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The Holocene

A Major Interdisciplinary Journal Focusing on Recent Environmental Change
2014 Impact Factor: 2.283
2014 Ranking: 55/175 in Geosciences, Multidisciplinary | 22/46 in Geography, Physical
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editors
John A. Matthews Swansea University, UK

eISSN: 14770911| ISSN: 09596836|Current volume: 26|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Monthly

No other journal caters for the specific interdisciplinary needs of the large international community of scientists working on The Holocene.

The Holocene is the first journal dedicated to fundamental scientific research on environmental change over the last 10,000 years including past, present and future change on local, regional and global scales. Essential reading - The Holocene covers:

  • Geological, biological and archaeological evidence of recent climate change
  • Interdisciplinary studies of environmental history and prehistory
  • The development of natural and cultural landscapes and ecosystems
  • The prediction of future changes in the environment from the record of the past

The Holocene regularly publishes:

  • Research papers
  • Reports
  • Forum articles
  • Book reviews

Occasional special features include:

-Research reviews and theme issues - devoted to specific Holocene topics or key conferences

-Fast-track Reports! Bring groundbreaking research to the public domain as soon as possible. 

-The possibility of publishing short contributions of exceptional merit within three months of acceptance.

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Electronic access:

The Holocene is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://hol.sagepub.com/

The Holocene is a high impact, peer reviewed journal dedicated to fundamental scientific research at the interface between the long Quaternary record and the natural and human-induced environmental processes operating at the Earth's surface today. The Holocene emphasizes environmental change over the last ca 11 500 years - the most recent geological epoch and the most relevant time-span for understanding the future environments of the human species. The journal reflects the wide range of important and exciting interdisciplinary research being carried out in this field, and its coverage is worldwide.

No other journal caters for the specific interdisciplinary needs of the large international community of scientists working on The Holocene.

The Holocene is the first journal dedicated to fundamental scientific research on environmental change over the last 10,000 years including past, present and future change on local, regional and global scales. Essential reading - The Holocene covers:

  • Geological, biological and archaeological evidence of recent climate change
  • Interdisciplinary studies of environmental history and prehistory
  • The development of natural and cultural landscapes and ecosystems
  • The prediction of future changes in the environment from the record of the past

The Holocene regularly publishes:

  • Research papers
  • Reports
  • Forum articles
  • Book reviews

Occasional special features include:

-Research reviews and theme issues - devoted to specific Holocene topics or key conferences

-Fast-track Reports! Bring groundbreaking research to the public domain as soon as possible.

-The possibility of publishing short contributions of exceptional merit within three months of acceptance.

Book Review Editor (America)
C.E. Cordova Oklahoma State University, USA
Book Review Editor
John Hiemstra Swansea University, UK
Editorial Board
Frank Chambers University of Gloucestershire, UK
A. G. Dawson University of Aberdeen, UK
Fabienne Marret University of Liverpool, UK
Joseph A. Mason University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Professor Francis E. Mayle University of Reading, UK
Atle Nesje Bergen University, Norway and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway
Frank Oldfield University of Liverpool, UK
Arlene Rosen University of Texas at Austin, USA
Giles Young Swansea University, UK
Professor Zicheng Yu Lehigh University, USA
Advisory Editorial Board
John T. Andrews University of Colorado, USA
Miryam Bar-Matthews Geological Survey of Israel, Israel
Eduard Bard University of Aix-Marseille III, France
Graeme Barker University of Cambridge, UK
K. Bennett Uppsala University, Sweden
H.J. B. Birks Bergen University, Norway
R Bradley University of Massachusetts, USA
Michel Budja University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dario Camuffo Istituto di Scienze dell'Atmosfera e del Clima, Padova, Italy
John Dodson Institute for Environmental Research, Menai, Australia
Kay-Christian Emeis University of Hamburg, Germany
A.E. Fallick Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre, East Kilbride,UK
D Foster Harvard University, USA
Sherilyn C. Fritz University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Eric Grimm Illinois State Museum, Springfield, USA
Sheila Hicks University of Oulu, Finland
C F W Higham University of Otago, New Zealand
Hansjörg Küster University of Hannover, Germany
Julia Lee-Thorp University of Bradford, UK
Brian Luckman Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Michael Mann Pennsylvania State University, USA
Vera Markgraf University of Colorado, USA
Matthew McGlone Landcare Research, Lincoln, New Zealand
Daniel OLago University of Nairobi, Kenya
Neil Roberts University of Plymouth, UK
Ashok Singhvi Planetary and Geosciences Division, Ahmedabad, India
Pál Sümegi University of Szeged, Hungary
David Mark Taylor National University of Singapore, Singapore
Eric Wolff University of Cambridge, UK
H. Wright University of Minnesota, USA
L.P. Zhou Peking University, China
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Manuscript style
      5.1 File types
      5.2 Journal style
      5.3 Reference style
      5.4 Manuscript preparation
      5.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      5.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      5.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      5.4.5 English language editing services
    6. After acceptance
      6.1 Proofs
      6.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
      6.3 SAGE production
      6.4 OnlineFirst publication
    7. Further information

     

    The Holocene is the first journal dedicated to fundamental scientific research on environmental change over the last c. 11,500 years including past, present and future change on local, regional and global scales.

    1. Article types

    The following are published:

    1 Fast-track reports: short contributions of exceptional merit that will be published within four months of acceptance. A case for special treatment must be made on submission - up to 1,500 words and a maximum of three figures.

    2 Research papers: substantial, original research contributions on any aspect of environmental change relevant to the last c. 11,500 years. The nature of the paper will determine word limit; normally this would be 8,000 words (excluding tables and references) and eight figures or tables. Whilst research papers should contain sufficient information to allow a full evaluation of the validity of research and conclusions, it is not intended that they be exhaustive in detail. Attention should also be given to the broader context.

    3 Research reports: shorter research contributions including, for example, preliminary findings, brief accounts of new techniques, new applications, or simply significant results that do not require a full-length paper - maximum of 3,000 words (excluding tables and references) and four figures or tables.

    4 Forum articles: short, succinct conceptual contributions including, for example, philosophical viewpoints, methodological advances, critical comment, clarification of research controversies, discussions of terminology. Forum articles are intended to clarify issues by critical analysis and/or provoke discussion; while they may include controversial material and may be written in a lighter style, like all research contributions to the journal, they will be subject to rigorous peer review - maximum of 3000 words (excluding tables and references) and four figures or tables.

    5 Research reviews: substantial, state-of-the-art reviews of research within the field. They may focus on the synthesis of conceptual, technical or factual developments. Maximum length is similar to research papers.

    6 Special Issues: occasionally the journal publishes Special Issues, usually based on Conference Proceedings, normally of 15 articles of research paper length with an introduction provided by the Guest Editors.

    7 Thematic sets: the journal also considers smaller sets of related papers (usually 3-5) which are published together.

    The Editor and Associate Editors would welcome enquiries from authors regarding possible contributions to increase the number of 'Forum Articles' published.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The Holocene uses two independent reviewers but it is not double blind: the authors' names are revealed to the reviewers; the reviewers are given the option of having their names revealed to the authors (they have to opt for being revealed - otherwise their names are withheld).

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing Assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    The Holocene requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    The Holocene encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    2.6 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    The Holocene requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles if the articles are accepted to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office.

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    The Holocene and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    The Holocene offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    The Holocene is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/holocene to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system.

    If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process, please contact the Managing Editor, John Matthews, at the following email address: J.A.Matthews@swansea.ac.uk.

    Each manuscript should contain:

    (i)The title page should give a) the title and b) the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and email, telephone/fax numbers.

    (ii) An abstract of up to 250 words should precede the text

    (iii) Up to six key words should be given after the abstract.

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    5. Manuscript style

    5.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Acceptable formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    5.2 Journal Style

    The Holocene conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    5.3 Reference Style

    The Holocene adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    5.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    5.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    5.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.

    • Format: TIFF, JPEG, PDF: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs). 
      EPS: Preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).
      MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also accepted
    • Placement: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document.
      Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, and PDF) should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]")
    • Resolution: Bitmap based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a resolution of 600 dpi. 
    • Format: TIFF, EPS or PDF.
    • Colour: Please note that images supplied in colour will be published in colour online and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using colour with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating colour. 
    • Dimension: Check that the artworks supplied match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination. 
    • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    Follow the style in a recent issue of the journal and these notes:

    1 Use 'z' not 's' where there is an alternative, and in general follow the first variant given by the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (eg, realize, idealize, analyse, advertise).

    2 Use SI units.

    3 Dates: '16 January 1990' not 'January 16, 1990'.

    4 Numbers: adopt a rule that all numbers under 10 should be spelt out in letters except where attached to a unit of quantity (eg, 1 mm or 3 kg), and that all numbers of 10 or more should be rendered in digits except where the context makes this awkward (eg, use spelt-out forms at the beginning of a sentence).

    5 Capitalization: avoid excessive capitalization. For titles of books and articles, capitals should be used for the initial letter of the first word only. For the titles of journals and series, the initial letter of all principal words should be capitalized.

    6 Italics: use italics for emphasis very sparingly. Underline italicized words.

    7 Abbreviations: the initial letter of abbreviations should be typed with no full point (eg, UK, UNESCO, BBC). Abbreviations in which the last letter of the abbreviation is the same as the last letter of the word should also have no full point (eg, Mr, St, BUT no., Str., etc.).

    8 Scientific names: when first cited, genus and species should be given, whether first cited in the text or in summaries, legends, tables or graphs. Subsequently, the generic name may be abbreviated to its initial letter except where confusion can arise, in which case it should be given in full. Common names may also be used but scientific names must be given, at least at first mention.

    HEADINGS
    Avoid using more than three weights of subheading.

    5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    5.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    7. After acceptance           

    7.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    7.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    7.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in The Holocene with SAGE.

    7.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    8. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Managing Editor, John Matthews, at the following email address: J.A.Matthews@swansea.ac.uk.

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