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Journal of the Geological Society

JGS coverJournal of the Geological Society (JGS) is owned and published by the Geological Society of London.

JGS publishes topical, high-quality recent research across the full range of Earth Sciences. Papers are interdisciplinary in nature and emphasize the development of an understanding of fundamental geological processes. Broad interest articles that refer to regional studies, but which extend beyond their geographical context are also welcomed.

Each year JGS presents the ‘JGS Early Career Award' for papers published in the journal, which rewards the writing of well-written, exciting papers from early career geologists.

The journal publishes research and invited review articles, discussion papers and thematic collections.

JGS Chief Editor

The Chief Editor Graham Shields (University College London) is supported by an international editorial board.

Online in the Lyell Collection

All journal content is hosted online and accessible via the Lyell Collection (see link above). The journal publishes 6 issues per year.

Print journal

Online only and continuous publication

From 2021, the journal is published online only. Following acceptance, the accepted manuscript version of the article is made available online immediately. After completion of the production process, the final Version of Record is published directly in an issue. All accepted manuscripts and versions of record are hosted and accessible via the Lyell Collection.

The journal is abstracted and/or indexed in:

  • Current Contents
  • GeoArchive
  • Geobase
  • Geological Abstracts
  • GeoRef
  • Mineralogical Abstracts
  • Petroleum Abstracts
  • Science Citation Index

JGS Online

The Lyell Collection

Access the Journal of the Geological Society (JGS) in the Lyell Collection


  • Impact Factor: 3.100
  • 5yr IF: 3.556
  • SJR: 1.551
  • SNIP: 1.243

Metrics should be viewed in context here: Metrics