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JEB considers for publication original research that has not been previously published. Submission to JEB implies that this is the case and that the submitted manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Deposition of research manuscripts (e.g. Research Articles, Short Communications and Methods & Techniques) prior to submission on community pre-print servers, or of conference presentations online, will not be considered prior publication and will not compromise potential publication in JEB. Versions of a manuscript that have altered as a result of the peer review process may not be deposited. Authors should provide details of the deposition in the cover letter accompanying manuscript submission. Authors are requested to update the pre-print server record with a link to the final published version of the article on the JEB website. Review-type articles (e.g Reviews, Commentaries) may not be posted before publication in JEB.
During the submission process, authors are asked to declare that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors. Submission also indicates that authors agree to abide by JEB's publishing policies, including the declaration of any competing interests to the journal on submission of a manuscript.
Authors should clearly highlight the key finding(s) of the paper and explain its significance and interest to the field in their cover letter.
Upon article acceptance, most Research Articles, Short Communications and Methods & Techniques papers are posted on the journal website as accepted author manuscripts (Advance Articles) before journal copyediting and layout and in advance of publication of the print and online issues in which they will subsequently appear. Authors who would prefer their accepted author manuscript NOT to be posted as an Advance Article should tick the relevant check box during the submission process.
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Please format your manuscript in accordance with our manuscript preparation guidelines.
For new submissions, we recommend that you submit your paper as a single PDF file that contains all the necessary text, figures and tables. Supplementary data should be compiled into a separate file. You will be able to check the final submitted version of the PDF; if there are problems with figure resolution, please contact the Editorial Office.
Our submission system converts submitted files (PDFs or individual files) into a PDF file for the review process. The corresponding author must check and approve the PDF to complete the submission process.
During the submission process, you will be asked to provide an email address for each author and suggested reviewer. When providing a non-institutional email address (e.g. gmail), an ORCID identifier is also required. Papers submitted using non-institutional email addresses and without ORCID iDs will require additional verification steps, which may cause delays. All corresponding authors are also required to submit an ORCID iD and it is best practice to use an ORCID iD to identify each researcher.
To help you meet your funder requirements, you will be asked to provide details of all funding sources from ALL authors. Please provide the full official funding agency name as listed on the Crossref Funder Registry, and all relevant grant numbers. See our manuscript preparation guidelines for more details.
For revised submissions and accepted manuscripts, please provide all the necessary text and figures as individual files.
Please note that revised manuscripts will be treated as a new submission if they are not submitted within 3 months of the date of the initial decision.
For more information on the types of articles that can be submitted to JEB, please visit our article types page.
There are no publication fees (page or colour charges) to publish in JEB unless you select our author-pays Open Access option.
Papers rejected from JEB can be transferred, strictly with the authors’ approval, to Biology Open (BiO), an author-pays online-only Open Access journal also published by The Company of Biologists, for editorial consideration. The Editors of BiO make their editorial decisions independently of JEB, have different criteria for acceptance and have a rapid decision time. Click here to find out more about the transfer option and see who has published in BiO.