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Lithosphere aims to provide 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.
Types of Articles
Short research contributions present new and innovative ideas and concepts or new data sets that may suggest an important discovery and are generally limited to six printed pages in the journal. Papers should include an abstract of no more than 200 words that summarizes the background and implications of the study, and they usually will have three to six figures or tables. Text, references cited, and captions should be limited to about 4,000 words. These articles will be published rapidly (a goal of 3-4 months from submission to publication). Your intial submission will be sized to insure that it can fit within our six-page limit before it enters peer review.
Research articles are longer, more complete presentations of data sets, experimental results, theoretical analyses, or numerical simulations. These thoroughly documented papers should use the scientific method in reaching conclusions and have immediate, far-reaching implications or advance the understanding of a problem or question related to the nature of the lithosphere and its composition. Although no rigid page limit is in place, authors are expected to provide concise text and illustrations that use page space efficiently.
- Review articles—either scholarly or pedagogical—facilitate communication among scientists from a broad range of disciplines through discussion of recent papers of interest or important advances in a particular field or fields.
- Research Focus articles briefly discuss articles in a recent issue in a way that enables geoscientists from a variety of backgrounds to understand and interpret work across the broad range of topics.
Special issues and sections devoted to a specific topic may be proposed by contacting the editors. Individual articles are published online as they become ready.