Why cannot all journals do this?

Formatting the references in a manuscript according to the particular and peculiar style of each journal is a tedious task, even when Endnote is working. When the Endnote style differs from the what the journal demands, it becomes exasperating. So with some trepidation, I check the website of Ecology and Evolution, an open access journal from Wiley, to which Collins Bulafu is submitting a manuscript on Ugandan forest fragments. In the information for authors, I expect to find a long list of instructions for formatting references. Instead, I read this: 

As with the main body of text, the completeness and content of your reference list is more important than the format chosen. A clear and consistent, generic style will assist the accuracy of our production processes and produce the highest quality published work, but it is not necessary to try to replicate the journal’s own style, which is applied during the production process. If you use bibliographic software to generate your reference list, select a standard output style, and check that it produces full and comprehensive reference listings. A guide to the minimum elements required for successful reference linking appears below. The final journal output will use the ‘Harvard’ style of reference citation. If your manuscript has already been prepared using the ‘Vancouver’ system, we are quite happy to receive it in this form. We will perform the conversion from one system to the other during the production process.

This is fantastic. Why cannot all journals do this? 


About richard telford

Ecologist with interests in quantitative methods and palaeoenvironments
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2 Responses to Why cannot all journals do this?

  1. ucfagls says:

    I dimly recall that some of Wiley’s journals are doing this as a trial. It is to be applauded and will hopefully extend beyond the trial journals at completion of the trial.

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