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 or case studies focusing on a particular concept, example, 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.)


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


Resources for Authors

Writing Your Article

WIREs Article Templates (Microsoft Word; LaTeX with dummy Figure): 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.

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.

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.

Open Data: While not often relevant to review articles, Wiley encourages authors to share their research data, including processed data, software, and algorithms. This also helps authors comply with funder requests to share data.

WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery authors:
Overleaf: This collaborative, cloud-based authoring tool offers a dedicated LaTeX article submission template, where authors can write and edit an article, and then submit directly to the editorial office.

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


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

Promotional Toolkit: Download this useful PDF as a quick reference to discover how you can implement some tried and tested techniques to make sure your research is read, cited and shared.

Video Abstracts: Wiley and its partner Research Square offer a service of professionally produced video abstracts, a quick way for authors to make their work accessible to a much larger audience.

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


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 (launching 2019)
Coming Soon
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WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine
WIREs Water

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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.

2016 Impact Factors

Abbreviated Title   2-Yr   5-Yr
WIREs Clim Change  4.571  5.572
WIREs Cogn Sci  2.218  2.580
WIREs Comput Mol Sci 14.016 13.915
WIREs Data Mining
  Knowl Discov
 2.111  3.110
WIREs Dev Biol  4.185      -
WIREs Energy Environ  2.889      -
WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol  4.761  4.571
WIREs RNA  4.838  5.389
WIREs Syst Biol Med  2.385  2.839

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References now in APA Style

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