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Evolution Letters

Evolution Letters

Editor-in-Chief:Jon Slate, University of Sheffield, UK

Vol 1(6 Issues in 2017 )

Online ISSN: 2056-3744

Digital version available through Wiley Online Library

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Evolution Letters publishes cutting-edge new research in all areas of Evolutionary Biology. Papers should demand rapid publication because they substantially advance the field, are of outstanding clarity and originality, or are of broad interest. Papers that introduce new analytical or methodological frameworks that are likely to be highly influential will also be considered. Opinion and commentary articles on new developments or emerging themes are also encouraged. Traditional reviews will not be considered, as plenty of appropriate forums for these already exist. The Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board welcome enquiries about other forms of article. Evolution Letters is jointly owned by the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). Profits from the journal are invested back into the two societies. The journal is online only and entirely open access. The journal has a flexible approach to the format of manuscripts on submission, and will only ask authors to adhere to a house style (see Instructions for Authors) once the manuscript is accepted for publication.

1. Types of Articles


These form the bulk of papers in the journal. Letters should be original pieces of research that have the potential to substantially move the field forwards. We welcome both empirical and theoretical studies, and we cover all areas of evolutionary biology, including those that use genomics and related technologies to address evolutionary questions. Letters should be succinct: no longer than is needed for the clear presentation and interpretation of the work reported. As a guide, we expect a typical paper to be approximately 5000 words, excluding references and display items. They generally contain brief Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion sections. Authors may merge the Results and Discussion section, so long as a clear distinction is maintained between observations and interpretations. We encourage authors to use subheadings within these sections if it will make the paper more readable. At the end of the paper there should be Author Contributions and Acknowledgements sections, and information on Data Deposition. We require all authors to include an Impact Summary statement, which will be used to solicit media and public interest in the research.

Comments and Opinion

Evolutionary Biology is a rapidly moving field, and new ideas, tools or arguments frequently appear. Comments and Opinion articles are a forum for highlighting very timely new research ideas and bringing them to the attention of the evolutionary community. Examples include: (i) a comment on a recent new piece of research, published in this journal or elsewhere, that is likely to have a wide impact in how researchers conduct their research; (ii) a critical reasoning that an idea, technique or tool that has become widely adopted by researchers in the field is flawed or problematic; (iii) an argument that evolutionary biologists are ignoring an opportunity provided by approaches that are either routine or have been developed recently by researchers in other disciplines. Comments and Opinion articles should be no more than 2500 words long, excluding references. Authors should first consult with the Editor-in-Chief if they think their piece will be substantially longer.

2. Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be submitted via the Evolution Letters ScholarOne Manuscripts site. Figures and tables may be submitted in a single file with the main text, or as separate files. Submissions should include a separate Impact Summary paragraph, written in accessible language, explaining the work and why it makes an important contribution to the understanding of Evolutionary Biology. Submissions can be made as Word (.doc, .docx) or as PDF files. On submission, a PDF p