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About GSW

GeoScienceWorld (GSW) is a nonprofit collaborative and comprehensive resource for research and communications in the Earth Sciences. GSW works with societies, institutions, and researchers around the world and provides a single source of access to 46 preeminent scholarly journals, 2,080+ eBooks, and over 4 million GeoRef records with specialized and map-based search capabilities and links to curated earth science research around the Web. Through its Society Services Program, GSW also serves as a platform for cost-effective hosting for independent society sites, providing a scalable and efficient global presence for societies, authors, and members.   Since 2005, GSW has returned more than $34 million to membership societies to achieve their scientific missions.  

Our 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;  
  • To protect the viability and independence of society publishing programs while constantly exploring and incorporating valuable economic and strategic benefits of collaboration. 

Our 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.

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 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 Systems and Compliance
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 Publishing Technologies
segers@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851

Alistair Reece
Product Manager
reece@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851

Helen Cooke
Sales Manager UK/Europe
cooke@geoscienceworld.org
P: +44 7824 552322

Adrian Vigil
Accounting/Customer Service Representative
vigil@geoscienceworld.org
P: 800-341-1851

Our Board of Directors

Richard Hughes - Chair
Executive Secretar
Geological Society of London

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

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) • Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists • Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists • Cambridge University Press • Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum • Canadian Science Publishing • Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists • 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 • Gulf PetroLink • 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 Initial Sponsors

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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