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There is a Memorandum of Understanding between IUGS and the Geological Society of London (GSL) that books arising from IUGS activities should be offered to the Society for publication ( All Special Publications, Engineering Geology Special Publications and Memoirs published by the Geological Society since 2008 are indexed in the Web of Science in the Book Citation Index or the Conference Proceedings Citation Index.  They are also indexed in Scopus. Once 6 articles have been accepted, following review, and there are enough articles in the system to make a viable book, they are published online and others are published as soon as they are satisfactorily completed. Printing takes place when all have been published online. Therefore early authors are not delayed by the later ones.

Guidance for submission of book proposal

The Society has two series suitable for IUGS-related publications: Special Publications and Memoirs

Special Publications

Titles in this internationally acclaimed series are usually based around high-quality scientific meetings or multi-contributor scientific projects or programs. However, these volumes are not just proceedings volumes.

  • Consist of edited collections of papers.

  • Based on primary science.

  • Represent coherent and balanced collection of papers on a topical theme.

  • Present results of latest research, with state of the art reviews of a subject.

Production specifications for Special Publications are as follows:

  • Bindingcase bound.

  • Trim size - 248x172mm.

  • Paper type - smooth coated 90gsm.

  • Maximum extent - 400 pages.

Titles in this series are larger format and represent authoritative treatments of key Earth science subjects. The series is ideally suited to publishing the results of major research programs.

  • Results of major research projects or other definitive treatment (edited collections or single papers).

  • Based on primary science.

  • Larger format to facilitate maps and sections.

Production specifications for Memoirs are as follows:

  • Binding - case bound.

  • Trim size - 310x230mm.

  • Paper type - smooth coated 90gsm.

  • Maximum extent - 400 pages.

Occasional titles which do not fit into either of these series may be considered for one of our other series (e.g. Engineering Geology Special Publications), or for one-off publication.

The intending editor (or author) should submit their proposal to the Geological Society Publishing House at the earliest possible date. The following information is needed:

  1. Title

  2. Editors’ names and addresses (or authors if it is not an edited collection).

  3. Title of IUGS programme.

  4. List of paper titles and authors (or chapters if it is not an edited collection).

  5. A brief description of the aims of the book.

You should format the list of papers to reflect the intended structure of the book. We understand that there may be some uncertainty about which papers will be submitted and accepted at this stage. You should indicate what introductory/synthesis chapters you intend to include. You should also indicate what steps would be taken to fill any gaps in order to produce a balanced volume.
Books can have more than one editor. The editor(s) will be responsible for liaison between the contributing authors and the Society.
The proposal will be subject to the Society’s normal investment appraisal procedures, which include internal and external scientific review. If the proposal is accepted, the editors will be expected to get the papers reviewed to the same standard as the Society’s journals. Online submission and review will be offered as an option.
Factors that contribute to a successful proposal:

  • editors who are well known, reliable and well respected in their field;

  • a significant number of well-known authors;

  • good coherent coverage of the subject matter;

  • ideally there should be 15–25 papers, but minimum 10 and maximum 30 (books over 400 pages will be expensive to produce and will therefore have high prices);

  • no papers that are marginal to the subject;

  • a good introductory review paper – this should introduce the subject, not just the papers in the book

Your proposal should be submitted, preferably by e-mail, to:

David Boyt 
Head of Editorial Development
The Geological Society Publishing House, 

Unit 7 Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane, Bath
BA11 3JN, UK

List IUGS-GSL books

Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives

Geological Society Special Publication No 508 (2021)
G. Di Capua, P. T. Bobrowsky, S. W. Kieffer, and C. Palinkas (Editors)


Pannotia To Pangaea

Neoproterozoic and Paleozoic Orogenic Cycles in the Circum-Atlantic Region

Geological Society Special Publication No 503 (2021)
J. B. Murphy, R. A Strachan and C. Quesada (Editors)


Subaqueous Mass Movements and Their Consequences 

Advances in process understanding, monitoring and hazard assessments 

Geological Society Special Publication No 500 (2020)
A. Georgiopoulou, L. A. Amy, S. Benetti, J. D. Chaytor, M. A. Clare, D. Gamboa, P. D. W. Haughton, J. Moernaut and J. J. Mountjoy (Editors)


The Changing Role of Geological Surveys

Geological Society Special Publication No 499 (2020)
P.R. Hill, D. Lebel, M. Hitzman, M. Smelror and H. Thorleifson (Editors)


Cretaceous Climate Events and Short-Term Sea-Level Changes

Geological Society Special Publication No 498 (2020)
M. Wagreich, M. B. Hart, B. Sames and I. O. Yilmaz (Editors)


Global Heritage Stone: Worldwide Examples of Heritage Stones

Geological Society Special Publication No 486 (2020)
J. T. Hannibal, S. Kramar and B. J. Cooper (Editors)

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Developments in Engineering Geology

Geological Society Engineering Geology Special Publication No. 27 (2016)
M.J. Eggers, J.S. Griffiths, S. Parry & M.G. Culshaw (Editors)


Subaqueous Mass Movements and Their Consequences: Assessing Geohazards, Environmental Implications and Economic Significance of Subaqueous Landslides

Geological Society Special Publication No 477 (2019)
D. G. Lintern, D. C. Mosher, L. G. Moscardelli, P. T. Bobrowsky, C. Campbell, J. D. Chaytor, J. J. Clague, A. Georgiopoulou, P. Lajeunesse, A. Normandeau, D. J. W. Piper, M. Scherwath, C. Stacey and D. Turmel (Editors)


HP-UHP Metamorphism and the Tectonic Evolution of Orogenic Belts

Geological Society Special Publication No 474 (2019)
Lifei Zhang, Zeming Zhang, Hans-Peter Schertl and Chunjin (Editors)


Radon, Health and Natural Hazards

Geological Society Special Publication No 451 (2018)
G. K. Gillmore, F. E. Perrier and R. G. M. Crockett (Editors)


The Permian Timescale

Geological Society Special Publication No 450 (2018)
Spencer G. Lucas and Shu-Zhong Shen (Editors)


Crust–Mantle Interactions and Granitoid Diversification: Insights from Archaean Cratons

Geological Society Special Publication No 449 (2017)
J. Halla, M.J. Whitehouse, T. Ahmad and Z. Bagai (Editors)


History of Geoscience: Celebrating 50 Years of INHIGEO

Geological Society Special Publication No 442 (2017)
W. Mayer, R. M. Clary, L. F. Azuela, T. S. Mota and S. Wołkowicz (Editors)


Geohazards in Indonesia: Earth Science for Disaster Risk Reduction

Geological Society Special Publication No 441 (2017)
Phil R. Cummins and I. Meilano (Editors)


River-Dominated Shelf Sediments of East Asian Seas

Geological Society Special Publication No 429 (2016)
P.D. Clift, J. Harff, J. Wu & Y. Qui (Editors)


Supercontinent Cycles Through Earth History

Geological Society Special Publication No 424 (2016)
Z.X. Li, D.A.D. Evans and J.B. Murphy (Editors)


Devonian Climate, Sea Level and Evolutionary Events

Geological Society Special Publication No 423 (2016)
R.T. Becker, P. Königshof and C.E. Brett (Editors)


Magnetic Susceptibility Application

Geological Society Special Publication No. 414 (2015)
A.C. Da Silva et al. (Editors)


Global Heritage Stone

Geological Society Special Publication No. 407 (2015)
D. Perreira et al. (Editors)


Gold-Transporting Hydrothermal Fluids in the Earth's Crust

Geological Society Special Publication No. 402 (2014)
P.S. Garofalo and J.R. Ridley (Editors)     


Geodynamic Processes in the Andes of Central Chile and Argentina

Geological Society Special Publication No. 399 (2015)
S.A. Sepulveda et al. (Editors)


Continental Shelves of the World: Their Evolution During the Last Glacio-Eustatic Cycle

Geological Society Memoir No. 41 (2014)
F.L. Chiocci & A.R. Chivas (Editors)


Early Palaeozoic Biogeography and Palaeogeography

Geological Society Memoir No. 38 (2014)
D.A.T. Harper & T. Servais (Editors)


Sustainable Development and Management of the Shallow Subsurface

Geological Society Memoir (2012)
E.F.J. De Mulder, H.R.G.K. Hack and C.C.D.F. Van Ree (Editors)


Palaeoproterozoic of India

Geological Society Special Publication 365 (2012)
R. Mazumder and D. Saha (Editors)


Human Interactions with the Geosphere

Geological Society Special Publication 352 (2011)
L. Wilson (Editor)


Arctic Petroleum Geology

Geological Society Memoir No. 35 (2011)
A.M. Spencer, A.F. Embry, D.L. Gautier, A.V. Stoupakova and K. Sorensen (Editors)


Granite-Related Ore Deposits

Geological Society Special Publication 350 (2011)
A.N. Sial, J.S. Bettencourt, C.P. De Campos and V.P. Ferreira (Editors)


The Geological Record of Neoproterozoic Glaciations

Geological Society Memoir No. 36 (2011)
E. Arnaud, G.P. Halverson and G. Shields-Zhou (Editors)


Fjord Systems and Archives

Special Publication 344 (2010)
J.A. Howe, W.E.N. Austin, M. Forwick and M. Paetzel (Editors)


Monsoon Evolution and Tectonics-Climate Linkage in Asia

Special Publication 342 (2010)
P.D.Clift, R.Tada and H.Zheng (Editors)


The Triassic Timescale

Special Publication 334 (2010)
S.G. Lucas (Editor)


Ancient Orogens and Modern Analogues

Special Publication 327 (2010)
A.J.Hynes, J.D.Keppie and J.B.Murphy (Editors)


Palaeoproterozoic Supercontinents and Global Evolution

Special Publication 323 (2009)
A.S.Collins, D.A.D.Evans, R.Mazumder and S.M.Reddy (Editors)


Devonian Change: Case Studies in Palaeogeography and Palaeoecology

Special Publication 314 (2009)
P. Koenighshof (Editor)


Geology and Religion: A History of Harmony and Hostility

Special Publication 310 (2009)
M. Kolbl-Ebert (Editor)


Communicating Environmental Geoscience

Geological Society Special Publication 305 (2008)
D.G.E. Liverman, C.P.G. Pereira and B. Marker (Editors)


History of Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology

Special Publication 301 (2008)
R.H. Grapes, D.R. Oldroyd and A. Grigelis (Editors)


The Boundaries of the West African Craton

Special Publication 297 (2008)
N. Ennih and J-P. Liegeois (Editors)


Climate Change and Groundwater

Special Publication 288 (2008)
W. Dragoni and B. S. Sukhija (Editors)


Four Centuries of Geological Travel: The Search for Knowledge on Foot, Bicycle, Sledge and Camel

Special Publication 287 (2007)
P. Wyse Jackson (Editor)


The Rise and Fall of the Ediacaran Biota

Special Publication 286 (2007)
P. Vickers-Rich and P. Komarower (Editors)


Evaporites Through Space and Time

Special Publication 285 (2007)
B.C. Schreiber, S. Lugli and M. Ba¸Bel (Editors)


Devonian Events and Correlations

Special Publication 278 (2007)
R.T. Becker and W.T. Kirchgasser (Editors)


Economic and Palaeoceanographic Significance of Contourite Deposits

Special Publication 276 (2007)
A. R. Viana and M. Rebesco (Editors)


Myth and Geology

Special Publication 273 (2007)
L. Piccardi and W. B. Masse (Editors)


Function of Soils for Human Societies and the Environment

Special Publication 266 (2006)
E. Frossard, W. E. H. Blum and B. P. Warkentin (Editors)


Non-Marine Permian Biostratigraphy and Biochronology

Special Publication 265 (2006)
S. G. Lucas, G. Cassinis and J. W. Schneider (Editors)


Compositional Data Analysis in the Geosciences: From Theory to Practice

Special Publication 264 (2006)
A. Buccianti, G. Mateu-Figueras and V.Pawlowsky-Glahn (Editors)


Tectonics of the Western Mediterranean and North Africa

Special Publication 262 (2006)
G. Moratti and A. Chalouan (Editors)


Fractal Analysis for Natural Hazards

Special Publication 261 (2006)
G. Cello and B. D. Malamud (Editors)


Geomaterials in Cultural Heritage

Special Publication 257 (2006)
M. Maggetti and B. Messiga (Editors)


Cool-Water Carbonates: Depositional Systems and Palaeoenvironmental Controls

Special Publication 255 (2006)
H.M. Pedley and G. Carannante (Editors)

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