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The Australian Journal of Earth Sciences


Instructions to Authors

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The Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (AJES) is the official journal of the Geological Society of Australia.
AJES is published in 8 issues per year in print and on-line in full colour at no cost to authors. The Journal
publishes high quality peer reviewed scientific papers on all aspects of Earth and planetary sciences.
There is a focus on the Australian plate, the Asia-Pacific region and Antarctica but papers on areas outside
these regions will be considered if the subject matter is of a broad scientific interest with an international
appeal. Proposals for thematic issues featuring a selection of related papers are welcome and should be
sent to the Editor.

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to
readership. Authors should have their papers peer reviewed before submission. In addition all manuscripts
will be reviewed by at least two referees selected by the Editor or Associate Editors. Authors can suggest
preferred or non-preferred referees when entering their manuscript files into the ScholarOne Manuscript™
site. The Editor will make the final decision concerning acceptance or rejection of a paper. The Editor
reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.


All articles submitted to the journal must comply with these instructions. Papers are accepted for publication
only if the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere; they largely contain
previously unpublished material; and all co-authors agree to the submission.

Papers for consideration must be submitted via ScholarOne Manuscript™
Instructions on how to submit are listed on the site under UserTutorials. Submissions must be uploaded as
MSWord documents (text and tables as separatefiles) with figures uploaded separately as highresolution
(300 dpi) JPEGs, .eps, .tif (for images) orPDF (for black and white line drawings only).
Any queries please email

As part of the on-line submission, you are requested to identify sources of funding for your research and/or
preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the
collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing; and in the decision to submit the article for
publication. The system automatically converts source files to a single PDF file of the article, which is used
in the peer-review process. Although manuscript source files are converted to PDF files at submission for
the review process, these source files are needed for further processing after acceptance. All correspondence,
including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is by e-mail ensuring a record of the
reviewing and editorial processes.


Papers accepted for publication become copyright of the Geological Society of Australia and authors will be
asked to authorise a transfer of copyright form. In authorising the transfer of copyright it is assumed that
authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material. All authors must
read and agree to the conditions outlined in the Copyright Assignment Form, and must sign the form or agree
that the corresponding author can sign on their behalf.

Articles cannot be published until a signed Copyright Assignment Form has been received. Authors in
Government institutions where the Crown retains copyright are exempt from transfer of copyright to the
Society. Where the Crown prevails, we require a non-exclusive transfer of copyright to be submitted with
the paper.

Authors may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation
within their institutions.

Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other
derivative works, including compilations and translations. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are
included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s)
in the article.


General guides for preparation of manuscripts for journal publication can be found at:

Manuscripts should be written so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist
in the field. Research articles reporting original research should generally not exceed 5000 words, while
Review articles in any field of Earth science may be up to 10 000 words. Short articles, not exceeding eight
A4 pages (including tables and figures), will be given priority in publication. Discussion and replies of recently
published papers should generally not exceed four A4 pages. Longer articles and discussions may be accepted
but should be discussed with the Editor before submission.

Manuscript formatting

Submissions should be single column, double-spaced with the top, bottom and side margins 25 mm. All pages
should be numbered consecutively.

The layout of the text should be as simple as possible; do not use the word processor's options to justify text
or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc where required and
when preparing tables, if no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns.

Extensive sets of data, such as large tables or long appendices, may be classed as Supplementary Papers
and lodged with the National Library of Australia (Manuscript Section) Canberra; copies may be obtained
from the AJES website (, the Society’s website ( and the National Library
website (

Parts of the manuscript

Manuscripts of all articles should be presented as follows: Title page (including title, authors, contact details
and a short running title); Abstract; Key words; Text; References; Table and Figure captions; Tables;
Appendices (if any); and Figures.

The title should begin with a key word, be short and informative, and succinctly state the main findings of
your research. A short running title (less than 40 characters, including spaces) should be provided.

Authors may use up to four levels of headings, all of which are left justified: first-order headings are bold
capitals; second-order headings are bold upper and lower case; third-order headings are capitals; and
fourth-order headings are upper and lower case. Check a recent edition of the journal for the format.
Heading levels are not numbered.


The abstract should provide a concise summary of the results (rather than the contents) and should not
exceed one paragraph of 300 words. It should not contain abbreviations or references. Six to 10 keywords
(for indexing and search engines) should be supplied.


To make papers more relevant to international readers and those not directly involved in the specific subject
area, the introduction should state how the research being described contributes to the field of geosciences
discussed and its overall significance to the science.


The source of financial grants and other funding should be acknowledged. The contribution of colleagues
or institutions, and reviewers should also be acknowledged.


References should follow the author (date) system. Do not cite manuscripts submitted or in preparation. Titles of journals should be given in full and should be listed at the end of the paper; from 2016 AJES will be using the APA 6th edition format. References should be listed in alphabetical order citing all authors. Personal communications and unpublished data are not to be listed in the reference list but should be mentioned in full in the text (e.g. A. Smith pers. comm. 2000). Use of Endnote is welcome.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text.

Extensive tabular data may be classed as Supplementary Papers. Tables should be numbered consecutively
in Arabic numerals. Each table should be presented as a separate file with a comprehensive but concise title
above headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations should be defined
in footnotes (using superscript letters). The table and its footnotes should be understandable without reference
to the text. Where tables take up more than one page please ensure that each page has the column headings
and row identifiers.


Data and other information not essential to the understanding of the body of the paper should be placed in an
appendix. Extensive sets of data may be classed as Supplementary Papers.


All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures and are printed in colour at no cost to
authors. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Parts of figures should be labelled in lower
case (e.g. Figure 2a, not 2A). Figures should be sized to fit within a column (81 mm), intermediate (117 mm)
or full text (169 mm).

Line figures should be drawn professionally or with a computer graphics package. Lettering should be in a sans
serif typeface. After reduction, the size of the capital letters should be about 2 mm. Allowance should be made
for lines and text becoming smaller and thinner on reduction.

Individual photographs forming a composite figure should be of equal contrast, to facilitate printing, and should
be accurately squared. Photographs and line drawings must have a scale; scale bars prevent potential error if
a figure is reduced before publication. Electronic files of all figures must be uploaded on Manuscript Central at
high resolution (300 dpi) as JPEGs, .eps, .tif (for images) or PDF (for graphs only). For more information on
artworks, resolution and file formats see:

Please do not type the caption for a figure on the artwork for that figure. A separate list of figure captions
should appear at the end of the manuscript. The caption should incorporate definitions of any symbols used
and all abbreviations and units of measurement should be explained so that the figure and its caption are
understandable without reference to the text.

Style details

The journal uses Australian spelling according to the latest Edition of the Macquarie Dictionary. Style should
conform to the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers.

Present simple formulae in the line of normal text where possible fractions should be written in the form x/y.
Variables should be presented in italics. Powers of e can be denoted by exp. Number consecutively any
equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).

SI units should be used. Statistics and measurements should always be given in numerals. Other numbers
less than 10 should be spelt out.

Non-standard abbreviations must not be used in the text. Ga, Ma, ka should be used as units of time for
both ages and time intervals and in expressions such as m/Ma.

Authors should provide coordinates for critical localities and the repositories for critical samples.

For papers dealing with Australia, authors should provide latitudes and longitudes using
the GDA94 datum OR metric coordinates (six figures easting, seven figures northing with the zone) using
the MGA94 datum; for other papers, authors should provide latitudes and longitudes.

The latest Geological Time Scale (Gradstein, Ogg & Smith; should be used.
Deviations from this should be discussed in the text.

Stratigraphic practice should follow the International Stratigraphic Guide (2nd edition) and Field Geologist’s
Guide to Lithostratigraphic Nomenclature in Australia; new stratigraphic names should be registered with
the GA Australian Stratigraphic Units Database. Existing stratigraphic names can be checked on the
Geoscience Australia Stratigraphic Database (
Use the guide 'Defining a lithostratigraphic unit’


Online proof correction

The corresponding author receives link to our online proofing system, allowing annotation and correction
of proofs online. The environment is similar to MS Word: in addition to editing text, you can also comment
on figures/tables and answer questions from the Copy Editor.

Web-based proofing provides a faster and less error-prone process by allowing you to directly type your
corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors. If preferred, you choose to annotate and upload
your edits on the PDF version.

All instructions for proofing will be given in the email sent to the corresponding author, including alternative
methods to the online version and PDF.

We aim to get your article published quickly and accurately – please upload all of your corrections within
48 hours. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication.

Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed.
Proofreading is solely your responsibility.

Use of the Digital Object Identifier

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists
of a unique alphanumeric character string, which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the
initial electronic publication. The assigned DOI never changes so is an ideal medium for citing or providing
links to a document, particularly 'Articles in press' because they have not yet received their full bibliographic
information. Example of a correctly given DOI
(in URL format;
The DOI can be found on the first page of your proofs.

Open access

Taylor & Francis Open Select provide the author or sponsors the option to make their published article fully
and permanently open access online in AJES for a publication fee. This option is made available once an
article has been accepted. For more information on Open Access, rights of authors to publish manuscripts
in green open access and gold open access charges see:

Benefits to authors

All authors receive free access to their article on Taylor & Francis Online and access to electronic reprints
(E-print) that can be sent to colleagues. You will be given access to the My authored works section of Taylor
& Francis Online, which shows all your published articles and citations. You can view, read, and download
your published articles from there.

Papers are published on-line as soon as the production process and copyright/ licensing transfers are
completed. Papers will generally be assigned to the next available printed issue. Information on how you
can promote and increasing the visibility of your article are provided on the Taylor and Francis website.


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