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Journals for Paleontological Research

It is not always easy to decide in which journal to publish your research results. Information is usually scattered on the web. I therefore created this list to make this a little bit easier. Only peer-reviewed journals are listed. They are ordered by their impact factors and SJR on popular demand, but beware of the problems with these metrics. Note, that these factors have been rounded here and can be found in more details on Web of Science, Scimago and Google Scholar Metrics websites. Furthermore, the use of such metrics to evaluate scientific research is problematic for several reasons (e.g., Seglen 1997, Editors of PloS Medicine 2006; Metzke et al. 2010; Björn Brembs 2011; Lozano et al. 2012; Johnston 2013 ; Lariviere et al. 2016; Callaway 2016), including the fact that one "rates" the place where it is published and not the scientific research itself. You can order the journals on any of the other categories (e.g., open access, main subject, ...) yourself by clicking on the arrow of the sort button below it. Journals are here considered only as open access here, when all articles are freely available (excluding journals which allow open access for some articles with special fees, subscriptions or embargos on access).  It also lists if a publication fee applies to publish an article (as listed on DOAJ): some open access journals have high publication fees. Note, that journals with very irregular publishing and/or which are considered predatory are not listed here. Some multidisciplinary science journals, which occasionally future paleontological articles, are listed for comparison. If you are aware of other journals to list here (or journals which have ceased to exist) or have additional comments/suggestions, please let me know! I am currently an academic editor for the open-access journal PeerJ, which also publishes paleontological research. Data derives from Web of Science, Elsevier (SJR based on Scopus data) and Google Scholar. Potential errors are unintentional.
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Journal WebsiteMain SubjectIF (16)SJR (15)H5 Index (16)AccessPublication FeeCountryTypeSpecial Focus
Nature Science 40.1 21.94 379 restricted  GB Article  
Science Science 37.2 13.22 312 restricted  USA Article  
Trends in Ecology & Evolution Biology 15.3 11.09 086 restricted  GB Article  
Nature Geoscience Geosciences 13.9 07.30 090 restricted  GB Article  
Nature Communications Science 12.1 06.54 164 open € 3,700 GB Article  
Biological Reviews Biology 11.6 06.47 057 restricted  GB Review  
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics Biology 10.2 09.62 044 restricted  USA review  
PLoS Biology Biology 09.8 05.29 086 open conditional (up to 2900 $) USA Article  
Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences Geosciences 09.8 05.67 042 restricted  USA Review  
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Science 09.7 06.88 215 restricted   USA Article  
Current Biology Biology 08.9 04.73 097 restricted  USA Article  
Systematic Biology Biology 08.9 10.51 059 restricted  GB Article  
Elife Biology 07.7 06.36 058 open  GB article  
Earth-Science Reviews Geosciences 07.1 03.75 058 restricted  NL Review/Article  
Gondwana Research Geosciences 07.0 04.95 067 restricted  NL Article  
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biology 05.8 02.66 085 restricted  GB Review Thematic Issues 
Methods in Ecology and Evoution Biology 05.7 05.51 056 restricted  GB Article Field: Methods in Ecology and Evolution 
Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biology 04.9 02.38 085 restricted  GB Article  
Quaternary Science Reviews Geosciences 04.8 02.93 059 restricted  GB Review/Article Time: Quaternary 
Geology Geosciences 04.6 03.28 055 restricted  USA Article  
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History Natural Sciences 04.6 02.95 000 open yes USA Monograph  
Earth and Planetary Science Letters Geosciences 04.4 03.63 065 restricted  NL Article  
BioEssays Biology 04.4 03.10 050 restricted  USA Review/Article  
Scientific Reports Science 04.3 02.07 109 open yes ($1,350) GB Article  
Evolution Evolutionary Biology 04.2 03.20 055 restricted  USA Article  
The American Naturalist Natural Sciences 04.2 02.87 045 restricted  USA Article  
Geological Society of America Bulletin Geosciences 04.2 02.30 042 restricted  USA Article  
American Journal of Science Geosciences 04.1 02.10 024 restricted  USA Article  
Global and Planetary Change Geosciences 03.9 01.89 042 restricted  NL Article  
Biogeosciences Geoscience 03.7 02.48 062 open yes (up to $42 per page) DE Article Field: Biogeosciences 
Geobiology Geosciences 03.5 01.78 027 restricted  GB Article Field: Geobiology 
Paleoceanography Geosciences 03.3 03.07 033 restricted  USA Article Field: Paleoceanography 
BMC Evolutionary Biology Evolutionary Biology 03.2 02.05 049 open yes (up to $2055) GB Article  
Biology Letters Biology 03.1 01.89 048 restricted  GB Article  
Palaeontology Paleontology 03.1 01.58 023 restricted  GB Article  
Journal of the Geological Society Geosciences 03.0 01.45 027 restricted  GB Article  
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology Paleontology 03.0 01.67 021 restricted  GB Article Field: Systematics 
Geological Journal Geosciences 03.0 00.99 018 restricted  GB Article  
Paleobiology Paleontology 02.9 02.00 022 restricted  USA Article  
Newsletters on Stratigraphy Geosciences 02.9 01.82 000 restricted  DE Article Field: Stratigraphy 
PLoS One Science 02.8 01.40 166 open conditional (up to $1350) USA Article  
Journal of Evolutionary Biology Evolutionary Biology 02.8 02.01 039 restricted  GB Article  
Frontiers in Zoology Biology 02.8 01.87 024 open yes ($2105) DE Article Field: Zoology 
Zoologica Scripta Evolutionary Biology 02.8 01.51 023 restricted  GB Article Field: Systematics 
EvoDevo Evolutionary Biology 02.8 02.76 022 open yes ($2235) GB Article  
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society Biology 02.7 01.45 028 restricted  GB Article Field: Zoology 
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Geosciences 02.6 01.50 043 restricted  NL Article Field: Paleoenvironmental Geology 
Journal of Quaternary Science Geosciences 02.5 01.62 029 restricted  GB Article Time: Quaternary 
Ecology and Evolution Biology 02.4 01.69 032 open  GB Article  
Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution Evolutionary Biology 02.4 01.33 022 restricted  GB Article Field: Developmental Biology 
Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny Biology 02.4 00.93 000 open no DE Article Group: Arthropoda 
Papers in Palaeontology Paleontology 02.4 00.00 000 restricted  GB Book/Monograph  
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences Geosciences 02.3 01.39 048 restricted  NL Article Region: Asia 
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society Biology 02.3 01.17 031 restricted  GB Article  
International Journal of Earth Sciences Geosciences 02.3 00.99 027 restricted  Germany Article  
Boreas Geosciences  02.3 01.55 022 restricted  DK Article Time: Quaternary 
Lethaia Paleontology 02.3 01.00 020 restricted  GB Article Field: Palaeobiology/Biostratigraphy 
Organisms Diversity & Evolution Evolutionary Biology 02.3 01.57 016 restricted  DE Article Field: Diversity 
Quaternary International Geosciences 02.2 01.12 044 restricted  NL Article Time: Quaternary 
Journal of Anatomy Biology 02.2 01.06 032 restricted  GB Article Field: Anatomy 
Journal of Zoology Biology 02.2 01.03 025 restricted  GB article field: zoology 
Terra Nova Geosciences 02.2 01.75 023 restricted  GB Article  
Evolution & Development Evolutionary Biology 02.2 01.61 022 restricted  USA Article  
Naturwissenschaften Natural Sciences 02.2 01.00 022 restricted  DE Article  
Royal Society Open Science Science 02.2 00.00 012 open €1220 (after introductory waiver) GB Article  
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Paleontology 02.1 01.32 027 restricted  USA Article Group: vertebrates 
Biology Open Biology 02.1 00.00 024 open yes ( $1495) UK Article  
Polar Research Natural Sciences 02.1 00.50 018 restricted  NO Article Region: Poles 
Science China Earth Sciences Geosciences 02.0 00.63 030 restricted  CHN Article/Review  
PeerJ Biology 02.0 01.10 027 open https://peerj.com/pricing/ GB/USA article  
Geological Magazine Geosciences 02.0 01.12 024 restricted  GB Article  
Journal of Paleolimnology Geosciences 02.0 00.98 024 restricted  NL Article Field: Paleolimnology 
Cretaceous Research Geosciences 02.0 01.05 023 restricted  USA Article Time: Cretaceous 
Palaios  Paleontology 02.0 00.97 018 restricted  USA Article  
Contributions to Zoology Biology 02.0 00.95 013 open no NL Article Field: Zoology 
Vegetation History and Archaeobotany Paleontology 01.9 01.39 023 restricted  USA Article Field: Paleobotany 
Marine Micropaleontology Paleontology 01.9 01.10 020 restricted  NL Article Field: Micropaleontology 
Evolutionary Ecology Evolutionary Biology 01.8 01.43 027 restricted  NL Article Field: Evolutionary Ecology 
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology Paleontology 01.8 01.01 022 restricted  NL Reviews/Article Field: Paleobotany 
Journal of Morphology Biology 01.7 00.96 022 restricted  USA Article Field: Morphology 
Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) Geosciences 01.7 00.55 017 restricted  CHN Article  
New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics Geosciences 01.7 01.02 015 restricted  NZL Article Region: New Zealand/Pacific Rim/Antarctica 
Chinese Science Bulletin Science 01.6 00.00 041 open no CHN Article  
Journal of South American Earth Sciences Geosciences 01.6 00.91 026 restricted  GB Article Region: South America 
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica Paleontology 01.6 00.98 020 open no PL Article  
Journal of Paleontology Paleontology 01.6 01.00 019 restricted  USA Article  
Historical Biology Paleontology 01.6 00.74 016 restricted  GB Article  
Facies Geosciences 01.6 00.85 015 restricted  DE Article  
Palaeontographica Section A (Paleozoology, Stratigraphy) Paleontology 01.6 00.57 000 restricted  DE Book/Monograph Field: Paleozoology 
Arthropod Structure & Development Biology 01.5 00.98 021 restricted  NL Article/Review Group: Arthropoda 
Bulletin de la Société géologique de France Geosciences 01.5 00.56 013 restricted  FR Article  
Swiss Journal of Geosciences Geosciences 01.5 01.08 013 restricted  CH Article  
The Journal of Foraminiferal Research Paleontology 01.5 00.92 013 restricted  USA Article Group: foraminifers 
Palynology Paleontology 01.5 00.67 011 restricted  USA Article Field: Palynology 
The Anatomical Record Biology 01.4 00.78 026 restricted  USA Article  
Development Genes and Evolution Evolutionary Biology 01.4 01.53 020 restricted  DE Article  
Journal of African Earth Sciences Geosciences 01.4 00.58 019 restricted  NL Article Region: Africa 
Andean Geology  Geosciences 01.4 01.00 017 open no CHL Article Region: South America 
Comptes Rendus Palevol Paleontology 01.4 00.63 016 restricted  FR Article  
Geochronometria Geosciences 01.4 01.03 016 restricted  PL Article Field: Absolute Chronology 
Palaeontologia Electronica Paleontology 01.4 00.77 015 open no GB Article  
Geobios  Paleontology 01.4 00.68 014 restricted  FR Article  
Geodiversitas  Paleontology 01.4 00.71 012 open no FR Article  
Journal of Molluscan Studies Biology 01.3 00.48 016 restricted  GB Article Group: Molluscs 
Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments  Paleontology 01.3 00.72 015 restricted  DE Article  
Fossil Record  Paleontology 01.3 00.82 000 open yes (€50-65 per page) DE Monograph/Article  
Palaeontographica Section B (paleobotany) Paleontology 01.3 00.33 000 restricted  DE Book/Monograph Field: Paleobotany 
Phytotaxa Biology 01.2 00.51 019 restricted  NZ Article Field: Botany 
Episodes Geosciences 01.2 01.17 018 restricted  CHN Article  
Bulletin of Geosciences Geosciences 01.2 00.90 017 open no CR Article  
Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences Geosciences 01.2 00.65 016 open  TR Article  
Alcheringa  Paleontology 01.2 00.71 011 restricted  AUS Article  
Ichnos  Paleontology 01.2 00.41 011 restricted  USA Article Field: Ichnology 
Palaeoworld Paleontology 01.2 00.40 011 restricted  CHN Article Region: China 
Ameghiniana  Paleontology 01.2 00.46 010 restricted  ARG Article  
Proceedings of the Geologists' Association Geosciences 01.1 00.60 017 restricted  GB Article  
International Journal of Paleopathology Natural Sciences 01.1 00.46 014 restricted  NL Article Field: Paleopathology 
Netherlands Journal of Geosciences Geosciences 01.1 00.58 014 restricted  NL Article Region: Netherlands/North Sea 
Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences Geosciences 01.1 00.49 012 open  Estonia Article  
Geological Quarterly Geosciences 01.1 00.45 012 open no PL Article  
GFF Geosciences 01.1 00.86 011 restricted  SE Article  
Grana Biology 01.1 00.37 011 restricted  UK Article Field: Palynology/Aerobiology 
PhytoKeys Biology 01.1 00.36 010 open yes (minimum €300; €15 per page) BG Article  Field: Botany 
Annales de Paléontologie Paleontology 01.1 00.47 009 restricted  FR Article  
Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History Natural Sciences 01.1 01.14 000 restricted  USA Article Collections: Yale Peabody Museum 
Zootaxa Biology 01.0 00.62 029 restricted  NZL Monograph/Article Field: Zoology 
Zookeys Biology 01.0 00.58 024 open yes (minimum €300; €15 per page)  BG Article Field: Zoology 
Copeia Biology 01.0 00.56 014 restricted  USA Article Group: fishes/amphibians/reptiles 
Journal of Earth Science Geosciences 01.0 00.48 013 restricted  CHN Article  
PalZ (Paläontologische Zeitschrift) Paleontology 01.0 00.69 013 restricted  DE Article  
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences Geosciences 00.9 00.81 020 restricted  CAN Article  
Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências Science 00.9 00.32 018 open no BRA Article  
Geologica Acta Geosciences 00.9 00.74 016 open no ES Article/Monograph/Book  
American Museum Novitates Natural Sciences 00.9 01.00 015 open yes USA Article  
Acta Geologica Polonica Geosciences 00.9 00.79 011 restricted  PL Monograph/Article  
Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia Paleontology 00.9 00.51 009 open  IT Article  
Carnets de Géologie Geosciences 00.9 00.35 007 open no FR Book/Monograph/Article  
Bollettino Della Societa Paleontologica Italiana Paleontology 00.9 00.41 000 restricted  IT Article  
Journal of Micropalaeontology Paleontology 00.9 00.47 000 restricted  GB Article Field: Micropaleontology 
Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Geosciences 00.8 00.50 014 restricted  DE Article  
Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas Geosciences 00.8 00.32 011 open no MEX Article Region: Iberoamerica 
Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae Geosciences 00.8 00.58 010 open no PL Article  
Annals of Carnegie Museum Natural Sciences 00.8 00.51 000 restricted  USA Article Collections: Carnegie Museum 
Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Geosciences 00.8 00.33 000 restricted  GB Article/Review  
Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences Geosciences 00.7 00.61 011 open no AT Article  
Geologica Belgica Geosciences 00.7 00.61 011 open no BE Article  
Stratigraphy and Geological Correlation (Stratigrafiya. Geologicheskaya Korrelyatsiya)  Geosciences 00.7 00.55 011 restricted  RU Article Field: Stratigraphy 
African Invertebrates Biology 00.7 00.36 008 open no ZAF Article Group: invertebrates 
Paleontological Research Paleontology 00.7 00.52 008 restricted  JPN Article  
Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark Geosciences 00.7 00.23 000 open no DK Article Region: Denmark/Greenland 
Polish Polar Research Geosciences 00.6 00.56 012 open  PL Article Region: Poles 
European Journal of Taxonomy Biology 00.6 00.00 010 open no FR Article Field: Taxonomy 
Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society Geosciences 00.6 00.37 000 restricted  GB article  
Stratigraphy Geosciences 00.6 00.33 000 restricted  USA Article Field: Stratigraphy 
Journal of the Geological Society of India Geosciences 00.5 00.39 015 restricted  India Article Region: India 
Paleontological Journal (Paleontologicheskii Zhurnal)  Paleontology 00.5 00.38 012 restricted  RU Article  
Micropaleontology Paleontology 00.5 00.32 008 restricted  USA Article Field: Micropaleontology 
Norwegian Journal of Geology Geosciences 00.5 00.61 000 restricted  NO Article Region: Norway 
Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia Paleontology 00.4 00.29 009 open no BRA Article  
Journal of the Palaeontological Society of India Paleontology 00.4 00.17 005 open  IND Article  
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin Geosciences 00.4 00.53 000 open  DK Article/Monograph Region: Denmark/Greenland 
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales Natural Sciences 00.3 00.00 000 open  AUS Article  
Journal of Geophysical Research (Biogeosciences) Geosciences 00.0 02.31 085 restricted  United States Article Field: Biogeosciences 
Science Advances Science 00.0 00.00 020 open yes (3000 - 4000 dollar) USA Article  
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Biology 00.0 00.00 012 open  CH Article  
Frontiers in Earth Science Geosciences 00.0 00.00 008 open  CH Article  
Geology Today Geosciences 00.0 00.28 008 restricted  GB Article/Review  
Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Natural Sciences 00.0 00.27 008 open no ARG Article  
Zoosymposia Biology 00.0 00.00 008 restricted  NZ Proceedings Field: Zoology 
Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana Geosciences 00.0 00.19 007 open no MEX Article Region: Mexico 
Revista de la Asociación Geológica Argentina Geosciences 00.0 00.20 007 open no ARG Article  
Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science Science 00.0 00.00 007 restricted  USA Article  
Boletín de Ciencias de la Tierra Geosciences 00.0 00.00 005 restricted  COL Article Region: Colombia 
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae, Series B - Historia Naturalis Natural sciences 00.0 00.27 000 open  Czech Republic Article  
Acta Palaeobotanica Paleontology 0.00 00.82 000 open no PL Book/Monograph/Article Field: Paleobotany 
Acta Palaeontologica Romaniae Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open  RO Article  
Acta Palaeontologica Sinica Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  CHN Article  
Albertiana Geosciences 00.0 00.00 000 open  USA Article/Review Time: Triassic 
Australasian Palaeontological Memoirs Paleontology 00.0 00.29 000 restricted  AUS/NZL Book/Monograph  
Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open  JP Article  
Bulletins of American Paleontology Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  USA Book/Monograph  
Contemporary Trends in Geoscience Geosciences 00.0 00.00 000 open  PL Article  
Developments in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy Geosciences 00.0 00.13 000 restricted  NL Book/Monograph  
Fossils and Strata Geosciences 00.0 00.46 000 restricted  GB Book/Monograph  
Geologie de la France Geosciences 0.00 00.10 000 restricted  FR Article Region: France 
Geologija Geosciences 00.0 00.00 000 open no SI Article  
Geology, Geophysics & Environment Geosciences 00.0 00.00 000 open  PL Article  
Invertebrate Zoology Biology 00.0 00.00 000 open free RU Article/Monograph Field: Invertebrate Zoology 
Irish Journal of Earth Sciences Geosciences 0.00 00.17 000 restricted  IE Article  
Joannea - Geologie und Paläontologie  Paleontology 0.00 00.17 000 restricted  Austria Article/Review  
Journal of Mediterranean Earth Sciences Geosciences 00.0 00.10 000 open  Italy article Region: Mediterranean 
Journal of Nannoplankton Research Paleontology 0.00 00.00 000 restricted  GB Monograph/Article Group: Nannoplankton 
Journal of Paleontological Techniques Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open no PT Article Field: Paleontological Techniques  
Journal of Stratigraphy Geosciences 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  China Article Field: Stratigraphy 
Journal of the National Museum (Prague), Natural History Series Natural Sciences 00.0 00.00 000 open no CZ Article/Monograph Collections: Museum Collections 
Kirklandia Natural Sciences 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  USA article Collections: Cleveland Museum of Natural History 
Memoir of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum Paleontology 0.00 00.37 000 open no JPN Article  
MorphoMuseuM Biology 00.0 00.00 000 open  France Article/Models Field: Vertebrate Tomography 
Nature Ecology & Evolution Biology 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  UK Article  
Palaeodiversity Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open no DE Article  
Palaeo Ichthyologica Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  DE Monograph/Article Field: Ichthyology 
Palaeontographica Canadiana Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  CAN Book/Monograph  
Palaeontologia Polonica Paleontology 00.0 00.24 000 open no PL Book/Monograph  
Palaeo Vertebrata Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open no FR monograph/article group: vertebrates 
PaleoBios Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open  USA Article  
Paleontological Contributions Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open yes ( $30 per page) USA Monograph/Article  
Paleontological Research Institution Special Publications Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  USA Book/Monograph  
Proceedings of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Biology 00.0 00.00 000 open free RU Article Field: Zoology 
Revue de Micropaléontologie Paleontology 00.0 00.40 000 restricted  FR Article Field: Micropaleontology 
Revue de Paléobiologie Paleontology 00.0 00.29 000 open no CH Monograph/Article  
Scripta Geologica Geosciences 0.00 00.29 000 open no NL Article Collections: Naturalis 
Spanish Journal of Palaeontology Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open no ES Article  
Swiss Journal of Palaeontology Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 restricted  CH Book/Monograph  
Vertebrata PalAsiatica Paleontology 00.0 00.00 000 open no CHN Article Group: vertebrates 
Volumina Jurassica Geosciences 00.0 00.00 000 open no PL Article Time: Jurassic 
Yerbilimleri Geosciences 0.00 00.16 000 open no TR Article  
Zitteliana A Geosciences 00.0 00.14 000 open no DE Article  
Zitteliana B Geosciences 00.0 00.17 000 open no DE Monograph  
Zoosystematica Rossica Biology 00.0 00.00 000 open free RU Article Field: systematic zoology 
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