Formats and Publishing Criteria

Authors should read this section before making a submission to GEUS Bulletin, especially if this is your first submission.

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Journal remit and readership

GEUS Bulletin publishes geoscience research papers with a focus on Denmark, Greenland and the wider North Atlantic and Arctic regions. The journal serves a broad geoscientific readership from research, industry, government agencies, NGOs and special interest groups. We welcome submissions that fit this remit.

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Article types

GEUS Bulletin publishes two main categories of articles: (1) short articles (up to 6 pages), in a rapid-communication style that are of immediate interest to the geoscience community, and (2) regular articles (up to 20 pages) with fewer restrictions on the total word count and number of display items.

Short articles

These short articles often provide first accounts of ongoing research projects, case studies or descriptions of new methods under development, early publication of which may be of interest to scientists in this field, or another related field. Authors can choose one of the following types of short articles:

  • RESEARCH ARTICLE | SHORT – documenting new results from a complete or ongoing research project.
  • REVIEW ARTICLE | SHORT – a mini-review of literature on a topical subject.
  • DATA ARTICLE | SHORT – documenting a new or updated dataset. These articles should be accompanied by a (DOI) link to the dataset in a recognised data repository. Read more in our data sharing and reproducibility policy.
  • METHOD ARTICLE | SHORT – documenting a new or updated method relevant to the geoscientific community.

These articles are limited in space to 6 pages of typeset manuscript. This roughly corresponds to 3000 words and a maximum of 4 mid-sized (half page) display items (figures and tables). Authors can submit supplementary files to document technical but essential information regarding methods (sample collection, preparation, analyses and statistical treatment of data), and additional figures and tables that add deeper context and additional documentation of the results.

We request a review turnaround time of 2 weeks for these submissions, though the actual return time depends on the reviewers’ availability.

Read more about how to format your submission, including additional information on word and display item limits in our guidelines: preparing an initial submission.

Regular articles

These articles document original research or a literature review and are ideal for submissions that require extra space or additional figures and tables that would otherwise exceed the limits of a short-format article.

Authors can choose one of the following types of regular articles:

  • RESEARCH ARTICLE – documenting new results, datasets or methods.
  • REVIEW ARTICLE – a literature review on a subject of interest to the geoscience community.

These articles are limited in space to 20 pages of typeset manuscript. Authors can submit supplementary files to document additional explanatory text, figures or tables that provide useful, though not essential, information. Any information or data that are essential to understanding the line of argument and conclusions developed in the manuscript should be presented in the main text.

We request a review turnaround time of 6 weeks for these submissions, though the actual return time depends on the reviewers’ availability.

Read more about how to format your submission, including additional information on word and display item limits in our guidelines: Preparing an initial submission.

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Publishing criteria

At GEUS Bulletin, our editorial team believes that the role of a scientific journal is to provide the professional services and resources needed to read and publish peer-reviewed scholarly research. This includes managing the peer-review process, encouraging transparency and ethical reporting of scientific results, and providing a modern, user-friendly and reliable platform for publication and long-term preservation of the scientific record.

We do not set arbitrary editorial restrictions on an article’s perceived ‘novelty’ or ‘impact’. We do not prioritise articles for publication based on the perceived popularity of a certain topic, nor do we penalise articles for focusing on a single study site without seeking a larger, regional or global application of their findings.

We do, however, require that the following criteria are met before an article is published on our platform:

  1. An article should fall within the journal’s remit.
  2. An article must document fully the methods used. This includes any field methods and sample collection, software, laboratory analyses and statistical treatments of data.
  3. Articles must contain a clear rationale for the study. This includes a clearly formulated research question, aims and objectives.
  4. Conclusions must always be supported by the data presented and the methodology described.
  5. Articles must be written in clear (UK) English and follow a logical structure.
  6. An article must not have been published before in a peer-reviewed journal or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

In submitting an article to GEUS Bulletin, authors agree to our policies on authorship, and intellectual property. In publishing an article in GEUS Bulletin, authors consent to publishing their work under the conditions described in the journal’s policies on open access and copyright and licensing.

Where relevant, our editorial team will explain how a manuscript falls short of these criteria and recommend steps that the corresponding author might take to rectify them.

Note that manuscripts are rarely rejected because of poorly written English or structural issues, alone. However, a published article must be understandable, with well-written English and a logical structure. Our editorial team will always discuss such issues with the corresponding author and advise them on how to proceed.

Related information is available in the following pages: Editorial process and peer review, Preparing an initial submission and Reviewer instructions

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