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 through GeoScienceWorld. 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, comprising 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 Millennium Collection (2000—) is online at GeoScienceWorld. The Millennium Collection is hybrid open access and the full-text content is provided to GSSA members as a membership benefit. To access the full-text content, GSSA members must first login to their GSSA account, and there use the backlink to the Millennium Collection listed under SAJG Online. Each article at GeoScienceWorld will display an open padlock (instead of a shopping cart), and Geological Society of South Africa RBAC will be visible at the top of the webpage at GeoScienceWorld.
Millennium Collection (GSSA login)

GSSA members should request support if the full-text content of the Millennium Collection is inaccessible:
  Millennium Collection: inaccessible to member

The Richard & Morris Viljoen Heritage Collection (1896–1999) is online at Sabinet. There, the Heritage Collection is gratis open access in the African Journal Archive and the full-text content is freely accessible to the public.
Heritage Collection (open access)

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:
  Heritage Collection: report missing content

The S. Afr. J. Geol. is abstracted and indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science), Scopus, Geobase, GeoRef, and Academic Search Premier (Ebsco).

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
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Technical Editor
Michael W. Knoper

Geological Society of South Africa
Mandela Mining Precinct
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Previous Editors:
  • 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
  • 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

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