A Comment is a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article in the journal. It must be submitted within two years of publication of the original article. The main text should be less than 1,500 words. Longer version can be considered only exceptionally.
Authors of published manuscripts, to which a comment may refer to, will have the opportunity to publish a response.
Comment may be edited at the editor's discretion for clarity and length and is subject to peer review.
For general style guidelines, please follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) (ISBN: 9780226104201), except for the style related to references.
Templates are available here.
- The word limit for abstract should be 350 words or less.
- The word limit for the main text should be 1,500 words or less.
SI units should be used throughout (liter and molar are permitted, however). A space should be left between the numerical value and unit symbol, even when the value is used in an adjectival sense, except in the case of superscript units for plane angles. For more information on the use of SI units, visit the relevant page (http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/checklist.html) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA.
Graphical abstract image
A graphical abstract image must be uploaded during submission. This is a picture which will appear underneath the Abstract on the PEPS website.
It should be relevant to the topic covered and serve to attract readers attention to the article. The graphical abstract image may be one of the images included in the article or any other image the authors feel to be appropriate. It may be a composite of more than one image. It should be approximately 920x300 pixels and should be uploaded as a JPEG, PNG or SVG file. The graphical abstract may have a caption of up to 30 words.
Please note that graphical abstract images must comply with Springer's copyright policy.
If the article has been published on a preprint or similar server (e.g., EGU Discussion Paper), please provide URL of the preprint version of the paper. In your submitted manuscript, please ensure that you highlight the major changes compared with the preprint version of the paper.
Geologic time scale
References to units of the geologic time scales should follow the latest version of the International Chronostratigraphic Chart presented by the International Commission on Stratigraphy.
Names of oceans and seas
The names of the oceans and seas should follow ‘Limits of Oceans and Seas’, i.e., International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) (1953) Limits of Oceans and Seas. International Hydrographic Organization, Special Publication No 23, 3rd Edition, IMP, Monégasque - Monte-Carlo, 45 pp.
In addition to the authorship policy mentioned below, please also have a look at the authorship policy of the PEPS editorial board that you can find here.