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Journal of the Geological Society

Journal of the Geological Society (JGS) aims to publish the most topical and highest quality papers, summarizing the results of recent research across the full range of the Earth Sciences. Papers are frequently interdisciplinary in nature, often refer to regional studies and should emphasize the development of understanding of fundamental geological processes. The implications of regional studies should extend beyond their geographical context. Alternatively more specialized papers can be submitted, but they should be written in a style that is easily understood by non-specialists to illustrate the progress being made in that specific area of the Earth Sciences. Reviews on topics of current interest are also welcome, but they too should be written to cater for non-specialist readers. Specials are short papers on topical or controversial issues in Earth Sciences and receive fast-track reviewing procedures, allowing publication in less than 6 months.

All papers should take up no more than 14 journal pages, or roughly 14 000 words or their equivalent in diagrams and tables. Longer papers can be included at the discretion of the Chief Editor. Specials must be no longer than four journal pages or 4000 words or their equivalent in diagrams and tables.

One limit of the range of papers published is that they should not conflict with the remit of other journals published by the Society; viz. Petroleum Geoscience, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, and Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis.

The following papers from JGS and Memoir 16 may also be of interest:

 The journal is abstracted and/or indexed in:

  • Current Contents
  • Science Citation Index
  • GeoArchive
  • GeoRef
  • Geobase
  • Petroleum Abstracts
  • Geological Abstracts
  • Mineralogical Abstracts


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