Guide for Authors
The Journal of Structural Geology publishes on the structural geology of the Earth and other planets and moons, including related contributions in rheology, geophysics, geochemistry, geodynamics, and tectonics. Papers may cover applied aspects of structural geology such as structural controls on mineral and hydrocarbon deposits, rock mechanics and neotectonics. We focus on papers that employ appropriate combinations of field data, geometric analysis, laboratory experiments and observations, computer visualization and analogue or numerical modelling on all scales, and new educational approaches to structural geology.
Types of paper
There are six types of contributions:
Original Research Paper, Pedagogical Paper, Review Paper, Comment/Reply to Comment, and Letter to the Editors. In addition, one Photograph of the Month is published in each volume. All contributions are subject to peer review except Comment/Replies to Comments, and Letters to the Editors.The Photograph of the Month is reviewed by the Chief Editor.
Original Research Papers are the standard type of contribution which must present original results.Pedagogical Papers will be considered for occasional publication. They may be authoritative reviews of established concepts, comprehensive explanations of new theory, or descriptions of practical devices. Papers should be clearly illustrated by examples. Authors that wish their papers to be considered on pedagogical merit should emphasize this in their letter of submission.
Review Papers should give a succinct, thorough overview of the current state of research in a particular field but may contain some new, unpublished material that helps to frame the state of our current understanding with respect to the particular field. Submission of Review Papers should be discussed with the Chief Editor before submission through the EES.Comments on papers published in the Journal of Structural Geology must be submitted within six months of the publication of the online version of the paper. The authors addressed by the Comment will be allowed one month in which to submit a Reply. Both Comment and Reply will be limited to a maximum of three printed pages each, and will be accepted at the discretion of the handling Editor. Comments and replies do not need an abstract.
Letters to the Editors, carrying opinions, views, or other matter of general interest to the structural geological community will be considered for occasional publication. Letters to the Editors should have a maximum length of one printed page, and should be addressed directly to the Chief Editor, before submission through the EES.Photograph of the Month Authors and readers of the Journal of Structural Geology are welcome to submit a Photograph of the Month, which, if accepted, will be published at the start of a printed monthly issue in black and white, and in ScienceDirect in colour. Photographs of spectacular and special structures should be submitted at high resolution, and include a caption of maximum 300 words specifying geographical coordinates and the name of the photographer. Since the text is a figure caption that is not part of a regular paper, full postal and email address of the author are not included, but the author's city and country can be added. Any references should be embedded in the text using this format: (Name, initials. Year. Journal name written out, volume number, first page). Only specify the name of the first author, add 'et al.' in case there are more authors and do not include the title of the contribution. Photograph and caption should be submitted as attachments in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Ethics in publishing
For information on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication see http://www.elsevier.com/publishingethics and http://www.elsevier.com/journal-authors/ethics.
Conflict of interestSubmission declaration
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. See also http://www.elsevier.com/conflictsofinterest. Further information and an example of a Conflict of Interest form can be found at: http://help.elsevier.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/286/p/7923.
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, see http://www.elsevier.com/postingpolicy), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
Changes to authorshipCopyright
This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts:
Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Manager to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed.
After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.
This journal offers authors a choice in publishing their research: Open Access and Subscription.
For Subscription articlesFor Open Access articles
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (for more information on this and copyright, see http://www.elsevier.com/copyright). An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations (please consult http://www.elsevier.com/permissions). If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases: please consult http://www.elsevier.com/permissions.
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete an 'Exclusive License Agreement' (for more information see http://www.elsevier.com/OAauthoragreement). Permitted reuse of open access articles is determined by the author's choice of user license (see http://www.elsevier.com/openaccesslicenses).
Retained author rightsRole of the funding source
As an author you (or your employer or institution) retain certain rights. For more information on author rights for:
Subscription articles please see http://www.elsevier.com/journal-authors/author-rights-and-responsibilities.
Open access articles please see http://www.elsevier.com/OAauthoragreement.
You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated. Please see http://www.elsevier.com/funding.
Funding body agreements and policiesOpen access
Elsevier has established agreements and developed policies to allow authors whose articles appear in journals published by Elsevier, to comply with potential manuscript archiving requirements as specified as conditions of their grant awards. To learn more about existing agreements and policies please visit http://www.elsevier.com/fundingbodies.
This journal offers authors a choice in publishing their research:
Open AccessAll articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Permitted reuse is defined by your choice of one of the following Creative Commons user licenses:
• Articles are freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse
• An Open Access publication fee is payable by authors or their research funder
• Articles are made available to subscribers as well as developing countries and patient groups through our access programs (http://www.elsevier.com/access)
• No Open Access publication fee
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY): lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, and do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation.
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text and data mine the article, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation, and license their new adaptations or creations under identical terms (CC BY-NC-SA).
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.
To provide Open Access, this journal has a publication fee which needs to be met by the authors or their research funders for each article published Open Access.Language (usage and editing services)
Your publication choice will have no effect on the peer review process or acceptance of submitted articles.
The publication fee for this journal is $3300, excluding taxes. Learn more about Elsevier's pricing policy: http://www.elsevier.com/openaccesspricing.
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's WebShop (http://webshop.elsevier.com/languageediting/) or visit our customer support site (http://support.elsevier.com) for more information.
Submit your articleReferees
Please submit your article via http://ees.elsevier.com/sg
Authors should provide the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of five suggested reviewers with the manuscript.
We accept supplementary material to support and enhance scientific research. Supplementary files offer the author additional possibilities to publish supporting applications, movies, animation sequences, high-resolution images, background datasets, sound clips and more. Supplementary files supplied will be published online alongside the electronic version of an article in Elsevier Web products, including ScienceDirect: http://www.sciencedirect.com. In order to ensure that the submitted material is directly usable, data should be provided in one of our recommended file formats. Authors should submit the material in electronic format together with the article and supply a concise and descriptive caption for each file. It should be understood that the supplementary data is also subject to peer review, and should be submitted to the journal together with the original manuscript.
Manuscript PreparationPaper Length: Papers should be written in the most concise form possible. Papers will typically be limited to a maximum of 18 printed pages or 15000 words equivalent. Estimates should be made, prior to submission, according to the following: text occupies c. 900 words per page, line drawings, photographic figures and tables will be reduced as appropriate. Reference lists represent approximately 1450 words per page. For review purposes, reduce the resolution of the figures and check that the size of the PDF that is produced by the EES does not exceed 10 Mb.
Manuscript format: Manuscripts must be prepared in single-column, double-spaced format using a font size of 12 pt. Continuous line numbering must be included throughout. In MS Word, the correction mode should be switched off, otherwise comments and corrections may appear in the final PDF.
At least three files should be included: a Cover letter, the Manuscript, and Highlights. In addition, a separate file for any figures needs to be prepared. Multiple figures can be combined in one file as separate pages, or each figure can be uploaded separately.Cover letter:
In the cover letter a particular handling editor may be indicated. Revised submissions, including rewritten manuscripts that have been previously rejected should include the original submission number in their cover letter. Submissions for a Special Issue must state this in their cover letter. A revised manuscript should also contain a detailed rebuttal letter explaining how the referees comments have been answered.
Follow this order when composing manuscripts: Front page, Abstract, Main text, Acknowledgements, References, Figure Captions, Tables, Appendices. Do not import Figures or Tables into your text - these should appear at the end.
The front page must include:
- Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
- Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please present the correct family name in CAPITALS. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, the e-mail address of each author.
- Corresponding author. Clearly indicate the corresponding author by an asterisk. This person will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Include, for the corresponding author, telephone numbers (with country and area code) in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.
- Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a "Present address" (or "Permanent address") may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.
- Keywords. Authors are requested to supply 4-6 keywords on the front page that can be used for indexing/abstracting purposes.
An Abstract in English should be provided with all papers, including Review Papers. The abstract, not exceeding 200 words, should be informative and independent of the paper. It should not contain references. During submission you must copy/paste your abstract in the box requiring the abstract. Nevertheless, you should also include your abstract in the manuscript.The Main text should be subdivided as follows. Primary headings should be bold, left justified and numbered consecutively beginning with 1. at the Introduction. Secondary headings should italicized, left justified, and numbered 1.1., and so on. Tertiary headings are numbered 1.1.1., 1.1.2., etc. The Editors reserve the right to request changes in style to certain standards of uniformity. Figures or tables should not be embedded in the text, but please indicate where a figure or table should preferably appear in the text (e.g. 'insert Table 1' or 'Figure 2 here').
References: All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. Non-published material, included papers in preparation cannot be included in the reference list. In the text refer to the author's name (without initials) and year of publication (e.g. "Since Peterson (1993) has shown that..." or "This is in agreement with results obtained later (Alexius and Naso, 1976; Kramer, 1994)." For three or more authors use the first author followed by "et al.", in the text. Sort multiple citations in the text chronologically and then alphabetically, separate them by a semi-colon e.g. (Sprunt and Nur, 1976; Hickman and Evans, 1995; Lehner, 1995). The list of references at the end of the paper should be arranged alphabetically by authors' last names. The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of authors' names and dates in the text correspond with the reference list. References should be given in the following form:
Albee, H.F., Cullins, H.L., 1975. Geologic map of the Alpine Quadrangle, Bonneville County, Idaho, and Lincoln County Wyoming. United States Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map GQ-1259, scale 1:24,000.Burnham, C.W., 1970. The importance of volatile constituents. In: Yoder, H.S. (Ed.), The Evolution of Igneous Rocks. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 439-474.
Di Toro, G., 2003. Processes on fault surfaces of seismic shear zones. Ph.D. thesis, University of Padova.Gavinius, M., Agger, G., 2003. Geology of the Monte Artemisio, Italy. Leidsche Geologische Mededelingen 75, 23-45.
Guilbert, J.M., Park, C.F., 1986. The Geology of Ore Deposits. Freeman and Company, New York.Kanagawa, K., 1996. Simulated pressure fringes, vorticity, and progressive deformation. In: De Paor, D.G. (Ed.), Structural Geology and Personal Computers. Computer Methods in the Geosciences 15, 259-283.
Lesher, C.E., Cashman, K.V., Mayfield, J.D., 1999. Kinetic controls on crystallization of Tertiary North Atlantic basalt and implications for the emplacement and cooling history of lava at Site 989, Southeast Greenland rifted margin. In: Larsen, H.C., Duncan, R.A., Allan, J.F., Brooks, K. (Eds.), Proceeding of the ODP, Scientific Results, 163, College Station, Texas (Ocean Drilling Program), 3-16.Li, Z.X., Metcalfe, I., Powell, C.M. (Eds.), 1996. Breakup of Rodinia and Gondwanaland and Assembly of Asia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 43.
Sanderson, D.J., 1982. Models of strain variation in nappes and thrust sheets: a review. In: Williams, G.D. (Ed.), Strain within Thrust Belts. Tectonophysics 88, 201-233.Stipp, M., Stunitz, H., Heilbronner, R., Schmid, S., 2002. The eastern tonalite fault zone: a 'natural laboratory' for crystal plastic deformation of quartz over a temperature range from 250 to 700°C. Journal of Structural Geology 24, 1861-1884.
Rowe CD., Meneghini F., Moore JC., 1999. Fluid-rich damage zone of an ancient out-of sequence thrust, Kodiak Islands, Alaska. Tectonics 28, TC1006, doi:10.1029/2007TC002126.Illustrations: Photographs, charts and diagrams are all to be referred to as "Fig(s)." or "Figure(s)" in the text. For reviewing purposes, each figure should be uploaded as a separate page at the smallest possible readable resolution and should carry a figure number and, if possible, the figure caption. Figures should be numbered consecutively in the order they are referred to in the text. In the revised version, please upload your figures at a high resolution that gives optimal figure quality.
Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred to in the text and given a suitable caption. Footnotes to tables should be typed below the table and should be referred to by superscript lowercase letters. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscript (e.g. in graphs).
Colour: Colour figures can be accepted. Colour figures will appear on the web (e.g., Science Direct and other sites) at no extra cost, but colour figures in the printed version will be charged at Euro 295 per figure. If you do not choose colour in print, please submit, in addition to all the colour illustrations, corresponding usable black and white versions.
Highlights: Highlights are mandatory for this journal and are not a copy of the abstract. They consist of 3 to 5 bullet points (maximum 85 characters per bullet point including spaces) that convey the core findings of the article. Prepare the highlights as a single-page file, and submit this separately from the main text, as prompted during the electronic submission process. Please use 'Highlights' in the file name and see http://www.elsevier.com/highlights for examples.Mathematics
- Authors should carefully check if equations are correctly presented in the PDF that is produced by the EES. Letters, used as variables, should be set in italic.
- Equations should be numbered serially on the right-hand side, in parentheses. In the text they should be referred to as Eq. (1); within mathematical expressions they may be referred to by numbers alone. Equations require normal punctuation
- Computer program listings, if appropriate, must be added as an Appendix.
SI times units must follow algebraic rules such as the distributive law: 100 Ma - 90 Ma = (100-90) Ma = 10 Ma, and so on. Similarly, rates and decay constants should be expressed in (ka)-1, (Ma)-1 or (Ga)-1.Submission
All manuscripts must be submitted electronically, at http://ees.elsevier.com/sg, except for Photograph of the Month contributions (these are submitted by Email, see above). There are 8 steps in the electronic submission process, which can be interrupted and saved to be continued at a later time. The website instructs you what to do at each step. Don't forget to include five potential reviewers, with their Email addresses, in step 7: 'Enter comment'. Step 8 involves uploading all material, to be ordered as specified. You can rearrange the order of uploaded files.
IMPORTANT:As a final check, you MUST download the PDF of your manuscript and check that it is complete and correct. Your submission will be complete and ready for processing only after you have confirmed that the PDF is correct.
A Graphical abstract is optional and should summarize the contents of the article in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership online. Authors must provide images that clearly represent the work described in the article. Graphical abstracts should be submitted as a separate file in the online submission system. Image size: Please provide an image with a minimum of 531 (height) × 1328 pixels (width) or proportionally larger. Preferred file types: TIFF, EPS, PDF or MS Office files. files. See http://www.elsevier.com/graphicalabstracts for examples.
When your manuscript is accepted it is considered to be in its final form. Proofs are not to be regarded as 'drafts'. One set of page proofs in PDF format will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author, to be checked for typesetting/editing. No changes in, or additions to, the accepted (and subsequently edited) manuscript will be allowed at this stage. Proofreading is solely your responsibility. A form with queries from the Copyeditor may accompany your proofs. Please answer all queries and make any corrections or additions required. The Publisher reserves the right to proceed with publication if corrections are not communicated. Return corrections within 3 days of receipt of the proofs. Should there be no corrections, please confirm this. Elsevier will do everything possible to get your article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. In order to do this we need your help. When you receive the (PDF) proof of your article for correction, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Subsequent corrections will not be possible, so please ensure your first sending is complete. Note that this does not mean you have any less time to make your corrections, just that only one set of corrections will be accepted.
The journal encourages authors to create an AudioSlides presentation with their published article. AudioSlides are brief, webinar-style presentations that are shown next to the online article on ScienceDirect. This gives authors the opportunity to summarize their research in their own words and to help readers understand what the paper is about. More information and examples are available at http://www.elsevier.com/audioslides. Authors of this journal will automatically receive an invitation e-mail to create an AudioSlides presentation after acceptance of their paper.
Data deposit and linkingGoogle Maps and KML files
Elsevier encourages authors to deposit raw data sets underpinning their research publication in data repositories, and to enable interlinking of articles and data. Please visit http://www.elsevier.com/databaselinking for more information on depositing and linking your data with a supported data repository.
KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files (optional): You can enrich your online articles by providing KML or KMZ files which will be visualized using Google maps. The KML or KMZ files can be uploaded in our online submission system. KML is an XML schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet-based Earth browsers. Elsevier will generate Google Maps from the submitted KML files and include these in the article when published online. Submitted KML files will also be available for downloading from your online article on ScienceDirect. For more information see http://www.elsevier.com/googlemaps. Use of the Digital Object Identifier
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The assigned DOI never changes. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document, particularly 'Articles in press' because they have not yet received their full bibliographic information. Example of a correctly given DOI (in URL format; here an article in the journal Physics Letters B):
When you use a DOI to create links to documents on the web, the DOIs are guaranteed never to change.
Online proof correctionReprints
Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with a link to our ProofCentral system, allowing annotation and correction of proofs online. The environment is similar to MS Word: in addition to editing text, you can also comment on figures/tables and answer questions from the Copy Editor. Web-based proofing provides a faster and less error-prone process by allowing you to directly type your corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors.
If preferred, you can still choose to annotate and upload your edits on the PDF version. All instructions for proofing will be given in the e-mail we send to authors, including alternative methods to the online version and PDF.
We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately - please upload all of your corrections within 48 hours. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility. Note that Elsevier may proceed with the publication of your article if no response is received.
The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail or, alternatively, 25 free paper offprints. The PDF file is a watermarked version of the published article and includes a cover sheet with the journal image and a disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use.
For inquiries relating to the submission of articles (including electronic submission) please visit this journal's homepage. For detailed instructions on the preparation of electronic artwork, please visit http://www.elsevier.com/artworkinstructions. Contact details for questions arising after acceptance of an article, especially those relating to proofs, will be provided by the publisher. You can track accepted articles at http://www.elsevier.com/trackarticle. You can also check our Author FAQs at http://www.elsevier.com/authorFAQ and/or contact Customer Support via http://support.elsevier.com.