About the Journal

The South African Journal of Geology is a not-for-profit “hybrid open access” peer-reviewed scientific journal. It is produced and published by the Geological Society of South Africa, first appearing in March of 1896 as the Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa.

Full-text and ahead-of-print are continuously published online at GeoScienceWorld. Printed copies are published quarterly. Full-text content, copyright vestments, refer to Journal Overview.

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South African Journal of Geology Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa

The South African Journal of Geology has a publication record spanning over a century, with more than 120 volumes of geological articles (inclusive of the Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa). The most recent volumes (2000—) are at GeoScienceWorld, starting from Volume 103. Volumes 1 to 102 (1896 to 1999) of the journal are archived at Sabinet.


The latest articles (including early publications as ahead-of-print articles):  the South African Journal of Geology back to March of 2000 (Volume 103, Number 1)

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Crossref logo Browse issues:  S. Afr. J. Geol.  2000—
Ahead-of-print:  S. Afr. J. Geol. Early Publication


This collection is subscription based yet open access articles are also published (“hybrid open access”). Curated as the Millennium+ Collection of the South African Journal of Geology.

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Version-of-record – South African Journal of Geology(ISSN 1012-0750,  eISSN 1996-8590)

Articles predating the year 2000:  the South African Journal of Geology (Volumes 90–102) and the Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa (Volumes 1–89)

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Handle.Net logo Browse issues:  S. Afr. J. Geol.  1987 – 1999,  Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.  1896 – 1986,  Proc. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.  1903 – 1970


Included in this collection are the South African Journal of Geology (1987–1999), the Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa (1896–1986), and the Proceedings of the Geological Society of South Africa (1903–1970). Designated as the Richard & Morris Viljoen Heritage Collection and “gratis open access” in the African Journal Archive.

The Heritage Collection is incomplete; there are missing and misplaced articles. Please help to fully restore this collection by reporting any omitted and / or misfiled content to the Curator:
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Version-of-record – Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa(ISSN 0372-0667),Proceedings of the Geological Society of South Africa(ISSN 0369-9439)


A freely accessible supplementary data repository provides for additional relevant data that expand specific articles published in S. Afr. J. Geol., beginning with volume 103 (2000). Supplemental Data

S. Afr. J. Geol. is indexed and abstracted in:Science Citation Index Expanded | Current Contents Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences | Essential Science Indicators | Zoological Record | Scopus | GEOBASE | Chemical Abstracts | GeoRef | Environment Index | Academic Search (EBSCO) Information for Authors

Except for articles licensed under open access, copyright is vested in the Geological Society of South Africa and all rights are reserved. Contact one of the Editors for information regarding “fair use” and “special” permissions to reuse content published in S. Afr. J. Geol.

The South African Journal of Geology is the principal publication of the Geological Society of South Africa; Volume 1, Number 1 having first appeared in March of 1896. From the earliest beginnings, to Volume 89, Part 3 of 1986, the journal was known as the Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa (colloquially as “Transactions”). Incorporated into the volumes up to and including Volume 73 of 1970 were the Proceedings of the Geological Society of South Africa.

Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Afr., March 1896 Historical Timeline:  S. Afr. J. Geol.

The name was changed to the South African Journal of Geology in March of 1987, as a condition for the offer of South African financial support received from the Bureau of Scientific Publications and the Department of National Education for the production of the journal. Despite the name change, GSSA retained continuity of the volume numbers, and the first issue of the renamed journal appeared as Volume 90, Number 1. In addition, the journal continued its link with the past by including the statement Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa on the cover and title page of each issue published thereafter. The subtitle of the South African Journal of Geology is considered to be Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa.

A number of Annexures to the Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa were published from time to time. These include the A. L. du Toit Memorial Lectures and other commemorative and scientific works, such as: The Pioneers in South African Geology and their Work by A. W. Rogers, published in 1937; and New Observations on the Ores of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and their Genetic Significance by Paul Ramdohr, published in 1958. Beginning with Volume 86 of 1983, the A. L. du Toit Memorial Lectures have been included in the journal (whenever corresponding articles have been submitted by the Lecturers).

The South African Journal of Geology in 2002 started publishing electronically. This, after GSSA accepted an invitation to become a member of GeoScienceWorld;  a then inaugural online publishing collaborative founded by a consortium of not-for-profit geoscience organisations. Commencing with Volume 103 (March of 2000), S. Afr. J. Geol. began online publication at GeoScienceWorld as the version-of-record. “Hybrid open access” was adopted in 2014, and S. Afr. J. Geol. moved from periodical to continuous publication in 2018. Content layout and quarterly printing of S. Afr. J. Geol. take place in South Africa.

MW Knoper, excerpted, in large part, from the following source…
Anhaeusser, C. R., 1997. Publications of the Geological Society of South Africa. In: Anhaeusser, C. R. (Editor), “A century of geological endeavour in southern Africa 1895–1995,” Geological Society of South Africa (Publisher), p. 586–587 (Appendix).
Managing Editor
Prof. Stephen McCourt

Geological Sciences
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban, South Africa

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Scientific Editor
Prof. Marlina Elburg

Department of Geology
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Technical Editor
Michael W. Knoper

Geological Society of S. Africa
Mandela Mining Precinct
Johannesburg, South Africa

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To serve until the end of 2020
G. Bellefleur
Geological Survey of Canada
E. Bordy
University of Cape Town, South Africa
M. Dippenaar
University of Pretoria, South Africa
M. Doucouré
Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
C. Heubeck
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
S. Prevec
Rhodes University, South Africa
M.J. de Wit
Majimba Geoconsulting, Kleinmond, South Africa
To serve until the end of 2021
T. Andersen
University of Oslo, Norway
J. Carranza
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
J. Lehmann
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
S. Master
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
C. Penn-Clarke
SACS, Council for Geoscience, South Africa
R. Prevec
Albany Museum, Makhanda, South Africa
L. Robb
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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Non-member subscriptions to S. Afr. J. Geol.:
Physical copy (print)
2020 annual subscription rate = ZAR2180
Delivery charges are extra and might necessitate use of a private courier for overland mailing. Collection at GSSA’s office by arrangement.
Soft copy (digital)
2020 annual subscription rate = ZAR2180
Delivery over the internet or on media via overland mail. Delivery charges are extra for overland mailing. Collection at GSSA’s office by arrangement. This option is for individuals.
Online copy (digital)
2020 annual subscription rate = ZAR7155
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