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Author Guidelines


Please format your submission as closely as possible to the information below. Technical editing for format will only occur once an article is accepted for publication, at which point the author will be asked to make all necessary formatting changes.

Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word with the figures uploaded separately as “supplementary files”; alternately, the corresponding author may upload a pdf containing both the text and figures, and only upload separate files when the manuscript is accepted.

Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology



Scope of Journal

Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology accepts manuscripts detailing anatomical or broader morphological studies on fossil and living vertebrates. Manuscripts describing new species, functional morphology, or phylogenetic analyses using morphological characters are welcome. The journal will not normally publish molecular studies, faunal descriptions, or philosophical papers.

Submissions to the Journal are made on-line at:


On-line Publication

The Journal is published on-line with the date of publication being the date of the article appearing in final form on the VAMP website. Publication dates follow the requirements of the International Committee on Zoological Nomenclature. Names of new taxa will be registered in ZooBank by the author or the publisher. This Journal is open access; we encourage all authors to post the pdf of their article on their website, send it to colleagues, and distribute it as widely as possible. Open access to this journal is supported by the Open Journal Systems.


Copyright Assignment

If accepted for publication, the author(s) retains all rights to the his/her work and grants the Journal the right to publish it on-line and to download it for cost-recovery print-on-demand publication. The work will be open-access distributed under a Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.




because this journal is on-line, no hard copies of text or figures will be accepted


Language of Journal: All articles will be published in English. The article must be clearly written, concise and of high quality English to allow referees to properly review the paper. Manuscripts that are unclear, or poorly written will be automatically rejected. We recommend authors have manuscripts professionally edited for the English if necessary.

 Second-language Abstract: In addition to the English abstract, the author(s) may provide the abstract in a second language if justified, but whether or not it is included in the publication will be decided by the Senior Editors. The authors will bear soul responsibility for editing and proofing a second-language abstract.

Spelling: The Journal title must be as above (British spelling). Individual manuscripts may use either British or American spelling, but must be internally consistent within the document.

Title: The title should be concise and descriptive. It should contain no new scientific names, but higher taxonomic names (e.g., class, order, family) should be included.

Authors:  first name in full followed by any middle initials and the last name.  Identify each author with a superscript number; give full mailing address and e-mail address for each


The abstract should be a concise (maximum 250 words) summary of the paper, including the main results. Abstracts are often available separately from the rest of the paper and so cannot include any references. New scientific names should be included in the abstract, with the indication that they are new (e.g., followed by gen. et sp. nov.).

 Key Words

To enhance the dissemination of research, key words must be provided for internet and library search engines. A list of three to ten key words should be included; these do not need to repeat words in the title or abstract.


Body of Paper

Style: The text should have primary, secondary and tertiary headings as set out in these instructions. Primary headings are flush left, bold, 14 point sans serif font (e.g., Arial). Secondary headings are flush right, 14 point, bold, serif font (e.g., Times New Roman). Tertiary headings are indented, 12 point, bold, serif font (e.g., Times New Roman), followed by a colon (not bold) and the text continues on the same line. Headings should be used throughout to divide the paper into sections to make it easier to read. All pages should be numbered.

Systematic Palaeontology: If describing a new taxon, the systematic palaontology section should be included. This section starts with a Primary Heading (Systematic Palaeontology), followed by a list of the hierarchy of taxonomic ranks. All names should be followed by the name authority, and name authorities must be included in the reference list.

Discussion: Use the Discussion section to explain the significance of your work and to place it in a wider context.

Conclusion: A “summary” is not the same as a discussion or a conclusion. There is no need for a summary, as the paper is summarized in the abstract. A conclusion may or may not be necessary.

Acknowledgements: This section should include any funding institutions. If the authors wish, a statement on the relative contributions of each author may be included.


Literature Cited

All citations in the text must be in the literature cited and all references in the literature cited must be referred to in the text. All name authorities must be included in the literature cited.

Citations in the Text: Refer to literature in the body of the text following these examples:

Smith (1978); Smith and Wilson (2012); (Bently 2013; Smith 1998, 1999; Smith and Wilson 1997; Zhang 1999a, b, 2000)

Example formatting for references is as follows:

Chen, P.-J., Y. Wang, Y.-G. Wang and M.-M. Chang. 2008. The Jehol fossils: The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants. London; Burlington, MA: Academic Press.

Duellman, W.E. and L. Trueb. 1994. Biology of Amphibians. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.

Ivakhnenko, M.F. 1978. Urodelans from the Triassic and Jurassic of Soviet Central Asia. Paleontologicheskiy Zhurnal 3:84–89. [In Russian].

Shubin, N.H. and D.B. Wake. 2003. Morphological variation, development, and evolution of the limb skeleton of salamanders. Pp. 1782–1808 in H. Heatwole and M. Davies (eds). Amphibian Biology. Volume 5, Osteology. Chipping Norton, Australia: Surrey Beatty and Sons.

Wang, Y. 2004. A new Mesozoic caudate (Liaoxitriton daohugouensis sp. nov.) from Inner Mongolia, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 49:858–860.

Wang, Y. and S.E. Evans. 2006. A new short-bodied salamander from the Upper Jurassic/Lower Cretaceous of China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 51: 127–130.

Wang, Y. and C. Rose. 2005. Jeholotriton paradoxus (Amphibia: Caudata) from the Lower Cretaceous of south eastern Inner Mongolia, China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25:523–532.

Wang, Y. and D. Zhiming. 1998. A new Urodele (Liaoxitriton zhongjiani gen. et sp. nov.) from the Early Cretaceous of Western Liaoning province, China. Vertebrata Palasiatica 36:159–172.



As VAMP is an on-line publication, colour figures are welcome. However, ensure that line drawings or black-and-white photographs are in the appropriate format. Do not submit line drawings in colour if there is no need for the increased data file size. Figures may be submitted as jpg format for review, but tif format is required for creating the final published document. Minimum size for figures is 300 dpi; 600 dpi is preferred. Figures should be sized to file a single column, 2/3 column or full page width. Colour figures should use CMYK colour (rather than RGB colour) for print-on-demand.

Figure captions should be included at the end of the manuscript, after the literature cited.



Primary headings are all capitalized, with text starting on next line.

Secondary headings are flush left, bold followed by text on the next line, and tertiary headings are indented, bold, and followed by text on same line.



Subdivision  TELEOSTEI Muller, 1845

Sept ACANTHOMORPHA (sensu Johnson and Patterson 1993)

Order incertae sedis

Superfamily AIPICHTHYOIDEA Otero & Gayet, 1996

Genus species nov.





TELEOSTEI Muller, 1845

ACANTHOMORPHA (sensu Johnson and Patterson 1993)

AIPICHTHYOIDEA Otero & Gayet, 1996

Genus species nov.


            Holotype: ROM 23456

            Type Locality: back of beyond

            Etymology: Named for our friend

            Diagnosis: differential diagnoses are preferred.




Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The main submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format, and the figures have been uploaded separately as 'supplemental files'
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed in separate files.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. Recommended reviewers have been listed (with affiliation and e-mail contact) in the text box for the editor (at the bottom of this page; scroll down).

Copyright Notice

Submission of an article to Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology will be taken to mean that the article is an original work and not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

If the article is accepted for publication, it will be published on-line under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC By 4.0) meaning:

  • Attribution —  You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

The author retains copyright to his/her work.


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