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Scottish Journal of Geology

Although published only since 1965, the Scottish Journal of Geology has a long pedigree. It is the joint publication of the Geological Society of Glasgow and the Edinburgh Geological Society, which prior to 1965 published separate Transactions: from 1860 in the case of Glasgow and 1863 for Edinburgh.

The Scottish Journal of Geology (SJG) is available online via the Lyell Collection. Please see subscription rates for access entitlements.

Traditionally, the Journal has acted as the focus for papers on all aspects of Scottish geology and its contiguous areas, including the surrounding seas. The publication policy has always been outward looking, with the Editors encouraging review papers and papers on broader aspects of the earth sciences that cannot be discussed solely in terms of Scottish geology.

The diverse geology of Scotland continues to provide an important natural laboratory for the study of earth sciences; many seminal studies in geology have been carried out on Scottish rocks, and over the years the results of much of this work had been published in the Journal and its predecessors.

The Journal fully deserves its high reputation worldwide and intends to maintain its status in the front rank of publications in the earth sciences.

The Journal is abstracted and/or indexed in:

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

2019 Special Issue for Early Career Research

A Special Issue of Scottish Journal of Geology will celebrate the contribution to knowledge of early-career researchers. We invite high-quality papers for publication in 2019 on any aspect of Scottish geology and geomorphology, and international papers from Scottish-based researchers.

We welcome submissions based on MSc, PhD and postdoctoral research, and from geologists within five years of their first professional appointment. Types of contribution may include:

  • Original research papers,
  • Short communications,
  • Review papers offering new perspectives.

The submission must have an Early Career author either as single or lead author. The deadline for submissions has now past, however if you are still interested in submitting, please contact the Production Editor at 

For more information see:

Recent Highlights

Site selection of small round holes in crinoid pluricolumnals, Trearne Quarry SSSI (Mississippian, Lower Carboniferous), north Ayrshire, UK

By Stephen K. Donovan and Gary Hoare

Small round holes, Oichnus Bromley, are a locally common feature of crinoid pluricolumnals in the Mississippian of the British Isles. Numerous examples have been found from mudrocks in the Brigantian (Mississippian) Blackhall Limestone, Lower Limestone Formation, at Trearne Quarry, near Beith, north Ayrshire, all assigned to Oichnus simplex Bromley. These trace fossils are typically associated with growth deformities of the pluricolumnals, which are commonly swollen and more rarely grew a lip around the pit. Oichnus simplex is commonly centred on a columnal latus and adjacent sutures between columnals are deflected towards it. More rarely, pits are centred on the sutures between columnals. The O. simplex borings are interpreted as domiciles developed in live crinoids by an indeterminate, unmineralized invertebrate. The pluricolumnals are similar and are presumed to be derived from a single species, perhaps the poteriocrinine cladid Ureocrinus bockshii (Geinitz), the only nominal crinoid recorded from this site.

Read the full paper in the Lyell Collection


Response of Middle Jurassic shallow-marine environments to syn-depositional block tilting: Isles of Skye and Raasay, NW Scotland

By Stuart G. Archer, Ronald J. Steel, Donatella Mellere, Stuart Blackwood and Brian Cullen

The Hebridean Province of NW Scotland provides insight into the interaction between tectonics and shallow-marine and tidal strait depositional environments in the Sea of the Hebrides and Inner Hebrides basins. The study tests the influence of syn-depositional block tilting on gross thickness, sand to mud ratio and the distribution of shallow-marine facies in the resulting succession. New Middle Jurassic palaeogeographical maps and stratigraphic correlations are presented that integrate both outcrop and well data and illustrate the evolution of the deltaic sedimentary system in a broad, semi-regional context.

Results show that distance from the sediment entry point and the syn-rift tectonic geomorphology were the critical controls on gross thickness, sand to mud ratios and facies types. The impact of relative sea-level change is hard to detect in locations proximal to the Scottish hinterland, where sediment supply was large relative to accommodation (Ss > Ac), but becomes more influential in distal locations where eustasy and tectonic subsidence convolved to increase the influence of accommodation over sediment supply (Ac > Ss).

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  • Impact Factor: 0.765
  • 5yr IF: 1.083
  • SJR: 0.525
  • SNIP: 1.022

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