Bulletins of American Paleontology (ISSN 0007-5779), one of the oldest peer-reviewed paleontological journals in the world, features high quality monographs in paleontology or in neontological subjects that impact paleontology (see Information for Authors). This serial publication is issued twice each year, and is a recognized outlet for especially lengthy papers, such as dissertations or the systematic sections of dissertations, that tend to be more difficult to publish in conventional journals. BAP is distributed widely to academic libraries and museums worldwide.
Since 1986, BAP has been the home of the series “Neogene Paleontology of the Northern Dominican Republic.” Originally funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the DR Project was one of the first large multidisciplinary projects to collect fossils through a continuous 5-10 million year Neogene Caribbean sequence. During three field seasons in 1978-1980, a small field party (led by John Saunders and Peter Jung of the Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, NMB) measured sections and collected large samples of microfossils and macrofossils at closely spaced intervals along nine river sections in the Cibao Valley. Age dates for the sections were determined through study of planktic foraminifera and nannofossils. The collections were accessioned by the NMB, and distributed to specialists for identification and preparation of systematic monographs. To date, 20 systematic monographs have been published in the Bulletins of American Paleontology. For more details, see NMITA (Neogene Marine Biota of Tropical America).
BAP is available by single-issue purchase or subscription to institutions or individuals. Forthcoming titles are posted on this website, in the “back issues” list. Most issues published between 1940 and 2002 (nos. 96-371) are now also available as open access documents in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. BAP nos. 1-95 are available from Periodicals Service Company.
Bulletins of American Paleontology subscriptions are sold on a calendar year basis. Each subscription also receives a complementary subscription to the quarterly magazine American Paleontologist. Subscriptions received mid-year will receive back issues already printed for that year, and back subscriptions are available at the current price. BAP is available at $185 per subscription year for the print copy, with complementary access to the online electronic copy; subscription to the electronic version only is $165 per calendar year. (See BAP Online for further information about electronic access.) Shipping & handling for the hard copy are included at no extra charge to domestic addresses; for a non-US address, an extra $20 is required for shipping & handling. No additional discounts (for members, booksellers, etc.) are available for subscriptions to BAP.
BAP is behind in its publication schedule. Nos. 377 - 378 were published in 2010 for subscription year 2007; we expect to publish the two issues for subscription year 2008 (nos. 379 - 380) by 2011. Efforts are being made to catch up with this lag; funds and resources permitting, we will accomplish this in 2013.
A note regarding BAP Online:
In order to have access to BAP Online and the PDF versions of BAP, you must complete and return a licensing agreement. If you have not already done this, the agreement can be downloaded here.