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 authoritative content bridging traditional disciplines, article categories catered to different readers, and collections on hot topics.

Article topics and authors are selected by one of our internationally renowned Editorial Boards, and all content is rigorously peer reviewed by experts. 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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WIREs Article Categories (formerly called Article Types)

Article Category Description/Audience
Average Word Count
Figures & Tables
PERSPECTIVE Formerly called an 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 should review the capabilities of the software and how it has been and can be applied.
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 to a summary of the original article, 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:

Thank you for agreeing to write for WIREs! There are many links below to help prepare your manuscript, including links for our article template. Submission information can be found in your author acceptance email. Contact us if you have any questions.

  • We encourage collaborative reviews by soliciting joint authorship, especially across disciplinary boundaries, so please feel free to recruit co-authors with this in mind.
  • There are no page charges, color charges, or publication fees.
  • 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 at least 3 years after your initial article has been published.

For authors who would like to write for us: The WIREs titles are generally invitation-only, but researchers are welcome to submit article proposals to the editors.


Writing Your Article

WIREs Article Templates (Microsoft Word for a Word document; Authorea for collaborative online editing and LaTeX): 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.

Authorea is an online writing tool that helps streamline the collaborative writing and formatting of research manuscripts. It supports LaTeX, equations and mathematical notation, CrossRef and PubMed citation management, Jupyter notebooks, document sharing and group workspaces, and document versioning and history. Guidelines and support for taking advantages of the full potential of Authorea can be found here.

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.

Additional Language Abstract (optional): Authors are welcome to provide, in addition to their English-language abstract, additional abstracts in a regional or international language of their choice. In particular, authors whose articles discuss a region where English is not a primary language are encouraged to include an abstract in that region’s language. Authors can also include an abstract in their native language. Wiley supports languages with a valid ISO language code in XML.

Authors are responsible for ensuring that the content is equivalent to the English-language abstract, updating it if needed during the revision stage, and proofreading it before publication. Additional language abstracts should be in separate files, with the file name and document header “Abstract in [Name of Language]”, and uploaded as supplementary material during manuscript submission. Example

Preprints Policy: While Wiley does consider articles on preprint servers (ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, etc.) for submission to primary research journals, preprint articles should not be cited in WIREs manuscripts as review articles should discuss and draw conclusions only from peer-reviewed research. However, authors may post the submitted, pre-peer-review version of their WIREs 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.

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 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.

WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology authors: For articles discussing radiolabeled compounds/agents, authors should consult the Consensus nomenclature rules for radiopharmaceutical chemistry 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. Images containing human figures or representations of human figures must not contain any form of objectification, sexualization, stereotyping or discrimination of any kind.

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


Post Acceptance

Article Share: Authors can generate a unique sharing link to a full-text, read-only version of their article that can be shared with unlimited people. The link can be shared via email, social media, their personal website or online profiles, institutional repositories, or Scholarly Collaboration Networks that are signatories to the Voluntary Principles for Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks.

Promoting 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 Shorts: Wiley Editing Services offers a professional video creation service that turns your findings into an engaging and accessible overview, perfect for sharing on websites and social media to extend the reach and visibility of your research. Video is a powerful way to communicate research findings, and they have proven impact on article usage metrics. In a recent analysis, articles with a video averaged 447% higher Altmetric Attention scores and 111% higher full text views on Wiley Online Library. Example

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.


Open Research Initiatives:

Gold Open Access

Authors can 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. 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

Check if your institution or funder has a Wiley Open Access Account: Institutional Payments


Green Open Access

PubMed Central

For authors who are funded by the NIH or a PMC/Europe PMC partner and have indicated so during submission, Wiley will deposit the accepted version of the manuscript 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.

Other Funder Mandates

Wiley has unique agreements with some funders so you can comply with open access policies when submitting and publishing in Wiley journals. 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 Core Practices 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

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.

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 Mechanisms of Disease (formerly WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine)
WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
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.

2020 Impact Factors*

WIREs Clim Change  7.39
WIREs Cogn Sci  3.48
WIREs Comput Mol Sci 25.11
WIREs Data Mining Knowl Discov  7.25
WIREs Dev Biol  5.81
WIREs Energy Environ  3.80
WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol   9.18
WIREs RNA  9.96
WIREs Syst Biol Med  5.00
WIREs Water  6.14

* Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2021)

Propose a Review Article

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