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About the magazine

Geoscientist is the Fellowship magazine of the Geological Society of London (registered charity no. 210161). It features a vibrant mix of science, opinion, news and more, and serves as a resource to the community, with articles that aim to stimulate thinking within and across fields of expertise.

Mounting pressures on the natural environment mean that geoscience has never been more relevant, diverse or interdisciplinary.  Scientists across the geoscience fields are working together with social scientists, engineers, economists and policy-makers to tackle issues of climate change, escalating demand for natural resources, and the need to sustain an ever-growing population on an increasingly polluted planet.  The fabric of the geoscience community is changing, and Geoscientist aims to reflect and foster that change. The voices in our pages should mirror the diverse nature of the problems we tackle—we encourage readers from all backgrounds to get in touch.

Contact us

Email: geoscientist@geolsoc.org.uk
Address: The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG

Editorial team

Dr Amy Whitchurch
Executive Editor

Amy joined the Geoscientist team in 2018, after almost a decade working as an editor at Nature Geoscience. She followed a convoluted path through geoscience, initially studying environmental science, and Earth and atmospheric physics, before segueing into geology. A fan of DIY and the great outdoors, Amy is generally either found with paintbrush in hand, or wandering the South Downs with beloved dog, Humphrey, in tow.

Ms Sarah Day

Sarah joined the Geoscientist team in 2019, after a decade as the Geological Society’s Earth Science Communicator, developing the Society’s media relations and social media channels. She studied an eclectic mix of sciences before specialising in the history of science, followed by an MSc in Science Communication. She is also a novelist, with her first book published in 2017, and enjoys music and drama.

Prof. Andy Fleet

Andy is a former Publications Secretary and Treasurer of the Society. After working for the Open University on its first Oceanography course, he moved to industry as a petroleum geochemist and then worked at the Natural History Museum for most of the time as Keeper of Mineralogy. He has interests in archaeology, wine and cooking, and is currently Chairman of the trustees of the Dorset Museum.

Mr David Shilston
Deputy Editor-in-Chief

David is a past President of the Geological Society. An engineering geologist by training, he is a technical director at Atkins where his particular interests are in the management of geohazards for civil engineering and environmental projects. David’s other interests include history and archaeology, and he is a Trustee of Arundel Museum, West Sussex.

Editorial advisory panel

Mrs Natalyn Ala
Mr Steve Branch
Dr Robin Cocks
Dr Howard Falcon-Lang
Dr Hazel Gibson
Prof. Tony Harris
Mr Edmund Nickless
Dr Alan Roberts
Prof. Peter Styles
Dr Colin Summerhayes
Prof. Frances Wall
Dr Jan Zalasiewicz

Members of the Editorial Advisory Panel offer their time on a voluntary basis. They are professional geoscientists who are available for consultation regarding the scientific content of feature articles.

Guide for authors

Content types

News – Updates from the Geological Society and the geoscience community (typically ~150-300 words).
Viewpoint– A discussion forum for the geoscience community, comprised of Columns and Letters. Columns are thought-provoking opinion pieces of ~400 words and up to 5 references. Letters are short notes to the editors of ~150-300 words.
Features – Illustrated articles that provide in-depth coverage of a topical geoscientific subject (< 2,000 words, 6 illustrations, up to 10 references. Scientific features are informally reviewed by the Editorial Advisory Panel).
Unearthed – Articles that provide brief, creative and thought-provoking discussion of a topical geoscience-related issue, including reports on recent meetings or workshops, as well as career or education-related commentary (< 1,000 words, up to 3 illustrations).
Books & Arts – Reviews of recent books and cultural events (~400 words).
Obituaries – Tributes to Fellows recently deceased (~500 words).
Five minutes with – Interviews with interesting geoscientists (commissioned by the editors).



Geoscientist relies on voluntary contributions from the community.

Geoscientist is a popular science magazine, not a scientific journal, and content should be written in an engaging and accessible way. We encourage submission of striking and simple illustrations. Please use SI units throughout.

With all submissions, please include your name and affiliation, and declare any conflicts of interest. You are welcome to include contact information, such as an email address or Twitter handle.

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the relevant copyright permissions for any third-party material used in their piece. Please read the section below on copyright, permissions and ethics prior to submission.

Due to limits on space and editorial capacity, we cannot guarantee publication, either in print or online. We recommend pitching your idea to the editors before embarking on writing (please send pitches to geoscientist@geolsoc.org.uk).

All content accepted for publication will be edited prior to publication.


Viewpoint: Additional information

Please note:
•    Geoscientist magazine is editorially independent of the Geological Society of London.
•    Publication of a Viewpoint does not imply endorsement from either Geoscientist magazine or the Geological Society of London.
•    Space is limited, Viewpoints will be edited for publication online and in print.
•    All views expressed are the responsibility of their authors alone.
•    We ask that when engaging in debate, all Fellows abide by the Geological Society’s code-of-conduct (https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/codeofconduct).
•    We receive a large volume of opinion pieces and do not have the capacity to publish multiple opinion pieces repeating the same argument. We will therefore only publish Viewpoints that provide novel, timely and interesting contributions to a debate.
•    The Editors reserve the right not to publish Viewpoints, at their discretion.

Please also note that in December 2020, the Geological Society of London published a revised version of its statement on the geological record of climate change. Based on a review undertaken in partnership with the Paleoclimate Society and convened by a panel of experts, the resulting research paper is published in the Journal of the Geological Society.

Lear et al. (2020) Geological Society of London Scientific Statement: what the geological record tells us about our present and future climate. Journal of the Geological Society 178(1): jgs2020-239; https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2020-239.

For those wishing to submit a letter on this topic, please first refer to this publication and note the guidance outlined above.

Copy deadlines

Issue Deadline (excluding News) News deadline
Winter (December) 2021 Mon 4 Oct 2021 Thurs 14 Oct 2021
Spring (March) 2022 Wed 1 Dec 2021 Mon 10 Jan 2022
Summer (end-May) 2022 Tue 1 Mar 2022 Mon 28 Mar 2022
Autumn (September) 2022 Mon 27 Jun 2022 Mon 11 Jul 2022
Winter (December) 2022 Mon 26 Sep 2022 Mon 10 Oct 2022

(These deadlines do not apply to Book Reviews or Obituaries)

Please email all content and pitches to geoscientist@geolsoc.org.uk

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