Geology Impact Factor
2022: 5.8
5-year: 5.9
Cited half-life: >10 years
#1 in "geology" category for 16 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 7,500 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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Publication Fees at a Glance

  Mandatory publication fees
per accepted paper*
Color figure costs Length restrictions Gold Open Access
GSA Members: US$1,550
Free See sizing instructions US$2,800
GSA Members: US$2,300
GSA Bulletin US$2,800
GSA Members: US$2,600
Free None US$2,800§
GSA Members: US$2,300
Books Free 1 Free color page; US$100
for each additional color page
None US$2,800
GSA Members: US$2,300
100% Open Access Publications#
  Mandatory publication fees
per accepted paper*
Color figure costs Length restrictions
GSA Today Free Free Seven typeset pages
Geosphere US$1,750
GSA Members: US$1,550
Free None
*Authors who are unable to pay the publication fee may apply for a waiver.
Geology authors who pay for Gold Open Access won't be assessed the publication fee.
§This is in addition to the mandatory publication fee for GSA Bulletin.
#See GSA's Open Access policy  for complete information.

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Contact Information

Geology Questions:

Kea Giles, Managing Editor
tel: +1-303-357-1057

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