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Position Opening: Executive Editor of GCA

February 19, 2018


The Geochemical Society and the Meteoritical Society are seeking qualified candidates to serve as Executive Editor (EE) of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (GCA). GCA publishes research papers that address fundamental aspects of geochemistry and cosmochemistry, and articles relating to key activities of the sponsoring societies.

The GCA EE is responsible for and has control over the scientific content of the journal, taking into account the aims and scope of the journal, the publisher's editorial policies, and guidance from the sponsoring societies. The duties of the EE are to oversee the editorial process, provide and defend final decisions on all manuscripts, establish editorial policies for the journal, and communicate with the scientific community both directly via authors and reviewers, and through the sponsoring societies and the publisher.

The EE works closely with a team of Associate Editors (AE) to evaluate the scientific content and perceived impact of submitted papers. An important responsibility of the EE is to identify, recruit, and nominate AEs as needed to sustain the editorial demands of the journal, for approval by the societies and the publisher. There are currently close to 90 AEs for GCA, all of whom receive complementary membership in the Geochemical Society. The EE is nominated by the societies to the journal's publisher, Elsevier. The EE manages GCA's editorial team, with assistance and support from Elsevier, in a scientifically sound, efficient and ethical way using Elsevier's online system for handling manuscript submissions, revisions, reviews, and communications with the authors. Duties include initial evaluation of manuscripts relative to the scope and standards of the journal, allocating manuscripts to Associate Editors, overseeing the review process, and providing final decisions regarding their acceptance or rejection. The journal receives over 1,000 new submissions per year, of which about half are accepted for publication.

The GCA EE is a leadership position in both of the sponsoring societies. The EE is a member of the Board of Directors of the Geochemical Society and is expected to participate in all activities of the Board. The EE also presents an overview of the state of the journal progress reports at the annual meetings and communications with members of both societies.

Financial support is available from the publisher. The appointment is for an initial 3-year term commencing 1 January 2019. Additional terms are possible by negotiation with the societies and the publisher.

To apply, please send a CV and letter of application to gca@geochemsoc.org. Questions about the selection process may also be sent to this address. All applications must be received by 15 April 2018.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews
Tag: GCA

Elements: Luminescence Dating: Reconstructing Earth’s Recent History

February 16, 2018

Luminescence dating is a geochronological tool used to determine the timing of sediment burial, pottery firing, mountain evolution, mineral formation and the exertion of pressure. The luminescence dating technique covers a large age range from modern-day to millions of years. The technique is inherently holistic, drawing upon understanding from disciplines such as physics (quantum mechanics), mineralogy (grain structure and composition), geochemistry (natural radioactivity), archaeology and Earth sciences. This issue brings together contributions on new and innovative luminescence dating methods and the latest findings related to Earth-surface processes and human existence.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements website using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Goldschmidt 2018 Call for Abstracts

February 15, 2018

Abstract submission is now open for the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Visit the conference website to learn how to submit your abstract before the March 30 deadline. Early registration is also open. GS members save $60 off the regular registration fee; join or renew now to access the discounted member rate.

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Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Elements: Layered Intrusions

December 19, 2017

For more than 50 years, layered mafic-ultramafic intrusions have served as natural laboratories for studying magma chamber processes and magmatic differentiation. Further enhancing our understanding of layered intrusion formation will yield valuable insights into the solidification of magmatic systems, the formation of precious metal deposits, and the timescales over which substantial crust-forming episodes occur. This issue of Elements offers an overview of the current state-of-the art in the petrology of layered intrusions and a looks forward to the future challenges in the field.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements website using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Three New Members Elected to GS Board

December 18, 2017

(New board members, from left: Vickie Bennett, Weidong Sun, and Lesley Warren)

The membership of the GS elected three new members to the Board of Directors this month. Vickie Bennett of the Australian National University will begin a two-year term as vice president. Lesley Warren of the University of Toronto will serve as a director from Region 1 and Weidong Sun of the Chinese Academy of Sciences will serve as a director from Region 3. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2018. More information about the board and its role in governing the society can be found on this page.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Call for Nominations: Goldschmidt Special Lectures

October 31, 2017

The GS is seeking nominations from the community for three lectures to be presented next August at Goldschmidt2018. The F. Earl Ingerson Lecture is open to any geochemical topic with broad appeal. The Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture recognizes a prominent scientist who is making cutting-edge field-based measurements or laboratory measurements on field samples in biogeochemistry. The lecture honoring Robert Berner includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth's surface. The nominations deadline for all three lectures is Jan. 15, 2018.

Learn more about the Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture

Learn more about the Ingerson Lecture

Learn more about the Berner Lecture

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Elements: Mineral Resources and Sustainability

October 13, 2017

Mineral resources are a vital part of any economy, modern or ancient. Since the birth of civilization, man has used these resources for pigments, metals, glasses, ceramics, cements and much more. The media has recently suggested there is a crisis looming over finding mineral resources, including critical metals. Centered on the sustainability of mineral resources, themes addressed in this issue include customer–supplier relationships, exploration, recycling and the circular economy, and environmental post-mining impacts. The broad range of topics embraced by this issue – formation of mineral deposits, minerals engineering, and environmental and societal impacts – will provide readers a better understanding of the large-scale economic, historical and educational aspects of mineral resources.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements website using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Goldschmidt2018 Call for Sessions

September 21, 2017

The Goldschmidt Conference has become the most important forum for the discussion of recent results in geochemistry and related fields, and we hope to maintain that tradition with another excellent program in 2018. The science committee and theme leaders have identified 14 broad themes, and the entire geochemistry community is now invited to submit suggestions for sessions through November 1. Get started by reviewing the submission instructions.

Elements: Boron: Light and Lively

September 01, 2017

Boron is an essential constituent of nearly 300 minerals in the Earth's crust and mantle. It provides a unique indicator for deciphering Earth's 4.6 billion-year evolution from a molten mass in the proto Solar System into a vibrant planet that sustains life. Boron allows scientists to peer into the complex dynamics of subduction zones, to trace paleoclimatic conditions and atmospheric CO2, and to understand how the essential building blocks of life (e.g. RNA) could form in the hostile environments of the early Earth. But, boron isn't just valuable for scientific pursuits, it also finds practical applications in glass and ceramics, detergents, fertilizers, and nuclear reactors among others. The articles in this issue provide a fascinating glimpse into the many and varied roles played by this light but important element.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements online archive using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

GS Endorses Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences

June 15, 2017

Research groups in planetary and space sciences are now emerging in Africa, but remain scattered and underfunded. To elevate planetary and space science across the entire African continent, a group of researchers is developing the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences. It will involve coordinated actions with international partners for training M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, for developing locally-based scientific facilities, and for the progressive integration of the fascinating discoveries about our solar system into university curricula.

The identified benefits of education and research programs in these fields and the call for endorsement of this initiative are presented in two articles published this week in EOS:
https://eos.org/opinions/africa-initiative-for-planetary-and-space-sciences
https://eos.org/features/the-state-of-planetary-and-space-sciences-in-africa

In May, the GS Board of Directors voted to endorse the initiative along with AGU, EAG, and many other societies. Learn more at https://africapss.org.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews