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E&G Quaternary Science Journal An open-access journal of the German Quaternary Association
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Manuscript types

The following types of manuscripts are considered for peer-reviewed publication in E&G Quaternary Science Journal (EGQSJ):

  • Research articles are based on primary data collected and present substantial and original findings.
  • Express reports are short, quickly published papers on innovative aspects of Quaternary research. They are not equivalent to a full article and hence must not contain an abstract or an extensive description of the state of research. A short and concise introduction to the topic or the underlying research question is sufficient. The reports should cover no more than four pages in print, which is equal to approximately 3000 words (excluding references and figure captions). They may contain a maximum of 10 references and 3 tables/figures. Exceptions may be possible upon request. The scope of the express reports includes the following aspects of Quaternary research:
    • unusual or ambiguous discoveries which are provided to the public for discussion or comment;
    • interesting but perhaps incomplete results which are not sufficient for a full article;
    • technical reports on lab or field methods which foster Quaternary research but are are not sufficient for a full article;
    • status reports on (small) finished research projects or surveys;
    • reports on field surveys;
    • results with difficult, limited, or complex chronology.
    After submission, an express report will run through a quality check by a selected member of our board of experts or by an external referee. This is not meant to be an in-depth review process, but it should guarantee a certain quality regarding scientific content and formal criteria. If no major modifications of the manuscript are requested, online publication can be expected within a couple of weeks after submission. All formal criteria defined for full research articles apply.
  • Thesis abstracts shall be submitted in electronic form to the appointed member of the advisory board of the German Quaternary Association (DEUQUA). All formal criteria defined for full research articles apply. Also exceptional/excellent abstracts of master theses may be published. The number of pages is limited to two. In addition, thesis abstracts should be arranged as follows:
    • title of the thesis;
    • full name and email address of the author;
    • affiliation of the institution where the thesis was supervised;
    • present affiliation;
    • name of the main supervisor and the co-supervisors;
    • http link (if available) to the electronic version of the thesis;
    • abstract not exceeding two pages in print, which is equal to approximately 1500 words (including references and captions);
    • a maximum total of two figures, illustrations, or tables.
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