Fast publication in Geology

Elsevier aims to offer you the fastest possible speed of publication, without compromising on the quality of our peer-review process. This is a promise the editorial and publishing teams work hard to keep. Every year we aim to improve the publication speed. It’s just one of the many reasons you should submit your research to one of Elsevier’s Geology journals.

Current review and production time averages for a selection of our Geology journals are highlighted below:

Journal First decision
submission to
first decision in weeks
Review speed
submission to
final decision in weeks
First online
acceptance to
citable online in weeks
Geomorphology 9.47 25.21 1.82
Global and Planetary Change 12.08 19.42 1.42
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 11.17 18.02 1.51
Quaternary Geochronology 10.50 26.27 2.16
Quaternary International 9.87 19.84 4.07
Quaternary Research 8.17 18.01 6.20
Quaternary Science Reviews 9.69 16.22 4.79  


  • First Decision: Average speed from submission until the first editorial decision (accept, reject, revise).
  • Review Speed: Average speed from submission until final editorial decision, this includes 'First Decision'.
  • First Online: Average speed from editorial acceptance to the final manuscript citable online with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Assigning Volume, Issue and page information will take longer.

The numbers used are from January – December 2014.

Disclaimer: The times stated have been analyzed with the utmost care. Nevertheless, no rights can be derived from it. All speeds mentioned are averages and individual times may vary.