WIREs Overview:

The award-winning WIREs (Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews) series combines some of the most powerful features of encyclopedic reference works and review journals in an innovative online format. They are designed to promote a cross-disciplinary research ethos while maintaining the highest scientific and presentational standards, but should be viewed first and foremost as evolving online databases of cutting-edge reviews.

Each WIREs title was established in response to the urgent need to publish current, comprehensive reviews of the pioneering research that is being done in an interdisciplinary and complementary set of fields. Our goal is to support the research and teaching needs of advanced students, scientists, healthcare providers, governmental and policy analysts, and other professionals in these rapidly developing areas with article types catered to different readers, collections on hot topics, and freely available PowerPoint downloads of each article’s figures. Additionally, Wiley participates in the Research4Life initiative, which provides people at more than 7,700 institutions in the developing world with free or low cost access to scientific content.

Further information on the structure and coverage of each title, as well as the complete editorial board listings, can be found by selecting a title from the drop-down list above.

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As a WIREs Author:

Article topics and authors are selected by one of our internationally renowned Editorial Boards, and all content is rigorously peer reviewed by experts. We encourage collaborative reviews by soliciting joint authorship, especially across disciplinary boundaries; please feel free to recruit co-authors with this in mind.

There are no page charges or publication fees. As a contributor, you will receive free online access to your article for yourself, all co-authors, and up to 10 additional colleagues, as well as a preferential author's discount of 25% on Wiley books.

Another unique feature of the WIREs model is that you will have the option to update your review as you would an encyclopedia entry, with a new article on recent findings in the field, 3-5 years after your initial article has been published.

WIREs Article Types

Article Type Description/Audience
Average Word Count
Figures & Tables
OPINION A forum for thought-leaders, hand-picked by the editors, to provide a more individual perspective on the field in question or to set out new agendas for research and action. These articles may be deliberately provocative, or else co-authored to capture the essence of a live debate. They should cite literature which authenticates their argument(s), but without the need to be exhaustive or comprehensive.
PRIMER Meant to be understood by a very general audience, such as undergraduates just entering a given field. These articles should provide orientation to the key theories, knowledge, uncertainties, and controversies in the field, without seeking to be partisan.
OVERVIEW Broad and relatively non-technical treatment of important topics at a level suitable for advanced students and for researchers without a strong background in the field. These articles must refer to the key articles/books in the field (not exhaustive but comprehensive) and help readers navigate their way around this literature. Some historical depth to the subject matter should be offered, placing current knowledge in its temporal context. Co-authorship for topics with cross-disciplinary boundaries is encouraged.
ADVANCED REVIEW Aimed at researchers and advanced students with a strong background in the subject. These articles will review key areas of research in a citation-rich format similar to that of leading review journals. They seek to engage readers through new insights and syntheses of familiar themes, with technical content as necessary. A critical edge to such reviews is encouraged.
FOCUS ARTICLE These articles are mini-reviews focusing on a particular concept, example, application, region, method, debate, etc., and which therefore illustrate aspects of larger ideas covered in Overviews and Advanced Reviews. Even if the topic is narrow, authors should avoid referencing only their own work. They should cite sufficient wider relevant literature for readers to see how the subject matter fits into the wider body of knowledge.
SOFTWARE FOCUS Used to describe specific software packages of high utility in a certain field. These articles have an emphasis on the capabilities and implementations of the software rather than methodology.
UPDATE Part of the encyclopedic aspect of WIREs is the ability for authors to update their articles to include new findings or references. This can include adding a couple of paragraphs or figures, changing outdated information, or even overhauling most of the article. An update would need to refer to the original and will be linked to it, but should be able to stand alone, as it will have its own DOI and will show up separately in search results. (A completely overhauled article would likely fall under one of the Article Types above, but could still be linked to the original as an update.)


Resources for Authors:

Writing Your Article

WIREs Article Templates (Microsoft Word): Instructions are in the template, eliminating the need for a lengthy Guide for Authors. Links to the submission websites are below. Note that a username and password will be required to submit an article.

LaTeX authors: We do have an article template with a dummy Figure, but please note that it is in the process of being updated. If you choose to use it, make sure you separate Funding Information and Research Resources from the Acknowledgments section (more information in the Word template). Authors for WIREs Computational Molecular Science, please use the Vancouver reference/citation style instead of APA.

Search Engine Optimization: The title and abstract of your article are very important to increasing its visibility. We encourage you to make your article more discoverable online with these tips.

Resource Identification Portal: The Resource Identification Initiative aims to promote research resource identification, discovery, and reuse by providing unique identifiers for antibodies, model organisms, cell lines, and tools including software and databases. Authors are asked to use Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs) to cite the resources used or discussed in their articles where applicable in the text, similar to a regular citation or Genbank Accession number.

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. We 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.

Wiley Editing Services: Wiley offers English language editing, translation service, manuscript formatting, and figure preparation/redrawing. Prices vary based on the length of your manuscript and the requested time frame.

Notes for specific WIREs titles:

WIREs Developmental Biology authors:
Memo on Correct Use of Nomenclature: Please use correct gene and protein nomenclature. A list of online resources for different species is provided.

WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology authors:
Consensus nomenclature rules for radiopharmaceutical chemistry: For articles discussing radiolabeled compounds/agents, authors should consult the consensus nomenclature rules that resulted from the International Working Group on 'Nomenclature in Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry and related areas'.


Guidelines for the Preparation of Figures: Please use the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements that will enhance the online appearance of your article.

Design Effective Figures: Rolandi M, Cheng K, and Pérez-Kriz S. "A Brief Guide to Designing Effective Figures for the Scientific Paper." (2011) Adv Mater, 23: 4343–4346. doi: 10.1002/adma.201102518

Copyright Clearance Center: Request permission from registered publishers to reuse or adapt any previously published materials. Charges from the major scientific publishers should zero out during the process. Read More


Promoting and Sharing Your Article: Download a promotional toolkit, view guidelines on content sharing, and learn about Wiley's partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.

Issue Covers: Authors can suggest an original image from or related to your article for an online issue cover. This is an optional, premium service that aims to increase exposure and showcase your research through a different medium. Results from a small pilot study at Wiley show that cover images increase full-text article views and Altmetric attention scores by 30%!

Waivers and discounts are available to corresponding authors based in developing countries, following the Wiley Open Access guidelines. More Information

Video Abstracts and Bytes: Wiley and its partner Research Square offer a service of professionally produced video abstracts (2-3 minutes) and video bytes (1 minute), a quick way for authors to make their work accessible to a much larger audience. Results from a small pilot study at Wiley show that video abstracts increase full-text article views and Altmetric attention scores by 65% and 210%, respectively, and video bytes increase them by 155% and 1,150%, respectively! Example


Open Research Initiatives:

Open Access

If authors are funded entirely or partially by an organization requiring deposit of an article into PubMed Central (such as the NIH) and have indicated so during submission, Wiley will deposit the accepted version to the NIH Manuscript System upon publication. Authors should receive an email from NIHMS with instructions on completing the system checks before the article is assigned a PMCID. (If not, authors can email the production editor to obtain the NIHMSID and complete the system checks by logging in at http://www.nihms.nih.gov.) Based on Wiley’s agreement with the NIH, PubMed Central will embargo articles for 12 months after publication; during this time, authors can list "PMCID pending" in grants and reference lists. Read More

Authors can also choose OnlineOpen, in which the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers via open access, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive (such as PubMed Central). Authors of OnlineOpen articles are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server, immediately on publication. Read More

Open Data

Wiley encourages authors to share their research data by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors may provide a data availability statement, including a link to the repository they have used, to be included in their article. This also helps authors comply with funder requests to share data. Read More 

  In partnership with the non-profit Center for Open Science (COS), WIREs offers Open Data Badges on published articles to recognize authors who make their data publicly available, providing sufficient description of the data to allow researchers to reproduce findings of published research studies as well as analyses offered in review and opinion articles. Visit re3data.org or fairsharing.org to help identify registered and certified data repositories relevant to your subject area. If you select this option during manuscript submission, you will be asked to fill out a Disclosure Form and upload it with the rest of your files.


Additional Information:

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The WIREs adhere strongly to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All instances of publishing misconduct, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, data fabrication, image/data manipulation to falsify/enhance results, etc. will result in rejection/retraction of the manuscript in question.

Data Protection

By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, 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. Read More


An ORCID iD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that your work is recognized. All WIREs titles require the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. We encourage all authors to register. Read More

Peer Review

All WIREs titles use single-blind peer review, in which the author does not know who the reviewers are. This is the most common form of peer review among science journals. Read More


eLocators are unique identifiers for online articles that serve the same function page numbers have traditionally served in the print world. When citing WIREs articles, please insert the eLocator in place of the page number. Read More


Contact Us:

WIREs Title Contact Us Article Alert Emails Sample Issues Submit Your Article
WIREs Climate Change
WIREs Cognitive Science
WIREs Computational Molecular Science
WIREs Computational Statistics
WIREs Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery
WIREs Developmental Biology
WIREs Energy and Environment
WIREs Forensic Science
WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine
WIREs Water

* A username and password will be required to submit your article. If you have been invited, please use the Password Help section to retrieve your account information. If you are interested in submitting an article proposal to our editors, please follow the instructions in the box above.

2018 Impact Factors*

Abbreviated Title   2-Yr   5-Yr
WIREs Clim Change  7.057  7.429
WIREs Cogn Sci  3.175  3.408
WIREs Comput Mol Sci 8.127 11.699
WIREs Data Mining
  Knowl Discov
 2.541  3.236
WIREs Dev Biol  3.754  5.416
WIREs Energy Environ  3.297  3.882
WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol  6.140  5.944
WIREs RNA  4.928  5.552
WIREs Syst Biol Med  3.542  3.449
WIREs Water  4.436  4.697

* Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)

Propose a Review Article

The WIREs are generally invitation-only, but researchers are welcome to submit article proposals to the editors.