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All article submissions must be made online through Manuscript Central

All authors have an Open Access Option

Please follow these instructions carefully. The editors will not accept manuscripts that are not in accordance with these instructions: failure to follow the instructions will therefore slow down the processing of your manuscript.

Please pay careful attention to the Scope of the Journal and include a cover letter with your submission.

In your cover letter, please summarise the main contribution of your work and how it advances the field of plankton research. Your response is important as it will form part of the initial evaluation of your paper by the Editors and Reviewers.

All other work 'in preparation' or 'submitted', and which may be necessary for evaluation this manuscript, must be explained in the cover letter, and such manuscripts must be uploaded as Supplementary files.

Scope of the Journal
Categories of papers
Submission of Manuscript
Conflict of Interest
Open Access Option for Authors

Scope of the Journal
Journal of Plankton Research publishes innovative papers that significantly advance the field of plankton research, and in particular our understanding of the wider role of plankton in ecosystem dynamics, ecology and evolution.

Hypothesis-driven work is particularly welcomed; purely descriptive or confirmatory papers will generally not be considered. Region-specific findings should be set in a broad general context that advances scientific understanding. Investigations carried out using interdisciplinary methods are particularly encouraged.

JPR seeks to publish the highest quality scientific papers, with rapid publication, and with high standards of technical presentation.

Categories of papers
The Journal of Plankton Research publishes papers in each of the following five categories:

  • Original articles- traditional research papers of significance and broad interest to the field of plankton research. Text not normally exceeding 7000 words. Max. 12 printed pages inclusive of text, appropriate references, figs, and tables.
  • Horizons articles - topical and provocative reviews; Manuscripts for consideration should be short, approximately 2500 words. Max. 8 printed pages inclusive of text, appropriate references, figs, and tables.
  • Review articles- more comprehensive reviews on topics of wide general interest within plankton research. Potential authors are advised to contact the Editor regarding topic and proposed length.
  • Responses - comments on, or replies to published papers, particularly Horizons articles, are actively encouraged. They should be submitted within 6 months of appearance in the Journal of Plankton Reasearch; approximately 500 words. Max. 2 printed pages.

*The aim of "Horizons" is to be somewhat provocative, to set hypotheses and to suggest methods for testing them. Based on a concise review of the current issues in a particular field of plankton research, the intention is to stimulate new research and to indicate new directions. For examples of recent “Horizons” articles see: Horizons Articles.

Journal of Plankton Research also publishes “Themed Clusters” of papers and occasional Special Issues on appropriate topical themes. These may be based on submissions at special sessions at scientific meetings or workshops. For example, “Themed Section: The Continuous Plankton Recorder - towards a global perspective”, J. Plankton Res., 32: 619 - 1713 and “A century of work on Oxyrrhis marina, a re-emerging model protist”, J. Plankton Res., 33: 549 - 675.

Please contact the Editor-in-Chief with proposals for themed clusters of papers or potential Special Issues.

Submission of manuscripts
Submission of a paper implies that it reports unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published tables, illustrations or more than 200 words of text are to be included then the copyright holder's permission must be obtained. For further information regarding the preparation of manuscripts before submission click here. To submit a manuscript click here.

Endnote: You can download the current style for Plankton Research at EndNote's website.

Journal of Plankton Research is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Consistent with this, JPR actively encourages a culture of ethical authorship.

All persons listed as an author must have: 1) made a substantial contribution to the study in terms of conception, data acquisition, or analysis; 2) contributed substantially to drafting the manuscript; and 3) approved the final submitted manuscript. Authors should meet all of the conditions 1, 2 and 3. Securing funding, collecting data, or general supervision of the research group involved in the study, by themselves, are not a justification for authorship.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support.

Page proofs are sent to authors as a PDF file by e-mail. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked immediately for typographical errors and returned as intructed in the proof e-mail. Essential changes of an extensive nature may be made only by insertion of a Note Added in Proof.

Page charges will not be levied. Authors will, however, be charged for extensive changes made in proof and for special items such as colour that appear in the printed Journal (but see below under 'Illustrations' for inclusion of colour online without charge).

The publishers supply free a unique URL that gives access to both PDF and html versions of the paper. Offprints of your article can be ordered using the Oxford Author Services site. Please note that late orders submitted after the journal has gone to the press are subject to a 100% surcharge (to cover the additional printing cost).

It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors assign an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning a licence, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance. (Note that a few employers, usually governmental organizations, prohibit such copyright or license assignment.)

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.

Conflict of Interest
All authors must declare any conflicts of interest. When submitting your manuscript via Manuscript Central, you will be asked whether you have any conflicts of interest. As submitting author, it is your responsibility to ascertain any conflicts of interest from your co-authors and to highlight these accordingly. If you are unable to declare any conflicts of interest on behalf of your co-authors, all contributing authors will need to complete and return Conflict of Interest forms. These must be sent to the editorial office by fax to: +44 (0)1865 355 969.

Any potential conflict of interest that might constitute an embarrassment to any of the authors if it were not to be declared and were to emerge after publication should be declared. It is the Corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all authors adhere to this policy.
If the manuscript is published, Conflict of Interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

Preparation of Manuscripts for Submission

Colour figures
Please note that there is a colour charge of £350/$700 for each figure reproduced in colour in print. Figures can be produced in colour online, and black and white in print. Authors will be asked if they wish to pay for print colour figures at proof stage. Please note: If an author's photograph is chosen as the cover image for an issue, this colour charge is waved.


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

Data Archiving

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].’

Oxford Journals will deposit all NIH-funded articles in PubMed Central. See for details. Authors must ensure that manuscripts are clearly indicated as NIH-funded using the guidelines above.

Journal of Plankton Research strongly recommends that authors deposit their data in a permanent, secure, repository. Details should be given at the end of a manuscript under a heading “Data Archiving”
Please state where the data are deposited. If data archiving cannot be confirmed, please state this.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.

Open Access Option for Authors

Journal of Plankton Research 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 this journal can use the following Creative Commons licence 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 - £1850 / $3000 / €2450
• Reduced Rate Developing Country charge* - £925/ $1500/ €1225
• Free Developing Country Charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour 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.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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5-Yr impact factor: 2.510

Eigenfactor®: 0.00796


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