Geoscience Journals

This is a changing list of relevant international peer-reviewed journals in the field of geosciences. If you do not find a fitting journal within my collection, then please check out the following "Journal finder" or the suggested list of wikipedia, GeoScienceWorld, or Copernicus open Access Journals. If you are interested about the ranking of an individual journal, than please check out the linke HERE and HERE, as well a look at GeoRef.

The Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in publication s since 1973, covers significant  developments in all areas of earth and planetary sciences, form climate, environment, and geological hazards to the formation of planets and evolution of life. 

Earth-Science Reviews publishes review papers of all aspects of Earth Sciences or treatises on an expanding Earth Sciences subject. Covering a much wider field than the usual specialist journals, it allows  the readers to see their particular interest related to the earth sciences as a whole. Because of the breadth and depth of its approach to subjects of current interest, the journal is an important vehicle of information gathering for instructors, students, research scientists, government agencies involved in programme support and management and in environmental assessment and control, private industries concerned with planetary resources and the independent consultant.

Geochemical Perspectives is a journal independent from major publishing houses, entirely run and edited by and for the geochemical community. It is published by the European Association of Geochemistry. Each issue presents a single article with an in-depth view on the past, present and future of a field of geochemistry, seen through the eyes of a highly respected member of our community. The article combine science and history of ten fields development and the scientist opinion about future directions. We expect personal glimpses into the authors scientific life, how ides were generated, pitfalls and triumphs along the way, and how ideas were adopted to carry our field further. Perspectives articles are intended for the entire geochemical community, not for experts. They are not review or monographs or text books. They go beyond the current state of the art, providing opinions about future directions and impact in the field.

Land Degradation & Development seeks to promote rational study of the monitoring, recognition, control and rehabilitation of degradation in terrestrial environments. The journal focuses on:

  • what land degradation is
  • what causes land degradation
  • the impacts of land degradation
  • the scale of land degradation
  • the history, current status or future trends of land degradation
  • avoidance, mitigation and control of land degradation
  • remedial actions to rehabilitate or resort degrade land
  • sustainable land management. 

Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry (RiMG) is a series of multi-authored, soft-bound volumes containing concise review of the literature and advances in theoretical and/or applied mineralogy, crystallography, petrology and geochemistry. the content of each volume consists of fully developed text which can be used for self-study, research, or as a text-book for graduate-level courses. RiMG volumes are typically produces in conjunction with a short course but can also be published without a short course. There series is jointly published by the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) and the Geochemical Society.

Geology features rapid publication of about 23 refereed short (four-page) papers each month. Article cover all earth-science disciplines and include new investigations and provocative topics. Professional geologists and university-level students in the earth science use this widely read journal to keep up with scientific research trends. The online forum section facilitates author-reader dialog. Includes color and occasional large-format illustrations on oversized loose inserts. Geology articles are 

  • timely, innovative and provocative
  • relevant and representative to geoscience research fields.

Earth and Planetary Science Letters (EPSL) is a leading journal for researcher across the entire Earth and planetary science community. It publishes concise, exciting, high-impact articles ("Letters") of broad interest. Its focus io on physical and chemical processes, the evolution and general properties of the Earth and planets – from their deep interiors to there atmospheres. EPSL also inlaces a Frontiers section, feature invited high-profile systems articles by leading experts on timely topics to bring cutting-edge research to eh wieder community. 

Quaternary Science Review caters for all aspect of Quaternary science, and includes, for example, geology, geomorphology, geography, archaeology, soil science, palaeobotany, palaeontology, palaeoclimatology and the full range of applicable dating methods. The dividing line between what considers the review papers and one which contains new original data is not easy to establish, so QSR also publishes papers with new dat especially these perform a review function. Alls the Quaternary scene are changing rapidly and subject to reevaluation as the pace of discover quickens, thus the diver but comprehensive role of QST keeps readers abreast of the wide issues relating to the new development in he fields.

Tectonics (TECT) presents original scientific contributions that describe and explain the evolution, structure, and deformation of Earth's lithosphere. Contributions are welcome from any relevant area of research, including field, laboratory, petrological, geochemical, geochronological, geophysical, remote-sensing, and modeling studies. Multidisciplinary studies are particularly encouraged. Tectonics welcomes studies across the range of geologic time.

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta publishes research papers in a wide range of subjects in terrestrial geochemistry, meteorites, and planetary geochemistry. The scope of the journal includes:

  • Physical chemistry of gases, aqueous solutions, glasses and crystalline solids
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology
  • Chemical processes in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere of the Earth
  • Organic geochemistry
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Meteoritics and meteorite impacts
  • Lunar science and Planetary geochemistry

Lithos publishes original research papers on the petrology, geochemistry and petrogenes of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Papers on mineralogy/mineral physics related to petrology an petrogenetic problems are also welcomed. Types of papers published include:

  • regular articles & letters, 
  • reviews & book reviews,
  • synthesis papers. 


An International Magazine of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Petrology!


Published bimonthly, every issue explores a theme of broad and current interests. Elements publishes invited peer-reviewed articles for each thematic collection of papers. topics of interest ca be proposed to the editors who will review every proposal submitted.


Elements also presents regular features including a options articles, calendar of events, short course announcements, awards, conference reports, policy news, as well s news of the participating societies. 

Journal of Petrology provides an international forum for the publication of high quality research in the broad field of igneous and metamorphic petrology and petrogenesis. This includes a vast range of topics in areas such as

  • major element, trace element isotope geochemistry and geochronology
  • applied to petrogenesis; experimental petrology;
  • processes of magma generation, differentiation; regional studies of igneous and metamorphic rocks with contribute to the solution of fundamental petrological problems;
  • theoretical modelling of petrogenetic processes. 


Chemical Geology is an international journal that publishes original research papers on isotopic and elemental geochemistry, geochronology and cosmochemistry. The journal focuses on chemical processes in igneous metamorphic, and sedimentary petrology, low- and high-temperature aqueous solutions, biogeochemistry, the environment and cosmochemistry. 

Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (ESPL) is an interdisciplinary international journal concerned with the full range of geomorphology discipline:

  • The interaction between surface processes and landforms and landscapes
  • that lead to physical, chemical and biological changes; and which in turn create;
  • current landscapes and the geological record of past landscapes
  • geological records of Earth surface processes in relation to environmental change
  • application of quantitative retroactive and predictive models to support interpretations
  • weathering and the fluxes of material (solid & in solution)
  • developments in remote sensing GIS, mathematical modelling and analysis, dating
  • geomorphological theory, including conceptual development

Geoderma is a global journal of soil science which welcomes research articles from all part of the world with focus on

  • soil studies
  • dynamic soil processes
  • soil processes in space and time

Geomorphology publishes works across the all topics with relevance to sustainable management of the environment. This includes geomorphic themes:

  • tectonics & regional structures
  • Quaternary environmental change and dating
  • mass movements, fluvial and periglacial processes
  • soil erosion, karst, soil, aeolian processes 

Catena publishes papers describing original field and laboratory investigations and review on

  • geoecology and
  • landscape evolution coupled with interdisciplinary aspects of
    • soil science
    • hydrology
    • geomorphology

Journal of Structural Geology publishes process-oriented investigations about structural geology using appropriate combinations of analoge and digital methods. Contributions range from: 

  • rheology, metamorphism
  • rock mechanics, geophysics, geodynamis, tectonics and neotectonics
  • sedimentology, petroleum geology, economic geology
  • planetary geology



Quaternary Geochronology is an international journal devoted to dating methods applicable to the last 2.6 million years of Earth history. They will publish research in the following areas:

  • Principles of geochronological methods
  • Advances in methodology, analytical procedures an instrumentation
  • Methodological standardisations and inter-laboratory comparisons
  • Calibrations and comparisons of different methods
  • Novel and groundbreaking applications in all fields of Quaternary research

Sedimentary Geology is a journal that rapidly publishes high quality, original research papers that cover all aspects of sediments and sedimentary rocks at all spatial and temporal scales. Submitted papers must place the research in a broad context so that it is of interest to the diverse, international readership of the journal. Papers that are largely descriptive in natter, of limited or local signicacne, or based on limited data will not be considered for publication.