Submission to Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences is understood to imply that the manuscript is original, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscript must be submitted through our online submission system.

Before starting the online submission process, please make sure you have the following available:

  1. A file with your manuscript text (title page, list of authors, their email and affiliations, abstract, article body, captions and tables) in one of the most common document file formats (preferably .doc, .docx or .rtf), we do not accept manuscript in Latex or Tex.
  2. The image files (preferably in .tiff or .jpg format) to be uploaded as separate files.
  3. A file with your complete manuscript — text + figures — in pdf format, which will be helpful to facilitate the reviewers' work and to avoid any formatting problems. Authors are requested to number the pages of the paper.
  4. A list of 2 to 5 suggested reviewers. For each potential reviewer the following information must be reported: Name and Family name; Institutional Address (University/Institution Department); web page (if any); E-mail address. It is anyway option of the Associate Editors to accept or decline this suggestion.

Manuscript preparation:

Title page: The title page must include the title, author first and last names, full institutional addresses of all authors, and correspondence email for proofs. If the title is longer than 40 characters, you must provide a shortened form of 40 characters or fewer to appear as a running head above the pages of the published paper and on the cover label.

Abstract: The abstract should be intelligible to the general reader without reference to the text. After a brief introduction of the topic, the summary recapitulates the key points of the article and mentions possible directions for prospective research. Reference citations should not be included in this section and abbreviations should not be included without explanations.

Subject classification:  In order to condense the main topic of the paper, five key-words must be chosen.

Sections: The headings of all sections, including introduction, methods, results, discussions and conclusions must be numbered. Use English spelling. Define all technical terms, symbols, acronyms, and abbreviations. Cite all figures and tables in numerical order. Define all abbreviations and acronyms once at beginning. If your first language is not English, ask for a help with the grammar, as a paper whose meaning is unclear may be refused.

Data and sharing resources: In this section all data sources that are not taken from published works, referenced in the References list, should be indicated. If an online database is used, then it should be included here. If there is a published work describing the database, then that work can be included in the References. However, online databases should not be included in the References. After indicating the data source, the link to the corresponding web or FTP site should be explicit.

Appendices: All material required to understand the essential aspects of the paper such as experimental methods, data, and interpretation should preferably be included in the main text. Additional figures, tables, as well as technical and theoretical developments which are not critical to support the conclusion of the paper, but which provide extra detail and/or support useful for experts in the field and whose inclusion in the main text would disrupt the flow of descriptions or demonstrations may be presented as appendices. These should be labelled with capital letters: Appendix A, Appendix B etc. Equations, figures and tables should be numbered as (A1), Fig. B5 or Table C6, respectively. Please keep in mind that appendices are part of the manuscript whereas supplements (see below) are published along with the manuscript.

Acknowledgements: They should be included only if necessary, should be brief and placed at the end of the article and before the references. Grant or contribution numbers can be included.

References: Manuscript should make proper and sufficient reference to the relevant formal literature.

Works cited in a manuscript has to be accepted for publication, published already, or in press. Works that are at review should not be cited in the references but can be referred to as personal communications. Works "submitted to", "in preparation", "in review", or only available as “preprint” cannot be included in the reference list. Theses and unpublished reports may be cited as references only if they are publicly available online. Otherwise they should be detailed in the acknowledgements.

In-text citations can be displayed as “Smith (2009)”, or “(Smith 2009)”. If the author's name is part of the sentence structure only the year is put in parentheses. If the author's name is not part of the sentence, name and year are put in parentheses. If you refer to multiple references at the same position all references are put in parentheses separated by semicolons “(Smith 2009; Mueller et al. 2010)”.

References have to be listed alphabetically at the end of the manuscript under the first author's name. References should follow the style of examples below and the DOI number for a paper should be given at the end of the reference if available (example, doi:10.4401/ag-6099):


Passmore, J.A. (1974). Man’s Responsibility for Nature: Ecological Problems and Western Traditions. Duckworth, London, 213 p., ISBN 978-0715608197.

Wyss, M. and Peppoloni, S., Eds. (2014). Geoethics, Ethical Challenges and Case Studies in Earth Sciences. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 450 p., ISBN 978-0127999357. doi:10.1016/C2013-0-09988-4.

Paper in a journal

Lenton, T.M., Rockström, J., Gaffney, O., Rahmstorf, S., Richardson, K., Steffen, W. and Schellnhuber, H.J. (2019). Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against. Nature, 575, 592-595. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03595-0.

Peppoloni, S. and Di Capua, G. (2012). Geoethics and geological culture: awareness, responsibility and challenges. Annals of Geophysics, 55(3), 335-341. doi:10.4401/ag-6099.

Paper in a book or memoir

Peppoloni, S., Bilham, N., and Di Capua, G. (2019). Contemporary Geoethics within Geosciences. In: Bohle, M. (Ed.), Exploring Geoethics: Ethical Implications, Societal Contexts, and Professional Obligations of the Geosciences. Palgrave Pivot, Cham, pp. 25-70. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12010-8_2.

Full paper, extended abstract or abstract in conference proceedings

Bellaubi, F., Mallarach, J.M. and Sardá, R. (2020). A geoethical approach to the governance of social-ecological systems: the case of Delta del Tordera (Cataluna). Actas XI Congreso Ibérico de Gestión y Planificación del Agua, p. 787–800. (accessed 9 March 2022).

Drąsutė, V., Corradi, S., Peppoloni, S., Di Capua, G. (2020). Geoethics and New Medias: Sharing Knowledge and Values. In: 10th The Future of Education International Conference – Virtual, Conference Proceedings, Filodiritto Editore, Bologna. (accessed 8 January 2022).

Woo, K.S. (2017). Role of IUCN WCPA Geoheritage Specialist Group for geoheritage conservation and recognition of World Heritage Sites, Global Geoparks and other protected areas. Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol. 19, EGU2017-1137.


IAPG website (accessed 15 February 2022). International Association for Promoting Geoethics:

Figures: It is important for the production process that separate figures are submitted. Composite figures containing multiple panels should be collected into one file before submission. The figures should be labelled correctly with Arabic numerals (e.g. fig01, fig02). They can be submitted in .tiff or .jpg, format and should have a resolution of 300 dpi. Given that resolution, figure dimensions should be correlated to the image complexity and legibility. All figures must be included also in the pdf file summarizing the complete manuscript. A legend should clarify all symbols used and should appear in the figure itself, rather than verbal explanations in the captions. The abbreviation "Fig." should be used when it appears in running text and should be followed by a number unless it comes at the beginning of a sentence, e.g.: "The results are depicted in Fig. 5. Figure 9 reveals that...".

Tables: They should be numbered sequentially with Arabic numbers. For the production of the accepted manuscript, they should be submitted as MS WORD. Tables submitted as a PDF or an image file cannot be processed. Each table must have a title; column heads should be brief and should contain units of measurement in parentheses (if any). Present each table on a separate page. Generally, tables will be re-formatted in order to follow the journal style. But in some cases, they will be reproduced as they are written. So, for particularly dense information, the authors are invited to produce their tables in pdf format, ready for reproduction. Tables should be self-explanatory and include a concise, yet sufficiently descriptive caption. Please note that the word "Table" is never abbreviated and should be capitalized when followed by a number (e.g. Table 4).

Mathematical notation and terminology:

Mathematical symbols and formulae: in general, mathematical symbols are typeset in italics. The most notable exceptions are function names (e.g., sin, cos), chemical formulas, and physical units, which are all typeset in roman (upright) font. Matrices are printed in boldface, and vectors in boldface italics. Equations should be numbered sequentially with Arabic numerals in parentheses on the right-hand side, e.g. (1), (2). When using Word, the equation editor and not the graphic mode should be used under all circumstances. In the text, equations should be referred to by the abbreviation "Eq." and the respective number in parentheses, e.g., "Eq. (14)".

Units: Except where common practice indicates otherwise, units should follow the International System of Units (SI).

Date and time: 22 June 2021 (dd month yyyy), 15:17:02 (hh:mm:ss). Often it is necessary to specify the time if referring to local time or universal time coordinated. This can be done by adding "LT" or "UTC", respectively. If needed when referring to years, CE (common era) and BCE (before the common era) should be used instead of AD and BC since CE and BCE are more appropriate in interfaith dialogue and science.