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Submissions to GEOPHYSICS

Follow the instructions below in order to submit your manuscript for inclusion in an upcoming issue of GEOPHYSICS.

Submission and review system

Papers submitted to GEOPHYSICS should meet the requirements detailed in the submission section of GEOPHYSICS' Instructions to Authors. If certain requirements are not met, a paper may be prevented from being accepted for review.

Manuscripts should be submitted online through ScholarOne Manuscripts. This system is used for online submission, peer review, and tracking. During the review process, authors use the online system to check paper status, communicate with editors, and submit revisions.

Instructions to authors

GEOPHYSICS papers, drawn from industry and academia, undergo a rigorous peer-review process to validate the described methods and conclusions and ensure the highest editorial and production quality. GEOPHYSICS editors strongly encourage the use of real data, including actual case histories, to highlight current technology and tutorials to stimulate ideas. Please read GEOPHYSICS Instructions to Authors for submission guidelines.

Ethical guidelines

Ethical guidelines presented here for editors, authors, and reviewers of SEG publications and staff that support them reflect a conviction that adherence to high standards is vital to the advancement of applied geophysics as a science and a profession.

Illustration preparation requirements

All illustrations must be submitted in electronic format. Illustrations submitted after the paper is accepted must meet specifications. Papers may be delayed or rejected if these illustration guidelines are not followed. Click here for the full illustration specification requirements.


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Software and algorithms

Some papers will appear in a section of titled Geophysical software and algorithms. These papers will include source code, which will be available in the paper’s supplemental material link in the SEG Library. Geophysical Software and Algorithms papers must describe a useful algorithm for solving a problem of geophysical significance. Papers should describe a problem, how the algorithm is meant to solve the problem, and the workings of the algorithm itself. Well-documented ASCII source code must be included as part of the submission, along with sufficient supporting files to allow computer-literate readers to run and verify the code. Read the disclaimer here for source code published with these papers.


Authors of discussion papers are asked to be brief and constructive. Discussions of a paper published in GEOPHYSICS are screened by the editor-in-chief and then sent to the author of that paper for a reply. To avoid delaying publication, the author is requested not to include any subjects in his reply that are not addressed in the discussion. The authors of the paper being discussed have the right of the last word because no response is allowed to the reply. The discussion and the reply will be published together in the same issue of GEOPHYSICS. If no reply is received, the discussion will be published without one. Both the discussion and reply will be edited to comply with the standards of GEOPHYSICS. Galley proofs are sent to the authors of the discussion and reply.

LaTeX packages

A typesetting package is available to help authors prepare papers for GEOPHYSICS. The package consists of a set of macros prepared for LaTeX, a popular document preparation system. Authors who use the LaTeX typesetting program to prepare their manuscripts can use the SEG macros (called SEGTeX) to format the text, equations, references, and appendices so that they conform to GEOPHYSICS guidelines for submission.

Dissertation abstracts and master's theses titles

GEOPHYSICS publishes abstracts of dissertations and titles of master's theses both in print and online. Recent graduates are invited to submit their abstracts or titles by completing and submitting the appropriate form found here. Abstracts and titles will be reviewed and accepted or rejected based on their relevance to the readers of GEOPHYSICS.

Publication forms

GEOPHYSICS author publication forms are available for download.


Authors may order reprints of articles published in GEOPHYSICS through Sheridan Reprints, SEG's author reprint service provider.

Open-access policy

Authors of papers submitted for all journals, the SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, and SEG books may elect to license their work under any one of four Creative Commons licenses under which any party may access and reuse the contents of the papers freely. Open-access papers are free to all users on SEG publications sites. Authors pay an open-access fee plus any other applicable page and color charges to exercise Creative Commons licensing rights.

Read the full SEG open-access policy.

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