Evolution & Development

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Edited By: Rudolf A. Raff

Impact Factor: 2.684

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 19/41 (Developmental Biology); 25/46 (Evolutionary Biology); 80/165 (Genetics & Heredity)

Online ISSN: 1525-142X

Author Guidelines



Evolution & Development will consider manuscripts covering all aspects of the interface between evolutionary and developmental biology. Categories of manuscripts that will be considered, and approximate lengths (number of words includes all textual material except tables and figures)

1.      Research Papers (maximum of 7500 words).

2.      Perspective Articles (maximum of 7500 words).

3.      Review Articles (generally no more than one review per issue, no more than 7500 words).

4.      Forum column of opinions and responses (about 1000 words, usually by invitation, but anyone wishing to contribute should communicate with the Editor-in-Chief).

5.     Highlights and Comments (highlighting an important paper published in another journal but likely to be of interest to readers of Evolution & Development; about 1000 words).

6.     Book Reviews (usually by invitation). 

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate,Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.

Manuscript Submission: Manuscripts should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief: Rudolf A. Raff, EVOLUTION & DEVELOPMENT, Myers Hall 150, Indiana University, 915 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-7107, USA, or to an editor considered most appropriate to the subject matter of the manuscript. Editors: Wallace Arthur, Department of Zoology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; Lisa Nagy, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA; Michael I. Coates, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago, 1027 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637-1508, USA; Gregory Wray, Department of Zoology, Duke University, Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338, USA; Vivian Irish, Yale University, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Room OML 252A, New Haven, CT 06520-8104, USA. Submission packages from out of country should be marked as 'no commercial value.'

Note: The Editors encourage electronic submission, but also accept submission of printed manuscripts.

Electronic Submission:  To submit electronically by email, please send PDF files of your manuscript and figures to any of the Editors. Main Editorial Office (Rudolf A. Raff and Bill Cain): evodevo@indiana.edu; Wallace Arthur: wallace.arthur@nuigalway.ie; Lisa Nagy: lnagy@email.arizona.edu; Michael I. Coates: mcoates@midway.uchicago.edu; Gregory Wray: gwray@duke.edu; Vivian Irish: vivian.irish@yale.edu.

To submit electronic files by mail, send a CD(s) containing the digital files to one Editor’s address (listed above). The preferred format for submission of text and tables is Microsoft Word.  For figures, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) and Tagged Image Format (TIFF) files are preferred.  PDF is preferred if both text and figures are saved in the same file.  Sending files on PC- or Macintosh-formatted zip disks are acceptable, but CDs are preferred.

Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit text and tables in Word format and art saved as TIFF or EPS files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at final size for production purposes.

More detailed information on the submission of TIFF and EPS files can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/.

Submitting Hard Copies:  To submit printed manuscripts by mail, please send (unstapled) the original and two clear copies (including all illustrations), double-spaced on good quality, non-erasable paper of standard size. Use 1.5-inch (4-cm) left-hand margins and 1-inch right-hand margins. Margins should be ragged, not justified, and there should be no hard returns at the end of lines. All textual elements should begin flush left with no paragraph indents and two returns after every element, such as titles, headings, paragraphs, legends, etc. Avoid acronyms in the text unless absolutely necessary, and avoid the use of footnotes. All pages, including tables, must be numbered. Cite each figure and table in the text in numerical order. Use SI units only. Linnaean binomials are in italics in the text, as are names of genes. Protein products of genes are in roman. Isotopically-labeled compounds are as in 3H-thymidine. Style will follow the Council of Biology Editors (CBE) style manual, 6th edition, Scientific Style and Format. Please submit to the Editorial Office, completed, signed Copyright Transfer with final accepted manuscript.

Manuscript Specifications: Research papers should be organized as follows; however, other organizations of the main sections of papers may be deemed more suitable by authors, and may be used: Title page (1. title, 2. running head of no more than 40 characters, 3. author names and addresses at the time the work was conducted, 4. authors' current addresses, telephone, FAX, and email address of the corresponding author, and 5. word count for the manuscript); Abstract page is required for all research papers (not to exceed 250 words); Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgments (optional); References; Tables; Figure Legends; and Figures. Manuscripts must be in English, and no longer than 7500 words. Reviews and Forums should follow the preceding format except forum papers do not require an abstract.

Citation of References: Literature citations in text are in the form (Darwin 1859), for two authors (Jones and Jones 1996), and three or more authors (Jones et al. 1998). Abstracts and unpublished articles (including submitted manuscripts) may not be cited, but manuscripts in press may be cited. The author's unpublished observations may be cited as such in the text only. Personal communications of unpublished work by others may be cited only if written permission is obtained by the author.

Reference List: References are cited in alphabetical order, but multiple work by an author should be cited in order of publication. Abbreviations should follow the BIOSIS List of Serials. Reference style is as follows:

Ji, Q., Currie, P. J., Norell, M. A., and Ji, S.-A. 1998. Two feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China. Nature 393: 753-761.

Templeton, A. R. 1987. Genetic systems and evolutionary rates. In K. S. W. Campbell and M. F. Day (eds.). Rates of Evolution. Allen and Unwin, London. pp. 218-234.

Illustrations: Printed artwork should be submitted in black ink on good quality white paper. Computer-generated diagrams should be printed onto good quality bond paper with laser or high-quality ink-jet printer using a minimum of 300 dpi, or onto non-absorbent paper if a precision pen plotter is used. The author's name, figure number, and an arrow indicating the top of the figure should be supplied. Labels, callouts, arrows, or other indicators should be done on an overlay, or with pre-set type or rub-off transfer lettering. Indicate crop marks on an overlay or a photocopy. The publisher does not reconstruct artwork. Final printed page width will be 7 and 1/16 inches. Column width will be 4 and 5/16 inches. We will have an allowance for a 2/3 page art width of 5 and 1/16 inches. Please design your figures accordingly. All illustrations should be able to be reduced  50 - 60% of their original size with no loss of clarity or legibility. Please save line artwork (vector graphics) as EPS, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/.

Photographs: Photographs (half-tones) should be original prints (i.e. not re-photographed) and suitable for reproduction. All lettering on figures must be uniform among figures, and of a size suitable for reduction. Lettering should be done on a clear plastic overlay, so that the halftone (the photo) and the line (the labels) can be shot separately. This ensures that the halftone is as clear as possible and that the labels do not have ragged edges. Magnification should be given in the legend or indicated by a scale or bar. For electronic submission, please save photographs as TIFF, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/.

Color Art: Color figures that significantly enhance the article will be considered for publication. Electronic files, positive 35mm transparencies, or color prints may be submitted for review. Part of the printing and reproduction costs will be paid by Evolution & Development. The author must be prepared to pay a per page charge of $400.

Cover Photographs: Authors are encouraged to submit a possible cover photo. Please send a print for evaluation. If selected, we will need a TIFF or EPS file, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at final size, for reproduction.  More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/.

Figure Legends: Figure legends must be typed, double-spaced. Cite each figure in the text by its number. Figures must be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. If a figure has been previously published, permission must be received in writing for its use regardless of authorship or publisher. Acknowledgment of the original source must be included at the end of the legend.

Tables: Tables must be double-spaced, and should not duplicate any material in text or illustrations. All tables are to have complete but brief headings, should be typed on separate sheets of paper, and numbered in order of appearance in the text.

Sequence Archiving: All new DNA or protein sequences must be reported to Gen Bank, or EMBL Database Library, and the accession number given.

Supplemental Data:  In addition to article content, Evolution & Development offers the opportunity to publish supplementary material such as video, extra color figures, and large data sets. Please note however that only relevant material of particular interest will be affiliated with the article online. Supplementary material cannot be used as sole evidence for the published article. Please find full instructions on the preparation of supplementary material for Evolution & Development at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppinfo.asp.  Please be sure to appropriately entitle your supplementary materials file and provide an appropriate legend or title within the file. Supplementary material is published online as provided by authors.

Page Charges:
The author(s) will be assessed page charges for each paper accepted for publication. Rates are $40 per printed page, unless there is color art on the page.  One page of color is free for each article; charges are $400 for the second page of color, and $800 for each additional page of color. (Note: Evolution & Development Editorial Board members should contact the Editorial Office for special rates.) However, the journal does not make payment of page charges a condition for the acceptance of a manuscript for publication. In extraordinary cases, the editors may waive the assessment. Requests for a waiver must be obtained prior to publication and should be countersigned by an appropriate institutional official verifying that no funds are available for paying page charges.  An author's ability to pay will in no way influence whether his or her paper will be accepted for publication.

Manuscript Suitability and Reviewers: Authors not sure whether their manuscript is suitable for Evolution & Development may send an abstract to the Editor-in-Chief for preliminary evaluation (email is desirable). Authors are encouraged to provide the names and addresses of up to four persons qualified to review their manuscript, but who have no close working relationships with the authors. The identities of reviewers will be kept confidential, and the editors reserve the right to select reviewers other than those suggested by the author.

Policy on Duplicate Publication: Submission of a manuscript to Evolution & Development implies that it has not been published previously, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. The authors must describe in a cover letter any data, illustrations, or text in the manuscript that have been used in other papers that are published, in press, submitted, or soon to be submitted elsewhere. The inclusion of any previously published material must be justified to the editor, and if included, must be cited fully.

Early View: Evolution & Development is covered by Wiley Blackwell’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.

CC-BY for all OnlineOpen authors

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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

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

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

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: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.