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, 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.

If your institution doesn’t have access, please read the sample issues (links below) with our compliments. If you would like your institution to subscribe, please fill out a recommendation form.


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 informally, via author notes on our website, and/or formally, with a new article on recent findings in the field, 3-5 years after your initial article has been published.


Resources for Authors

WIREs Article Template: Instructions are in the margins, eliminating the need for a lengthy Guide for Authors.

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.

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

Covers FAQ: Authors can suggest an original image from or related to their article for an online issue cover.

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.

Kudos: This discoverability tool will help you explain, enrich, and share your article for greater research impact. (Authors get free access after article acceptance.)


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


WIREs Article Types:

OPINIONS provide a forum for thought-leaders, hand-picked by the editors, to provide a more individual perspective on the field in question. (Average extent = 2,000-4,000 words, < 5 figures/tables, ~5 pages)

PRIMERS are meant to be understood by a very general audience, such as undergraduates just entering a given field. (Average extent = 3,000 words, 3 figures/tables, ~4 pages)

OVERVIEWS provide a 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. (Average extent = 4,000-8,000 words, 10-16 figures/tables, 10-14 pages)

ADVANCED REVIEWS, aimed at researchers and advanced students with a strong background in the subject, review key areas of research in a citation-rich format similar to that of leading review journals. (Average extent = 4,000-6,000 words, < 10 figures/tables, ~10 pages)

FOCUS ARTICLES describe specific real-world issues, examples, implementations, etc. These articles are usually technical in nature. (Average extent = 3,000-4,000 words, < 7 figures/tables, ~5 pages)

SOFTWARE FOCUS articles describe specific software packages of high utility in a certain field, with an emphasis on their capabilities and implementations rather than methodology. (Average extent = 3,000 words, 3 figures/tables, ~4 pages)


Contact Us:

WIREs Title Abbreviated Title for Citing Contact Us Sample Issues
WIREs Climate Change WIREs Clim Change
WIREs Cognitive Science WIREs Cogn Sci
WIREs Computational Molecular Science WIREs Comput Mol Sci
WIREs Computational Statistics WIREs Comput Stat
WIREs Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery WIREs Data Mining Knowl Discov
WIREs Developmental Biology WIREs Dev Biol
WIREs Energy and Environment WIREs Energy Environ
WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol
WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine WIREs Syst Biol Med
WIREs Water WIREs Water


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.

2014 Impact Factors

Abbreviated Title   2-Yr   5-Yr
WIREs Clim Change  3.415  5.210
WIREs Cogn Sci  1.869  2.089
WIREs Comput Mol Sci 11.885 11.118
WIREs Data Mining
  Knowl Discov
 1.594  1.954
WIREs Dev Biol  3.689      -
WIREs Energy Environ  1.225      -
WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol  4.494  5.178
WIREs RNA  6.019  6.164
WIREs Syst Biol Med  3.205  3.181

Propose a Review Article

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