Northeastern Geoscience

an online academic journal
of regional geological science
in northeastern North America

Northeastern Geoscience is a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing original research papers, review articles, and short notes focusing on the geologic setting of northeastern North America. The primay mode of publication is on-line. Contributions from all branches of the geological sciences are welcome.

Submissions are solicited in three primary categories:

  1. Research papers should be no more than 25 - 30 pages of published length (manuscript length = about 3 times the published length), and should present the results of original research focused on the regional geology (and related scientific disciplines) of northeastern North America, including the northeastern United States, eastern Canada, St. Pierre et Miquelon, and adjacent portions of the Atlantic Ocean and its bays.
  2. Short notes provide a vehicle for the presentation of new observations or interpretations, and should be limited to a maximum of 2-3 pages of published length.
  3. Short discussions of previously published articles define the third category, and, once accepted, will be linked to the original paper and published in conjunction with replies from the original author(s).

Manuscripts should be written in English; manuscripts concerning areas with a tradition of French-language scientific literature are encouraged to include a French version of the abstract. Authors whose first language is not English are urged to seek a preliminary review of their manuscript by a native speaker to help facilitate the review and publication process.

Legal considerations

Manuscripts submitted for publication must be original contributions of the author(s)presenting the work. Previously published material may be included, provided that the holders of copyrighted materials provide written permission for its presentation in Northeastern Geoscience (it is the responsibility of the submitting author(s) to include such permission with the submitted manuscript).

Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the submitting author(s) will be asked to grant the editors of Northeastern Geoscience non-exclusive online and archival (online and print) rights to the published materials. They will also be asked to allow their contribution to be quoted or used without charge or written consent provided that use is expressly non-commercial in nature. Note that publication in Northeastern Geoscience does not preclude their publication elsewhere.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts, including all diagrams, references, photographs, and supporting documentation should be submitted in digital form. Text, including all primary text, refereces cited, and figure captions, should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) or in a document interchange format such as Rich Text Format (.rtf). Photographs should be submitted as separate files labelled to show the linkage to captions and in-text references. Photograhs should use any of the common image file formats (such as TIFF, JPEG, or PNG) at a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Diagrams should be submitted in a 2-D vector format (such as AI, SVG, or DWG).

Manuscripts should be submitted double spaced using Times New Roman 12 point type. The paper should be formatted to print on 8.5 x 11 inch ("letter") paper with the 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins. In general, manuscripts longer than 30,000 words will not be considered for publication unless specifically recommended by the external reviewers.

The submission should be accompanied by a cover letter listing the title of the manuscript and the names, affiliations, and contact information for each author. If there are more than four authors, there should be an explanation of the contribution of each of the authors. The authors may suggest two to four reviewers for the manuscript, and may indicate potential reviewers who they believe are sufficiently biased that a fair review is not possible (obviously, an explanation of that belief is expected).


The paper itself should follow standard guidelines for published articles.

The title (Times New Roman 16-point font) should be centered and be immediately followed by the names, affiliations, and addresses of the author(s)(Times New Roman 12-point font), also centered.

The title and authors' name(s)should be followed by an abstract of 100 - 300 words in length (separated from the affiliation(s) and address(es) by an extra line), as well as a key word index to help facilitate indexing of the article by external sources. Both should be formatted in Times New Roman 12-point font.

Up to four levels of headings may be used in the body of the paper:

Level 1 and 2 headings should be followed by a blank line. Do not leave a blank line after level 3 or 4 headings.

Illustrations and photographs (i.e. figures and plates) should be sequentially referenced in the text and given a brief, concise caption in a section that follows the last page of the references. Supporting materials should be referred to in the text as an appendix, and will be filed separately from the paper for subsequent download by readers. References in the text should be referenced using the author's surname and year (eg. Weekes and Johnson (1994)) and should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of their references.

References in the text should follow standard North American geological literature format, e.g., Ebert (2011), (Stander, 2011), Washington (2011a, b), Stander and Washington (2011), Ebert et al. (2011). An alphabetized (with secondary reverse chronological) list of the references cited should be included at the end of manuscript. Format of the references cited should follow GSA Bulletin format (i.e., see "References Cited" at

Editorial Procedure

The initial submission of a manuscript must be in digital form. Follow the directions in the "Submit a Manuscript" page accessed through the navigation link on the left side of this page.

Once received, a manuscript accepted for review will be sent to two or more regional experts in the field. Their comments and recommendations will then be forwarded to the editor in charge, who will redirect the reviewers' commentaries to the author(s), along with a determination of whether the manuscript is accepted for publication and any conditions to be satisfied before publication. If accepted, the author(s) may then accept the suggestions and conditions and rework the manuscript accordingly, dispute the suggestions and conditions through further correspondence with the editor, or withdraw the manuscript. While all subsequent commentary between author and editor will be taken into consideration, the editors' final judgment regarding the ultimate dispensation of the manuscript should be understood to be final.

Once a corrected version of the manuscript has been accepted, proofs of the final paper will be sent to the author(s) for approval. Publication will then follow in a quarterly fashion as space becomes available in the journal.