Proceedings A publishes the following article types: Research articles, Reviews, Invited Perspectives, and Comments and Invited Replies.
Proceedings A welcomes unsolicited review proposals, but all reviews must first be agreed by the Reviews Editor before submission.
Proceedings A publishes short comments on articles previously published in the journal. Comments can be self-proposed by any reader. If a comment is accepted the authors of the original article are invited to reply. Invited replies are the direct response to a comment. Comments and Invited Replies should be succinct and no more than four journal pages in length. We will not accept standalone comments. Comments will be published at the discretion of the Editor. Please contact the Editorial Office if you have any queries prior to submission.
Articles submitted to the journal must not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, the main findings of the article should not have been reported in the mass media. We employ a strict embargo policy where the reporting of a scientific article by the media is embargoed until a specific time.Top
Preparing your article
Go to our instructions for authors page for full guidelines on formatting your paper.
A PDF or Word document with figures embedded is acceptable at initial submission for review, however we will require an editable text document and individual figure files for production.Top
How to submit
Papers must be submitted using our online submission system: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/prsa
Authors using Overleaf should use the link provided by Overleaf to upload their files directly into the submission site: https://www.overleaf.com/latex/templates/proceedings-of-the-royal-society-a-latex-template/zskbvgrsmmcv
Papers sent by email or post will not be considered.Top
Length and Page Charges
Papers submitted to Proceedings A should be no longer than 28 printed journal pages and articles exceeding this length will not be considered. Please note that pages in excess of 20 will incur charges and we encourage the submission of shorter papers.
Articles exceeding 20 pages will incur page charges of £150 plus VAT where applicable per page or part page, for each page in excess of 20. The correct length of your article will only be known at the proof stage.
As a condition of publication, authors with articles exceeding 20 pages must agree to meet the charges where appropriate, or shorten their article before submitting final files for publication.
When you submit your manuscript on Manuscript Central you will be required to confirm that you agree to this policy.
Authors opting for open access do not have to pay additional page charges.Top
Colour figures are welcomed in the journal. All figures will be published in colour online (the version of record), but will be reproduced in black and white in the print version of the journal by default. If you feel that print colour is essential for any of your figures, please list the relevant figure numbers on submission of your article. Please note that, because of the high cost of colour printing, the final decision on colour usage is made at the discretion of the Editor.Top
The journal welcomes open access submissions. For details of current prices please read more about our open access scheme.Top
LaTeX class file
Authors using LaTeX are encouraged to our the Proceedings A class file which will help estimate the final length of the paper. Download the LaTeX class file and instructions as a zip folder.
Proceedings A has partnered with Overleaf, a free cloud‐based, collaborative authoring tool, to provide a Proceedings A LaTeX authoring template. The template allows authors to easily prepare and edit their manuscripts using Overleaf, and then submit manuscripts easily to Proceedings A directly from within Overleaf. The template is available at https://www.overleaf.com/latex/templates/proceedings-of-the-royal-society-a-latex-template/zskbvgrsmmcv
Please note that it is the editorial policy of Proceedings A to offer authors one round of revision in which to address changes requested by referees. If the revisions are not considered satisfactory by the Editor, then the paper will be rejected, and not considered further for publication by the journal. In the event that the author chooses not to address a referee’s comments, and no scientific justification is included in their cover letter for this omission, it is at the discretion of the Editor whether to continue considering the manuscript.
For more details, please see our reviewer guidelines.
In accordance with our preprint policy, we encourage authors to deposit early versions of articles in appropriate subject repositories or preprint servers.
Open Peer Review
Proceedings A operates optional open peer review, making the review process as transparent as possible. See our page on open peer review for further information.
We require supporting data and information, including source code, to be made available at the time of submission of the manuscript to ensure that referees have access to the data. This is in line with our policy that all results should be reproducible. For more information, please refer to our data sharing policies. Data submitted as electronic supplementary material will, upon acceptance of a manuscript, be deposited at the Royal Society's figshare portal free of charge.
Datasets and code that have been deposited in an external repository should be appropriately cited in both the reference list prior to submission and data accessibility section.
Unless there are strong extenuating circumstances for doing so, we will not generally accept statements such as "Data and materials are available upon request from the authors" in our data accessibility statements. Exceptions are at the Editor's discretion.
Promoting your published article
There are a number of ways you can promote your paper after publication to maximise impact. This blog post provides our top tips for ensuring your paper is seen by a wide and relevant audience.
Proceedings A is committed to the efforts undertaken by the Royal Society and Royal Society Publishing to make users of our services aware of and responsive to the challenges posed by unconscious biases. As part of these efforts, the Royal Society has published an In Verba blog post, a guidance PDF, and short video animation to support users in understanding and tackling unconscious bias.
Our authors are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with these publications when considering submitting to the journal.