Open Access Geology Journals

A list of Open Access Geology journals for you to publish your manuscript in

Geology is study of the composition, structure, physical properties, and history of Earth's components, and the processes by which they are shaped

Open Access journals publish research articles that are free to to view and download. The main difference between articles in open access journals and those in closed journals is the business model. Both types of articles have to undergo the same peer review process.

Our team made this list of Geology Open Access journals with the aim to help you to decide where to publish your Geology manuscript.
Our list includes all the high-impact factor Geology journals as well as new journals. This should give you a better idea on where you should publish. Rather than displaying just the most relevant Geology journals, we have made an in-depth list of all the open accesss Geology journals. Use our different columns — number of papers, number of citations, and relevance — to find the best Geology venue for your manuscript.

The DOAJ columns refers to the The Directory of Open Access Journals, a list of open access journals, maintained by Infrastructure Services for Open Access.
There are certain criteria a journal must meet to be indexed by DOAJ, and thus inclusion in the DOAJ index is seen by scholars as a mark of quality.

All the open access Geology journals in this list are indexed in
If you spot any mistakes in this table of Geology OA journals, don’t hesitate to send us an email.

Open Access Geology Journals
NameISSNDOAJPublisherNo. of PapersCitationsRelevanceWebsite
The Cryosphere1994-041622716587698.8Website
Climate of The Past1814-932417135056498.4Website
Ocean Science1812-078411742400297.8Website
Progress in Earth and Planetary Science2197-4284Springer Nature495530997.4Website
International Journal of Erosion Control Engineering1882-6547Japan Society of Erosion Control Engineering16473797
Scientific Drilling1816-3459Copernicus GmbH572332496.7Website
The Open Hydrology Journal1874-3781Bentham Science5896196.6
Annals of Glaciology0260-3055Cambridge University Press56059266196.5Website
Geosphere1553-040XGeological Society of America13602674696.4Website
Journal of the Korean Geotechnical Society1229-2427Korean Geotechnical Society1755115896.4
Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies2214-5818Elsevier1181948396.4Website
Soils and Foundations0038-0806Elsevier38618436696.4Website
Solid Earth Sciences2451-912XElsevier15172796Website
Swiss Journal of Palaeontology1664-2376Springer Nature249152096Website
Hydrology2306-5338MDPI AG38078295.8Website
Earth System Science Data1866-350811162891495.8Website
Swiss Journal of Geosciences1661-8726Springer Nature557814495.7Website
Geochronometria1733-8387De Gruyter Open Sp. z o.o.537654195.7
Geodesy and Geodynamics1674-9847Elsevier666256295.6Website
Geothermal Energy2195-9706Springer Nature247238495.5Website
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences1027-5606503419533095.4Website
Geoscience frontiers1674-9871Elsevier13362757895.4Website
Earth System Dynamics Discussions2190-4987Copernicus GmbH8271295995.4Website
Central European Geology1788-2281Akademiai Kiado Zrt.259105195.4
Petroleum Exploration and Development1876-3804Elsevier29492965595.3Website
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters1674-2834Elsevier1189502695.2Website
Earth Interactions1087-3562American Meteorological Society4191417195Website
Earth surface dynamics2196-632XCopernicus GmbH473705594.9Website
Solid Earth1869-9529Copernicus GmbH9901495194.9Website
Hydrology Research0029-1277IWA Publishing21062975094.9
Journal of Geology & Geophysics2381-8719OMICS Publishing Group54180494.8
International Journal of Odonatology1388-7890Worldwide Dragonfly Association599339794.8Website
Central European Journal of Geosciences2081-9900De Gruyter Open Sp. z o.o.230237894.8
Journal of Glaciology0022-1430Cambridge University Press911116313794.7Website
Journal of Palaeogeography2095-3836Elsevier312215694.6Website
Quaternary2571-550XMDPI AG17771394.4Website
Geoscience Letters2196-4092Springer Nature233202694.4Website
Geofluids1468-8115Hindawi Limited31172130994.4Website
Frontiers in Earth Science2296-6463Frontiers Media SA49852417494.3Website
Open Journal of geology2161-7570Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.764185994.2
Carbon Balance and Management1750-0680Springer Nature311670494.2Website
Journal of Water and Climate Change2040-2244IWA Publishing1017574193.8Website
Japanese Geotechnical Society Special Publication2188-8027The Japanese Geotechnical Society100387093.7
Geologica Carpathica1335-0552Central Library of the Slovak Academy of Sciences606578493.6Website
Geologie En Mijnbouw0016-7746Cambridge University Press10861362593.5Website
Geologica Acta1695-6133Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona527762993.4Website
Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics0042-790XDe Gruyter Open Sp. z o.o.525506493.3Website
Proceedings of IAHS2199-899XCopernicus GmbH969262293.2Website
npj climate and atmospheric science2397-3722Springer Nature277345193.1Website
Climate2225-1154MDPI AG951790393Website
Journal of the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice0373-1006Japanese Society of Snow and Ice1701195892.9
Physical Oceanography0928-5105Marine Hydrophysical Institute of RAS1258146992.9Website
Earth and Space Science2333-5084Wiley1331713792.8Website
Advances in Meteorology1687-9309Hindawi Limited14731455692.7Website
Soil2199-398XCopernicus GmbH282651492.6Website
Geoenvironmental Disasters2197-8670Springer Nature216219992.6Website
Geodinamica Acta0985-3111Taylor & Francis7721503492.5Website
Geosciences2076-3263MDPI AG25981566592.1Website
Journal of geomagnetism and geoelectricity0022-1392Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences27903410091.8
International Journal of Geosciences2156-8359Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.1050516591.8
China geology2589-943029680691.6Website
Hydrological Research Letters1882-3416Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources260269991.5Website
The Open Atmospheric Science Journal1874-2823Bentham Science142202991.5
Petroleum Research2096-2495Elsevier25792291.1Website
Soil and Water Research1801-5395Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences474366091.1Website
Weather and climate extremes2212-0947Elsevier444913691Website
Annales Geophysicae0992-7689733312657690.8Website
Biological oceanography0196-5581Taylor & Francis108338090.7Website
Journal of rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering1674-7755Elsevier11941853290.7Website
Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology2190-0566Springer Nature1535882790.7Website
European Journal of Remote Sensing2279-7254Taylor & Francis788834390.7Website
International Journal of Geophysics1687-885XHindawi Limited277245090.6Website
Journal of The Japanese Association for Petroleum Technology0370-9868Japanese Association for Petroleum Engineers3661223590.5
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica0567-7920Polska Akademia Nauk Instytut Paleobiologii Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences)20842850590.4Website
Journal of Micropalaeontology0262-821XCopernicus GmbH818904090.2Website
Wetlands Australia Journal0725-0312University of New South Wales24683390.2
Journal of Geodetic Science2081-9943De Gruyter Open Sp. z o.o.244170390.2Website
Tellus B0280-6509Taylor & Francis34789797490.2Website
Earthquake Science1674-4519Earthquake Science691302489.9
Proceedings of ... Conference on Coastal Engineering0589-087XCoastal Engineering Reserach Council45251764089.9
Journal of Sea Research1385-1101Elsevier22075343489.9Website
Baltica0067-3064Association of Lithuanian Serials19773589.8
Smithsonian contributions to the marine sciences0196-0768Smithsonian Institution58198389.7
Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences1345-6296Japan Association of Mineralogical Sciences897637289.6
Petroleum Geology Conference series2047-9921Geological Society of London5231069189.5
Natural Gas Industry B2352-8540Elsevier611358689.5Website
Polar Research0800-0395Norwegian Polar Institute22352823089.5Website
Meteorological Monographs0065-9401American Meteorological Society226552689.4Website
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics1680-73161569163366389.2Website
Advances in Geosciences1680-734016071461389.2Website
Vadose Zone Journal1539-1663Wiley29036135489.1Website
Paleoanthropology1545-0031Paleoantropology Society201109889.1
Communications earth & environment2662-4435Springer Nature486187089.1Website
Arctic science2368-7460Canadian Science Publishing263141389Website
Remote Sensing2072-4292MDPI AG2554029696088.9Website
Applied and Environmental Soil Science1687-7667Hindawi Limited452594788.9Website
American Journal of Climate Change2167-9495Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.347234188.8
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Open Access (OA)?
Open Access refers to free access to information and unrestricted use of electronic resources for everyone. Any kind of digital content can be open access, from texts and data to software, audio, and video.
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It refers to the strength of association between this journal being listed and the concept, from 0-100. For example, the Journal Of Research In Mechanical Engineering has a relevance of “0” when listed under “Open Access Computer Science Journals” because it has no relevance to the field of Computer Science.
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