The aim of papers with full data attached in Progress in Earth and Planetary Science is to preserve detailed raw research data and metadata (from experiments, numerical simulations etc.) and make these freely available to the research community for further analysis. They are regular scientific articles which, in addition to the usual description and discussion of scientific research results, also make available all of the data that were collected in the course of the research. Papers with full data attached must therefore include: (i) a scientific research article; (ii) data files containing all the data collected during the course of the research; and (iii) sufficient detail about the attached data to enable their use in new research by other scientists. The discussion required by (iii) above should normally be contained in the research article and should at a minimum include: details of how the data were collected (or constructed if they are the result of, for example, numerical simulation or modeling); full descriptions of any post processing or other numerical or statistical techniques applied to the data; and detailed information about how the data are stored in the file attachments and how specific data may be retrieved as required by other researchers. The format and content of the manuscript should follow the paper with full data attached template provided here. Further details are given in the section “Preparing your manuscript” below. The data files themselves are preferably to be included in the paper with full data attached as one or more supplementary file attachments, each of which has a size limit of 20MB.
The acceptance criteria for all papers with full data attached are (i) quality of the scientific research article; (ii) originality and scientific significance of the data; (iii) sufficient description of the content of the data files and suitability of the data formats used. Accordingly the paper with full data attached review process will consist of three parts: firstly the scientific paper will be evaluated for its overall quality; secondly the data will be assessed for significance and relevance; and thirdly there will be a technical review to ensure that the data are presented in a form that makes them useable by other researchers.
In those cases where the data files are too large to upload as supplementary file attachments, it may be possible to include a link to externally hosted data files. Any external file host should ideally be at an academic institution, research laboratory or similar facility: authors who wish to use public file hosting websites are requested to consult with the PEPS editorial office before submitting their manuscripts. Any externally hosted database must be freely accessible by any researcher wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes; must not impose restrictions such as, for example, the need for a material transfer agreement; and preferably should not require registration or login. In particular it is important that referees be able to access the data in a way that preserves their anonymity. Finally, authors who use external file hosts are asked to take care that any links they provide remain active and to notify the PEPS editorial office should there be any changes to such links. Springer maintains a list of recommended repositories for large data.
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 - Templates
- The word limit for abstract should be 350 words or less.
- The word limit for the entire article should be 50,000 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.
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.
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.
Detailed information on article processing charges is available here - Article Processing Charge (APC)