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The Holocene

2016 Impact Factor: 2.324
2016 Ranking: 69/188 in Geosciences, Multidisciplinary | 27/49 in Geography, Physical
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
A Major Interdisciplinary Journal Focusing on Recent Environmental Change

Editors
John A. Matthews Swansea University, UK


eISSN: 14770911 | ISSN: 09596836 | Current volume: 27 | Current issue: 6 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 Holocene epoch, i.e. the last ~11,700 years. It is an interdisciplinary journal that invites contributions from any discipline and aims to attract the best research of international interest from anywhere in the world.

The Holocene covers:

  • Palaeo-environmental research of all types including, for example, the results of palaeoclimatic, palaeoecological, palaeohydrological, palaeopedological and palaeoceanographic investigations;
  • Climatic and other environmental changes on annual, decadal, centennial and millennial timescales;
  • Geological, biological and archaeological evidence of recent environmental change;
  • The nature, processes, mechanisms and causes of natural and human-induced environmental change;
  • Techniques for reconstructing, dating, monitoring and modelling environmental change;
  • Use of modern analogues to elucidate the palaeo-environmental record in terrestrial and marine environments;
  • Palaeo-environmental and geo-archaeological perspectives on regional to global environmental changes and their effects;
  • The development of natural and cultural landscapes and ecosystems;
  • Interdisciplinary studies of environmental history and prehistory;
  • Human responses to past climatic and other environmental changes;
  • The implications of environmental change in the Holocene and Anthropocene for present and future human populations and societies;
  • Predictions of future changes in the environment from the record of the past.

The Holocene regularly publishes:

    • Research Papers;
    • Research Reports;
    • Research Reviews;
    • Forum Articles;
    • Special Issues;
    • 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.

View the 2017 Subscription Package, which includes The Anthropocene Review.

The Holocene is available on SAGE Journals Online.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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 11 700 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 Holocene epoch, i.e. the last ~11,700 years. It is an interdisciplinary journal that invites contributions from any discipline and aims to attract the best research of international interest from anywhere in the world.

The Holocene covers:

  • Palaeo-environmental research of all types including, for example, the results of palaeoclimatic, palaeoecological, palaeohydrological, palaeopedological and palaeoceanographic investigations;
  • Climatic and other environmental changes on annual, decadal, centennial and millennial timescales;
  • Geological, biological and archaeological evidence of recent environmental change;
  • The nature, processes, mechanisms and causes of natural and human-induced environmental change;
  • Techniques for reconstructing, dating, monitoring and modelling environmental change;
  • Use of modern analogues to elucidate the palaeo-environmental record in terrestrial and marine environments;
  • Palaeo-environmental and geo-archaeological perspectives on regional to global environmental changes and their effects;
  • The development of natural and cultural landscapes and ecosystems;
  • Interdisciplinary studies of environmental history and prehistory;
  • Human responses to past climatic and other environmental changes;
  • The implications of environmental change in the Holocene and Anthropocene for present and future human populations and societies;
  • Predictions of future changes in the environment from the record of the past.

The Holocene regularly publishes:

  • Research Papers;
  • Research Reports;
  • Research Reviews;
  • Forum Articles;
  • Special Issues;
  • 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
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
Zicheng Yu Lehigh University, USA
Advisory Editorial Board
Suzanne P. Anderson University of Colorado, USA
K. Bennett University of St. Andrews, UK
H.J. B. Birks Bergen University, Norway
R Bradley University of Massachusetts, USA
Victor Brovkin Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany
Mark B. Bush Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Anne de Vernal Université du Québec, Canada
Andrew J. Dugmore University of Edinburgh, UK
William Fletcher University of Manchester, UK
D Foster Harvard University, USA
Sherilyn C. Fritz University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
James R. Goff University of New South Wales, Australia
Martin Grosjean University of Bern, Switzerland
Zhengtang Guo Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Emi Ito University of Minnesota, USA
Susan Ivy-Ochs ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stephen Jackson Southwest Climate Science Center, United States Geological Survey and University of Wyoming, USA
Hui Jiang East China Normal University, China
Jed Kaplan University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Darrell Kaufman Northern Arizona University, USA
Hodaka Kawahata University of Tokyo, Japan
Atte Korhola University of Helsinki, Finland
Neil J. Loader Swansea University, UK
Jürg Luterbacher Justus-Liebig University, Germany
Michael E. Meadows University of Cape Town, South Africa
Rewi Newnham Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Charlotte Pearson University of Arizona, USA
Bas van Geel University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cathy Whitlock Montana State University, USA
Stefan Winkler Julius-Maximilians University, Germany
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The Holocene

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/holocene to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The Holocene will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      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
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to The Holocene, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 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.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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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.

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

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications 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.

    2.4 Funding

    SECTION FOR STM JOURNALS (OPTIONAL FOR HSS):<Journal> 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 [“alongside their article submissions” or “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(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor(s) [can/will] 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 at [email address].

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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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    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 the SAGE 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.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    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.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    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.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    The Holocene adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    The Holocene is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. 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.

    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.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the The Holocene editorial office as follows:

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

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