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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/issue-ptrsa. 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.
Please note that your paper will be required to fit the brief given when commissioned, and meet the high quality standard of the journal. Therefore whilst we endeavour to allow opportunities to revise throughout the process, the Guest Editors and the journal’s Editorial Board retain the right to reject papers. Prompt submission on schedule will allow for the maximum revision time possible.
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 the online publication date.
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
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.
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)
✔ The submitting author has an ORCID
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.
In accordance with our preprint policy, we encourage authors to deposit early versions of articles in appropriate subject repositories or preprint servers.
Colour figures are welcomed in the journal. All figures will be published in colour online (the version of record), but will be reproduced in black and white in the print version of the journal by default. If you feel that print colour is essential for any of your figures, please list the relevant figure numbers on submission of your article. Please note that, because of the high cost of colour printing, the final decision on colour usage is made at the discretion of the Editor.
The journal welcomes open access submissions. For details of current prices please read more about our Open access scheme.