Geology Impact Factor
2020: 5.399
5-year: 6.079
Cited half-life: >10 years
#1 in "geology" category for 15 years in a row

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Published since 1973, Geology features rapid publication of about 23 refereed short (four-page) papers each month. Articles cover all earth-science disciplines and include new investigations and provocative topics. Professional geologists and university-level students in the earth sciences use this widely read journal to keep up with scientific research trends. The online forum section facilitates author-reader dialog. Includes color and occasional large-format illustrations on oversized loose inserts.

Type of Articles

  • Geology Articles are timely, innovative, and provocative, relevant to the journal's international audience, and representative of research from all fields of the geosciences.

    Geology manuscripts must fit the following size constraints:
    (1) A character count with spaces (in Microsoft Word) of no more than 18,500 characters for the title, author names, affiliations, abstract, main text, Acknowledgments, and figure captions (the References Cited list does not need to be counted).
    (2) Up to 35 references in the References Cited list.
    (3) No more than 4 figures and tables. You may have any combination of figures and tables, as long as you keep to a total of 4 items or fewer.
  • Research Focus Articles provide an (invited) opportunity for authors familiar with specific issues and disciplines to draw new insights from a published article, as well as to provide additional background and depth for readers unfamiliar with the most recent techniques and/or results in this field.
  • Comments and Replies provide a forum in which published papers can be discussed. These are each limited to one PDF page, including references, figures, and tables (about 7500 characters of text = one printed page). Comments focus on the broad assertions or implications in the original article; they are not overly specific or personal. A Comment must be submitted within six months of publication of the original article. Replies are written by the original author(s) after receiving a copy of the relevant Comment. Replies must be submitted to GSA within one month.

All Geology papers are subject to GSA's Ethical Guidelines for Publications.

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Author Guidelines

Publication Costs*

Mandatory Charges

  Mandatory fees Color figure costs (print and online)
US$1750 per accepted paper
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GSA Bulletin If paper exceeds 10 typeset pages,
each additional page US$125
US$800 per color page
GSA Today None None
Geosphere (open access) US$1,750 per accepted paper None
Lithosphere (open access) US$1,750 per accepted paper None
GSA Books None US$400 for initial color page;
each additional page US$100

*There are no manuscript submission charges for GSA journals for books.

Open Access

See GSA’s Open Access policy for complete information. As of January 2018, Geosphere and Lithosphere are 100% open access and require an article publication fee of $1,750. Papers in Geology, GSA Bulletin and GSA Books may be published as open access for a $2,500 fee. (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, and there are no open access fees to publish in this journal.

Voluntary Page Contributions

As is customary with nonprofit organizations that publish scholarly books and periodicals, GSA requests contributions from its authors and/or sponsoring institutions to help defray publication costs. Acceptance or rejection of manuscripts is NOT contingent on payment of page contributions.

  Suggested Contribution
Geology $125 per page
GSA Bulletin $125 per page
Geosphere $75 per page
Lithosphere $125 per page
GSA Books $125 per page

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Contact Information

Geology Questions:

Lyne Yohe, Managing Editor
tel: +1-303-357-1091

Jennifer Olivarez, Editorial Assistant
tel: +1-303-357-1010

Mailing Address:
The Geological Society of America
Publications Department
3300 Penrose Place
PO Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140
tel: +1-303-357-1000
fax: +1-303-357-1070