About the JournalSouth African Journal of Geology 

The South African Journal of Geology is a not-for-profit “hybrid open access” peer-reviewed scientific journal. 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 articles (research papers) are continuously published online at GeoScienceWorld. Papers are bundled together into quarterly issues, which are placed online and published as physical copy.

  Refer to Journal Overview — for distribution channels, editorial board, subscription options, publication history, and copyright vestment.

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  Journal Overview  S. Afr. J. Geol. (Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.)

The South African Journal of Geology (along with predecessor Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa) has a publication record spanning over a century with more than 120 volumes of geological articles. The most recent volumes dated 2000 onwards (Volumes 103—) are at GeoScienceWorld¹. Volumes 1 – 102 (1896 to 1999) are at Sabinet². Volumes 97— (1994—) are available via EBSCOhost³.

GeoScienceWorld - latest research papers back to 2000 (includes ahead-of-print articles):  South African Journal of Geology (Volumes 103—)

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Browse issues:
S. Afr. J. Geol. 2000— 
Ahead-of-print:
S. Afr. J. Geol. Early Publication 
Current issue:
S. Afr. J. Geol. Current Issue 

◊ Curated in the Millennium Collection. This collection includes both paywalled and open access articles in the South African Journal of Geology (2000—). Members of GSSA and subscribers should request support if full-text contents are not accessible. (OA is freely available.)  Subscriber help request


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

Sabinet - research papers predating 2000:  South African Journal of Geology (Volumes 90 – 102) and Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa (Volumes 1 – 89)

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Browse issues:
S. Afr. J. Geol.  2000—  Under construction!
Browse issues:
S. Afr. J. Geol.  1987 – 1999 
Transactions:
Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.  1896 – 1986 
Proceedings:
Proc. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.  1903 – 1970 

‡ Curated in the Richard & Morris Viljoen Heritage Collection. This collection is “gratis open access” in the African Journal Archive at Sabinet, and comprises: a) South African Journal of Geology (1987–1999), b) Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa (1896–1986), and c) Proceedings of the Geological Society of South Africa (1903–1970). Digitisation of the Heritage Collection remains unfinished – there are missing (and misplaced) articles. Please help to fully restore this collection by reporting any omitted and / or misfiled content to the Curator.  Report missing content


Version-of-record – Transactions of the Geological Society of South Africa(ISSN 0372-0667)
Version-of-record – Proceedings of the Geological Society of South Africa(ISSN 0369-9439)

EBSCOhost - latest research papers back to 1994 (does not include ahead-of-print articles):  South African Journal of Geology (Volumes 97—)

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Browse issues:
S. Afr. J. Geol.  1994— *

* Full-text content is available on the Academic Search databases:  EBSCO Database List


A freely accessible supplementary data repository provides for additional relevant data that expand specific articles published in S. Afr. J. Geol., beginning with Dann (2000) in Volume 103.  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 | EBSCO |  Information for Authors

Copyright Vestment – except for articles licensed under (libre) open access, copyright (all rights reserved) is vested in the Geological Society of South Africa. 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.
Historical Timeline:  S. Afr. J. Geol.

Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Afr., March 1896

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 at the time 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. Included in the journal, beginning in 1983 with Volume 86, are the A. L. du Toit Memorial Lectures (when the Lecturers have submitted papers).

By 2004 the South African Journal of Geology was publishing full-text content electronically. This, after GSSA accepted an offer 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 2000), S. Afr. J. Geol. began online publication as the version-of-record at GeoScienceWorld. “Hybrid open access” was adopted in 2014, and S. Afr. J. Geol. moved from periodical to continuous publication in 2018. Continuing to take place in South Africa are content production and quarterly printing of S. Afr. J. Geol.

M. W. 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).
Scientific Editor
Prof. Marlina Elburg

Department of Geology
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Managing Editor
Dr. George Henry

Department of Geology
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Technical Editor
Michael W. Knoper

Geol. Soc. S. Afr.
GSSA Publications
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Editorial Board 2023 to 2026
S.E. Scheiber-Enslin
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
J.-F. Moyen
Université Jean Monnet, France
A.J. Bumby
University of Pretoria, South Africa
C. Penn-Clarke
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Editorial Board 2023 to 2026 cont’d
M.B. Demlie
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
G.T. Nwaila
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
M. Ferentinou
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

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