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TMS Special Publications

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Key points | Submission | Page format | Colour charges | Open access Citation data for  TMS Special PublicationsRefereeing and editing |  Production | What do authors receive? | Keeping in touch 

Key points to consider before you submit 

Preparing your paper

Guidelines for preparing text and illustrations can be found in the box to the right of this page. Those apply to all GSL publications. Detail of page size, colour and Open Access costs, which are specific to this book series are below.


We welcome papers from authors in all countries, but if you are not fluent in English please seek assistance before submission. There are resources for authors, some of which are written in other languages.


We expect all authors, reviewers and editors to comply with the Society’s Code of Publishing Ethics and Disclaimer. Please ensure that you have read, understood and complied with this, particularly the sections on authors and sample collection. 

Submission or publication elsewhere is not acceptable while your paper is under consideration for the Special Publication. Dual submission and publication are serious breaches of widely accepted publishing ethics.

The Society’s policy on corrections and retractions can be found on the Crossmark policy page.

Publishing agreement and terms of use

If your paper is accepted you (or your employer) will be required to grant the Society an exclusive licence to publish and accept the terms and conditions for use of your final PDF.

  • You can reuse your figures and data without permission
  • You can post your original version at any time
  • You can post the refereed manuscript version 12 months after publication
  • You can pay to make your paper Open Access (see below)
  • You cannot post the final PDF or proofs at any time unless you have paid for Open Access

More information on the licence can be found on the copyright policy and terms of use page

More information on reusing your material can be found on the permissions page.


TMS Special Publication review is handled by the volume editors and overseen by the TMS Series Editor. Please submit your paper to the volume editor in the manner request by him/her.

Page format

TMS Special Publication papers look very much like journal articles. The authors are listed at the start of the paper; they have abstracts and a reference list at the end of each chapter. The main text is in double column format. Final printed page size: 248 mm deep by 172 mm wide. Maximum final size of illustrations: 204 mm deep by 135 mm wide. Single column width: 65 mm. Number of words per page: 800. It is not possible with this page size to have captions at the side of figures.

Colour charges

From 2018 there will be no charges for colour figures.

Open Access publishing

TMS Special Publications are not published online, so Gold Open Access is not an option. The Geological Society supports ‘Green Open Access’, where you can post your final post-refereed version of the article to a website or repository 12 months after the publication date.

Authors must not post a typeset proof or final version to any website or repository.

Citation Data for TMS Special Publications

TMS Special Publications and most other books published by the Society from 2008 onwards (with incomplete coverage from 2005) will be included in the Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index or the Conference Proceedings Citation Index, which are components of Web of Science. Citation counts for individual articles will be available, and the counts will be included in an author’s h-index. They are are also included in Elsevier's Scopus.

Refereeing and editing

The volume editors will send your paper to at least two referees. The volume editors will handle the papers through the reviewing and scientific editing procedure. We expect the reviewing and editing procedure to take about five to six months - but this is dependent upon referees and schedules of the scientific editors.


The Publishing House will start work on the book only when the all the papers are finalized. A Production Editor will be assigned, who will write to the authors notifying them of when proofs are due and if there are any problems or costs to be incurred. The paper will be copyedited and then sent to an external typesetter. You will be instructed on how to access your proofs. We do not generally send revised proofs to authors. Memoirs are published online and as hard- or soft-back books (depending on the length).

What do authors receive?

Corresponding authors receive a PDF, which they can forward to their co-author, and the option to purchase paper offprints. 

Shortly after publication, all authors of each paper will receive a special order form allowing them to buy up to two copies of the print book at a heavily discounted price, usually 75% off the full list price. Further copies can be purchased at the TMS Members’ rate, usually half the full list price – although please note there will be no extra discount for authors that are TMS members.

We are not able to provide free books for authors in these volumes, because of the considerable costs involved and also due to the number of authors involved in each book. We strive to keep our production costs as low as possible, so that we can make the books available to individuals at reasonable prices.

Keeping in touch

GSL produces a regular author email newsletter (about 6 times each year). If you would like to receive this, please contact our marketing department ( You do not have to be a published author to sign up. You can unsubscribe at any time.