Author Guidelines

Sections

  1. Submission
  2. Aims and Scope
  3. Manuscript Categories and Requirements
  4. Preparing the Manuscript
  5. Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
  6. Author Licensing
  7. Post Publication
  8. Graphical Image Guidelines
  9. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  10. Editorial Office Contact Details


1. SUBMISSION

Authors, please note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for the publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at https://wiley.atyponrex.com/journal/SUM. 

Click here for more details on how to use ScholarOne. A video showing the submission process can be found at http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/training/author/tutorials/s1mauthorsubmission

Free Format submission

Soil Use and Management now offers Free Format submission for a simplified and streamlined submission process.

Before you submit, you will need:

  • Your manuscript (double spaced with lines numbered consecutively): this should be an editable file including title, author information, text, figures, and tables, or separate files—whichever you prefer. All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions. Figures and tables should have legends. Figures should be uploaded in the highest resolution possible. If the figures are not of sufficiently high quality your manuscript may be delayed. References may be submitted in any style or format, as long as it is consistent throughout the manuscript. Supporting information should be submitted in separate files.
  • A validated ORCID iD of the submitting author, freely available at https://orcid.org.

Data Protection:

By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication, including, when necessary. sharing with the publisher (Wiley) and partners for production and publication. The publication and the publisher recognize the importance of protecting the personal information collected from users in the operation of these services, and have practices in place to ensure that steps are taken to maintain the security, integrity, and privacy of the personal data collected and processed. You can learn more at https://authorservices.wiley.com/statements/data-protection-policy.html.

Preprint policy:

Soil Use and Management will consider for review articles previously available as preprints. Authors may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

2. AIMS AND SCOPE

Soil Use and Management publishes in soil science, earth and environmental science, agricultural science, and engineering fields. The submitted papers should consider the underlying mechanisms governing the natural and anthropogenic processes which affect soil systems, and should inform policy makers and/or practitioners on the sustainable use and management of soil resources. Interdisciplinary studies, e.g. linking soil with climate change, biodiversity, global health, and the UN’s sustainable development goals, with strong novelty, wide implications, and unexpected outcomes are welcomed.

3. MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Research Papers: Reports of new research findings or conceptual analyses that make a significant contributions to knowledge.
  • Comprehensive Reviews: Critical reviews of the literature, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Professor Alan Wild inaugurated Soil Use and Management, When he was President of the British Society of Soil Science and was its first editor. In his honour, a new series of reviews has been instigated, focused on contemporary issues related to the use and management of soil. Interested authors are asked to contact the Review Editor, Prof. Leo Condron. Other reviews can be submitted through the regular procedure.
  • Commentary: Evidence-based opinion pieces involving areas of broad interest.
  • Editorial articles - are usually commissioned but unsolicited material may be considered. Please approach the Editor-in-Chief before submitting this material.
  • Letters to the Editor - are welcomed.
  • Special Issues and Special Sections on topics of interest are also published regularly.

There is no restriction on the number of pages, but brevity of papers is strongly encouraged. The length of a paper should be commensurate with the scientific information being reported. In particular, the introductory material should be limited to a few paragraphs giving relevant background information and explaining why the study was needed in the context of previously reported work; results presented in Figures should not be repeated in Tables. The Editors will not accept papers unless they are written in clear and concise English - non-native speakers are strongly advised to use an English language editing service.

4. PREPARING THE SUBMISSION

Pre-submission English-Language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit our site to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal. If non-English speaking authors do not choose this option, they should ask a Native English speaker to read their paper before submission. Poor English may result in delays to the peer review and decision-making process. Authors are therefore advised to take every step possible to ensure that their paper is written in a good standard of English before submission.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript could be submitted either as a single file, or in separate files comprising the text, tables, and figures.

Main Text File

The “standard” order of the text file is provided below. However, as free format submission is allowed for this journal, other orders and formats are also permitted.

The text file should be presented in the following order (items i-iv on the title page):

  1. A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practices SEO tips);
  2. The full names of authors;
  3. The author's institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author's present address if different from where the work was conducted;
  4. Abstract and keywords;
  5. Main text;
  6. Acknowledgement;
  7. References;

Figures and tables may be embedded in the main text, or placed at the end of the manuscript, or supplied as separate files. Supporting information should be supplied as separate files.

The manuscript document should display continuous line numbering starting on the title page.

Authorship

Please refer to the journal's Authorship policy in the Editorial Policies an Ethical Considerations section for details on author listing eligibility.

Wiley's Author Name Change Policy

In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.

Acknowledgments

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Data Sharing and Data Accessibility statement

Please review Wiley’s policy here. The journal encourages authors to share the data and other materials that support the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository.
Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to publish a Data Availability Statement to confirm the presence or absence of shared data. If you have shared data, this statement must describe how the data can be accessed and include a persistent identifier (e.g. a DOI for the data, or an accession number) from the repository where you shared the data.

Authors are expected to archive all the data from which their published results are derived in a public repository. The repository that is chosen should offer guaranteed preservation (see the Registry of Research Data Repositories here) and should help to make data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable according to FAIR data principles (click here). See Section 5 for further details.

Authors are required to confirm adherence to the policy. If you cannot share the data described in your manuscript, for example for legal or ethical reasons, or do not intend to share the data – then you must provide the appropriate data availability statement. The EJSS notes that FAIR data sharing allows for access to shared data under restrictions (e.g. to protect confidential or proprietary information) but notes that the FAIR principles encourage you to share data in ways that are as open as possible (but that can be as closed as necessary).

Sample statements are available here. If published, all statements will be placed after the Acknowledgements in your manuscript.

Conflict of Interest Statement

Authors will be asked to provide a conflict of interest statement during the submission process. For details on what to include in this section, see the ‘Conflict of Interest’ section in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section below. Submitting authors should ensure they liaise with all co-authors to confirm agreement with the final statement.

Keywords

Please provide up to six keywords. For further guidance please click here

Main text

  • The journal uses British spelling; however, authors may submit using either British or US spelling, as spelling of accepted papers is converted during the production process.
  • Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.

Methods and Materials

If a method or tool is introduced in the study, including software, questionnaires, and scales, the author should state the license this is available under and any requirement for permission for use. If an existing method or tool is used in the research, the authors are responsible for checking the license and obtaining the permission. If permission was required, a statement confirming permission should be included in the Methods and Materials section.

References

This journal encourages the use of the author–date reference style; as the journal offers Free Format submission, other types are also allowed, as long as the reference style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged.

For more information about APA referencing style, please refer to the APA FAQ.

Reference examples follow:

Journal article

Beers, S. R. , & De Bellis, M. D. (2002). Neuropsychological function in children with maltreatment-related posttraumatic stress disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 483486. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.3.483

Book

Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.

Internet Document

Norton, R. (2006, November 4). How to train a cat to operate a light switch [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vja83KLQXZs

Tables

Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

Figure Legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Figures

Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted.

Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.

Data Citation

In recognition of the significance of data as an output of research effort, Wiley has endorsed the FORCE11 Data Citation Principles and is implementing a mandatory data citation policy. Wiley journals require data to be cited in the same way as article, book, and web citations and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list.

Data citation is appropriate for data held within institutional, subject focused, or more general data repositories. It is not intended to take the place of community standards such as in-line citation of GenBank accession codes or the MaarjAM web-database.

When citing or making claims based on data, authors must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. We recommend the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles:

[dataset] Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)

Additional Files

Supporting Information

Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article, but provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc.

Click here for Wiley's FAQs on supporting information.

Note: if data, scripts, or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.

General Style Points

The following points provide general advice on formatting and style.

  • Abbreviation: In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially, use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
  • Units of measurement: Measurements should be given in SI or SI-derived units. Visit the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) website for more information about SI units.
  • Numbers: numbers under 10 are spelt out, except for: measurements with a unit (8mmol/l); age (6 weeks old), or lists with other numbers (11 dogs, 9 cats, 4 gerbils).
  • Trade Names: Chemical substances should be referred to by the generic name only. Trade names should not be used. Drugs should be referred to by their generic names. If proprietary drugs have been used in the study, refer to these by their generic name, mentioning the proprietary name and the name and location of the manufacturer in parentheses.

Wiley Author Resources

Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.


5. EDITORIAL POLICIES AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

The Editors of Soil Use and Management adhere to the Singapore Statement of The World Conferences on Research Integrity (https://wcrif.org/statement) in the handling of papers as part of the peer review process and expects that authors of papers submitting their work for publication to conform to the same principles and responsibilities.

Peer Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to journal readership. Manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

Wiley's policy on the confidentiality of the review process is available here.

Guidelines on Publishing and Research Ethics in Journal Articles

Please review Wiley’s policies surrounding human studies, animal studies, clinical trial registration, biosecurity, and research reporting guidelines here.

Research Reporting Guidelines

Accurate and complete reporting enables readers to fully appraise research, replicate it, and use it. Authors are encouraged to adhere to recognised research reporting standards.

We also encourage authors to refer to and follow guidelines from:

Conflict of Interest

The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to: patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Funding

Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature: https://www.crossref.org/services/funder-registry/

Authorship

The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:

  1. Have made substantial contributions to contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
  2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and
  4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support). Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.

Emails confirming manuscript submission will be sent out to all co-authors. It is important that a valid email is included on the manuscript submission site for all co-authors listed on the manuscript.

Data Sharing and Data Accessibility

Please review Wiley’s policy here. The journal encourages authors to share the data and other materials that support the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper.

Publication Ethics

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read Wiley’s Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors here. Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found here.

ORCID

As part of the journal’s commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, the journal requires the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. Find more information here.


6. AUTHOR LICENSING

If a paper is accepted for publication, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

You may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or Open Access under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

Standard re-use and licensing rights vary by journal. Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used. This journal offers a choice of Creative Commons License.


Self-Archiving Definitions and Policies:
Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions.

Open Access fees: Authors who choose to publish using Open Access will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is available here.

Funder Open Access: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.

Proofs

Once the paper is typeset, the author will receive an email notification with full instructions on how to provide proof corrections.

Please note that the author is responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made during the editorial process.

Early View

The journal offers rapid publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before the article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Before we can publish an article, we require a signed license (authors should login or register with Wiley Author Services). Once the article is published on Early View, no further changes to the article are possible. The Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.

7. POST PUBLICATION

Access and Sharing

When the article is published online:

  • The author receives an email alert.
  • The link to the published article can be shared through social media.
  • The author will have free access to the paper (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, they can view the article).
  • For non-open access articles, the corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to the article.

Article Promotion Support

Wiley Editing Services offers professional video, design, and writing services to create shareable video abstracts, infographics, conference posters, lay summaries, and research news stories for your research – so you can help your research get the attention it deserves.

Measuring the impact of an Article

Wiley also helps authors measure the impact of their research through a specialist partnership with Altmetric.

8.GRAPHICAL IMAGE GUIDELINES

Additional Guidelines for Cover Pictures, Visual Abstracts, Frontispieces and Table of Contents Graphics

  • Concepts illustrated in graphical material must clearly fit with the research discussed in the accompanying text.
  • Images featuring depictions or representations of people must not contain any form of objectification, sexualization, stereotyping, or discrimination. We also ask authors to consider community diversity in images containing multiple depictions or representations of people.
  • Inappropriate use, representation, or depiction of religious figures or imagery, and iconography should be avoided.
  • Use of elements of mythology, legends, and folklore might be acceptable and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. However, these images must comply with the guidelines on human participants when they are present.
  • Generally, authors should consider any sensitivities when using images of objects that might have cultural significance or may be inappropriate in the context (for example, religious texts, historical events, and depictions of people).
  • Legal requirements:
    • All necessary copyright permission for the reproduction of the graphical elements used in visuals must be obtained prior to publication.
    • Clearance must be obtained from identifiable people before using their image on the cover or the like and such clearance must specify that it will be used on the cover. Use within text does not require such clearance unless it discloses sensitive personal information such as medical information. In all situations involving disclosure of such personal info, specific permission must be obtained. And images of individuals should not be used in a false manner.

Graphics that do not adhere to these guidelines will be recommended for revision or will not be accepted for publication.

9. EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Soil Use and Management aims to foster inclusive science that reflects the disciplinary, human, and geographic diversity of the soil science research community and of the breadth of society soils research supports. We recognize that many groups are under-represented in research including women, people of color, and socially disadvantaged populations, and we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in research and publishing from applicants of all ethnicities, races, colors, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities, national origins, disabilities, ages, or other individual status.

10. EDITORIAL OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS

Email: [email protected]


Author Guidelines updated January 2021