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Editorial procedure

  • Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic form, or as one hardcopy including all tables and figures, to the Editorial Office of the Bulletin of Geosciences (Czech Geological Survey, Klárov 3, 118 21 Praha 1, Czech Republic; bulletin(a) The revised final version of article must be submitted in electronic form.
  • Data formats: Save your work in the IBM compatible standard format of your word processing program or in RTF (Rich Text Format).
  • Place figure captions and tables at the end of the manuscript.
  • Submit all data either by e-mail (bulletin(a); only suitable for small volumes of data) or on any of the following media: diskette(s) (2HD 1.44 MB), ZIP cartridge, CD-ROM, or DVD.
  • Please always supply the following information with your data: journal title, operating system, word processing program, version of drawing program, image processing program, and compression program.
  • The file name should be memorable (e.g., author’s name), and include no accents or special symbols.
  • Please be sure to include your e-mail address and your fax number. It is crucial that the versions of the file sent by e-mail, on disc, and as printouts are identical.

Manuscripts that are returned to the authors for revision should be sent back to us within 3 months, otherwise they will be considered withdrawn.

Proofreading is the responsibility of the author. Corrections should be clear; standard correction marks should be used. Corrections that lead to a change in the page layout should be avoided. Authors should make their proof corrections on a printout, checking that the text and all figures are complete. The proofs will be sent to author(s) as PDF or printout depending on author(s)’s decision.

Colour illustration and reprint payments

The cost of all colour illustrations will be charged to the authors (students and authors without financial support may apply for dispensation). One colour illustration or two consecutive pages printed in colour will cost 110 Euros. Three or four consecutive pages printed in colour will cost 150 Euros.

The corresponding author may obtain 50 free reprints and/or a free copy of the issue containg the paper but payment of shipping costs will be required. Additonal reprints can be ordered at a costs of 4 Euros per 100 printed pages (e.g., 10 reprints of a paper 10 pages long, or 25 reprints of a paper 4 pages long), plus shipping costs.


The Bulletin of Geosciences is an international journal publishing original research papers, review articles, and short contributions concerning palaeoenvironmental geology, including palaeontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, palaeogeography, palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology, geochemistry, mineralogy, geophysics, and related fields. All papers are subject to international peer review, and acceptance is based on quality alone.

Authors are asked to consistently use English with either British or American spelling. Authors whose first language is not English are urged to seek linguistic help from English-speaking colleagues before manuscript submission in order to facilitate the review process.

Legal requirements

Only original and previously unpublished articles, which are not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere, will be accepted for publication. With acceptance and publication of a manuscript the exclusive copyright for every language and country is transferred to the publishers. Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Manuscript preparation

Double-space the entire manuscript, including abstract, text, references, tables, figure captions, and appendices Print on one side of A4 paper with 2.5 cm margins. A maximum of 35 printed pages, including figures and tables, will be published without charge. Larger manuscripts can also be accepted and published without charge, according to the reviewer’s recommendation.

  • Number all pages, beginning with the title page.
  • Use a standard font (Courier or Times New Roman), 12 point only.
  • Do not justify or break words at the right margin.
  • Do not use footnotes.
  • Do not use .eld functions.
  • For indentation, use tab stops, not the space bar.
  • For making tables, please use either the table functions of your word processing program or spreadsheets.
  • For equations, please use either the equation editor of your word processing program or MathType.
  • Formulae, symbols, and Latin words must be written legibly and will be typeset in italics. SI units should be used. Zoological and botanical nomenclature should be consistent with the rules of the ICZN or ICBN.
  • The abbreviations must be used as shown on


Title page must include:

  • A brief title incorporating key words that will be useful for indexing and information retrieval.
  • Full name(s) of the author(s), address(es) of the author(s) including e-mails, and an indication as to which author will handle communications with the editorial board.
  • An abstract of 250 words or less. Abbreviations should be de.ned the .rst time they are mentionedin the abstract, again in the main body of the text,and used consistently thereafter. All new taxa should be mentioned in the abstract.
  • Up to seven Key Words should be listed, separated by commas. The main text body should be arranged under two or three
    levels of headings, according to usual format of scientic papers (Introduction, Material & methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, and References). Note the approximate placement of figures and tables in the text near the initial citation [FIGURE X NEAR HERE].
  • Zoological and botanical names should be italicised. For the prescribed format of systematic parts, see these recommendations (pdf file, 130 kB).
  • Other formatting: For special purposes, such as for mathematical vectors, use bold type.


Figures and tables must be cited in consecutive order in the text, e.g., (Fig. 1A–C), (Tab. 1), (Figs 1A, 2, 3B). All
figures must be submitted as separate files – do not integrate them within the text. The file name (one file for each figure) should include the figure number.

The figures should match the width of either a text column (82 mm) or page (170 x 230 mm).

Figure legends should be described on the figures themselves (e.g., geological maps, cross-sections), not keyed to numbers in the figure caption. The legends should be placed at the end of the text.

The preferred figure formats are EPS or CDR for vector graphics, and TIFF for halftone illustrations or line drawings.

Line drawings (vector graphics)

Good-quality electronic drawings should be submitted in EPS or CDR format. The inscriptions should be clearly legible, minimum 8-point font of a sans-serif type. The minimum line width is 0.2 mm (i.e., 0.567 pt) relative to the final size. Scanned line drawings should be digitised as grayscale TIFF with a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi relative to the final figure size.

Halftone illustrations (grayscale and colour photos)

Half-tone illustrations should be submitted as TIFF with a resolution of 600 dpi or higher. Store colour illustrations as RGB (8 bits per channel). The inscriptions on halftone figures should be clearly legible. Use uppercase,
10-point font of a sans-serif type (like Helvetica or Arial), and save the figure inscriptions in another layer of your TIFF.

You can alternately submit well-contrasted photographic prints with the top indicated on the back. The number of free prints of halftone figures is limited and depends on the reviewer’s recommendation. Colour illustrations will be considered, and free colour figures will be approved based on peer review.


Tables should have a title and a legend explaining any abbreviation used therein.

Magnification should be indicated by scale bars or in the figure caption.


The list of References should only include works that are cited in the text and vice versa. Personal communications, papers presented at meetings but not yet published or accepted for publication, and unpublished data should only be mentioned in the text.

The references should be cited in the text by author and year in grammatical sequence: Barrande (1887), Boucot et al. (1989, 1990a, b), Boucot & Talent (1995), Kříž in Boucot (1999) etc., or as a parenthetical expression: (Barrande 1887, Boucot et al. 1989, 1990a, b, Boucot & Talent 1995, Kříž in Boucot 1999). For more than two authors, give the first name and then “et al.”. Use commas to separate multiple citations.

The list of References should be ordered alphabetically according to the authors’ names. In cases of repeated names, order the publications chronologically: Black (1988); Black (1991a); Black (1991b); Black & Blue (1990); Black & Brown (1970); Black, Brown & Blue (1990a); Black, Brown & Red (1990b).

Papers that have been accepted for publication should be included in the list of references with the name of the journal and “in press”.

Use full names for journal titles.


Journal articles:

HAVLÍČEK, V. 1982. Lingulacea and Paterinacea (Brachiopoda) in the Lower Ordovician sequence of Bohemia. Sborník geologických věd, Paleontologie 25, 9–82.

SDZUY, K., HAMMANN, W. & VILLAS, E. 2001. The upper Tremadoc fauna from Vogtendorf and the Bavarian Ordovician of the Frankenwald (Germany). Senckenbergiana lethaea 81(1), 207–261.

Electronic journal articles:

GNOLI, M. 2003. Northern Gondwanan Siluro-Devonian palaeogeography assessed by cephalopods. Palaeontologia Electronica 5(2),, 1–19.


STANLEY, S.M. 1979. Macroevolution: pattern and process. 525 pp. W.H. Freeman, New York.

Multiauthor books:

NOVÁK, J.L. 1999. Coral reefs, 77–90. In PETR, P. & PAVEL, P. (eds) Organic reefs. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

KŘÍŽ, J. 1991. The Silurian of the Prague Basin (Bohemia), 179–203. In BASSETT, M.G., LANE, P.D. & EDWARDS, D. (eds) The Murchison Symposium: proceedings of an international conference on The Silurian System, Special Papers in Palaeontology 44.

PhD or Master thesis:

MANDA, Š. 2003. Hlavonožcové vápence paleozoika pražského - půda úrodná, pole neorané. 525 pp. Master thesis, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.