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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 

If you have any questions regarding the read and publish agreements or discount schemes please contact us

 Gold Open Access Article Processing Charges 2020  2021 
 Journal of the Geological Society  £2,000   £2,150 
 Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology  £2,000   £2,150
 Petroleum Geoscience  £2,000   £2,150 
 Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis  £2,000   £2,150
 Scottish Journal of Geology  £1,000   £1,500 
 Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society  £1,000   £1,500 
 Special Publications  £2,000 £2,150
 Rate per article. Additional fees for retrospective requests.    

Read and Publish transitional agreement with Jisc 

Authors at Jisc member institutions in the UK may publish with GSL under a 'Read & Publish' transitional agreement for the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection. This agreement includes read access to 14 journal and book sites, including all current and archived journals plus key book series and historic collections. The agreement also covers unlimited open access publishing of all article types in 6 hybrid journals and 3 hybrid book series. Author 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.


Authors at the following institutions in Germany are able to take advantage of discounted Open Access publishing fees agreed between the consortia ZBMed and GSL during 2020:

  • Bibliothekssystem Universitaet Hamburg
  • Bundesanstalt fuer Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe
  • Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum fuer Ozeanforschung (GEOMAR)
  • Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg
  • Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen
  • Technische Universitat Berlin Universitatsbibliothek
  • Technische Universität München

Authors at institutions listed below in the California Digital Library are able to take advantage of discounted Open Access publishing fees agreed between the CDL and GSL:
  • UCLA
  • University of California, Berkeley 
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, San Diego