As part of its mission to advance the science of geology, the Geological Society of America publishes peer-reviewed scholarly books, most of them as Special Papers or Memoirs. The science editor will decide whether a proposed volume is more suitable for the Special Paper or Memoir series.

The Special Paper series is for state-of-the-art treatments of rapidly evolving subjects; nearly all symposium-based volumes fall into this category.

The Memoir series presents thorough, well-illustrated treatments of topics—expected to be definitive works on a subject for a decade or more.

Often of general interest, Field Guides are written for field trips held at GSA and other organizations’ meetings. Contact if you are interested in compiling a Field Guide for a GSA Section or Annual Meeting.

All book chapters are subject to GSA's Ethical Guidelines for Publications.

Online First

Online First is GSA's method of online book delivery. Finished Special Paper and Memoir book chapters are published online as the volume is being assembled, which means that authors no longer have to wait on their colleagues to reap the benefits of citation, and readers have the earliest possible access to research.

By publishing with GSA Books, your in-depth science research will benefit from stringent peer review, responsive editorial handling, and international exposure. And Online First ensures your research will be published and available even faster!

Author Perks

  • Responsive editorial staff
  • Peer-reviewed
  • Indexed in CrossRef, GeoRef, and abstract services
  • Global marketing of your volume
  • Special Papers and Memoirs are included in the Web of Science Group Book Citation Index and contribute toward H-indexes
  • Accepted Special Paper and Memoir chapters appear Online First before book completion
  • Published online ahead of print:
  • Volume editors each receive two complimentary copies of the book
  • Corresponding chapter authors each receive one complimentary copy of the book and an ebook PDF of their chapter
  • All authors may purchase additional copies of the book at a 50% discount off the list price
  • Searchable through Google BooksTM

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Author Guidelines

Supplemental Material

GSA encourages authors to follow established community standards for archiving specific types of data and to place important geoscience samples in long-term and well-documented repositories or collections, such as at museums, geological surveys, or universities. Please see the GSA Data Policy for Publications.

Authors can submit information that supplements and expands on their published article as Supplementary Material. (Newly acquired data presented only in graphs in the manuscript must be placed there.) This supplemental information should not be a necessary part of the understanding of the ideas and conclusions of the published paper. Examples are lists of species, geophysical data, geochemical data, etc.

Supplemental Material must be:

  • Central to the main scientific conclusions of the paper.
  • Likely to be usable by other scientists working in the field.
  • Described with sufficient precision that other scientists can understand the information.
  • In one of the required digital formats, within size constraints.

Supplemental files in Geology, GSA Bulletin, Lithosphere, and GSA Books papers can be found in the GSA Data Repository. Geosphere links Supplemental Files to articles via doi number (Geosphere samples). All supplemental files are available on request from GSA and are linked to the GSA Journals on DVD-ROM.

Proper Formatting
Whenever possible, submit your files in PDF format. You are encouraged to create your own merged PDF that contains all of your supplemental files (excluding multimedia files). In most cases, only one supplemental item per article will be posted. In order to make it easier for readers to download supplemental material, your files may be merged into one PDF file or compiled into one zipped file before online posting. (Your supplemental material will not be converted to PDF in cases where this would cause the data to be unusable, such as in the case of MS Excel tables.) The following file types are acceptable:

  • Text files in MSWord, text, or rich text format (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt)
  • Table files in MSExcel format (.xls, .xlsx)
  • Figure files in .eps, .tif, .gif, .jpg. or .pdf format
  • PDF files (.pdf)
  • PowerPoint files (.ppt)
  • Zipped files (.zip)

Multimedia files will be included as separate files in our data repository. We will create a separate link for each multimedia file. Multimedia files in .avi, .gif, .fla, .mov, .mp3, .mpeg, .mpg, .pdf (layered or interactive), .swf, and .wmv are the only supported file types.

Supplemental files for a GSA article in Geology, GSA Bulletin, or Lithosphere must not exceed 50 MB total size (for all files combined).

Citing Supplemental Information
Supplemental information will be referenced in the text of the manuscript with the file name and a link to the online file. A footnote will appear in the printed version of the journal—for example: "Supplemental information (Tables S1–S2 and Figure S1) is available online at"


Geosphere Supplemental/Interactive Files
One of the goals of Geosphere is to provide a venue for innovative papers and materials that don't fit into traditional print journal formats. The journal encourages the use of animations, maps with layers that can be manipulated, large format maps, and other multimedia, interactive file types.

Supplemental files should be in a format that does not require proprietary software or in a format that has a downloadable free viewer.

Geosphere accepts almost all format types for supplemental files, and the journal does not impose size limits on supplemental file types. However, the submission system will not accept files over 50 MB. If you have questions about your supplemental file format or its size, please contact Geosphere.

Supplemental Files can be zipped together and can appear as separate files within or linked to an accepted paper.

Citing Supplemental Files for Geosphere
Supplemental files must have an in-text citation, such as "Supplemental File 1," and the first citation should include a footnote to a caption for the supplemental file. The caption should include a brief description of the supplemental file and any software needed to view the file.

Contact Information

GSA Books Questions:

April Leo, Managing Editor
telephone: +1-303-357-1037

Katelyn Turner, Associate Editor
telephone: +1-303-357-1020

Mailing Address

The Geological Society of America
Publications Department
3300 Penrose Place
PO Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140

telephone: +1-303-357-1000
fax: +1-303-357-1070