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 content is available at GeoScienceWorld (the Version of Record). GSSA members have access as a membership benefit.

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

The South African Journal of Geology has a publication record spanning more than 120 years, with over 120 volumes of geological articles. The Millennium Collection comprises the most recent volumes, starting from the year 2000 (Volume 103) including ahead-of-print articles as early publications. Volumes 1 to 102 (1896 to 1999) of the journal make up the Richard & Morris Viljoen Heritage Collection.


The S. Afr. J. Geol. Millennium Collection (2000—) is online at GeoScienceWorld. The Millennium Collection is hybrid open access — subscription based but open access articles are also published.
S. Afr. J. Geol. 2000—

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The S. Afr. J. Geol. Richard & Morris Viljoen Heritage Collection (1896–1999) is online at Sabinet. There, the Heritage Collection is gratis open access in the African Journal Archive.
S. Afr. J. Geol. 1896–1999

•  Reconstruction of the Heritage Collection is a work-in-progress; there are missing and misplaced articles. Please help to fully restore this collection by reporting any omitted and / or misfiled content to the Technical Editor.
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The S. Afr. J. Geol. is abstracted and indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science), Scopus, Geobase, Chemical Abstracts (CAS), GeoRef, and Academic Search Premier (Ebsco).

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

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. Incorporated into the volumes up to and including Volume 73 of 1970 were the Proceedings of the Geological Society of South Africa.

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 (from 1987 to 1997), the name was changed to the South African Journal of Geology. Despite the name change, the Society retained continuity of the volume numbers, and the first issue of the renamed journal appeared as Volume 90, Number 1 in March of 1987. 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 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 Du Toit Memorial Lectures have been included in the journal (whenever corresponding articles have been submitted by the Lecturers).


Excerpted from the following source:
Anhaeusser, C. R., 1997. Publications of the Geological Society of South Africa. In: Anhaueser, 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
mccourts@ukzn.ac.za

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Scientific Editor
Prof. Marlina Elburg

Department of Geology
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
marlinae@uj.ac.za

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Technical Editor
Michael W. Knoper

Geological Society of S. Africa
Mandela Mining Precinct
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Timeline: S. Afr. J. Geol. Editors

  • 2018—

    Managing Editor: S McCourt Scientific Editor: MA Elburg Technical Editor: MW Knoper

  • 2015–2017

    Managing Editor: S McCourt Scientific Editor: LD Ashwal Technical Editor: MW Knoper

  • 2002–2014

    Managing Editor: JM Barton Jr Scientific Editor: LD Ashwal Technical Editor: MW Knoper

  • 2002

    Launch of GeoScienceWorld
    S. Afr. J. Geol. first published online

  • 1999–2001

    Editors: JM Barton Jr & LD Ashwal

  • 1994–1998

    Editor: S McCourt

  • 1982–1994

    Editor: CR Anhaeusser

  • 1976–1982

    Editor: T Stratten

  • 1974–1975

    Editor: EH Wainwright

  • 1962–1974

    Editor: DJL Visser

  • 1961–1962

    Editor: WJ van Biljon

  • 1933–1960

    Editor: E Mendelssohn

  • 1929–1932

    Editor: CJ Gray

  • 1927–1929

    Editor: PA Wagner

  • 1926

    Editor: W Kupferburger

  • 1916–1925

    Editor: RB Young

  • 1910–1915

    Editor: GS Corstorphine

  • 1909

    Editor: RB Young

  • 1908

    Editor: J McClelland Henderson

  • 1907

    Editor: JH Robertson

  • 1906

    Editor: E Jorissen

  • 1905

    Editor: GS Corstorphine

  • 1904

    Editor: FH Hatch

  • 1903–1904

    Editors: GS Corstorphine & FH Hatch

  • 1902–1903

    Editor: J Dampier Green

  • 1895–1901

    Editor: D Draper

  • 1895

    Conception as the Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.
    First issue published as printed copy in 1896

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