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Access FAQs for GSL members

Please note that the websites and are maintained separately. If you update your login details or user information on one site, they will not automatically be updated on the other site. 

More information is provided on the Access for Fellows page.

If you are also a member of EAGE, Association of Applied Geochemists, Edinburgh Geological Society, Geological Society of Glasgow, Yorkshire Geological Society, or PESGB please see the FAQ for other membership types

Please see the Lyell Collection site help page for technical assistance.

How do I activate my Lyell Collection access?

When the membership office confirms that the membership application process has been completed new members should activate their Lyell Collection access on the activation page.

Enter your membership number as your Subscriber id and click Submit. Follow the instructions on the next screen and complete parts A and B. In part B, you will need to set your own username and password. When setting your password please only include alphanumeric characters e.g. 0-9, a-z (do not use symbols e.g. ^, &, $, @). Click Send Form to complete activation. Login here to view your content

What is my Lyell Collection site username and/or password?

If you forget your Lyell Collection site login details, please go to Forgotten your password?  Enter your membership number as the subscriber id number and click “Send Request”. Please complete your email address* and click “Yes, please reset the password for [your name]”

Your current username and a new password will be emailed by the site host immediately, however, this could take a few minutes depending on your network connection. When you try the new password you should see your name in the blue bar at the top of the page confirming you are recognized. There may be a delay in the new password working, depending on when you re-set it: if you are trying this during the afternoon US West Coast time, it could take up to 30 minutes until the system recognizes the new password. Our advice if to keep trying the new password until it recognizes it; please do not re-set the password again.

If you already have your Lyell Collection site login details and would like to change your username, password or email address please login here.

*If your email address has changed (or the address on the screen is “” or "") please email the membership office with your name, membership number and new email address with a request for your email address to be changed in the membership database and your Lyell Collection access record.

I am recognized by the Lyell Collection site, but I am prompted again for a username and password when I try to view or download an article

When you have logged in and are recognised by the site (your name is in the blue bar at the top of the screen) the icon next to each article title in the table of contents will show your access entitlements:

Lyell Collection site article symbol key

Please note that selected articles are only available in PDF format (all content published in 1999 and earlier, plus some later book content). If only the abstract and references are visible please click on "PDF" in the article header to view the full article.

Please read through the details below to check your access entitlements. If you cannot access content you are entitled to as part of your GSL membership please contact us for assistance.

If you have recently changed your journal option, or upgraded to the Full Book Collection, please allow 7 to 14 days for the amendment to be made to your access record.

Access to journal content

Fellows can view and download articles from JGS, QJEGH, PG or GEEA (when they subscribe to the relevant journal). Fellows receive one free subscription to a Society journal option of their choice:

  1. Journal of the Geological Society (JGS, 1971 to present; QJGS, 1845 to 1970) and Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (QJEGH)
  2. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis (GEEA)
  3. Petroleum Geoscience (PG)

Fellows can also choose to subscribe to an additional Society journal option for an annual fee. Please see the membership fees page for current rates.

Please note: The Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society and Scottish Journal of Geology are also available via the Lyell Collection. These are not GSL journals. Fellows can access content of the relevant journal by using pay-per-view, purchasing a non-member subscription or by joining the relevant membership organisation. YGS for the Proceedings, or GSG or EGS for the Scottish Journal. Each membership organisation will require a separate username and password to access the relevant content. After joining you will be sent access activation instructions. Journal of Micropalaeontology content on the Lyell site is only available Lyell Collection Complete institutional subscribers.

Access to book content

The Book Archive provides Fellows with access to GSL book content on the Lyell Collection (Special Publications, Memoirs and Engineering Geology Special Publications) published prior to the current and three previous calendar years. From January 2022 this includes access to book content published in 2018 and earlier.

Fellows can purchase an annual subscription to the Full Book Collection which extends electronic access to all GSL book titles (from the date of publication, including Special Publication Online First articles). Please note: The Petroleum Geology Conference series content is not included in a Full Book Collection subscription as this series is published on behalf of PGC Ltd. No journal content is included in a Full Book Collection subscription.

For a full list of the book titles on the Lyell Collection and their direct links please download this pdf.

The fees for access to additional Society journals and the Full Book Collection are listed here - Membership Fees. To amend your membership options please login to MyGSL or email the membership department. Articles from the Full Book Collection (published in current or three previous calendar years) or journals to which the fellow does not subscribe can also be purchased using pay-per-view or from the Society Library (please contact the Library for current pricing).


Can I receive print copies of my membership journal(s)?

From 2021 all four Society journals are online only.


Will I be notified when a new issue of the journal is published in the Lyell Collection?

Please sign up to receive email alerts for new issue publication by following the instructions on the Online Journal Alerts page. This page also includes how to amend your alerts selection or email address.


What is Online First?

Online First enables articles to appear online soon after they have been accepted for publication and ahead of the finalised issue.

To access journal Online First articles Fellows must have a subscription to the relevant journal.

To access Special Publication or Memoir Online First articles Fellows must have a subscription to the Full Book Collection.


What is Open Access?  

The Geological Society publishes Open Access articles which are free to all and are designated by an Open Access logo.  

My organisation is a Geological Society of London Corporate Patron – do we receive access to Lyell Collection content?

Access to Lyell Collection content is not included with a Corporate Patron membership. Please use pay-per-view or recommend the purchase of an annual corporate or institutional subscription.

How do I recommend a subscription to the titles in the Lyell Collection to my company, institution or library?

If you would like to recommend a subscription to a journal, book series or the full Lyell Collection, please complete the Journal and book recommendation form.

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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

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