Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Geology, Geophysics and Environment Journal is published by the AGH University of Science and Technology; Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, Krakow Poland. The Editorial Board consists of many renowned scientists representing different branches of geology and environmental sciences. The Journal was previously published under the title of Geologia Kwartalnik AGH (AGH Geology Quarterly). The first issue of the Journal was published in 1974 , and 38 volumes (near 150 issues) was published until now. In 2012 the title has been changed into Geology, Geophysics and Environment.

The University of Science and Technology quarterly journal Geology, Geophysics and Environment publishes original papers, articles and notes from the Earth and Environmental Science field. All submitted articles are peer-reviewed at least by the two independent reviewers. This is an open-access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge. Authors can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF.

 Our journal is indexed in the following services: Web of Science (Core Collection), BazTech, CrossRef, GeoRef: Bibliography & Index of Geology, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, PBN/Pol-index and EBSCO


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Scientific manuscripts classified as other texts

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Section for special texts and/or tables of contents

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

We follow strict anti-plagiary procedure and we neither accept papers prepared by ghostwriters nor including guest authors. Such activities are perceived as transgressions and may be followed by criminal prosecution.

Editors of the journal have adopted the following procedures:

1. Each author signs the statement which indicates that the paper presented for publication comprises his or her own and original work.

2. In case of two or more authors of one article, the Editors require indication of the contribution of each of them to the publication (with stating the affiliation and each author’s contribution to the conception, assumptions, methods. etc.).

3. The Editors assure that all discovered cases of scientific dishonesty will be exposed, including notifying of the respective entities, in which the institution the person is affiliated with, the association of scientific editors.

The Editors declare to document all symptoms of scientific unreliability.

Information about review process

After receiving an e-mail with invitation to review a paper for GGE journal, reviewers proceed to the Open Journal System, download the paper and complete the review. We kindly ask reviewer to complete the review in no more than 3 weeks from the date of your accepting the invitation. Reviewers fill out the review form, providing us with:

  • the overall suggestion regarding the acceptance of the paper,
  • evaluation of the following aspects of the paper.


  • Does the subject and nature of the article fit the journal profile?
  • Does the title clearly reflect the subject matter of the article?
  • Does the abstract and summary present the most important points?
  • Are the chosen keywords appropriate?
  • Is the length of the article appropriate?
  •  Is the text layout clear and logical?
  •  Are the figures and tables correctly captioned and annotated?



  • Is the article original?
  • Are the subject of the analysis and the applied research methods clearly described?
  • Are the research results thoroughly interpreted?
  • Are the interpretations and conclusions in line with the facts presented?
  • Are all figures and tables correct and necessary?
  • Are references properly cited?
  • Are there any unnecessary references?

All papers submitted to our journal undergo a language correction (carried out by a native speaker) and if need arises (e.g. on demand of Reviewer or one of Editors), also statistical correction.Then present a detailed review, including justification for your scores. This review will be sent to the authors unless the Editors decide not to do so.

If reviewers wish to add any remarks intended only for Editors, write them below. These remarks will only be seen by the Editorial Committee Members having access to reviews. They will not be sent to the authors. The remarks field is optional.

To ensure, that no conflict of interest arises, we carry out the reviews in double-blind mode.




Publication Frequency

This is the quarterly journal.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF.


The content of the journal is freely available according to the Creative Commons License Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


Publication Ethics

Our Publication ethics and malpractice statement is based on Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


The authors are required to submit a statement confirming that the submitted manuscript, and/or the data presented in it, have not been sent for publication or published elsewhere and detailing the contribution of each co-author (to prevent ghost-writing). Also, the source of financing of the research presented in the paper or the source of financing of the paper itself need to be indicated.


If redundant publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, ghost, guest or gift authorship, an ethical problem with a submitted manuscript, conflict of interest in a published article as well as other malpractice are suspected we follow the COPE flowcharts.