The Geological Society of America has announced the early 2009 launch of a new journal - Lithosphere. The journal is the latest addition to the Society's collection of premier peer-reviewed, earth-science journals. Prof. James P. Evans of the Department of Geology at Utah State University, Prof. Jon D. Pelletier of the Geosciences Department of the University of Arizona and Prof. Raymond M. Russo of the Department of Geology at the University of Florida (Gainesville) have been appointed editors for the journal.
Lithosphere will focus on the tectonic processes that affect Earth's crust and upper mantle. Content will highlight research that addresses how the surface, crust, and mantle interact to shape the physical and chemical evolution of the lithosphere at all spatial and temporal scales.
The journal particularly encourages articles that address how complex systems in the solid Earth operate and how coupling between those systems occur. Formats can include short research contributions that present new and innovative ideas, longer research articles with complete presentations of field-based data, and review articles.
GSA will publish Lithosphere every other month both in print and online. The journal will be available to UK universities and colleges through the NESLi2 Small and Medium Publishers initiative. The GSA journals packages provide significant discounts and are tiered according to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) banding.