Earth & Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Transactions is a general earth sciences journal publishing peer-reviewed research papers, reviews and short communications of international standard on all scientific aspects of the Earth and its surface environments, such as: petrology; economic geology; geophysics; geochemistry; mineralogy; palaeontology; tectonics and structural geology; sedimentology; volcanology; geomorphology; Quaternary studies; palaeoclimatology; hydrogeology; soil science; oceanography; environmental geology;and stratigraphy and related planetary sciences. The Editorial Board welcomes original manuscripts in the Earth and Environmental Sciences, and encourages proposals for Special Issues in these areas.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is committed to the widespread dissemination of scientific knowledge. Through the Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Society continues to encourage and support the international Earth Sciences community by:

  • publishing a journal of international standing and authorship;
  • publishing substantial papers on all scientific aspects of the earth and its surface environments; 
  • publishing without page charges;
  • reproducing photographs and artwork to the highest standard, where appropriate at a size larger than is customary; and
  • aiming to have papers reviewed within three months of submission, by at least two referees of international standing; and usually publishing within six months of acceptance of revised papers.

Current Volumes:

104 (2013); 105 (2014)

Price per volume: £281 /$530 (Online plus print); £256/$4275 (Online only)
Frequency: usually 4 issues per volume, one volume per year, c. 400 pp per volume
ISSN: 1755-6910 (electronic ISSN: 1755-6929)



Professor Paul BISHOP (Chairman & Editor-in-Chief), University of Glasgow

Professor Mike BENTON, University of Bristol

Professor Donald DAVIDSON, University of Stirling

Dr Doug FETTES, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh

Professor Susan WALDRON, University of Glasgow

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Information for authors

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Information for subscribers

As from 2007 (volume 98), the subscription fulfilment, distribution and marketing of this journal has been handled by Cambridge University Press.

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Online Version

As from 2007 (volume 98) the online version of the journal has been hosted by the Cambridge Journals Online service. 

This page on the CJO site ( also include links to back issues of the journal (Volumes 92-97 (2001-2006)), under its former title Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences.

Earlier volumes of Transactions (prior to 2001) are available from the RSE - please contact the RSE's Journals Officer, for availability and prices for complete issues and/or single articles.

Special Issues:

Transactions has, over the years, published a number of special volumes (often double issues) of specific interest; either proceedings of symposia, or issues made up of specially invited papers. These are available as follows:

The Late Cenozoic Ice Age - Volume 81.4 (1990)
The Second Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks - Volume 83.1/2 (1992)
Volcanism and Early Terrestrial Biotas - Volume 84.3/4 (1994, for 1993)
The Third Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks - Volume 87.1/2 (1996)
The Fourth Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks - Volume 91.1/2 (2000)
The Southern Uplands Terrane - Volume 91.3/4 (2001, for 2000)
Chelicerate Palaeobiology and Evolution - Volume 94.3 (2003)
The Rhynie chert Hot-Spring System: Geology, Biota and Mineralisation - Volume 94.4 (2004, for 2003)
The Fifth Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks - Volume 95.1/2 (2004)
Plutons and Batholiths (Wallace Pitcher Memorial Volume) - Volume 97.4 (2007, for 2006)
Holocene Environmental Change - Lessons from Small Oceanic Islands - Volume 98.1 (2007)
Brachiopod Research into the Third Millennium (Sir Alwyn Williams Memorial Volume) - Volume 98.3/4 (2007)
The Sixth Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks - Volume 100.1/2 (2010, for 2009)

Late Triassic Terrestrial Biotas and the Rise of Dinosaurs - Volume 101.3/4 (2011, for 2010)

Biochar - Special Section in Volume 103.1 (2012)

Facing up to Climate Change - Volume 103.2 (2012)

The Full Profession: A Celebration of the Life and Career of Wann Langston, Jr, Quintessential Vertebrate Palaeontologist - Volume 103.3/4 (2013, for 2012)

Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES XI Plenary Volume) - Volume 104.1 (2013)

Forthcoming Special Issues:

Fossil Insects of the Isle of Wight, Part I - Volume 104.3/4 (2013)

Our Hidden Geology and Geomorphology: Seabed Mapping in the 21st Century - papers from Conference, November 2013

The Geoscience Context for Europe's Urban Sustainability: Lessons from Glasgow and Beyond - papers from Conference,May 2014

Fossil Insects of the Isle of Wight, Part II

Rights and Permissions

Prior to 1995, copyright was held jointly by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the authors of individual papers. From 1995 onwards, authors have been asked to assign copyright solely to the RSE. Please contact the Journals Officer for permission to reproduce from Transactions.