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GeoScienceWorld (GSW) is a nonprofit collaborative and comprehensive Internet resource for research and communications in the earth sciences, which is built on a core database of peer-reviewed journals and is integrated with the GeoRef index. The organization gives global researchers a single point of access to 46 full-text scholarly journals plus specialized searching capabilities and links to millions of relevant resources hosted elsewhere on the Web.

Our mission includes an expansion into additional forms of content relevant to geoscience researchers, including books, datasets, maps, tables, images, and theses, with the further development of services that optimize the discovery and use of public and proprietary resources.

GeoScienceWorld created OpenGeoSci, a map-based discovery interface to help speed access to maps, charts, tables, figures, and images in earth science research materials. In June 2014, we released the new GeoScienceWorld eBooks Collections consisting of more than 1,243 eBooks from 10 leading publishers.
Founding organizations:
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • American Geosciences Institute
  • Geological Society of America
  • Geological Society of London
  • Mineralogical Society of America
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Our Impact


Geoscientists can do their work more efficiently, effectively, and comprehensively across the globe.
These journals are accessible to 2.5M users in China and Latin America alone, with special opportunities available to universities and businesses in developing countries.

University libraries, research organizations, and companies employing geoscientists with limited library space or limited budgets, which can’t afford to purchase subscriptions to all 46 of these journals, now have access through this one program.

College and university students have the benefit of these resources to help them better prepare to meet the current and future demands of the geoscience workforce.

Our GSW Mission


To be a comprehensive, widely-accessible, easy to use, integrated, and cost-effective online resource for research materials in the geological and Earth sciences;
To operate independently and not for profit, with policies and practices that respect and support the needs of publishers, authors, educators, researchers, and librarians;
To respond effectively to evolving research, presentation, education, and technology opportunities in the electronic information age for the creation, maintenance, operation, dissemination, and preservation of geoscience information and interactive facilities; and,
To protect the viability and independence of society publishing programs while constantly exploring and incorporating valuable economic and strategic benefits of collaboration.

Our mission has expanded to include books, field guides, maps, databases, and other information and interactive capabilities for the geological and Earth sciences in our online platform. For the future, we hope to serve as a portal for promoting meetings, field trips, short courses, and other activities that are available through participating societies.

Our GSW Vision


Our vision, as nonprofit collaborative, is to lead by advancing and promoting geoscience information for researchers and their societies. We will identify and meet emerging demands for digital services and will seek innovative methods for sharing knowledge among a growing global audience. We will continue to add high-quality scholarship and interactive capabilities to our research platforms and to develop tools that improve resource discovery and use, in order to support the work of next generations of geoscientists.

Our Staff


Alix Vance
CEO/Executive Director
vance@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851

Christopher Straub
COO/Deputy Executive Director
straub@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851
M: 703-855-4798

Angie Anderson
Director of Partner Projects and Outreach
anderson@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851

Lauren Comi
Circulation and Customer Service Manager
comi@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-905-5832

Christy Iredell
National Sales Director
iredell@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851

Marc Segers
Director of Strategic Development
segers@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851

Vanessa Gamet
Director of Corporate and Non-US Sales and Marketing
gamet@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851

Our Board of Directors


Gretchen Gillis - Chair
Geological Consultant
Aramco Services Company

Michael Noga - Vice Chair
Collections Strategist/Earth & Planetary Sciences and Mathematics Librarian
MIT Libraries

Eugene Rankey - Treasurer
Hubert H. and Kathleen M. Hall Professor of Geology
Department of Geology
University of Kansas

Richard Hughes - Executive Secretary
Geological Society of London

Paul Cleverley - Secretary
Researcher and Corporate Consultant
Robert Gordon University

Brian Hoal
Executive Director
Society of Economic Geologists

Matt Hudson
Publications Manager
Geological Society of America

Christopher Keane
Director of Communications and Technology
American Geosciences Institute

Rachel Russell
Managing Editor
American Mineralogist

Our Publishers


AASP - The Palynological Society

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists

Cambridge University Press

Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum

Canadian Science Publishing

Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists

Clay Minerals Society

Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research

E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung Science Publishers

Environmental & Engineering Geophysical Society

European Association for Geochemistry

Geological Society of America

Geological Society of London

Geological Society of South Africa

Micropaleontology Project

Mineralogical Association of Canada

Mineralogical Society of America

Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Paleontological Society

Seismological Society of America

SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology

Società Geologica Italiana

Société Géologique de France

Society of Economic Geologists

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Soil Science Society of America

University of Wyoming


Our Sponsors


GeoScienceWorld is pleased to recognize these organizations as sponsors of its initial publishing efforts:

Major Sponsor:
AGI Foundation

Continuing and Founding Sponsors:
ExxonMobil Exploration
Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin

Founding Sponsors:
ConocoPhillips
Saudi Aramco
Shell

Other Sponsors:
AAPG Foundation
Anonymous
EOG
Geological Society of America
Geological Society of America Foundation
Priority Oil & Gas
Rocky Mountain Geology, University of Wyoming
SEPM Foundation Inc
Stanford University Libraries
The Geological Society of London
Veritas DGC Inc.

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