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2021 subscription rates for 2020 subscribers

The Lyell Collection

In response to the economic impact of Covid-19 on its 2020 institutional subscribers, The Geological Society is offering a price freeze for 2021 renewal confirmations received by 30 November 2020. Current subscribers can renew for 2021 at the rate paid for 2020.

The subscription rates listed are for single site access and apply to the geographic location of the end user. Please contact us for multi-site or global access license renewals.

The “Renew by 30 November 2020 at the 2020 rate” is a price freeze for renewing customers only (available until 30 November 2020). “Renew after 1 December 2020” rates apply to all new single-site customers and renewals received after 1 December 2020.

For renewals received from 1 December 2020 the new 2021 rates will apply. 2021 rates also apply to all new subscriptions.


Amendments to subscription options offered for 2021

The subscription option "Lyell Collection Compete online + all print (books and journals)" is no longer available. "Lyell Collection Compete online" and "Lyell Collection Compete online + print Special Publications" options are still available.

Subscribers to LCC + all print for 2020 (who renew for 2021 by 30 November 2020) will pay the 2020 rate for their chosen option (online only or online + print Special Publications).

These journals will be online only from 2021 (the online+print option is no longer available):
  • Journal of the Geological Society
  • Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis

Subscribers to these journals who have an online+print subscription for 2020 (and renew for 2021 by 30 November 2020) will pay the 2020 online only rate.


The Geological Society of London’s owned and co-owned journals will move to electronic-only publication from January 2021. This means that Journal of the Geological Society, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Petroleum Geoscience and Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis will cease appearing in print. 
Print copies will continue to be produced for other journal titles (Scottish Journal of Geology and Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society) and books, including Geological Society of London Special Publications.
The popularity of the Society’s journals continues to increase and the restrictions of a print-led publication model are adversely impacting the service and experience for authors. The removal of print will be accompanied by a move to a continuous publication model that will allow the authoritative version of articles to be published more quickly. 
Alongside modernization of the Society’s publications and improvements to author service, there are compelling environmental reasons to cease printing journals and so help to reduce the Society’s carbon footprint. We appreciate that this might be disappointing to those subscribers who opt to pay for a print copy.

Please see the Bookshop page for details of delayed 2020 print issues.

If you have any questions please see the Lyell Collection FAQs or contact the Sales Department.

Current Rates

Please see our Resources for Librarians and Institutions page for current rates and more information.