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Submission Guide

The guide below provides brief instructions to authors of Geophysics.
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  • Material should show relevance of a geophysical method to petroleum, mining, geothermal, groundwater, environmental, or engineering applications.

Preparing your Paper for Submission

  • Please note that on 1 January 2018, Geophysics began using double-blind peer review and reviewers must not see names and affiliations of authors before and during peer review. This is a significant change for authors because the title page now must be uploaded as a separate document and the Acknowledgments section must not be included until final acceptance. Please see the section on Peer Review for more information on double-blind review.
  • A scientific paper can be divided into sections: title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgments,appendices, and references. There is some flexibility in labeling these components, but they should be clearly identifiable and should follow in order.
  • Your paper will not begin review until these items are completed:
    • Have I followed the requirements for not numbering sections and headings?
    • Does my abstract summarize outcomes and not contain references to the paper or other documents?
    • Have I removed references from the conclusions section?
    • Have I included all authors in the submission system and in the paper’s byline?
    • Is my document one column wide?
    • Have I submitted a clean version of the document with all tracked edits accepted?
    • Have I included references and followed the style instructions for the reference list?
    • Have I clearly labeled sections of the paper with headings, such as “Abstract, Introduction, Methods.”
    • Have I labeled figures as “Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.”?
    • Are my figures clear with self-explaining captions?
    • Have I properly numbered equations and followed style guidelines for vectors, matrices, and tensors?
    • Have I included a running head?
    • Have I uploaded a separate title page?
    • Have I removed the acknowledgment section and removed references to funders and project names throughout the paper to help preserve author anonymity?
    • Have I removed my affiliation from figures?
    • Have I removed identifying information, including author names, from file names and document properties?
    • Have I limited self-references only to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submission?
    • If my paper is intended to be considered for the Geophysical Software and Algorithms section, have I uploaded code?
    • If my paper is intended to be a Letters paper, have I followed the Letters requirements?
  • These resources may help you with grammar, formatting, and organization.
    • SEG partners with Editage to provide SEG authors with a discount on presubmission manuscript-preparation services including English editing and formatting. Visit to receive a quote.
    • How To Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, sixth edition (2006, Greenwood Press), by Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel, is a useful guide for preparing and organizing a technical paper.
    • For details on style and usage, such as capitalization, punctuation, etc., refer to the University of Chicago Press' The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.
    • The dictionaries you should use are Webster's Third New International Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.
    • The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, fourth edition, by R. E. Sheriff, is SEG's standard for terms particular to geophysical technology. It also contains the preferred SI units and abbreviations for units. Revised versions of the fourth edition were published in 2006 and 2011.
    • Word templates are available for initial submission including a separate title page and separate main body and also for final acceptance including one file for the title page and main body. LaTeX packages are also available. The file “Manuscript style Geophysics paper” should be used for submission prior to final acceptance. It does not include the author byline. Please also note that Acknowledgments should not be included in the version for review and will need to be commented out of the file. Authors will need to submit a separate title page to preserve anonymity. The file “Manuscript style Geophysics with author information (no double-blind review)” includes the author byline and should be used only for submission of production files after acceptance.
    • Read a detailed description of style for headings, text, equations, units, references, tables, and figures. (link to Instructions to authors)

ScholarOne Submission Steps

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  1. Manuscript type: Indicate if submitting to a special section or if your paper is a case history, discussion, software and algorithms paper that includes code, Letters, tutorial, reply to a discussion, or a regular technical paper
  2. Enter the title
  3. Enter a running head
  4. Enter the abstract
  5. Enter the plain language summary
  6. Select keywords from list
  7. Select area of expertise
  8. Check primary author information and add secondary authors
  9. Suggest up to five reviewers to recommend or oppose
  10. Enter a cover letter
  11. Is there funding to report for this submission? If yes, click add funder and locate the funding agency.
  12. Indicate the availability of data and associated material.
  13. Enter the employment source code: Consultant, government, retired, university, oil company, research institute, mining company, instrument company, service/manufacturer
  14. Color illustrations: Do you have color to submit: Yes/No/NA
  15. Upload files:
    • Must upload a main-body file.
    • Can include figures in review version.
    • Upload title page separately.
  16. Review and submit

Supplemental Files

  • Geophysics authors may submit movie, sound, and other types of ancillary files for publication along with the manuscripts they are intended to augment. These files should be uploaded to the online peer-review system along with the manuscript. A note accompanying the submission should indicate that an ancillary file has been submitted for review with the intention that it be published online with the paper. If the manuscript and the ancillary file are accepted for publication, the file will be published online in conjunction with the paper.
  • A representative "still" image taken from the video is required for use as a placeholder for the video file in PDFs and print. This still image is not intended to convey meaning about the content of the video; rather, it will be used as a static representation of the video file. Care should be taken to extract an image from the video which has reasonable clarity of fine lines and details.

Review and Editing Procedures

  • Reviewers and other members of the editorial staff cannot legally use a submitted manuscript, including any associated code or essential multimedia, for any purpose other than the review process until a copyright-transfer form or license agreement is executed and received by the Society.
  • As of 1 January 2018, Geophysics began using a double-blind review process. Author names and institutions are not revealed to the reviewers, and reviewers are anonymous unless they choose to be identified by signing their reviews. Editors proposed to change from single- to double-blind review in 2015 with the aim of reducing as much as possible either positive or negative bias that may affect the review process. After thorough evaluation and an author survey, editors decided in 2017 to introduce double-blind review beginning 1 January 2018.
  • If the SEG Editor or an Assistant Editor decides that a submitted manuscript is relevant for Geophysics, it is sent to an appropriate Associate Editor, who secures detailed reviews from two or three knowledgeable, unbiased people. The reviewers send their comments to the Associate Editor, who forwards them, along with a recommendation, to an Assistant Editor. After considering the reviewers' comments and the Associate Editor's opinion and recommendation, the Editor or an Assistant Editor corresponds with the author. The Editor accepts, rejects, or requests modifications in the paper and sends the reviewers' and Associate Editor's comments to the author. Because few papers are accepted for publication without author revisions, a second review is usually necessary

Geophysics Letters

  • Since 2005, Geophysics has published articles classified as "Geophysics Letters," which are published on an accelerated schedule (typically no more than eight months from submission to publication). These concise articles present important scientific advances likely to have immediate influence on the research of other investigators.
  • The guidelines for organizing and submitting any Geophysics article apply to letters also, including the requirement that the paper include an abstract. In addition, the following are requirements specific to Geophysics Letters:
    • Authors must designate a Geophysics Letters submission as such when submitting the paper.
    • Authors must identify at least four potential reviewers.
    • Authors must include figures and captions at the end of their manuscripts and not within the text, even when submitting for review, so that page estimates can be calculated.
    • In the cover letter, authors should include a clear statement as to why the manuscript is suitable to be published in Geophysics Letters.
  • Geophysics Letters papers cannot exceed four typeset pages.

Author Fees

  • Page charges are mandatory for SEG members whose papers submitted on or after 1 February 2020 exceed 10 published pages at US$275 for the 11th page and each subsequent page. Papers by member authors submitted prior to 1 February 2020 incur page charges of $225 per published page beyond 10 pages.
  • For papers submitted on or after 1 February 2020, if none of the authors is an SEG member in good standing, page charges of US$325 per published page apply. For papers submitted prior to 1 February 2020 by nonmember authors, the charge is US$275 per published page.
  • Color charges are voluntary for all authors.
  • A reasonable estimate of the paper’s published length is the number of words in the text divided by 1000 plus 35% of the number of figures and tables.

Hardship Relief

  • SEG levies page and color charges from authors of Geophysics articles to help offset production expenses. Yet the Society does not intend for these charges to prevent any author from publishing in the journal. SEG expects that all authors with the personal, research-grant, or institutional resources to pay voluntary and mandatory page charges and voluntary color charges will do so.
  • Authors may appeal for hardship relief from some or all charges at the time of acceptance if they can answer yes or not applicable to all of the following questions:
    1. Is at least one author an SEG member?
    2. If the paper is projected to be more than 10 pages in length, would shortening it to 10 or fewer pages unduly compromise the quality of technical communication?
    3. If the paper includes color figures, would converting some or all of the figures to black and white unduly compromise the quality of the technical communication?

Open Access

Geophysics Manuscript Processing Flow

Geophysics Manuscript Review and Processing Schedules

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