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Fossil Record A palaeontological open-access journal of the Museum für Naturkunde
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Manuscript preparation guidelines for authors

The following sections provide guidelines on how to prepare and compose your manuscript. Please follow these standards to ensure a smooth peer-review and production process. When preparing your manuscript, please also refer to the manuscript-type-specific guidelines.

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Technical instructions for LaTeX

Technical instructions for MS Word and compatible formats

Technical instructions for R Markdown

Manuscript composition


English guidelines and house standards

Mathematical notation and terminology

Registration of names and other nomenclature acts 

If authors describe taxa, the registration of any new names or other nomenclature acts in ZooBank is required prior to the online publication of the respective article. This registration is needed to comply with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. The respective registration number and exact date of the registration have to be included in the article. For further information please visit the guidelines on the use of scientific names of animals for authors and editors.

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