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Petroleum Geoscience

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The international journal of geoenergy and applied earth science

A co-owned journal of the Geological Society of London and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)

Petroleum Geoscience transcends disciplinary boundaries and publishes a balanced mix of articles covering exploration, exploitation, appraisal, development and enhancement of sub-surface hydrocarbon resources and carbon repositories. The integration of disciplines in an applied context, whether for fluid production, carbon storage or related geoenergy applications, is a particular strength of the journal. Articles on enhancing exploration efficiency, lowering technological and environmental risk, and improving hydrocarbon recovery communicate the latest developments in sub-surface geoscience to a wide readership.

Published by both The Geological Society of London and EAGE, Petroleum Geoscience is a peer-reviewed journal providing a multidisciplinary forum for those engaged in the science and technology of the rock-related sub-surface disciplines. The journal reaches some 8000 individual subscribers, and a further 1100 institutional subscriptions provide global access to readers including geologists, geophysicists, petroleum and reservoir engineers, petrophysicists and geochemists in both academia and industry. The journal aims to share knowledge of reservoir geoscience and to reflect the international nature of its development.

The journal publishes research and review articles, thematic collections and the Energy Geoscience Series.

Chief Editor

Philip Ringrose, Equinor & NTNU, Norway

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

Petroleum Geoscience is published in print in February, May, August and November.

The journal is abstracted and/or indexed in:

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

Recent Petroleum Geosciences Highlights

Introducing the Energy Geoscience Series

By Philip S. Ringrose

I am pleased to announce that, during our 25th anniversary year, Petroleum Geoscience has decided to introduce a new series of papers on the theme of Energy Geoscience. Here, I briefly explain why we are doing this and why we think it is important for development of the Journal. If we imagine ourselves 25 years into the future, we might well look back on these years (2020 ± 5) as the turning point when human society transited from the petroleum age to the age of sustainability (see Grubb 2014 and Sachs 2015). This change is primarily being driven by the need to severely curtail and reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere (the climate change challenge), but also because of many other harmful impacts of modern human society on the biosphere (e.g. species and habitat loss) and the hydrosphere (e.g. water quality and spread of plastic waste). Human society needs to change its behaviour into more responsible practices, and that includes how we use energy. In responding to these challenges, we can already see an acceleration in what we now call the energy transition.

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Mechanics of salt systems: state of the field in numerical methods

Guest Editors: Maria A. Nikolinakou, Rajesh Goteti and Mahdi Heidari

This special, two-part, thematic presents studies that employ numerical methods to understand the mechanics associated with salt systems. The thematic captures some of the latest developments in modelling micro- and macro-structural salt behaviour, as well as the interaction between salt and basin sediments. The presented studies provide insights into halokinesis, deformation, pore pressure, and stress in wall rocks, and their implications for trap integrity and the viability of underground storage systems.

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Tectonics and petroleum systems of East Africa

Guest Editors: Duncan Macgregor, John Argent and Pamela Sansom

This thematic set brings together a series of papers on the theme ‘tectonics and petroleum systems of East Africa’. These papers partly result from the Geological Society of London's Petroleum Group conference in April 2016 on ‘East Africa; From Research to Reserves'. The theme of this conference highlighted the advances that have been made since a previous East Africa conference as a result of the recent major exploration efforts. This issue (February 2018) concentrates on the regional tectonics and include overviews of our current understanding of Permian to Mesozoic rifting, Tertiary rifting, the plate tectonic model, and of the development of the East African margin. The August 2018 issue includes more basin and regional specific papers on offshore Somalia, offshore Tanzania and offshore Mozambique.

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Rifts III: Catching the wave

Guest Editors: S. I. Fraser, M. R. Lentini and A. J. Fraser

Our understanding of the complex interplay of geodynamic processes that operate during lithospheric extension and results in the formation of magmatic and amagmatic passive margins remains equivocal. The challenge of the third rift conference in the series was, how to better constrain interpretation of those mechanisms, contributing to the surface expression at rifted plate margins. The fundamental observation that not all extensional basins and rifted continental margins involve the development of process-related magmatism continues to court significant debate and controversy (Rifts III: Catching the Wave, Geological Society, London – this conference).

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  • Impact Factor: 1.606
  • 5yr IF: 1.958
  • SJR: 0.597
  • SNIP: 0.743

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