Product has been added to the basket

Lyell Collection

The Lyell Collection

Launched in 2007 to celebrate 200 years of the Geological Society of London, the Lyell Collection is an online collection comprising the Society’s journal titles, Special Publications and key book series - plus journals published on behalf of other societies. 

Cutting edge science sits alongside important historical material, all captured and presented to the highest electronic standards and benefiting from the extensive functionality of Atypon's platform from July 2022.

The Lyell Collection in a nutshell


  • Journal of the Geological Society
  • Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Geoenergy (new journal from 2023)
  • Scottish Journal of Geology**
  • Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society**
  • Journal of Micropalaeontology (1982 to 2017)
  • Transactions of the Geological Society of London
  • Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society**
  • Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow**
  • Special Publications*
  • Engineering Geology Special Publications*
  • Memoirs*
  • Energy Geoscience Conference series (new book series, in-progress content available from 2024)
  • Petroleum Geology Conferences series (volumes 4 to 8)
  • 31,000 peer-reviewed articles
  • 310,000 pages of Earth science content
  • Full-text archives back to 1811
  • Selected open-access articles
  • Free public access to alerts, search functions and abstracts
  • Full electronic functionality and searchable content throughout
  • Full-text in HTML and PDF format
  • Active reference linking via CrossRef and ISI
  • eTOC (electronic Table of Contents) and research alerts available to subscribers and non-subscribers
  • GSL has partnered with the CLOCKSS Archive to ensure the digital preservation of Lyell Collection content for the future


See 'what does it include?' for more information. 

Geological Society of London members

*For GSL members the Book Archive includes access to books published prior to the current and previous three calendar years. An additional Full Book Collection subscription is required for access to newer book content.

**GSL members can only access the content of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society or the Scottish Journal of Geology (including the Transactions of the Edinburgh or Glasgow geological societies) by using pay-per-view or by joining YGS for the Proceedings or GSG or EGS for the Scottish Journal (and transactions).

Please see access for Fellows for further information on how to access GSL journal content.

Why is the Lyell Collection so named?

The Lyell Collection is named after Charles Lyell, the eminent nineteenth-century geologist whose work included the influential book, Principles of Geology, and the establishment of the Principle of Uniformitarianism. All articles authored by Charles Lyell in the Lyell Collection are free to access.



We have partnered with CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) to ensure that all 26,000 articles available on the Lyell Collection are stored safely and securely online.

Journal recommendation form

If you would like to recommend that your library subscribes to a Geological Society journal or book, please complete the Journal and book recommendation form