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Read and Publish and discounted Open Access for authors

The society actively encourages open access in scholarly communication. Our Read and Publish license agreements and discounted Article Processing Charges help to increase your institution’s research exposure and allows authors to publish more content in an open access format, leading to a wider dissemination and increased potential for downloads and citations.

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Read and Publish Transformative Agreements

Agreements with discounted Open Access publishing fees

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Journals and book series covered by agreements:
  APC 2024 
 Journal of the Geological Society  £ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology  £ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 Petroleum Geoscience ** £ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 Geoenergy ** £ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis ***  £ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 Scottish Journal of Geology   £ 2,200 / US$ 3,080 / 2,640 €
 Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society   £ 2,200 / US$ 3,080 / 2,640 €
 Special Publications * £ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 Memoirs * £ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 Engineering Geology Special Publications * £ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 GeoHorizons *
£ 2,400 / US$ 3,360 / 2,880 €
 Please click on the relevant link above to see information for authors.


Member discounts 
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Articles where the corresponding author or at least half the authors are Fellows of the Geological Society are entitled to a 25% discount.
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Articles where the corresponding author or at least half the authors are Fellows of the Geological Society or members of the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE) are entitled to a 25% discount.
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Articles where the corresponding author or at least half the authors are Fellows of the Geological Society or members of the Association of Applied Geochemists are entitled to a 25% discount.
(Titles in the "Geoscience in Practice" and "Geology of" book series are excluded from transformative and discounted agreements.)

Read and Publish Transformative Agreements

  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (UVB), Netherlands
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Jisc members
  • CAUL members
  • ZB Med consortia

Discounted Open Access publishing fees

  • California Digital Library 

Renewal grace period



Read and Publish Transformative Agreements

Agreements include read access to 16 journal and book sites, including all current and archived journals plus key book series and historic collections in the Lyell Collection. The agreement also covers unlimited open access publishing of all article types in 7 hybrid journals and 4 hybrid book series (listed above). Authors at institutions who sign up will be able to take advantage of streamlined Open Access publishing where fees have already been included in the agreement with their institution. A full list of the journals, book series and historic content included in the 2024 agreement is available here.

The eligible author must be the corresponding author and submit using their institutional affiliation and matching email address. The agreements for 2023 apply only to papers with a 2023 submission date. Agreements for 2024 apply only to papers with a 2024 submission date. 

We are continuing to negotiate transformative read and publish agreements. These pages are updated regularly with the latest information.

Authors at the institutions below may publish with GSL under their 'Read & Publish' transformative agreement for the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection for articles submitted in 2024:

Lund University, Sweden (2023 & 2024)    
University College Dublin, Ireland (2023 & 2024)    
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (UVB), Netherlands (2023 & 2024)
   
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore     
University of Iowa, Iowa City, United States    


Authors at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) may publish with GSL under their 'Read & Publish' transformative agreement for the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection for articles submitted in 2023 and 2024. This agreement includes Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) research centres - British Geological Survey and British Antarctic Survey. 

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Jisc member institutions can view their read and publish rates and licence information in Jisc Subscriptions Manager.

Authors at the following Jisc member institutions may publish with GSL under a 'Read & Publish' transformative agreement for the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection for 2023: 

University of Leeds  
University of Portsmouth

Authors at the following Jisc member institutions may publish with GSL under a 'Read & Publish' transformative agreement for the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection for articles submitted in 2024:

Bangor University (2023 & 2024)  
Birkbeck, University of London (2023 & 2024)  
Cardiff University (2023 & 2024)  
Heriot-Watt University (2023 & 2024)  
Imperial College (2023 & 2024)  
Lancaster University (2023 & 2024)  
Queen's University of Belfast (2023 & 2024)  
Royal Holloway University of London (2023 & 2024)  
The Open University (2023 & 2024)  
University College London (2023 & 2024)  
University of Aberdeen (2023 & 2024)  
University of Birmingham (2023 & 2024)  
University of Bristol (2023 & 2024)  
University of Cambridge (2023 & 2024)  
University of Durham (2023 & 2024)  
University of Edinburgh (2023 & 2024)  
University of Exeter (2023 & 2024)  
University of Glasgow (2023 & 2024)
 
University of Leicester (2023 & 2024)  
University of Liverpool (2023 & 2024)  
University of Manchester (2023 & 2024)  
University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2023 & 2024)  
University of Oxford (2023 & 2024)  
University of Plymouth (2023 & 2024)  
University of Sheffield (2023 & 2024)  
University of Southampton (2023 & 2024)  
University of Strathclyde (2023 & 2024)  
University of St Andrews (2023 & 2024)  
University of York (2023 & 2024)  
University of East Anglia  

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Authors at the following CAUL member institutions may publish with GSL under a 'Read & Publish' transformative agreement for the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection for articles submitted in 2024: 

CSIRO (2023 & 2024)
   
Monash University (2023 & 2024)   
Macquarie University (2023 & 2024)  
University of Melbourne (2023 & 2024)  
University of Sydney (2023 & 2024)
   
University of Tasmania (2023 & 2024)  
University of Queensland (2023 & 2024)
   
Victoria University of Wellington (2023 & 2024)
   
University of Otago  
University of Western Australia    

ZB MedZB Med logo

Authors at the following ZB Med consortia institutions in Germany may publish with GSL under a 'Read & Publish' transformative agreement for the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection for articles submitted in 2023:

Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster
   
Universität Potsdam (2022 & 2023)
   

Authors at the following ZB Med consortia institutions in Germany may publish with GSL under a 'Read & Publish' transformative agreement for the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection for articles submitted in 2024:

Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR) (2023 & 2024)
   
Freie Universität Berlin (2023 & 2024)
   
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2023 & 2024)
   
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen (2023 & 2024)
   
GEOMAR: Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel (2023 & 2024)
   
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (2023 & 2024)
   
Technische Universität Berlin (2023 & 2024)
   
Universität Hamburg (2023, 2024 & 2025)
   


Discounted Open Access publishing fees

The eligible author must be the corresponding author and submit using their institutional affiliation and matching email address. Discount agreements for 2023 apply only to papers with a 2023 submission date. Discount agreements for 2024 apply only to papers with a 2024 submission date. 

Authors at the California Digital Library institutions listed below are able to take advantage of a 25% discount on Open Access publishing fees for articles submitted in 2023 and 2024:

University of California, Berkeley 
             University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Davis
  University of California, San Diego


We are a founding member of The Society Publishers’ Coalition (SocPC); a group of like-minded, not-for-profit learned societies, community publishers and charities who share the common ambition to see an orderly and sustainable transition to open scholarship. Our Read & Publish agreements follow the following principles:

Society Publishers' Coalition Unlimited Open Access

Renewal grace period

To help our authors benefit from our Read and Publish agreements and discounted Article Processing Charges we work closely with institutions during the renewal period at the start of the each new subscription year. We allow a 2-month period of gracing until the end of February to allow time for existing agreements to be renewed. During this time-frame authors from institutions with agreements in place from the previous subscription year and submitting to GSL publications will be recognised as eligible to a waived charge or discount (unless non-renewal of the agreement is confirmed before the end of February). Should an institution not renew their agreement then it may be necessary to charge a fee and authors will be contacted.

The journal Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) is a fully Open Access journal and content is not hosted on the Lyell Collection. As such it is excluded from read and publish agreements for the Lyell Collection.

Ebook content is not included in read and publish agreements.



Universität Potsdam 
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Durham University
Durham University
GEOMAR: Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel, Germany     
Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)
   
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
   
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
   
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen
   
Freie Universität Berlin (2023 and 2024)
   
Universität Hamburg (2023, 2024 and 2025)
   
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster
   
Universität Potsdam
   
Technische Universität Berlin