Skip to Main Content

Help FAQ

> Upcoming Features and Updates

FAQ For GeoScienceWorld Users

  1. For Society Members
  2. For Journal Users
  3. For eBook Users
  4. For GeoRef Users
  5. For authors

For Society Members

Q: How are society sites integrated with GSW?

A: The Society of Economic Geologists, the Geological Society of America, the Seismological Society of America, and SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology are all society publishers with content in GSW. In addition, these societies and GSW have contracted for GSW to support all online publications for these societies, including access for their membership bases.

Q: As a member of one of these societies, what do I have access to?

A: If you are an active member you will continue to have access to the publications you always had access to unless the society decides to make any changes in access. The publications themselves will be accessed in the GSW platform.

Q: How do I, as a member, access this content?

A:  You can either go to the society site and log in as a member and then link through to the content, or you can go to the society home page in the GSW site and click on the Member Sign In and sign in with your member information.

Q: What about the other societies with content in GSW?

A: If you are a member of any of the other societies who are participating publishers with GSW, you should contact the society to find out how to access content that is part of your membership.

For Journals Users

Q: What has changed in the overall GSW Journals site features?

A: The overall look and functionality of the site has changed because the platform has changed. There are new features for articles, quick search, advanced search, and GeoRef related features.

Q: What has changed in Article features?

A: The article features have changed on the new platform. When you click on an article you will see a “split-screen” that shows on the left the article text with abstracts and acknowledgements, and on the right side figures, tables, charts, and illustrations. That way you can scan up and down the text keeping the figures in place for reference, or you can click on the figures and go right to that spot in the text. If you prefer, you can also still click on a standard view to see all of the article intact.  

Other features on the left hand side include a PDF icon which when clicked on allows you to download the PDF, the standard view icon, the cite, share and tools menus to allow you to connect to citation manager, share articles, and get permissions, and finally the article history dropdown that lets you see if there were previous and revised versions. Coming soon: article history will let you click to previous versions.

Other features on the right hand side include Figures &Tables, Contents, References with links to Google Scholar, and Related that includes citations and email alerts.

Q: What is new about the Quick Search?

A: At launch the quick search functions only within the page that you are in. If you are in a journal the Quick Search only searches within that journal. You would need to use Quick Search on the GSW Home Page in order to search the entire site. Coming Soon: a select within Quick Search that lets you search the entire site from any page

Q: What is new about Advanced Search?

A: The newest feature in Advanced Search has to do with the incorporation of the GSW OpenGeoSci functionality in the map based search. Instead of just using bounding boxes for a geographic search, you can now see search results as pin drops in the map and hover over for a sample of the abstract for the article or thumbnails of the figures.

Q: What has changed in the Search Results?

A: Search results now contain a snapshot of the figures and images in the article so that you can quickly assess whether the article has the research you are looking for. All of the facets are still available for filtering your search but we have added the ability to modify the search more easily and we have added the Availability as a facet (search by open access only for example).

Q: Can I still download articles from search results?

A: Yes, the PDF icon takes you right to the PDF to be able to download if you have authenticated access to do so.

Q: What is the GeoRef Thesaurus?

A: The GeoRef Thesaurus terms are available to browse by along with GeoRef Subjects.

Q: How do Librarians access their dashboard?

A: If you click on Information for Librarians in the footer navigation (bottom of any page) or click on Help at the top and then “Information for Librarians” you can connect to all information including the administrators dashboard. Some of the resources available include:

See your account information – This links to the form in the dashboard that allows a librarian to see your current account information.

Review and update your IP address – This links to the dashboard form that allows librarians to update and delete IP addresses.

Get help with your administrator username or password – This links to the same as Edit your account information but specifically to update username or password.

Download MARC Records – There is a section of links that let you download MARC records for the titles you have purchased (this is a feature for EBOOKS ONLY).

Some additional features include downloading the title list of the eBooks or downloading the Journals-at-a-Glance information.

Q: Can I buy a single article?

A: Yes, journal articles and book chapters are available for individual purchase for unauthenticated users. The shopping cart can be entered by clicking on the shopping cart icon.

Q: How do I access the archives of the journals, or any previous issues to the current?

A: If you click on a journal home page you need to click on a specific issue first. Once you have done that you will see at the top of the page a box appear that says “Issues”. In the box you can use the drop down menus to move to older issues. Coming Soon: a reference page that lists all previous issues in a browse format.

Once you click on an article there is an Article History dropdown that tells you the dates of each posting or revision. Coming Soon: The ability to access previous versions if they are still available. 

For eBook Users

Q: What has changed in the overall GSW eBook site features?

A: The overall look and functionality of the site has changed because the platform has changed. There are new features for chapters, quick search, advanced search, and GeoRef related features.

Q: What has changed in chapter features?

A: The chapter features have changed on the new platform. You no longer need to click through to a “reader” in order to see the chapters and pages, in the new platform the chapters are handled in the same way as journal articles. When you click on a chapter you will see a “split-screen” that shows on the left the chapter text with abstracts and acknowledgements, and on the right side figures, tables, charts, and illustrations. That way you can scan up and down the text keeping the figures in place for reference, or you can click on the figures and go right to that spot in the text. If you prefer, you can also still click on a standard view to see all of the chapter intact. 

Other features on the left hand side include a PDF icon which when clicked on allows you to download the PDF, the standard view icon, and the cite, share and tools menus to allow you to connect to citation manager, share chapters, and get permissions. Other features on the right hand side include Figures &Tables, Contents, References with links to Google Scholar, and Related that includes citations and email alerts.

Q: What is new about the Quick Search?

A: At launch the quick search functions only within the page that you are in. If you are in a book the Quick Search only searches within that book. You would need to use Quick Search on the GSW Home Page in order to search the entire site. Coming Soon: a select within Quick Search that lets you search the entire site from any page.

Information on how to access author and permissions information. Coming soon!

This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

This PDF is available to Subscribers Only

View Article Abstract & Purchase Options

For full access to this pdf, sign in to an existing account, or purchase an annual subscription.

Subscribe Now