Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Geologica Acta welcomes

  • Relevant conceptual developments in any area of the Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Studies presenting regional synthesis.
  • Thematic issues or monographic volumes.
  • Short papers reflecting interesting results or works in progress.
  • Geologica Acta aims to stimulate rapid diffusion of results and efficient exchange of ideas between the widespread communities of Earth Science researchers.

Geologica Acta publication advantages

  • Paper length according to interest and need.
  • Quick publication; six months for express papers, 12 months for full length papers.
  • Attractive format and high quality printing no page charges.
  • Open access journal with no publication fee.

Geologica Acta diffusion

  • World wide diffusion in printed and electronic format.
  • Free full-text availability online.
  • Inclusion of additional material (data sets, color figures, maps) online.
  • Alerting of the publication to interested researchers included in our data base.


Section Policies


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Short note

Short Notes, for rapid high impact publication (no more than 10 double-line-spaced pages, including tables and figures).

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Biochronology of the South Pyrenean Cenozoic, in memoriam Josep Serra-Kiel

  • Xavier Delclòs
  • Alejandro Gallardo
  • Carles Martín Closas
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Journal Policies

Open Access

Geologica Acta is an Open Access journal. It allows free access to and distribution of published and forthcoming articles, making research and science available for everyone and providing authors with worldwide rapid difussion.

Open Journal System

Geologica Acta works with the Open Journal System, a journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project. Manuscript submission and peer review process proceeds totally online.

Publishin in Geologica Acta by the Open Journal System provides the author a Creative Commons-UB copyright, as well as a complete assistance at every stage of the publishing process.


Declaration of publishing ethics and best practices for scientific journals

We promote the open access publication of digital journals and endeavours to guarantee quality and conscientiousness in the transfer of scientific knowledge. We are committed to ensuring that the articles it publishes and the publishing process itself observe the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).(1) It is therefore essential that all of the stakeholders in this process—journal editors, reviewers, technical editors and authors—know and act according to the Code.

Journal editors should:

ensure that the decision to publish is not dependent on the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, country of origin, citizenship or political persuasion;

publish regular updates on the responsibilities of authors, submission requirements, the arbitration system used to select the articles and the evaluation criteria to be applied by reviewers;

publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed and not make use of any article received for UB-specific research assignments without the author’s consent; 

guarantee confidentiality during the review process, meaning (a) the anonymity of reviewers and authors and the confidentiality of the content of the articles, the reports submitted by reviewers and any other type of correspondence with or between the editorial, consultant and scientific committees and (b) confidentiality in the correspondence between the author and the journal committees or reviewers when the author wishes to clarify, change or complain about some aspect of the article;

make certain that the integrity of articles already published is respected; 

act swiftly to eliminate from the journal or refuse to publish any article that has been found to plagiarise information from other sources.


Authors should:

understand that they are responsible for all submitted content; 

notify the journal editors of any errors in their published articles so that the appropriate corrections can be made; 

guarantee that the article and associated materials are original and do not infringe on the rights of third-party authors and, when there are co-authors, guarantee that the consent of all the authors is obtained before the article goes to press. Reviewers and technical editors should apply revisions that are objective, informed, critical, constructive and unbiased, where acceptance or rejection is based only on the work’s relevance, originality, interest to the public in question and compliance with the style and content regulations in the evaluation criteria;

meet deadlines when this is possible and promptly inform the journal editor when it is not; 

avoid sharing, spreading or reproducing any information from articles still under review without permission from the corresponding journal editors or authors.


(1) http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_0.pd


Privacy Statement

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project (PKP) in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.
Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights”, which include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

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