Instructions for authors

Manuscripts submission is only on-line using the link to ScholarOne

Original Research Papers are published free of charge up to 14 printed pages* (including tables and figures; see below for details on extra pages). Authors are encouraged to emphasize data presentation in their manuscripts. Large data files, tables, and plates will be stored as digital supplementary material accessible via the internet. The former Bollettino della Società Geologica Italiana relies on a long established tradition in publishing colour geological maps. We intend to keep promoting this tradition by encouraging authors to submit their best geological maps, and/or maps derived from interpretation of aerial photographs or satellite images, as a complement to Original Research Papers. Special Short Papers must be limited within four printed pages* (all included). They need to be concise and focused scientific reports on limited data sets.

Review Papers can be submitted spontaneously or be solicited by the journal editors. Their length will be defined case-by-case.

Discussion-and-Reply Papers must be limited within three printed pages* (all included). Discussions will be submitted following the standard procedure. The editors will review the submission and if accepted they will forward it to the addressed authors for reply. Discussion and replies are published jointly.

* A full-text printed page of the journal typically contains 7.000 characters including blank spaces, each exceeding page will be charged 60 (+VAT) euros.

Reproduction of colour figures is free of charge both in the printed and on-line version. The costs for printing large attachments (maps, seismic profiles) must be covered by the authors and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Publication of large attachments as digital supplementary material is free of charge, provided that the author submit the final digital file to the editorial manager.

Copyright: the authors will transfer copyright of their work to the Journal after final acceptance of the manuscript for publication. Any reproduction (full or in part) of material published elsewhere must be declared in the text (for example in the figure caption of an illustration). In addition, the authors of a submitted manuscript must obtain permission of reproduction from other publishers. Copy of such permission must be submitted to the Editorial Manager at or before the time of copyright transfer.

"The Italian Journal of Geosciences" receives more papers than we are able to publish and not all papers will be sent out for review. The Editors decide whether a submitted paper matches the journal's scope and aims, and will return manuscripts that are marginal to the main focus of the journal, lack sufficient impact and originality, and/or are inappropriately written and of poor quality.

Preparation of the text

The official language of the journal is British English.

The manuscript, including references and figure captions, must be double spaced. Line numbers are automatically added in Microsoft Word documents. References should be inserted in parentheses in the text in full for single and dual authored papers (e.g. LYELL & BERTRAND, 1987), but using first author and et alii for multiple authored papers (e.g. LYELL et alii, 1988). The order in the text should be chronological, then alphabetical. Authors' names should be written in SMALL CAPS. List all references cited in alphabetical order at the end of the article in the following standard form:

  • BAKER V.R. (2006) - Water and the evolutionary geological history of Mars. Boll. Soc. Geol. It., 125, 357-369.
  • RAMSAY J.G. & HUBER M. (1987) - The techniques of Modern Structural Geology. Volume 2: Folds and Fractures. Academic Press, London, 500 pp.
  • WEGENER A. (1912) - Die Entstehung der Kontinente. Geol. Runds., 3, 277-292.
  • SERVIZIO GEOLOGICO  D'ITALIA (2011) - Carta Geologica d'Italia alla scala 1:50.0000, F. 99 Iseo. ISPRA, Roma.
  • PANTALONI M., PICHEZZI R.M., D'AMBROGI C., PAMPALONI M.L., ROSSI M. (2016) - Note Illustrative della Carta Geologica d'Italia alla scala 1:50.000, F. 280 Fossombrone. 96 pp., S.EL.CA. Firenze.

Please use the standard abbreviation of a journal's name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations:  If you are unsure, please use the full journal title.

Submit the text in the following order: Title page (article title, authors' names and addresses, telephone, fax and e-mail of the corresponding author). Starting from the second page (abstract, key words, text, acknowledgements, references, figure captions, and tables).

Authors must observe a correct usage of stratigraphic terminology, avoiding the citation of incorrect or abandoned stratigraphic names. Web sites and publications such as the International Chronostratigraphic Chart, the International Stratigraphic Guide, the Italian Stratigraphic Guide, and the Catalogue of the Italian geological formations, are recommended as initial sources of stratigraphic information.


The maximum available space for an illustration is 185_244 mm (full page) or 90_244 mm (column). Figures should be prepared with lettering and symbols of sufficient size and clarity to be reduced (Arial, 6-8 pt. minimum). After reduction the smallest lettering should be a minimum of 2 mm high. The approximate position, the suggested size for reproduction and the corrected orientation should be indicated. All figures should be supplied with a separate figure legend included in the text and not in the figure file. After acceptance of the paper, digital version of the figures should be as EPS or 500dpi TIF files.

It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that permission is granted for reproduction of any copyright material (reproduced figures, tables, text passages) and that this permission is acknowledged in their articles.

Gold and Green Open Access

Since 1 January 2018, the Italian Journal of Geosciences has been offering the possibility to publish accepted articles in open access mode herein called "Gold Open Access".

This publication mode allows free and unrestricted access to the scientific articles for which this option will be chosen.

The Italian Geological Society (SGI) has also signed an agreement with GeoScienceWorld (GSW) for the dissemination of IJG research in open access through their web portal (

Authors who request the "Gold Open Access" option at the time of submission and/or acceptance of the manuscript will be asked to pay the charges required, for the activation of this mode, by the web portals used by the SGI for the national and international dissemination of its publishing products.

The fee of the Gold Open Access is € 1500.00. A reduced fee (€ 1000.00) would be applied if the corresponding author is an active member of the SGI or has an affiliation with an institution belonging to developing countries (Ministerial Decree no. 1455 of 09/06/2017).

Alternatively, the option of Green Open Access will be offered, which allows authors to self-archive the articles produced by their research, in institutional or disciplinary archives, or even in their personal sites, in the post-print format (the version approved for publication, containing the changes requested by both the reviewers and editorial board) not before a 24-month embargo period has elapsed, calculated from the last day of the month of publication of the paper version of the journal issue in which the article has appeared.

Editorial policy

It is a general principle of scholarly communication that the Editors of a learned journal is solely and independently responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal shall be published. In making this decision the Editor in Chief (EiC) is guided by policies of the journal's Editorial Board (EB) and constrained by such legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Anonymous Peer Reviewing is the adopted method for the scientific evaluation of the submitted manuscript.

The EB may decide for rejection upon submission if the manuscript does not matches the main topics defined by the subject category to which the journal belongs (see JCR by Thomson Reuters), the corresponding author has not accepted to explicitely declare the originality of the manuscript, it is shown that manuscript is either a duplicates significant parts of already published papers.

An outcome of this principle is the importance of the scholarly archive as a permanent, historic record of the transactions of scholarship. Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as far as is possible. However, very occasionally circumstances may arise where an article is published that must later be retracted or even removed. Such actions must not be undertaken lightly and can only occur under exceptional circumstances.

This policy has been designed to address these concerns and to take into account current best practice in the scholarly and library communities.

As standards evolve and change, we will revisit this issue and welcome the input of scholarly and library communities. We believe these issues require international standards and we will be active in lobbying various information bodies to establish international standards and best practices that the publishing scientific societies can adopt.

Article Withdrawal

Used for articles in Press which represent early versions of articles and sometimes contain errors, or may have been accidentally submitted twice. Occasionally, but less frequently, the articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like. Articles in Press (articles that have been accepted for publication but which have not been formally published and will not yet have the complete volume/issue/page information) that include errors, or are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate our journal publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors (such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like), may be "Withdrawn" from GeoScienceWorld. Withdrawn means that the article content (HTML and PDF) is removed and replaced with a HTML page and PDF simply stating that the article has been withdrawn according to the Editorial policy.

Any printing cost involved with either the hardcopy or on-line publication will be charged to the corresponding author by the Italian Geological Society.

Article Retraction

Breaches of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like, are sanctioned by the Italian Geological Society.
One of the conditions of submission of a manuscript for publication through the is that authors declare explicitly that the manuscript is NOT UNDER CONSIDERATION for publication elsewhere. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system.
A retraction will be used to correct these events.
The retraction of an article by its authors or the editorial board under the advice of members of the scholarly community has long been an occasional feature of the learned world. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this best practice is adopted for article retraction also by the Italian Geologica Society.
In the case of a request of retraction signed by the authors for duplication due to a submission error, a retraction note titled "Retraction: [article title]" signed by the authors is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list. In the electronic version the notice will appear in place of the link to the original article, and the DOI is renominated as "article retraction action".
The manuscript would not be anymore available on-line
In the case of a request of retraction signed by the Editorial board for breaches of the professional ethical codes a retraction note titled "Retraction: [article title]" signed by the editorial board is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list.
In the electronic version, a link is made to the original article and to the duplicate article.
The online article is preceded by a screen containing the retraction note. It is to this screen that the link resolves; the reader can then proceed to both article itself.
The original article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is "retracted."
The HTML version of the document is removed.
Any printing cost involved with either the hardcopy or on-line publication will be charged to the corresponding author by the Italian Geological Society.

Article Removal: Legal limitations

In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the on-line database (e.g., GeoScienceWorld & Italian Geological Society portal). This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or breaches others' legal rights, or where the article is, or the Italian Geological Society has good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.