Information for authors

  1. Submission of articles for Theme Issues

  2. Article types

  3. Length

  4. Preparing your article

  5. Submission checklist

  6. Submission

  7. Charges

Submission of articles for Theme Issues

Philosophical Transactions A does not consider unsolicited submissions, and only publishes issues on dedicated theme topics, some of which derive from Royal Society Discussion meetings. If you're interested in guest editing a Theme Issue please see our Guest Editor information page for details of how to submit a proposal.

Articles for Theme Issues should be submitted via You should have already received instructions and a login for the site via email in advance but if you have any problems then please contact the Editorial Office. The Guest Editor(s) will manage the review process for these articles, send referee comments to authors and check any revisions. Once all papers have been approved by the Guest Editor(s) and the Editorial Office, the articles for the issue will be put into production.

Article types

Issues of Philosophical Transactions A contain a mix of article types, including original research, reviews, opinion pieces, perspectives etc. Hybrid papers (reviews with a small amount of new data) can be appropriate. The Guest Editor(s) of the issue will make it clear what type of article is expected from you when commissioning your contribution.

Articles submitted to the journal must not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, the main findings of the article should not have been reported in the mass media. Philosophical Transactions A employs a strict embargo policy where the reporting of a scientific article by the media is embargoed until a specific time.


The number of pages allowed depends on the number of articles expected in the issue. You will be given a length allowance by email at an early stage.

If you are an author and have not been given a length limit by your Guest Editor, please contact the Editorial Office for guidance.

Preparing your article

Please see our style guide for full guidelines on formatting your paper. A Word template for preparing your manuscript can be downloaded here. A TeX template is available from the Editorial Office on request.

A PDF or Word document with figures embedded is acceptable at initial submission for review, however we will require an editable text document and individual figure files for production.

Submission checklist

Please ensure that you can tick each of the following before submitting your paper.

✔ Paper is as expected by the Guest Editors, and will be of interest to a broad, general readership

✔ Within the length limit provided

✔ Meets all requirements of our Instructions for Authors

✔ All supporting data and materials provided, and described within the text

✔ Figure permissions cleared and suitable credit information included

✔ Figures are understandable in greyscale in print, or funds available to pay for colour printing

✔ Electronic supplementary material (ESM) checked and formatted to be hosted as provided

✔ Your paper conforms to our Editorial policies

✔ You agree to sign our Licence to publish (unless publishing an open access paper)


Papers must be submitted using our online submission system. Ensure that you use the existing link to 'Submit an invited paper' or 'Create a resubmission' as appropriate.



Colour is free for online publication but authors are asked pay for colour reproduction if required in the print journal. 

Authors of open access articles will not have to pay colour charges as these are included in the APC.

During final file submission authors must choose one of the following three options for figure reproduction:

1. Black and white figures online and in print - no charge
2. Colour figures online and black and white in print - no charge
3. Colour figures online and in print - fees apply (see below for colour charges)

Authors submitting figures for option 2 (colour online and black and white in print) should submit one colour version of each image only. The figures will be converted to black and white for print, so authors must ensure that the colour figure is also intelligible in black and white. The figure legend should not refer directly to the colours used in the figure. Figures provided in colour will be produced in colour online and in black and white in print unless otherwise requested and paid for.

Our current colour charges for print are:
£300 plus VAT (where applicable @20%) for 1–3 figures
£600 plus VAT (where applicable @20%) for 4–6 figures
£750 plus VAT (where applicable @20%) for 7–9 figures
£900 plus VAT (where applicable @20%) for 10–15 figures
£1000 plus VAT (where applicable @20%) for 16–20 figures

Open access

The journal welcomes open access submissions. For details of current prices please read more about our Open access scheme.