and geochemistry, and extends to the fluid envelopes (atmosphere, ocean, environment) whenever coupling with the Solid Earth is involved. Papers that are of interest to Terra Nova readers will usually expose new general principles and understanding or challenge conventional wisdom.

Manuscript types
Research articles: Research articles submitted to Terra Nova must not exceed 2500 words (excluding references and figure captions). There is no limit on the number of references, tables or figures within reason. Authors are encouraged to present full data in support of their discussion and conclusions, using supporting information if necessary. The overlap of content between related papers should be kept to a minimum and normally confined to the introductory or review section. Authors should provide copies of any papers closely related to the submitted manuscript that are not yet published (whether in preparation, in review or in press). The submitted work and its essential substance must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardise full publication. If the article is available online through a personal or departmental website, this should be noted in a covering letter. Terra Nova employs a plagiarism detection system, and all submitted articles are screened for plagiarism against previously published works. For more information about the journal’s ethical policy see http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406199.html.

Terra Nova will consider articles that have been previously rejected by other journals. Authors may submit reviewers’ comments from a previous review process with their manuscript; however, the submission of these reviews does not guarantee acceptance or that the manuscript will not undergo further external review. If the authors hope to avoid additional review, they should revise the manuscript according to the original reviewers’ comments, submit a covering letter describing the changes they made and explain why the paper is appropriate for Terra Nova.

The Editors’ decision to accept or reject a manuscript is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts if their English is not of a high standard. A Wiley English Language Editing service is available if required.

Review articles: Review articles may be up to 8000 words and should be discussed with a Scientific Editor or Associate Editor before submission. Review articles should comprehensively cover the field of research and should not just be a review of previous work by the author.

Focus articles: Focus articles are mini-reviews that focus on a particular concept or example, addressing specific questions and introducing the reader to the current thinking on the topic. Focus articles are typically 3000-4000 words long. In keeping with our goal of publishing articles that appeal to a broad general readership, Terra Nova hopes that our Focus articles will introduce readers from a broad range of disciplines to new topics.

Debate articles: Debate articles are submitted in pairs, with each article presenting one side of a topic of current debate or controversy. Because of the need to cover both sides of the topic, Debate articles are submitted only at the invitation of one of the Scientific Editors. Please contact any of Terra Nova's Scientific Editors if you have an idea for a Debate topic.

Comment articles: Comment articles written in response to papers published in Terra Nova are welcome and should be submitted within six months of the publication of the article being commented on. Comment articles occupy a maximum of two printed pages. As a guide, this means that the length should be below 1500 words (or below 1200 words if a figure or table is included). An abstract is not necessary. The authors of the original article will normally be invited to write a Reply. Comment and Reply articles are assessed by the Editors without external peer-review and, if accepted, will be published together in the same issue of Terra Nova. In order to publish Comment and Reply articles as quickly as possible, they are not returned to the authors for revision following assessment. Any Comment article that the Editors feel is unsuitable for publication as submitted will be rejected.

Structure of the article and preparation of electronic files
Research articles should comprise (in the following order): title page, abstract, text, acknowledgements, references, figure captions, tables and illustrations. All text (including title page, abstract, references and figure captions) should be double spaced and contained within a single file. It is particularly important that the title page and abstract are included, even though you will be asked to supply the information separately as part of the submission process.

Title page
: this should include the article title, the names and addresses of all the authors, the contact details (telephone number, fax number and e-mail address) for the corresponding author and a short title (running head) of not more than 50 characters. Terra Nova supports ORCID identifiers and requires the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting their manuscript. To learn more about ORCID, please visit http://orcid.org/content/initiative.

Abstract: the abstract should be a single paragraph of not more than 150 words. It should explain why the topic is important (and why it should interest the broad general readership of Terra Nova) and should emphasise the novel points without summarising all the content. You might like to consider the discoverability of your published article when writing the title and abstract. Guidelines on optimising your article for search engines can be found here.

Text: the text and abstract together should not exceed 2500 words. The introduction should stress the importance and novelty of the presented results. The text should avoid technical jargon or heavy referencing to names of local units. Papers should be written in good English. Papers written in poor English may be returned to the authors for editing before they are sent out for review. Authors for whom English is a second language should seek the guidance of a native English speaker or consider having their manuscript professionally edited before submission. Wiley offers an English Language Editing service, details of which can be found here. This service is arranged and paid for by the author, and use of this service does not guarantee acceptance for publication. References should be cited in the form '(Smith and Jones, 2004; Smith et al., 2005)', using et al. where the cited article has three or more authors. Unpublished work should be referred to only in the text and not included in the reference list.

Acknowledgements: all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged and any potential sources of conflict of interest declared. In particular, authors must disclose all sources of funding for the research and its publication.

References: these should be listed alphabetically and should conform to the following style:

Allen, P.A. and Allen, J.R., 1990. Basin Analysis: Principles and Applications. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.
Baumann, M., 1994. Three dimensional modeling of the crust-mantle boundary in the Alpine region. Unpubl. doctoral dissertation, ETH, Zurich, 150 pp.
Caldwell, W.G.E., Diner, R., Eicher, D.L., Fowler, S.P., North, B.R., Stelck, C.R. and Wilhelm, L., 1993. Foraminiferal biostratigraphy of Cretaceous marine cyclothems. In: Evolution of the Western Interior Basin (W.G.E. Caldwell and E.G. Kauffman, eds). Spec. Pap. Geol. Ass. Canada, 39, 477-520.
Poort, J., Vassilev, A. and Dimitrov, L., 2005. Did postglacial catastrophic flooding trigger massive changes in the Black Sea gas hydrate reservoir? Terra Nova, 17, 135-140.
Woodcock, N.H. and Strachan, R.A., 2000. The Caledonian Orogeny: a multiple plate collision. In: Geological History of Britain and Ireland (N.H. Woodcock and R.A. Strachan, eds) Blackwell Science, London.

Figure captions: these should be as concise as possible and should explain any abbreviations used in the figure.

Tables: each table should have a short descriptive title. Where possible, tables should be included at the end of the .doc or .rtf file containing the text, with each table appearing on a separate page. If this is not possible, tables may be submitted as .xls or .pdf files with each table in a separate file. Very large tables of data are better presented as supporting information, which will appear in the online version but not the print version of the article.

Illustrations: These may include line drawings (graphs, maps, cross-sections, etc.), photographs and combination figures (photographs to which labelling, scale bars or other annotations have been added). Line drawings should be prepared as vector graphics and submitted as .eps files. All fonts should be embedded or (preferably) converted to outlines. If the software that you are using cannot save files in .eps format, a .pdf or .ai file is acceptable. Photographs without added labelling should be prepared as .tif files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at the anticipated final size of the image. Images will usually be sized to have a width of 85mm (one column), 118 mm (two-thirds of the page) or 177 mm (page width). Combination figures (photographs with annotations or labelling) should be prepared as .eps files by importing the photograph at a resolution of at least 300 dpi at the final size of the image and adding the labelling as vector graphics. If it is necessary to present the whole of a combination figure as a single bitmap, then the resolution should be at least 600 dpi at the final size of the image. Colour illustrations are welcome but authors must contribute to the cost of printing coloured illustrations. The cost is currently £150.00 + VAT for the first figure and £50.00 + VAT for all subsequent figures. Authors should signify their willingness to pay this charge by completing the Colour Work Agreement Form, which can be requested from the Editorial Office. Colour illustrations can be reproduced free of charge in the online version of the journal. Where an article is to have colour images in the online version but black-and-white images in print, it can be helpful to submit separate black-and-white and colour versions of each image (for example using block colours in the colour version but different fill patterns in the black-and-white version). More information about image requirements can be found at http://media.wiley.com/assets/7323/92/electronic_artwork_guidelines.pdf.

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. Very large tables of data that would occupy one or more pages if published in print are usually best included as supporting information. However, the main paper must be able to stand alone, so using supporting information to give additional information on, for example, methods or analytical techniques is discouraged. Supporting information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, so it should be presented in a readily accessible file format, preferably as a .pdf file. More information can be found at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828014.html

Data that are 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 or authors should agree to make their data available upon reasonable request.

Terra Nova authors can choose to pay for their articles to be published Open Access through Wiley's OnlineOpen option. On average, we find that full text downloads of open access articles are approximately three times higher than for standard subscription access articles. Please visit Wiley's OnlineOpen page for further information.

Copyright Transfer/Open Access Agreement and Colour Work Agreement
After an article is accepted and sent to the Production Department, the corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to login to 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. The article cannot be published until this has been done.

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 at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828023.html

For authors choosing Open Access publication through 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

The terms and conditions of these open access agreements can be compared at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828079.html, where samples of the various agreements can be downloaded.

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

Colour Work Agreement: a Colour Work Agreement may be requested after acceptance of the article and must be returned by mail to Customer Services (OPI), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre, New Era Estate, Oldlands Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO22 9NQ, UK.

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/terranova. Alternatively, the full manuscript, covering letter (see below) and the names and e-mail addresses of all the authors (see below) may be e-mailed to the Editorial Office.

The corresponding author is required to enter current e-mail addresses for all coauthors as part of the submission process. The acknowledgement e-mail and final decision e-mail are copied to all coauthors. However, the corresponding author remains responsible for ongoing communication with the coauthors and getting their approval for the manuscript and any revisions thereof prior to submission. If the article is accepted, the corresponding author will be asked to sign the licence agreement on behalf of all the coauthors, and should obtain written permission to do this from each of the coauthors.

Covering letter: Terra Nova publishes short, innovative and provocative papers of interest to a wide readership. Authors are required to include, as part of the submission process, a brief statement describing what is innovative and of broad general interest in the article. This statement is used by the Editors in deciding whether the article should go forward to peer-review and is forwarded to potential reviewers when they are invited to review the paper, so it is important that it clearly states how the work enhances our understanding of the topic. In the covering letter, the authors should state that all coauthors have approved the manuscript and agree to its submission and that the manuscript has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If you have previously submitted the article to another journal, you may send the previous reviews and point-by-point response to them as an additional file along with your covering letter. In some cases this may help the Editors to expedite the review process.

The Review Process
Upon receipt of a manuscript, the Editors will check that the topic falls within the scope of Terra Nova and that the paper does not exceed the permitted length. A number of manuscripts are rejected at this stage, usually within a week. All other manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Authors can expect to receive an initial decision on a manuscript within three months of submission.

After Acceptance
Accepted Articles: articles appear online in the ‘Accepted Articles’ section of Terra Nova a few days after acceptance. Accepted Articles are the accepted peer-reviewed versions, which have not yet been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked, and are indexed by PubMed. The corresponding author must complete the licence agreement through the Author Services system before a manuscript can be processed as an Accepted Article.

Proofs and Offprints. The author will receive page proofs by e-mail around three weeks after the acceptance of the manuscript. These should be corrected and returned to the Production Editor as quickly as possible. A free .pdf file of the article will be supplied to authors upon publication. Additional paper offprints may be ordered online and ordering information will be supplied in the e-mail that accompanies the .pdf proofs.

Early View. Terra Nova articles are published online, before the printed version, in the Early View section of Terra Nova. The publication date of the article is the date it appears on Early View; late corrections cannot therefore be made, as the online and print editions must have identical content. Articles are announced on Twitter upon Early View publication. To follow Terra Nova on Twitter, please go to https://twitter.com/TerraNovaJnl.

Author Services. Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services enables authors to track the progress of their accepted articles through the production process from receipt in the Production Department through 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 the production process. For more information about the Production process and to download an article status tracking guide, please visit Wiley's Journal Authors Publication page.

Cover Material
The Editors welcome the submission of suitable cover images for Terra Nova. Priority is given to images that relate to an article within the issue, but standalone images will also be considered. Relevant captions of 50-100 words should be provided. Please send the image as a .jpg file, together with its caption, to the Editorial Office Manager. You will be asked to provide a high-resolution version of the image (at least 2500 pixels wide and 2400 pixels high) if Terra Nova decides to use it on the cover.