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.

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 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) in the Millennium Collection at GeoScienceWorld. The Millennium Collection is “hybrid open access” — subscription based yet open access articles are also published.

GeoScienceWorld  S. Afr. J. Geol.  2000—


A freely accessible Supplemental Data repository provides for additional relevant data that expand specific articles published in S. Afr. J. Geol.

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Articles predating the year 2000 (Volumes 1–102):  the Richard & Morris Viljoen Heritage Collection at Sabinet. 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 Procedings of the Geological Society of South Africa (1903–1970). The Heritage Collection is “gratis open access” — in the African Journal Archive.

Sabinet  S. Afr. J. Geol.  1987 – 1999,  Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.  1896 – 1986,  Proc. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.  1903 – 1970


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 Technical Editor:
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S. Afr. J. Geol. is abstracted and indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science), Scopus, Geobase, Chemical Abstracts (CAS), GeoRef, Environment Index, and Academic Search Premier (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. For information regarding “fair use” and “special” permissions to reuse content published in 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.

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 from the Bureau of Scientific Publications and the Department of National Education for the production of the journal (for the period 1987 to 1997). 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 (colloquially known as “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 A. L. du Toit Memorial Lectures have been included in the journal (whenever corresponding articles have been submitted by the Lecturers).

In 2002 the South African Journal of Geology was published for the first time in digital format. This, after GSSA accepted an invitation to publish online by way of GeoScienceWorld;  a then inaugural publishing platform founded by a consortium of geoscience organisations. Subsequently, commencing with Volume 103 (March of 2000), S. Afr. J. Geol. is published at GeoScienceWorld as the version of record with production and printing continuing to take place in South Africa.

MW Knoper — excerpted, in 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).


Timeline:  S. Afr. J. Geol.

  • 2018—

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

  • 2018

    Early publication (ahead-of-print)
    Continuous publication / printed quarterly

  • 2015–2017

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

  • 2014

    “Hybrid open access” adopted
    Subscription based with open access

  • 2002–2014

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

  • 2002

    S. Afr. J. Geol. is published online
    Version of record at GeoScienceWorld

  • 1999–2001

    Editors: JM Barton Jr & LD Ashwal

  • 1994–1998

    Editor: S McCourt

  • 1987–1994

    Editor: CR Anhaeusser

  • 1987

    Renamed to S. Afr. J. Geol.
    Renamed from Trans. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.

  • 1982–1986

    Editor: CR Anhaeusser

  • 1976–1982

    Editor: T Stratten

  • 1974–1975

    Editor: EH Wainwright

  • 1971–1974

    Editor: DJL Visser

  • 1970

    Proc. Geol. Soc. S. Afr. is halted
    Final year of “Proceedings”

  • 1962–1970

    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

  • 1903

    Inclusion of Proc. Geol. Soc. S. Afr.
    GSSA procedural records first published

  • 1902–1903

    Editor: J Dampier Green

  • 1900–1901

    Lack of scientific transactions
    (Second) Boer War / Tweede Vryheidsoorlog

  • 1895–1901

    Editor: D Draper

  • 1895

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

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
mike.knoper@gssa.org.za

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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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Physical copy (print)
2020 annual subscription rate = ZAR2040
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2020 annual subscription rate = ZAR2040
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S. Afr. J. Geol., March 2020

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