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Impact Factor
2016: 2.618
5-year: 2.858
#24 in "geochemistry and geophysics" category

Lithosphere, a peer-reviewed journal launched in 2009, provides timely publication of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary research—in addition to disciplinary research—on tectonic processes that affect the crust and upper mantle, from the surface to the base of the lithosphere. The journal highlights 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.

Lithosphere welcomes contributions from a wide variety of earth science disciplines, including (but not limited to) structural geology, geodynamics, tectonic geomorphology, petrology, and geochemistry, as well as results from integrative, interdisciplinary projects (e.g., Canada’s Lithoprobe, EarthScope in the United States). The journal particularly encourages articles that address how complex systems in the solid Earth operate and how coupling between those systems occurs. Articles that contain new data of timely importance or new ideas for which the documentation may be incomplete also will be considered.

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Bridgette Moore, Managing Editor

telephone: +1-303-357-1086