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Authors are encouraged to complete their copyright licence to publish form and any appropriate charges online


Please read ALL of these carefully before you start manuscript preparation. Strict adherence to these instructions will ensure that preparation, review and publication of your paper will be as efficient as possible.


The Journal of Petrology provides an international forum for the publication of high quality research in the broad field of igneous and metamorphic petrology and petrogenesis. Papers published cover a wide range of topics including:

• major element, trace element and isotope geochemistry and geochronology applied to petrogenesis
• experimental petrology
• processes of magma generation, differentiation and emplacement
• regional studies of igneous and metamorphic rocks which contribute to the solution of fundamental petrological problems
• theoretical modelling of petrogenetic processes
• quantitative studies of rock-forming minerals and their paragenesis


Papers must be written clearly and concisely in English. The normal maximum length is 12,000 words, including equivalent space for tables and figures, but longer papers can be accepted, provided that the length is justified by the scientific argument presented in the paper. However, authors are encouraged to submit papers which are substantially shorter than the normal maximum length.

Papers submitted for review should report original and unpublished work that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere in any language. If previously published illustrations, tables, figures or more than 200 words of text are to be included, the written permission of the copyright holder must be obtained and sent to the editor.

Every paper which passes initial Editorial scrutiny is reviewed by at least two independent reviewers selected by the Editors. Authors should include the names and addresses of three appropriate reviewers with their manuscript submission. Reviewers’ reports are carefully considered by the Editors before making decisions concerning publication, major or minor revision or rejection.

Manuscripts must be submitted online via


Manuscripts should be double-spaced with minimum font size Times 12 point or equivalent, margins of 25 mm at the sides, top and bottom of each page. DO NOT number the pages, as this will be done automatically when the pdf is created by the system. Authors should study carefully a recent issue of the Journal of Petrology to ensure that their manuscripts correspond in format and style.


The title must be short, specific and informative. The surname (family name) and initials (or given names, where appropriate) of each author should be followed by his or her department, institution, and city with postal code and country. Any change of address can be given in numbered footnotes. The author to whom required revisions and/or proofs are to be addressed (the corresponding author) should be indicated and his/her telephone, FAX and e-mail address given. Please provide a running title of not more than 50 characters.


List below the abstract up to five key words, which might or might not appear in the title, in alphabetical order and with each word separated by a semi-colon.


The paper must be preceded by an Abstract, which must be written on a separate page. The Abstract should preferably be 200-300 words, but must not exceed 600 words and must be without abbreviations and reference citations. Please abide strictly by this limitation of length. The Abstract should be comprehensible to readers before they have read the paper.


These must be included at the end of the text and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies.


Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references, which must be given in the text in one of the following formats:

McKenzie & Bickle (1988); (McKenzie & Bickle, 1988)
Deer et al. (1963); (Deer et al., 1963)
(Yoder & Tilley, 1962; Deer et al., 1963; Thompson & Gibson, 1991)
Wilson & Rosenbaum (in press); (Wilson & Rosenbaum, in press)

References cited must be given in full and listed in alphabetical order in the last section of the manuscript. The following examples are given:

McKenzie, D. & Bickle, M. J. (1988). The volume and composition of melt generated by extension of the lithosphere. Journal of Petrology 29, 342-532.

Yardley, B. W .D. (1989). An Introduction to Metamorphic Petrology. Longman Group UK.

Thompson, J. B. Jr. (1959). Local equilibrium in metasomatic processes. In: Abelson, P. H. (ed.) Researches in Geochemistry. John Wiley, 427-457.

Wilson, M., Rosenbaum, J. M. & Dunworth, E. A. (in press) Melilitites: Partial melts of the thermal boundary layer? Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology.

Personal communications (J. Smith pers. com.) must be authorised in writing by those concerned and unpublished data should be cited as (unpublished data). References to papers in preparation, or in review (i.e. not yet accepted for publication), should be cited in the text as (J. Smith & N. Jones, in preparation).


There is a four-tier structure, as shown in the examples below:

Level 1: PETROGRAPHY (bold capitals)
Level 2: Diorites (bold, capital and lower case)
Level 3:Textures (italic, capital and lower case)
For level 1-3 headings the following text should begin without indent after one line space. Subsequent paragraphs should be indented.
Level 4: Tholeiitic trend (italic, indented); text to continue on same line.


• Submit text in Microsoft Word
• Enter text in the style and order of the Journal
• Place and list references in the correct order and style of the Journal
• Type unjustified without hyphenation except for compound words
• Use headings in the style of the Journal
• Use the TAB key once or an indent command for paragraph indents
• Use Times or Times Roman for the text font and Symbol for Greek and special characters
• Input text continuously; only insert hard returns at the end of paragraphs or headings, subheadings, lists etc.
• Use the word processing formatting features to indicate bold, italic; Greek and maths, superscript and subscript characters
• Do NOT insert double spaces after each sentence within a paragraph.


Tables must be numbered consecutively and printed on separate pages with a brief descriptive title set above the body of the table. Footnotes may be used. Tables intended for printing within the body of the paper must be prepared in Word, without vertical grid lines. They must be designed to fit a single (80 mm) or double column (165 mm) width of a Journal page. Text references to tables should appear as Table 1 or (Table 1) as appropriate. Tables intended to be made available as electronic appendices (see "publication of large data sets", below) must be prepared in Excel.


For publication in the Journal, authors will be required to supply high-resolution .eps or .tif files (600 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for colour and half-tone artwork). Authors are advised to create high-resolution images at the very start of manuscript preparation. If necessary, these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission.

For detailed information on preparing your figures for publication, go to Figures will not be re-lettered by the publisher. The Journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material. All photomicrographs must include a scale bar. Any photomicrographs or back-scattered electron images must be of high resolution with respect to detail, contrast and fineness of grain. If the scale is not already obvious on the photograph, indicate the scale by using a bar.

Faint or fine-grained stippling/shading or continuous-tone shading might not reproduce well. Use coarse stippling or an appropriately patterned fill. Grey lines and lettering should be avoided because they lack legibility. Use black lines no finer than 1 pt.

Line weights and lettering size must be suitable for reduction to the type area of the Journal. The maximum width of a double column figure is 165 mm and the maximum depth is 214 mm. After reduction, the smallest lettering should not be less than 2 mm high.

Where figures are comprised of several parts, each part must be labelled with a lower case letter , in parenthesis e.g. (a), (b) etc.

Attach a legend in which all symbols and abbreviations used in the figure are defined. Common abbreviations or those that have been defined in the text need not be redefined in the figure legend.

A list of all figure captions should be included as the last pages in the main text file.


Colour illustrations are welcome when use of colour is required for clear understanding of the information presented. There is no charge to authors for colour reproduction in the online version of the journal.

Authors wishing to have colour illustrations in the print version of the journal will be required to contribute a single flat fee of £300/$485/€375 per paper (plus standard rate VAT if applicable) regardless of the number of figures involved. If there is a choice of colours on a schematic, please choose clearly distinct colours (e.g. not two shades of blue) and avoid black backgrounds.

If authors do not wish to pay for colour reproduction their figures will be printed in greyscale from the colour originals. It follows therefore that such figures must be fully legible when printed in greyscale. In such cases figure captions should not refer to colour.


SI units and their standard abbreviations must normally be used. Acronyms are allowable, but must be defined in full immediately after first usage.


Editorial policy is to encourage authors to submit for publication, in electronic format, extended data sets or other additional materials which support the manuscript. Such materials do not appear in the printed copy of the Journal but are accessible through the Oxford University Press World Wide Web site. Tables of data for inclusion as “electronic appendices” should be prepared using Excel, to facilitate downloading from the web site. Each table must be numbered and named, e.g. Electronic Appendix 1, 2, 3 etc. Text references to these tables must be made in the appropriate place in the text and given as:
Text and figures for electronic appendices should be submitted in PDF format.


All material to be considered for publication should be submitted in electronic form via the Journal's online submission system at:
You need only the following items to access and use the system: access to the website via a web browser, Adobe Acrobat Reader (which can be downloaded free of charge from and an e-mail account.

Please note that there is an Online User Guide (a comprehensive online help system that provides detailed descriptions of every feature and function in Manuscript Central). This also contains printable versions of the user guide, search and index capability, and movie tutorials for basic tasks). It is available from the Get Help Now button on the Manuscript Central site.


Prepare your manuscript using a word processing program (please see the PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS section, above). The system preference is for all manuscripts submitted online to be Microsoft Word files (.doc).

Please note that EXCEL spreadsheets cannot be uploaded EXCEPT as tables of Supplementary Data intended as electronic appendices.

Image files should be saved in Tagged Image File format (.tif) or Encapsulated PostScript (.eps). Certain image formats such as .jpg and .gif do not have sufficiently high resolutions. Further information can be obtained from the User Tutorial at Note that the uploading of PowerPoint files is barred because of their large size.

Please use short, simple filenames when saving all your documents, and avoid special characters (such as brackets), punctuation marks and symbols (such as &). Also avoid spaces in your filenames. If you are a Macintosh user, in addition to using simple, short filenames when saving your documents, you must type the extension at the end of the file name you choose (e.g. .doc, .rtf, .tif, .xls, .pdf, .eps) if it is not already there.

During the online manuscript submission process you can also upload any other files to which you might want the Editor/reviewers to have access, including in-press and submitted papers.

Microsoft Excel spreadsheets intended as electronic appendices should be uploaded as "Supplementary files for review". These will not be converted into .pdf format but will be available to the reviewers

Before you start

Before starting the online submission process please make sure you have the following available:

• A Word file with the complete text of your manuscript.
• A separate file for each table, saved as Word.
• A separate file for each figure, saved as tif or eps.
• The files for any other supplementary material you wish to submit with your manuscript.
• The text of your abstract (which can be copied and pasted into the system from your word processor file).
• The names and e-mail addresses of all contributing authors and potential reviewers.

To submit your manuscript

  • Go to the website at:
  • If you already have a User ID and password (an “account”) for the site, log-in. If you are unsure about whether or not you have an account, or have forgotten your password, enter your e-mail address into the Password Help section on the right-hand side of the log-in screen. If you do not have an account, you can create one by clicking on the Create Account link at the top of the log-in screen and following the on-screen instructions. If you have problems with your existing account, please do not create another new account. Contact Alastair Lumsden at the Journal of Petrology Editorial Office if you need help. Please note that manuscripts submitted via Manuscript Central must be submitted through the account of the corresponding author nominated on the manuscript, not through the account of one of the other authors or the account of a third party who is not a co-author.
  • Once you have logged in, click on the Author Centre button (as an author, you will use the Author Centre to start the manuscript submission process as well as to track the status of your submitted manuscripts. You can also read here recent e-mail communications regarding your submission.
  • On the left-hand side of the Author Centre Dashboard you will see links to all of your manuscripts and their current status. The number indicates the number of manuscripts that fall into each status category. Clicking on the name of any of these status categories will refresh the page to show the detailed list for that category at the bottom of the screen. On the right-hand side of the Author Centre Dashboard is the Author Resources area. This section allows you to begin the submission process for a new manuscript as well as view the 10 most recent emails sent to you from the Manuscript Central site.
  • Click on Click Here to create a new manuscript link in the Author Resources area. Clicking on this link will take you to step 1 of the seven-step process of submitting a manuscript. The progress bar on the left-hand side of the screen will help you navigate the process.
  • At any stage you can stop the submission process - everything you have typed in to the system will be saved for 30 days. To continue a submission, click on the Continue Submission icon.
  • The penultimate step in the submission process is to upload your manuscript files:

    • Step 1. Select individual manuscript files using the "Browse" button and choose the appropriate "File designation".
    • Step 2. Upload your files by clicking on the "Upload files" button. This converts your files to PDFs and may take some time. Repeat these steps if you have more than 3 files to upload.
    • Step 3. Once you have uploaded all your manuscript files, use the pull-down menus to indicate the order in which they should appear in your paper.
    • Step 4. Inspect the PDF by clicking on the PDF button and if acceptable click "Next". If the files have not been uploaded to your satisfaction you can delete the files you do not want and repeat the upload/ordering process.
  • The final step in the manuscript submission process is to review all of the information you have entered up to this point, and view the PDF proof of the manuscript (if you have not already done so). My Manuscript Information lists each step with its filled-in values. If a step is complete, there will be a green tick next to the step. If it is incomplete, there will be a red cross along with a message indicating exactly what is incomplete. Once you have completed the submission process to your satisfaction click on the Submit button. It is not until this button is clicked that the manuscript and all of the associated information (i.e. contributing authors, institutions, etc.) is linked together and the manuscript is given a manuscript number.
  • If your manuscript has been successfully submitted to the Journal you will see a confirmation screen showing your manuscript ID. Please make a note of your manuscript ID and use it in all correspondence. You will also receive an e-mail confirming the submission. If you do not receive both of these, your manuscript will not have been successfully submitted to the Journal and it cannot be progressed through to peer review. If this is the case your manuscript will still be sitting in the Unsubmitted Manuscripts section of your Author Centre awaiting your attention. Once the manuscript submission is complete, you can follow its progress through the peer review process from your Author Centre.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.] and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].


1. As with all other decisions, you will be notified of a revision decision by e-mail. Please address all of the Editor's and reviewers' comments in your revised manuscript.

2. Log-in to the Manuscript Central web site as before and, in the Author Centre, click on the “create a revision link” in the Manuscripts with Decisions list. This will create a new manuscript record with the same manuscript ID and ".R1" appended at the end. If a revision is started, the “create a revision” link will no longer appear in the "Manuscripts with Decisions" list, and the list will display the fact that a revision exists and show the Manuscript ID of the revised version. The option will reappear if you delete the revision before it is actually submitted. The draft of the revised manuscript is located in the Revised Manuscripts in Draft list. Once you click the “create a revision” link, you will receive a confirmation asking you if you are sure you want to create a new revised manuscript. If you click Cancel, the action will be aborted. If you click OK, you will be taken to the first step in the revision submission process, the View & Respond to Comments step.

3. Please enter your detailed response to the decision letter in the box provided.

4. Proceed through the remaining submission screens (altering any necessary information along the way, such as manuscript type). When you reach the File Upload step, revised manuscripts are automatically populated with the latest version of the files you originally uploaded. PLEASE CHECK VERY CAREFULLY AND DELETE AND REPLACE ANY FILES THAT HAVE CHANGED IN THE REVISION. IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT IT IS BEST TO DELETE ALL THE FILES AND UPLOAD NEW ONES. Once you have completed the submission process to your satisfaction, click on the Submit button. If your revised manuscript is successfully submitted you will receive a confirmatory e-mail.

5. It is essential that authors submitting FINAL REVISED manuscripts upload high-resolution versions of ALL their figures in order for proofs to be produced as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you experience any problems during the online submission please consult the Online User Guide (available from the Get Help Now button on the Manuscript Central site) or contact Alastair Lumsden in the Journal of Petrology Editorial Office.

Unless with the permission of the Editor, revised manuscripts must be resubmitted via Manuscript Central within six months of the author's receipt of reviewers' reports. Normally, only one opportunity for revision will be allowed. Revised manuscripts are subject to re-review at the discretion of the Editor.


The Executive Editor (Editorial Office) will, via Manuscript Central, inform the corresponding author when his/her manuscript is approved for publication. Final versions of text, tables and figure files will need to be uploaded at this stage.

Final acceptance of your manuscript for publication in the Journal of Petrology will not be confirmed until your electronic submission is complete and in the correct format(s).


Authors will be sent page proofs electronically in PDF format, together with instructions. Proofs must be checked immediately for typographical and other errors and corrections returned by fax (Fax: +44 (0) 1865 355824) or e-mail. Alternatively, if authors have access to Adobe Acrobat, they can use the Note, Pencil and Highlight tools to annotate the PDF and email the corrected file.


The corresponding author will receive free online access to their paper (which can then be circulated to co-authors) and can claim 25 free offprints of their article via the Oxford Journals Author Services site. Additional offprints may also be purchased at the rates indicated on the site.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


Journal of Petrology authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Journal of Petrology can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* - £875 / $1400 / €1135
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


OUP offers pre-submission language editing through Oxford Language Editing, a service for researchers all over the world. Language editing, particularly if English is not your first language, can be used to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by the journal editors and reviewers. Visit to find out more about the freelance editors available and the different services offered. Please note that edited manuscripts will still need to undergo peer-review by the journal.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit the Author Self-Archiving Policy page, which can be accessed from: