Geosphere Impact Factor
2022: 2.5
5-year: 3.4

Author Guidelines


Geosphere is now a 100% open access journal.

Papers are published under the CC-BY-NC license.


Geosphere is GSA's ambitious, online-only publication that addresses the growing need for timely publication of data-driven research results, including those that cannot be addressed by traditional formats. The journal's rigorously peer-reviewed, high-quality research papers target an international audience in all geoscience fields.

Geosphere's broad scope and flexible format encourages extensive use of color, animations, interactivity, and oversize figures (maps, cross sections, etc.), and provides easy access to digital data such as GIS databases and modeling results.

Scope and content types

Geosphere publishes papers which are fundamental and complete data-driven primary research contributions within the purview of the geosciences. As such, they include:

  • Research Articles
    • Research across the broad sweep of the geosciences;
    • Research at the intersection between the human culture(s) and the geosciences, and including geological education, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, geoheritage, archæological geology, geologically informed land use, and other topics pertinent to geoscientists;
  • Software Contributions to be utilized for publishing new software, Web services, ontologies, and such, that will be made freely available to the scientific and educational communities; and
  • Comments and Replies to provide a forum in which published papers can be discussed.

Themed issues: Geosphere encourages themed issues with papers joined in collections devoted to the same topic or region that span multiple issues of the journal. Themed Issue guidelines can be found here (

All Geosphere papers are subject to GSA's Ethical Guidelines for Publication.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

All of our publications are peer reviewed, with decisions made by GSA Science Editors.

Please be sure to read GSA's Ethical Guidelines for Publication.

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Preparing your manuscript

GSA journals encourage submissions that are innovative, provocative (or describe a significant advance in the field), timely, and of interest to a broad audience.
Key items for submission
  1. Cover letter: Must include these items
  2. Manuscript file: line numbered Word document. Manuscript Guidelines Manuscript Template GSA Reference Style
  3. Separate figure files: clearly labeled TIFF, GIF, JPG, PDF (reduced-sized PDFs preferable). Figure Guidelines
  4. Tables: Excel or Word. Table Guidelines
  5. Supplemental materials (optional). Supplemental data requirements
Submitting a new paper Click on “Submit” above for the journal of your choice. First-time users need to register for an account and click "Submit New Manuscript." Follow the steps through approving your merged PDF. Details: Submission, Review, and Decision Process
Submitting a revision Note that it is a revision in both cover letter and in the online “Comments” section (include original manuscript number if able). Use the “Submit” link above and log in using your previous username and password.
What to expect during the review process The manuscript submission and peer review process is handled electronically and all papers move through the following 5 steps:
  • If the manuscript is appropriate for the journal, the author submits a manuscript.
  • The editor assigns reviewers to the manuscript.
  • The reviewers review the manuscript.
  • The editor makes the final decision.
  • The editor contacts the author with the decision.
Log in at any time into a journal’s submission system to check the progress of your paper.
Receiving your decision Acceptance or rejection of a manuscript is based on the appraisal of the paper by two or more reviewers and an editor designated by GSA. (Note: Nearly all manuscripts are returned to the author with suggestions for revision, condensation, or final polish.)

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Contact Information

Geosphere Questions:

Gina Harlow, Managing Editor
tel: +1-303-357-1095

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