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Information for Authors - Petroleum Geoscience

ScopeKey points | Coverage | Submission | Page format | Colour charges | Open access | Discussions | Thematic collections | Refereeing and editing | Production | Offprints | Early Career Award | Norman Falcon Award | Transfers to Lithosphere | Keep in touch

This journal publishes research articles, review articles, thematic collections and discussions.


Scope of the journal

Petroleum Geoscience transcends disciplinary boundaries and publishes a balanced mix of articles covering exploration, exploitation, appraisal, development and enhancement of sub-surface hydrocarbon resources and carbon repositories.

The integration of disciplines in an applied context, whether for fluid production, carbon storage or related geoenergy applications, is a particular strength of the journal. Articles on enhancing exploration efficiency, lowering technological and environmental risk, and improving hydrocarbon recovery communicate the latest developments in sub-surface geoscience to a wide readership.

This journal publishes research articles, review articles and thematic sets.


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. Details of page size, colour and OA costs (which are specific to this journal) are below.

Language

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

Ethics

We expect all authors, reviewers and editors to comply with the Society’s Code of Publishing Ethics. Please ensure that you have read, understood and complied with this, particularly the sections on authors and sample collection. You will be asked to confirm this when you submit your paper.

The Society now runs automatic plagiarism checks on submissions to all journals and those books using online submission. The checks will occur upon submission of a new manuscript.

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

The Society is now gathering information on the role of each author on submitted papers. We are using the CRediT taxonomy developed by CASRAI. This information appears in our published articles and is sent to CrossRef.

Data availability statements are necessary for all Geological Society of London publications arising from publicly-funded research, and are a requirement of many funders' data policies and the RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy. For more information, please read our guidance on text.

Read the Society’s policy on corrections and retractions.  

Declaration of interest statements

During the submission process, authors will be asked to reveal to the editor any potential conflict of interest that might be affected by publication of the results contained in a manuscript. To ensure transparency and allow readers to form their own judgements of any potential bias, authors should consider including a declaration of interest statement.

For example:

Conflict of interest: The authors declare no known conflicts of interest associated with this publication.

Conflict of interest: [Author A] has received research grants from [Company X], [Author B] is a member of [Committee Y], [Author C] has received an honorarium for speaking at [Symposium Y] and [Author D] is consultant to [Company Z]. [Author E] declares no known conflict of interest.

Publishing agreement and terms of use

As part of the submission process, you (or your employer) will be asked to grant the Society an exclusive licence to publish and accept the terms and conditions for use of your final PDF. If the manuscript is not accepted by the Geological Society of London or withdrawn prior to acceptance by the Geological Society of London, this agreement will be null and void.

  • 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 in the Copyright Policy.

More information on reusing your material can be found on our copyright page.

ORCID

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to register for an ORCID iD. You can use your iD to log into our submission system and many others.

From 1 April 2020 corresponding authors will be required to provide an authenticated ORCID identifier as part of the manuscript submission process.

More information is available on the ORCID website.


Coverage

The journal aims to publish a balanced mix of articles from those geoscience disciplines involved in the exploration, exploitation, appraisal, development and enhancement of sub-surface hydrocarbon resources and carbon repositories. Articles concerning exploration geology and geophysics, geochemistry and petrophysics, reservoir geology and reservoir engineering are welcomed, along with articles on emerging themes in CO2 storage, geothermal energy and subsurface storage of gases.


Submission

All submissions to Petroleum Geoscience should be made online via Editorial Manager. Full instructions and a tutorial can be found within that site. If you have any queries during submission, please contact the Editorial Office at pg@geolsoc.org.uk.

Before submitting a manuscript, it is recommended that you have the following to hand:

  • All authors' first, middle names/initials and last names
  • Corresponding author ORCID identifier
  • All authors' email addresses
  • The role of each contributor in preparing the paper
  • The names and links to any repositories where data used in your research is held. For more information, please see the 'What to include in your Data Access Statement' section in the author guidelines document
  • Text file in Word or RTF or Latex formats (please add line numbers)
  • Tables in XLS (or XLS compatible)
  • Figures/images, no greater than 10MB in PDF format (TIFF, EPS or JPG formats are acceptable; see note on file size and type)
  • 3D images, please read the illustration instructions
  • Supplementary data files
  • Covering letter (which the referees will see)
  • Abstracts of any related papers that you have in press

Please have the text file as a separate file. You may put all other files in one folder. You can upload a ZIP file to the system and it will be automatically unpacked.

Note that there is a file size limit of 10MB to keep the merged PDFs manageable for editing and review. If your files are bigger, please make smaller versions for review and we will request the high-resolution files off-system when your paper is accepted.

The submission package will guide you through the processes for submitting your files and confirmation/approval.

Authors are encouraged to restrict their papers to a maximum of 12 journal pages, including figures, tables and references.

Papers should be arranged as follows:

  • Title: brief and specific; followed by name(s) and address(es) of authors (including email address of corresponding author)
  • Abstract: this must be intelligible without reference to the paper, and should not exceed 200 words. Figures are not allowed in the Abstract
  • Main body of paper: subdivided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd order headings; omit heading 'Introduction'
  • Acknowledgements
  • Funding
  • Please include line numbers on left hand side to help the reviewers
  • Appendices: see Supplementary Data
  • References: in full; authors' names must be keyed as capitals and lower case
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures (10MB maximum) in separate files

Please be prepared to upload a single text file (.doc or .doc compatible) containing your manuscript. You can upload a ZIP file with your table, figures and supplementary data and the system will automatically unpack it.


Page format

In the final typeset version the main text is in double column format. Final printed page size: 296 mm deep by 210 mm wide. Maximum final size of illustrations: 240 mm deep by 178 mm wide. Single column width: 85 mm. Number of words per page: 900.

Tips for calculating length

Titles, authors and affiliations: for a short title and one author, allow 100 words; for a longer title and/or several authors and affiliations, allow up to 300 words.

Abstract: straightforward word count.

Text: straightforward word count (1,000 words = 1 page).

References: allow 40 references per page.

Figures: single column – estimate ¼ or ½ page depending on depth of figure; for double and 1½ column figures – estimate ½ or 1 page depending on depth of figure. Landscape figures = whole page.

Figure captions: straightforward word count unless it is a 1½ column figure, in which case don't include caption in count.

Tables: across one column (max total 65 characters width including three character space between each column) – estimate ¼ or ½ page depending on length of table; across two columns – estimate ½ or 1 page depending on the length of the table. Landscape tables = whole page.


Colour charges

From 2018 there will be no charges for colour figures in this journal.


Open Access publishing

Authors may choose to make their article fully Open Access (sometimes called ‘Gold Open Access’) on payment of an Article Processing Charge.

  • For Petroleum Geoscience the APC is £2,000/$4,000 (+ 20% tax in the UK and EU – may be subject to change).
  • Articles where the first author or at least half the authors are Fellows of the Geological Society or Members of the European Association of Petroleum Geoscientists & Engineers are entitled to a 25% discount.
  • Authors at institutions that have signed a read and publish agreement with the Geological Society of London may qualify for an APC discount. The list of qualifying institutions can be found on our Open Access page.
  • There is a 50% discount for articles where all the authors are at a research institution in a developing country.

More information on the Society’s policy can be found on the Open Access page.

You can select Open Access when you submit your article online. You do not need to pay until after your article is accepted. There will be a link to the payment authorisation form in the acceptance letter.

If you require Open Access but cannot pay the APC, the Geological Society also 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 online publication date.

Authors must not post a typeset proof or final version to any website or repository unless the article is fully Open Access.


Discussions

Discussions on papers that have already appeared in the journal or appropriate Society books are acceptable. Discussions should be submitted within a year of the publication of the article discussed.

Discussions should be succinct, written in an objective and scientific manner, and ideally about 1,000 words in length. Discussions should be submitted online as described above. Please ensure that you include your own address and all the references that you cite, even if they were in the original paper.

Discussions should add something to the debate and not be just an additional observation.


Thematic collections

Thematic collections are curated sets of papers that present a timely snapshot of research in a topic of high current interest and importance. Edited by experts in the field, invited contributions undergo peer review to the normal Petroleum Geoscience standards and are made available online upon acceptance. The papers are collated on a dedicated collection web page on an ongoing basis which ensures that this significant research is visible to the community at the earliest opportunity.

Browse recent examples of thematic collections.

The subject of the collection must be of interest to a broad international audience and the science must be of the highest quality. All the papers must be acceptable to the Journal in their own right.

Thematic collections have 'guest editors' who work closely with one of the regular editors. The guest editors would be expected to write a short perspective to the collection.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a thematic collection in PG, we request the following information:

  • Names and contact details of the guest editors
  • A list of papers, including title and all authors
  • A brief explanation of its aims and how it will enhance the Journal
  • Details of the meeting that generated the set (if appropriate)
  • Your planned schedule for submission, refereeing and editing

Please send this information by email to the Journal Manager at pg@geolsoc.org.uk, who will circulate it to the Editorial Board after seeking the expert opinion of an internal or external reviewer. If abstracts are available, we would like to see those too.


Refereeing and editing

A member of the editorial board will send your paper to at least two referees. They will handle the papers through the reviewing and scientific editing procedure and approve the finalised script for publication. A Single Blind Peer Review process is used.

We expect the reviewing and editing procedure to take about three to five months in the case of a paper requiring little revision. We are of course dependent on the goodwill of unpaid reviewers to achieve these targets.

You can keep track of this process through the online submissions package.


Production

Accepted manuscripts: The Journal will make the accepted manuscript available online within two weeks of acceptance. This is conditional on receipt of a completed assignment of licence agreement and confirmation that the author has permission to include any third-party content, where applicable. The accepted manuscript will be a watermarked PDF of the accepted text and original figures. Any supplementary content will be made available via a link on the PDF cover page.

If there is an editorial reason why a manuscript should not be posted prior to publication of the corrected proof (e.g. because of a press release or media embargo) then the author should contact the journal Production Editor (this must be done before the article is accepted as the process will be automatic). You will be alerted to this by a question during the submission process.

Published article (version of record): The Production Editor will write to the corresponding author notifying them of when the version of record is due to be published. The paper will be copyedited and then sent to an external typesetter. The corresponding author will be emailed with details of how to access their proof. We do not generally send revised proofs to the author.

The production process takes six to eight weeks from acceptance to publication.


Offprints

You will be emailed instructions on how to download a PDF of your paper from the online version of the journal. Paper offprints can be ordered; instructions will be sent with the proof email.


Early Career Award

The Early Career Award is annually presented for the best paper in PG from an author in the early stages of their career. To be eligible, authors must be within ten years of the award of their first degree in geoscience or a cognate subject on submission of their accepted paper (or up to 12 years in case of an interrupted career path). Those nominated do not have to be Fellows of the Society.

The prize is a free-of-charge gold Open Access paper (subject to full peer review) in the journal, for a paper submitted within 2 years of your award, an SP (or EGSP) of your choice and an invitation to join the PG Editorial Board, supported by guidance mentoring from the Co-Editors.

If you wish to be considered for the award, please email the Journal Manager at pg@geolsoc.org.uk with the title of the paper and names of eligible authors.

Criteria for the award are as follows:

  • Single or lead author. If the latter, a declaration from their supervisor will be sought stating that the candidate led the work
  • Exciting topic set in a general context – not parochial
  • Should be a novel approach or interpretation
  • Discussion and development of ideas, not just a collection of results/observations
  • Clear conclusions of general relevance
  • Clearly and concisely written
  • Logical structure and argument
  • Relevant and clear diagrams

Norman Falcon Award

The EAGE’s Norman Falcon Award is presented to the author(s) of the best paper published in Petroleum Geoscience (or in First Break in a related topic) in the calendar year preceding the award. The paper should be of high scientific standard and should represent a significant contribution to one or more sub-surface disciplines.


Transfers to Lithosphere

Lithosphere, an established open access journal originally published by the Geological Society of America (GSA), is now published by GeoScienceWorld (GSW) in alliance with a number of prestigious non-profit societies. The Geological Society of London is pleased to partner with GSW on this open access initiative.

If you submit your work to a GSL publication and the Editor feels it may be better suited to be considered for publication in our partner journal Lithosphere, the Editor may offer you an opportunity to transfer your submission. If you agree to the transfer then we will pass your submission along with associated metadata to GSW. The Lithosphere editorial team will then contact you.

Offer of a transfer does not guarantee acceptance in Lithosphere. All transfers will be assessed by Lithosphere’s Editorial Board, in line with the editorial policies of the journal.

Lithosphere considers papers that are:

  • Scientifically rigorous and valid, with observations separated from interpretations, and conclusions supported by data
  • A useful contribution, that tells us something new, and discussed in the context of existing literature
  • Ethically sound, previously unpublished and meeting all applicable research integrity standards
  • Reproducible with methods, analyses and statistics (as appropriate) detailed sufficiently to be followed
  • Written in clear and concise English, so the study cannot be misunderstood

Lithosphere is a fully open access journal. More information about Lithosphere and the APC can be found on the GSW Lithosphere page.

For any questions about Lithosphere please email the editorial office via editorial@geoscienceworld.org.


Keep in touch

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JOURNAL METRICS

  • Impact Factor: 1.377
  • 5yr IF: 1.871
  • SJR: 0.597
  • SNIP: 0.743

Metrics should be viewed in context here: Metrics