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Mission & scope

Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) is a new, fully gold open access journal, owned and published by the Geological Society of London using the systems and services of Frontiers Media.

ES3 is dedicated to the publication of timely and topical research of high importance across the breadth of the geosciences.

The journal has a special focus on cross-disciplinary research that showcases the relevance of geoscience to sustainability in society. The journal welcomes contributions, which explores challenges such as:

  • Climate change – past, present and future
  • Energy transition, decarbonisation and critical materials
  • Hazards and risk – prediction, mitigation and reduction
  • Urban development and land-use dynamics
  • Habitable planet – terrestrial and extra-terrestrial life
  • Holocene-Anthropocene interface
  • Big data, data science and mathematical modelling
  • Sustainable and responsible natural resource management
  • Geohealth – the intersection of geoscience and health
  • Earth systems science – natural and social science interaction
  • Monitoring change – advances in technology and instrumentation
  • Geoscience communication and ethics

The journal is also concerned with broad research from across the geosciences. Subjects include but are not limited to:

  • Biogeoscience
  • Energy, exploration and resource geoscience
  • Engineering geology, hydrogeology and environmental geoscience
  • Geochemistry, geochronology and isotope geology
  • Quaternary geology, geomorphology and landscape evolution
  • Geophysics (geodynamics, seismology and geomagnetism)
  • Marine geoscience and paleoceanography
  • Metamorphic and igneous geology
  • Paleobiology and paleoenvironments
  • Planetary geoscience
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Structural geology and tectonics
  • Volcanology


  • Short name

    Earth Sci. Syst. Soc.

  • Abbreviation


  • Electronic ISSN


  • Indexed in

    1Science, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), Chinese Academy of Sciences GoOA, CLOCKSS, CNKI Scholar, CrossRef, DeepGreen, Dimensions, DOAJ, EBSCO, Figshare, GeoRef, Google Scholar, Jisc, MyScienceWork, OpenAIRE, Semantic Scholar, Sherpa/Romeo

Chief Editor: Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey, The Lyell Centre, United Kingdom



Earth Science, Systems and Society welcomes submissions of the following article types:  Original Research, Review, Perspective, Correction, Editorial, Letter to the Editor, and Special.

All manuscripts must be submitted directly to Earth Science, Systems and Society, where they are peer-reviewed.

Open Access Statement

Open access logo

Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) provides online free gold open access to the journal and all of its research publications.

Open Access funder and institutional mandates: ES3 is fully compliant with open access mandates, by publishing its articles under the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY). Funder mandates such as the Australian Research Council (Australia), as well as other funders, are fully compatible with publishing in ES3. Authors retain copyright of their work and can deposit their publication in any repository. The work can be freely shared and adapted provided that appropriate credit is given and any changes specified.


Each Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) article strives for the highest quality, thanks to genuinely collaborative interactions between authors, editors and reviewers. ES3 only applies the most rigorous and unbiased reviews, as established in the ES3 review guidelines.


Chief Editor: Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey,

The Lyell Centre, United Kingdom

Twitter: @kmgoodenough

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