This isn’t usually my thing to put up very academic bits on the Musings, but as I’m involved I probably should this time. Corwin Sullivan and I will be joint editing a volume of dinosaur papers for the Chinese journal Vertebrata PalAsiatica and this is an announcement to ask for submissions. This has already gone out as an e-mail to a couple of groups so feel free to ignore it, if you’ve not seen it and are interested then carry on this way:
As some of you may know, I was recently appointed as English Editor of the journal Vertebrata PalAsiatica, produced by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing. Vertebrata PalAsiatica is more than 50 years old, publishes content in both English and Chinese, and makes its papers freely available online.
My appointment is part of an ongoing effort by the journal to reach out to non-Chinese researchers and become more internationally accessible. To this end, Vertebrata PalAsiatica will be publishing a special issue dedicated to Asian non-avian dinosaurs, tentatively scheduled for autumn 2011 and to be guest-edited by myself and David Hone. David and I are therefore issuing an open call for papers for this special issue, with a submission deadline of November 30, 2010.
Papers can be on any aspect of Asian non-avian dinosaur palaeontology, from descriptions of new finds to taxonomic revisions or analyses of ichnology, ecology, functional morphology, or similar topics. Brief review papers are especially welcome.
Papers should be submitted by e-mail to myself or David Hone, in the format specified in the Vertebrata PalAsiatica submission guidelines (available here). All manuscripts should be submitted in English, although the abstract and any anatomical abbreviations will need to be translated into Chinese prior to publication. Translation can be carried out by journal staff if required.
All contributions will be rigorously peer-reviewed. As the special issue will be limited to a maximum of 136 published pages, some manuscripts that receive good reviews may have to be excluded purely because of space considerations. Authors whose contributions fall into this category will have the option of publishing in a later issue of Vertebrata PalAsiatica. We anticipate completing the review process in the spring of 2011, with final revised versions of manuscripts falling due in July.
Please send any questions to:
Dr Corwin Sullivan: csullivan AT ivpp.ac.cn
or Dr David Hone: dwe_hone AT yahoo.com