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The Geological Society of America publishes scientific papers on all aspects of geology. Manuscripts in any research field of geology are considered for publication by GSA, especially if the papers are useful in more than one field. Those that discuss principles are generally preferred to detailed areal studies, many of which are more appropriate to state, provincial, or university publications. Do not submit papers that have been submitted, accepted, or published elsewhere.

All scientific papers submitted to GSA are read critically by referees before they are accepted for publication. The usual review period ranges from a few weeks for very short papers to four or more months for some journal and book-length papers.

Author Information at a Glance

  Mandatory publication fees Color figure costs
(print and online)
Length restrictions Gold Open Access
(voluntary)
Geology
US$1,750 per accepted paper*
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None Four typeset pages US$2,500**
GSA Bulletin If paper exceeds 10 typeset pages,
each additional page US$125
US$800 per color page None US$2,500
GSA Today*** None None Six typeset pages No fee
Books None US$400 for initial color page;
each additional page US$100
None $2,500
*Authors who are unable to pay the Geology publication fee may apply for a waiver.
**Geology authors who pay for Gold Open Access won't be assessed the publication fee or any fees for color.
***GSA Today is an open access publication; there are no fees to publish in this journal.

Beginning in January 2018, Geosphere and Lithosphere will be Gold Open Access journals. Read more.

For papers submitted on or after 1 September 2017, the following charges will apply.

100% Open Access Journals

  Article publication charge
(mandatory)
Color figure costs Length restrictions
Geosphere US$1,750 per accepted paper* None None
Lithosphere US$1,750 per accepted paper* None None
*Authors who are unable to pay the article publication charge may apply for a waiver.