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Journal of the Geological Society

Journal of the Geological Society (JGS) is owned and published by the Geological Society of London. 

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JGS publishes topical, high-quality recent research across the full range of Earth Sciences. Papers are interdisciplinary in nature and emphasize the development of an understanding of fundamental geological processes. Broad interest articles that refer to regional studies, but which extend beyond their geographical context are also welcomed.

Each year JGS presents the ‘JGS Early Career Award' for papers published in the journal, which rewards the writing of well-written, exciting papers from early career geologists.

The journal publishes research and invited review articles, discussion papers and thematic collections.

Once accepted for publication, all articles appear online ahead of print.

JGS Chief Editor

The Chief Editor Graham Shields (University College London) is supported by an international editorial board.

Online in the Lyell Collection

The journal is included the Lyell Collection and articles appear online soon after they have been accepted for publication and ahead of the printed volume or issue. From May 2018 journal articles will be posted as accepted manuscripts and then replaced by the published article (the version of record). The journal is easily accessible on mobile devices.

Print journal

The journal is published in print in January, March, May, July, September and November.

The journal is abstracted and/or indexed in:

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

JGS Online

The Lyell Collection

Access the Journal of the Geological Society (JGS) in the Lyell Collection


  • Impact Factor: 3.100
  • 5yr IF: 3.556
  • SJR: 1.551
  • SNIP: 1.243

Metrics should be viewed in context here: Metrics