Editorial > Guidelines for authors




Publication ethics
Basin Research requests that all authors follow the ethical guidelines set out at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/Publicationethics/

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at www.blackwellpublishing.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Word 2007
Will authors please note that Word 2007 is not yet compatible with journal production systems. Unfortunately, the journal cannot accept Microsoft Word 2007 documents until such time as a stable production version is released. Please use Word's 'Save As' option therefore to save your document as an older (.doc) file type.

Basin Research accepts submission at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bre. This enables the quickest possible review. Manuscript submission online can be as Word document (.doc) or RTF (.rtf). If using LaTeX please upload a PDF file of the manuscript for the reviewers - note that upon acceptance we will require your TeX/LaTeX source files to edit and typeset the article. Figures may be uploaded separately or embedded into the text of your initial submission.

On acceptance, you will be required to upload your manuscript as one text file and additional high resolution graphics files. TIFF (.tiff) or EPS (.eps) are our preferred formats. Full upload instructions and support are available online from the submission site via the 'Get Help Now' button. Please submit your covering letter or comments to the editor when prompted online.

Exclusive Licence Form

Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned). After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various medium/circumstances (please see the form for further details). The ELF can be downloaded here. Please fax it to the number on the second page of the form upon acceptance of your article.

The editors retain the right to modify the style and length of a contribution (major changes being agreed with the corresponding author) and to decide the time of publication.

Pages should be numbered consecutively, including those of acknowledgements, references, tables and figure legends. Papers must be in English and spelling should conform to the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. Authors are advised to retain a copy of the paper in case of loss as the Editors cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Papers will be acknowledged on receipt.

The typescript should include a title page with a concise, but informative, title and a short running title for page headings, a list of authors names with addresses, and the name, address and email address(es) of the author to whom proofs and offprint requests should be directed. There should also be an abstract comprising a summary of about 50-300 words.

The main body of the text should be arranged under up to four different levels of heading. It would be helpful if the authors could indicate in the margin the relative importance of a heading by the use of ringed capital letters, i.e. (A) for the main heading, (B) for the secondary heading, etc.

Author material archive policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Blackwell Publishing will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Units, Symbols and Abbreviations
SI units are preferred. Statistics and measurements should be given in numeric form, e.g. 2 m, except where the number begins a sentence. When a number is used to identify a feature, it should be given in figures with the feature capitalized (e.g. Section 10, Locality 5). The word figure should be shortened to Fig. unless starting a sentence.

Tables and Figures
The journal will have an A4 page size (297 mm deep by 210 mm wide) and tables and figures should be prepared to fit within the width of either a column (80 mm) or the full page (167 mm). The column depth is 263 mm. Tables must be typed on separate sheets. They should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Column headings should be brief with units of measurement in parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns.

Fly-outs willbe accepted, but they are costly and will be subject to rigorous scrutiny. Authors who wish to publish fly-outs should attempt to obtain funds towards the publication costs, but inability to pay will not prevent publication of a fly-out if the Editors consider it necessary.

We would like to receive your artwork in electronic form. Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Ideally, vector graphics that have been saved in metafile (.WMF) or pict (.PCT) format should be embedded within the body of the text file. Detailed information on our digital illustration standards is available at our digital illustration guidelines page.

It is the policy of Basin Research for authors to pay the full cost for the print reproduction of their colour artwork. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Blackwell Publishing require you to complete and return a colour work agreement form before your paper can be published. The cost of colour printing has recently been reduced to 150 GBP for the first figure and 50 GBP for subsequent figures. The colour form can be downloaded as a PDF* here. Any article received by Blackwell Publishing with colour work will not be published until the form has been returned. If you are unable to download the form, please contact the Production Editor at: Production Editor - Basin Research, Blackwell Publishing, 101 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES, UK and they will be able to email or FAX a form to you. Once completed, please return the form to the Production Editor at the above address.

In the event that an author is not able to cover the costs of reproducing colour figures in colour in the printed version of the journal, Basin Research offers authors the opportunity to reproduce colour figures in colour for free in the online version of the article (but they will still appear in black and white in the print version). If an author wishes to take advantage of this free colour-on-the-web service, they should liaise with the Editorial Office to ensure that the appropriate documentation is completed for the Publisher.

* To read PDF files, you must have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this program, it is available as a free download from the following web address: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

These should be given in the text in the form: Miall (1983), Reineck & Singh (1990) and, for three or more authors, Miller et al. (1977). When different papers with the same first author and the same year are cited, a, b, c, etc., should be put after the year of publication. References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper in the following standard form:

MIALL., A.D. (1983) Basin analysis of fluvial sediments. In: Modern and Ancient Fluvial Systems (Ed. by J. D. Collinson and J. Lewin), Spec. Publ. int. Ass. Sediment., 6, 279-286.

MILLER, M.C., McCAVE, I.M. & KOSAR, P.D. (1977) Threshold of sediment action in unidirectional currents. Sedimentology, 24, 507-528.

REINECK, H.E. & SINGH, I.B. (1980) Depositional Sedimentary Environments, 2nd edn. SpringerVerlag, Berlin.

STOW, D.A.A. (1986) Deep clastic seas. In: Sedimentary Environments and Facies, 2nd edn (Ed. by H. G. Reading), pp. 399-444. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here.

Authors using Endnote software to format their References can download a profile for Basin Research here. Right-click on the link and select "save target as". Navigate to your EndNote styles folder and save. We have endeavoured to make this style file as comprehensive as possible, but complex or unusual reference types and variations in reference data quality in EndNote may result in missing information or formatting problems. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement, please contact the journal Production Editor at BRE@wiley.com.


The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from here. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.


A PDF offprint of the online published article will be provided free of charge to the corresponding author, and may be distributed subject to the Publisher's terms and conditions. Paper offprints of the printed published article may be purchased if ordered via the method stipulated on the instructions that will accompany the proofs. Printed offprints are posted to the correspondence address given for the paper unless a different address is specified when ordered. Note that it is not uncommon for printed offprints to take up to eight weeks to arrive after publication of the journal. Electronic offprints are sent to the first author at his or her first email address on the title page of the paper, unless advised otherwise. Please ensure that the name, address and email of the receiving author are clearly indicated on the manuscript title page if he or she is not the first author of the paper.

Early View

Basin Research is covered by Wiley Interscience's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. To receive an e-mail alert once your article has been published, please see this page.