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Editorial Policy

Instructions To Authors
By the Editor of Geophysics
Revised January 2007

Editorial Policy

Material published in Geophysics should show relevance of an exploration method to petroleum, mining, geothermal, groundwater, environmental, or engineering geophysics. A predominantly mathematical paper should have an illustration or example of its application. Case histories, tutorials, and interpretation papers are of special interest. Manuscripts on fundamental geophysical principles that are relevant for exploration are also welcome. Geophysics should have broad appeal, ranging from practical field studies to more theoretical treatments.

Authors are strongly encouraged to include at least one example of recorded data in the manuscript to illustrate the technology or concept being proposed.

Technical papers, case histories, discussions, tutorials, and review papers are welcome. Technical papers, case histories, and Geophysics Letters require an abstract. With the exception of Geophysics Letters, which are short (see the section on Geophysics Letters later in these guidelines), authors should confine their papers to ten (10) journal pages or fewer, including figures. Papers that exceed ten (10) journal pages may be subject to page charges (see the following section on page charges). The Editor may request that they be shortened or separated into two or more papers. The intent of the length restriction is to improve clarity by encouraging authors to organize and focus their writing. Concise reporting also permits Geophysics to publish a larger number of papers.

All contributions submitted in English are considered regardless of whether the author is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists; however, nonmembers generally incur mandatory page charges. Atechnical contribution is accepted for review with the understanding that (1) it has neither been accepted for publication nor published elsewhere and (2) it is neither currently being considered by another journal nor will be submitted to another journal while under consideration for Geophysics. If prior submission or publication has been to a publication with a very limited audience significantly different from the readership of Geophysics, the Editor may choose to waive these restrictions. It is the authors' responsibility to inform the Editor of any variance from the status described in (1) or (2) above.

Translations of non-English papers that have been published in or have been submitted to another journal will not be accepted unless specifically solicited by the Editor.

To check the status of a submitted manuscript, authors should check the "Author Center" at the link below. If necessary, authors may contact or in the Publications Department of the SEG Business Office.

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