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Earth Sciences History - Information for Authors

Scope of the Journal

Manuscripts are welcomed in the following areas:

  • Historical work on all areas of the earth sciences – including geology, geography, geophysics, oceanography, paleontology, meteorology, and climatology.
  • Historical studies: biography, history of ideas, social history, and histories of institutions, organizations, and techniques.

Additionally, we publish eloges and book reviews.


Submitting your Manuscript

Submit manuscripts by email (preferably) or mail to the Editor or to an appropriate Associate Editor.

Follow the Author's Guidelines HERE. When in doubt on fine points, ask the Editor.

Our Editor is a volunteer and does all the typesetting himself. Please ensure that you follow the guidelines, so that he does not have to spend hours reformatting your document!

Manuscripts should be submitted to Earth Sciences History with the understanding that upon publication, copyright will be transferred to the History of Earth Sciences Society. This understanding precludes Earth Sciences History from considering material that is under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Authors are respectfully requested to make a contribution toward page charges, but publication of manuscripts is not contingent upon contributions. Color figures/plates can be included in the online edition at no charge to the author, but if color is desired in the print version, page charges will apply; contact the Editor for current rates.

Authors with a U.S. dollar bank account should send a check to the Treasurer via post.

Authors outside of the U.S. should contact the Treasurer to arrange the most convenient method of payment. They will then receive an electronic invoice listing the charges for color figure pages, voluntary pages, supplemental copies, and/or back issues. We recommend that authors pay by credit card once they receive this invoice. By clicking on the payment button included on the invoice, the credit card payment can made directly to the HESS Paypal account.

Authors will be supplied with a PDF of their paper. Reprints are not available, and neither are complimentary copies to authors of the issue in which their paper appears.


Additional Information for Book Reviews

Book reviewing is a critical aspect of outreach to both professionals and the general public. Reviews are published for books covering all aspects of the history of the earth sciences. The Book Review Editor welcomes volunteers for this task, because it is impossible for one person to be aware of all books worthy of review.

Submit book reviews to the Book Review Editor.



The Editor

John A. Diemer
Professor of Earth Sciences
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223.

Email: jadiemer@uncc.edu 


The Book Review Editor

Paul Lucier, Department of History, Brown University, USA. Email: plucier@cox.net


The Associate Editors

American geology; stratigraphy
Kennard Bork
Denison University, Granville OH 43023, USA

18th and 19th centuries; Russian and American geology 
Stephen Rowland
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mineralogy and petrology; petroleum geology
William Brice
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, PA 15904, USA

Vertebrate paleontology; geological education; conservation; Canada
David Spalding
1105 Ogden Rd, RR No. 1, Pender Island, BC V0N 2MI
Mineralogy; history of mining; geoarchaeology
Michael S. Smith
Department of Geography and Geology
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Gregory Good
Center for the History of Physics
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740, USA

Eric Mills
Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4JI, Canada

Geomorphology and Quaternary geology
Antony Orme
Department of Geography, UCLA, P.O. Box 951524, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1524, USA

History of Fieldwork; palaeontology; archaeology
Irina Podgorny
Carlos Pellegrini 1219, 8vo. B, C1009ABY, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Invertebrate palaeontology; stratigraphy; museums; Ireland
Patrick Wyse Jackson
Department of Geology, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

British geology, paleontology, stratigraphy
Hugh Torrens
University of Keele
Staffordshire, ST5 5BG UK
Cornelia Lüdecke
Fernpaßstraße 3 D-81373 Munich
European geology, especially Italian; stratigraphy
Gian Battista Vai
Universita di Bologna I-40127