Earth and Environmental Science Transactions

Transactions is a general earth sciences journal publishing peer-reviewed research papers, reviews and short communications of international standard on all scientific aspects of the Earth and its surface environments. The Editorial Board welcomes original manuscripts in the Earth and Environmental Sciences and encourages proposals for Special Issues in these areas.

The RSE is committed to the widespread dissemination of scientific knowledge. Through the Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Society continues to encourage and support the international Earth Sciences community by:

  • publishing a journal of international standing and authorship;
  • publishing substantial papers on all scientific aspects of the earth and its surface environments;
  • publishing without page or colour charges;
  • reproducing photographs and artwork to the highest standard, where appropriate at a size larger than is customary; and
  • aiming to have papers reviewed within three months of submission, by at least two referees of international standing; and usually publishing within six months of acceptance of revised papers.

Accessing Transactions

As from 2007 (volume 98) the online version of the journal has been hosted by the Cambridge Journals Online service, now Cambridge Core.

Information for authors

Full instructions for authors can be found on the Cambridge Core website. Also available is the Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Transparency and Openness Policy.


Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via the ORCID website registration page. If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.


The policy of Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant Cambridge University Press a licence to publish their work. In the case of gold open access articles this is a non-exclusive licence. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement from the Cambridge Core website’s list of publishing agreements.

For open access articles, the form also sets out the Creative Commons licence under which the article is made available to end users: a fundamental principle of open access is that content should not simply be accessible but should also be freely re-usable. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) by default. This means that the article is freely available to read, copy and redistribute, and can also be adapted (users can “remix, transform, and build upon” the work) for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. Authors can, in the publishing agreement form, choose a different kind of Creative Commons license (including those prohibiting non-commercial and derivative use) if they prefer.

Last update 7th January 2020, visit Instructions for authors on the Cambridge Core website for any potential updates.

Information for subscribers

Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh is published on behalf of the RSE by Cambridge University Press. Information about subscribing can be found on the Cambridge Core subscription page.

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