Fossil Record (FR)

Chief Editors:

Open Access – Personalized Copyright under a Creative Commons License – Article-Level Metrics – Moderate Article Processing Charges

Information to Authors

Fossil Record (FR) will in 2014 become an open access journal with our new professional publishing partner Copernicus Publications. With this decision, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the team of editors close the gap between the requirements of many scientists, funders, and libraries for open access to scientific publications. As well as enjoying better visibility, your papers will be much more widely distributed and available for scientific databases.

Of course this means Fossil Record will have to introduce article processing charges (APCs) by 2014 because open access publishing requires paying the costs of the review process, typesetting, web publication and long term archiving upon publication. APCs are obtained on a page-by-page basis (please find more information here) but many universities, research institutions and grant agencies provide funds to support authors regarding APCs. Please check with your institution. In addition, Copernicus Publications has several agreements in place to settle payments directly between the respective institution and the publisher. Furthermore, Fossil Record has a budget of free pages to be decided by the Editor-in-Chief available to authors from developing countries, or for special publications upon request.

Aims and Scope

Fossil Record (FR) is the palaeontological journal of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. This journal was founded in 1998 under the name Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Geowissenschaftliche Reihe and appears with two issues each year. Fossil Record publishes original papers in all areas of palaeontology including the taxonomy and systematics of fossil organisms, biostratigraphy, palaeoecology, and evolution. All taxonomic groups are treated, including invertebrates, microfossils, plants and vertebrates. Fossil Record emphasizes specimen-based research and particularly encourages publication of studies based on fossil material by applying analytical methods in the field of palaeobiology.

With the above objective, Fossil Record covers the following fields:

  • Taxonomy and biodiversity;
  • Evolutionary (palaeo-)biology;
  • Changes in taxonomic diversity and morphological disparity;
  • Phylogeny;
  • Evolution and development;
  • Biogeochemistry;
  • Biomineralization;
  • Earth system sciences and global change.


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