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Solid Earth An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

Aims and scope

Solid Earth (SE) is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of multidisciplinary research on the composition, structure, and dynamics of the Earth from the surface (including soil) to the deep interior at all spatial and temporal scales.

The journal invites short communications, research articles, review articles, and commentaries on all aspects of the solid Earth, encompassing observational, experimental, and theoretical investigations (for details see manuscript types).

The main subject areas include crystallography, geochemistry, geochronology, geodesy, geodynamics, geomorphology, geophysics, glaciology, marine geology, mineral and rock physics, mineralogy, palaeontology, palaeoseismology, petrography, petrology, quaternary geology, remote sensing, sedimentology, seismology, soil science, stratigraphy, structural geology, tectonics, and volcanology (for details see journal subject areas).

Solid Earth represents the cutting edge of electronic publishing, and it encourages the use of innovative data analysis and visualization schemes and formats.

Solid Earth has an innovative two-stage publication process involving the scientific discussion forum Solid Earth Discussions (SED), which has been designed to do the following:

  • foster scientific discussion;
  • maximize the effectiveness and transparency of scientific quality assurance;
  • enable rapid publication;
  • make scientific publications freely accessible.

In the first stage, papers that pass a rapid access peer review are immediately published on the SED website. They are then subject to interactive public discussion, during which the referees' comments (anonymous or attributed), additional short comments by other members of the scientific community (attributed), and the authors' replies are also published in SED. In the second stage, the peer-review process is completed, and if accepted the final revised papers are published in SE. To ensure publication precedence for authors, and to provide a lasting record of scientific discussion, SED and SE are both ISSN-registered, permanently archived, and fully citable.

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