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Institutions, organisations and non-members

Please also view the Lyell Collection site help page for technical assistance.

More information is provided on the Resources for Libraries and Institutions page.


What is included in a Lyell Collection Complete subscription?

A Lyell Collection Complete subscription includes access to:
  • Journal of the Geological Society
  • Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Journal of Micropalaeontology (1982 to 2017)
  • Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
  • Scottish Journal of Geology
  • Geological Society of London Special Publications, Memoirs and Engineering Geology Special Publications
  • Petroleum Geology Conference Proceedings (volumes 4 to 7)
  • Transactions of the Geological Society of London
  • Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow 
  • Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society

There are 2 options for LCC subscriptions: Online only or Online + print Special Publications.

Although there is most interest in the Lyell Collection Complete, it is possible to subscribe only to the Special Publications. However, Memoirs, Engineering Geology Special Publications, the historical society transactions and Petroleum Geology Conference Proceedings are only be available to those subscribing to the Lyell Collection Complete.

What is the cost to subscribe?

Please see our subscription rates page for single site prices. An academic subscription authorizes use at a localized site.

Please contact us if you require a multi-site or global access license (3 year rates are also available). 

Lyell Collection product subscription rates are charged by the geographic location of the end user. All UK end user subscription payments must include VAT.  EU VAT registered end users are not subject to the VAT charge (when their VAT number is included with order and payment). 


Selected subscription products are available as Online or Online + print  – what does this mean?

An Online + print subscription includes print copies published in the subscription year and on-line access to all current and archival content. 

Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Scottish Journal of Geology and Geological Society Special Publications are available as online only or online+print. Please note that book titles can be published online 4 to 8 weeks before hard copies are available for dispatch. 

An Online only subscription includes online access to all current and archival content. From 2021 Journal of the Geological Society, Petroleum Geoscience, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology and Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis are online only.

How do I activate my institutional/company subscription?

Go to Activate your institutional subscription

Please enter your subscriber id (this is listed on the subscription receipt and it has an uppercase “i” at the end e.g. 9527615I). Please complete your internal administrator contact details in section B and enter your own administrator username and password in section C. Click Send Form.
On the next page click Register my institution's IP addresses - please list the relevant IP addresses for access.

Please keep a note of the administrator username and password so you can make amendments to contact details or add or amend IP addresses in the future.
Once your access is activated and the IP addresses are registered you should not have to re-activate for each subscription year.

If you do not know your subscriber id please contact your agent or email with your full postal address and order reference.


How do I change the administrator login details?

If you forget your Lyell Collection site login details, please go to Forgotten your password?  Enter your subscriber id number and click “Send Request”. Please complete your email address* and click “Yes, please reset the password for [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 institution 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 the registered email address has changed please contact the site host (Feedback). Complete your name, your current email address and include your subscriber id number with a request for your email address to be changed in the comments box. 

What happens to access if my organisation/company does not renew its annual subscription?

A subscriber for 2019 and 2020 who does not renew for 2021 can receive perpetual access to the relevant content published in final volume form during 2019 and 2020. Perpetual access is not automatic and must be requested by the subscriber when confirming non-renewal. Note that Online First articles not published in final volume form by the end of a calendar year are not included in this right to perpetual access.

A pre-2008 subscription does not entitle a user to access Lyell hosted past content. For subscriptions previous to 2008 the print copy was the copy of record and electronic access was a free add-on. Once a subscription lapsed, electronic access was switched off.

Subscription cancellations or amendments are not accepted after the payment has been processed.

How does my organisation/company obtain a free trial?

Please email Accucoms (UK, Europe, India, South East Asia), PCG (USA and Canada) or the Publishing House with a preferred start date for the trial together with a contact name and email address, institution or company name, mailing address and a contact telephone number.

Please note that trials are not available to individuals - ask your librarian or administrator to request a trial for your institution or organization.


Can you provide a copy of the license terms?

In the absence of a separate license agreement the Geological Society of London adheres to the SERU guidelines, as published on the NISO SERU website - SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding 


My institution subscribes to GeoScienceWorld (GSW) – is content the same?

There is some overlap between the journal content on Lyell Collection and GeoScienceWorld (GSW). However, no book content is available on GeoScienceWorld by subscription and the deep Journal of the Geological Society archival material (QJGS, 1845 to 1970) and historical society transactions plus volumes prior to 2000 for Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society and Scottish Journal of Geology are only available via the Lyell Collection.

Subscriber ids and logins for Lyell Collection subscriptions will not work on the GeoScienceWorld site (GSW is hosted by Silverchair so the sites have a similar format).

Is there a limit to the number of simultaneous users on one institutional/company subscription?

For institutional subscribers, there are no usernames or passwords to remember for access, and there is currently no limit on the number of readers from your institution who may access the Lyell Collection simultaneously.

Any user connecting from an authorized computer on your institutional network will be allowed access to the Lyell Collection. When someone attempts to access content, our host’s server checks to see if the requesting computer is within the list of internet IP address provided by a subscribing institution. If it is, the reader will be able to use all those services enabled for institutional readers.


What is my IP address?

Go to Feedback, scroll down to the bottom of the page and your IP address will be listed in bold text.


How can I tell if my institution/company has subscribed to the Lyell Collection?

You should see the company or institution name in the blue bar at the top of the page confirming you're recognized as part of an institution. If your institution has a subscription to all or part of the Lyell Collection, you'll automatically have access to the full text display and PDFs of the subscribed to content (if your IP address has been registered by your internal administrator and the subscription is current). 

The icon next to each article will indicate access entitlements:

Lyell Collection site article symbol key

How do I recommend my library subscribes to titles in the Lyell Collection?

If you would like to recommend your library subscribes to a Geological Society journal or book in the Lyell Collection, please complete the Journal and book recommendation form.

Can I purchase an individual book?

A book volume can be purchased on the Lyell Collection using pay-per-view. This allows online access for 7 days and is for personal use only. Each article pdf can be downloaded and saved locally during the purchased access period.

Special Publication Archives of volumes 1 to 450 are available outright for a one-off fee allowing perpetual access. The 450 volumes are available in five separate archives (Volumes 1 to 100, 101 to 200, 201 to 300, 301 to 400 or 401 to 450). Volumes 1 to 300 or 1 to 400 are also available to purchase as an archive.

My institution has a subscription to all or part of the Lyell Collection but I'm not able to see the full text of articles. I'm prompted for a username and password. Why is this happening and what should I do?

The IP address for your device is not being recognized by the site host. This failure is caused by one of four things:

  • Your institutional subscription has not yet been activated
  • The internal administrator who activated the online subscription did not register all the required IP addresses for your institution
  • The internal administrator who activated the online subscription does not realize that some subnets of your institution are routed through a proxy server
  • The subscription taken by your institution does not include the journal or book you are trying to access.

Talk to your librarian or administrator, and let them know you are having trouble. If they cannot solve the problem contact the site host (Feedback) to provide details of the problem. 

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.

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

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 access usage reports?

Usage reports are available for each of the individual parts of the collection. Please click on the relevant link below and login using your access administrator username and password:

Journal of the Geological Society (for content published 1971 to present) or Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society (for content published 1845 to 1970)
Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Petroleum Geoscience
Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
Scottish Journal of Geology
Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Geological Society, London, Memoirs
Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publications
Petroleum Geology Conferences
Transactions of the Geological Society of London
Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society
Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow

If you are a Lyell Collection Complete subscriber (or subscribe to more than one journal) select any of the usage links and login using your administrator username and password. You will be able to view your usage across the site for the all the journals and book series in one report.

The HighWire Administrator Toolbox will help enable you to manage your subscriptions in one place. This includes information on COUNTER reports, Shibboleth profiles, SUSHI feeds and OpenURL configuration.


Can I download MARC records for book content?

MARC records are available for all book series available on the Lyell Collection. You will require MARC record reader/loader software to add these .mrc files to your library system. Please see the list of available files here.


How do I establish a Shibboleth profile?

Shibboleth access is enabled for Lyell Collection titles. If your institution is part of a Shibboleth federation then you can establish a profile (please login with your administrator username and password). Also see the Highwire Administrator Toolbox.


Is the content preserved for the future in a digital archive?

GSL has partnered with the CLOCKSS Archive to ensure the digital preservation of Lyell Collection content for the future.


My library purchases print copies of book titles in the Lyell Collection but I can't get access to the content online.

If your institution subscribes to any of the Lyell Collection content then online access is enabled automatically, so the reason you cannot get online access is that your institution has not yet activated its institutional subscription or your IP address is not registered. Please notify your librarian or access administrator.

It is possible to purchase the Special Publications, Memoirs and Engineering Geology Special Publications in print only form, but the entitlement to online access to this content is conditional upon a subscription being purchased. If no subscription covering all Lyell Collection content has been purchased please talk to your librarian and encourage them to do so. 

How can I access Lyell Collection content if I am not a GSL member and I don't have access through an institutional subscription?

If your institution does not subscribe, you can choose to join the Geological Society and access selected online content as a member benefit, or subscribe to content as an individual non-member. If you do not wish to do either of these you may purchase content on a pay-per-view basis.

If you are a member of EAGE, Association of Applied Geochemists, Edinburgh Geological Society, Geological Society of Glasgow, Yorkshire Geological Society, Micropalaeontological Society or PESGB please see the FAQ for other membership types. Member access is for personal use only.


If you have any further queries please contact us.

The Lyell Collection

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