Instructions for Authors

Manuscript Submission

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online via the Journal of Geology Editorial Manager system at Detailed instructions are available below. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office. It is no longer necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission.

Statement of Policy

The Journal of Geology publishes original contributions dealing with any aspect of geology. Contributions should have wide appeal to geologists, present new concepts, and/or derive new geological insights through the use of new approaches and methods. Works that are highly specialized or technical or that have mainly local significance should be submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts that exceed 22 printed pages rarely can be accepted. Short, focused manuscripts can be processed as rapidly as 7 months and can be published as Geological Notes (usually fewer than 10 printed pages), but these have the same conceptual generality and significance as longer manuscripts. Also welcomed are Discussions of recent articles published in the Journal and authors' Replies. As of January 1, 2014 authors are asked to contribute page charges of $100.00 per page at the time page proofs are checked. Authors who cannot pay full page charges may apply for a partial or total waiver. Higher page charges are assessed for papers exceeding 22 printed pages. The online edition is available in HTML and PDF formats and may contain supplementary materials, some of which are also available through the Journal's Data Depository.

Please address editorial correspondence to:

Journal of Geology
University of Chicago
Henry Hinds Laboratory
5734 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


Open Access Policy

JG authors have the option to make their accepted paper Open Access if required by funding mandates. The fee for Open Access is $2,400. Contact for more information.


UK authors should note that this option cannot be used to comply with RCUK regulations for gold OA, as the University of Chicago Press requires permission for commercial reuse. UCP does comply with the RCUK regulations for green OA.

"Green" Open Access

The University of Chicago Press supports Green Open Access for all articles, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy, under the Press’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights.

Formatting Electronic Files

Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager. The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.

Acceptable Formats

  • Microsoft Word (.doc)(any recent version)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

File Contents

Word documents should be submitted as a single file. Authors should submit figures as separate files, in PDF (.pdf), TIFF (.tif), or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg]) format.

Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable.

In addition to the main manuscript file, submit your cover letter as a separate file in the same format as your main file. If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.

File Compression and Archives

If you have more than two files to upload into the system (e.g., manuscript, figures, and cover letter), we recommend you combine these files into an archive, so you upload only a single file when submitting the manuscript. Applications for Mac OS (such as StuffIt) and Windows (such as WinZip) support the formats listed below.

The following archive formats may be used:

  • Zip (e.g., "")
  • Unix tar (e.g., "archive.tar" or compressed with a gzip as "archive.tar.gz" or "archive.tgz")

If you cannot create archives in these formats, you may still compress individual files to shorten upload time:

  • Unix compress (e.g., "ms.tex.Z")
  • gzip (e.g., "ms.tex.gz")


Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts

If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers' comments as part of the cover letter file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version. The final version of your manuscript must be submitted in Word (doc.) or Rich Text (.rtf) format, because your keystrokes will be used in publication; a PDF does not contain usable character data and is thus not adequate. For both revised and final versions of manuscripts, please observe the same formatting instructions outlined above.

General Specifications

Authors must submit manuscripts online via The Journal of Geology Editorial Manager system at The submission letter must state clearly that the manuscript is not being considered for publication elsewhere and that all authors have seen and approved the manuscript. To aid the Editor in selecting suitable reviewers, authors should also include the names and the postal and e-mail addresses of three competent reviewers. The Editor reserves the right to select reviewers, but authors may mention if certain potential reviewers are competitors or may view the work unfavorably. Manuscripts held in revision for more than 9 months will be considered new contributions.

Manuscripts must be in completed form and must be carefully checked for errors. The entire manuscript, including references, abstracts, and legends for illustrations, should be double spaced in at least 12-point type, with 1-inch margins. Only numerical tables can be submitted single spaced. Each page must be numbered, beginning with "1" on the title page and continuing throughout the entire manuscript, including tables and figure legends. For matters of general style and arrangement of headings, please consult recent issues of the Journal. All tables and figures must be mentioned in the text, in numerical order. Text footnotes are not permitted. Abstracts should not exceed 275 words for major articles and 100 words for Geological Notes; all abstracts should be one paragraph. Acknowledgments should include only significant contributions by professional colleagues and financial support of research. Appendixes are available in the online edition and from the Journal's Data Depository (but not in the print edition).


References should be cited in the text by author's name, year of publication, and (if necessary) specific page numbers, in this form: (Smith 1998, pp. 36–40). Unpublished material (including "submitted" and "in review" manuscripts) must be cited in the text only: (A. B. Smith and C. D. Jones, unpublished data). Under the heading "References Cited" at the end of the text should be listed all literature cited in the text, tables, and figure legends, double spaced, arranged alphabetically by authors, then chronologically under each author, as illustrated in recent issues of the Journal.


Tables should be numbered consecutively and designed to fit a Journal column or page (portrait or landscape). They must be presented in the Journal's format, with units of measurement abbreviated and placed under the column heads. No vertical lines are permitted.


Original figures should fit the Journal page (6.75 inches [17 cm] wide × 9 inches [23 cm] deep) or column (3.25 inches or 8.3 cm wide). No figures can be printed larger than page size (although larger material may be included only in the online edition), and figure material larger than 8.5 × 11.5 inches cannot be accepted. If figures have been created electronically, at final acceptance they should be submitted as separate files in Editorial Manager. They must be saved in TIFF, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), or Photoshop (PSD) formats. If a figure has been created in another format, it must be saved in one of these formats. Line art should have a resolution of 800 dpi; halftones (photographs), 300 dpi; combinations of line art with gray shading or photographs, 450 dpi. Authors are asked to pay $150 per page for the cost of color figures in the print edition (there is no charge if figures are in the online edition only).

All figures should be numbered consecutively (1, 2, 3, etc.). Magnification should be given by a scale line. Maps should avoid unnecessary detail; figures should minimize areas of blank space. The smallest symbols or letters (including superscripts and subscripts) should be at least 1.5 mm high after reduction to fit the Journal column or page. Simple data plots will be reduced to single-column width, and lettering must be sized accordingly. Photographs must be sharp and clear. Several drawings or photographs grouped in an array should be distinguished as A, B, C, and so on.

Proofs and Reprints

Final manuscripts must be correct in every detail. The author must submit an electronic file of the entire final manuscript, including tables, and electronic files of all figures (see above). The author is notified via e-mail when page proofs are available for checking. The proof notification will also include instructions on purchasing reprints.

Style and Abbreviations

In matters of style, spelling, abbreviations, and so on, the Journal recommends the following guides: The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (University of Chicago Press) and Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey (product no. 10816) (U.S. Department of the Interior).

Online Submission Instructions

Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:

  • Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
  • Cover letter as a separate file
  • Information from title page (to be typed into the peer review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author
  • Abstract of the manuscript (to be copied and pasted into a field in Editorial Manager)

Go to the Journal of Geology Editorial Manager system at to submit your manuscript. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office. It is no longer necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission.