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Answers to FAQ from GeoScienceWorld Users

Additionally, informational video tutorials can be found here.

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, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) ,  and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC) have contracted with GSW to support all of their society's online publications including access for their membership bases.

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

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

Q: As a member, how do I 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 to incorporate innovative new features for articles, quick search, advanced search, and GeoRef related features.

Q: What has changed in Article features?

A: The article view now features a “split-screen” that shows the article text with abstracts and acknowledgements on the left and figures, tables, charts, and illustrations on the right ,allowing you to scan up and down the text keeping the figures in place for reference. You can also click on a figure and go right to that spot in the text. If you prefer, standard view is also available.

Q: What is new about the Quick Search?

A: Quick Search provides the option to search the entire site from any page or to only search within a specific journal or book. 

Q: What is new about Advanced Search?

A: The newest feature in Advanced Search is the incorporation of the GSW OpenGeoSci functionality in the map based 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 is relevant. 

Q: Can I still download articles from search results?

A: Yes, clicking on the PDF icon allows you to download the article if you have authenticated access to do so.

Q: What is the GeoRef Thesaurus?

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

Q: Can I buy a single article?

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

Q: How do I access the journal archives?

A: On the journal home page, click on Archive (below the journal title on the left) to see the full list of previous and archived issues. 

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 to incorporate innovative new features for articles, quick search, advanced search, and GeoRef related features.

Q: What has changed in chapter features?

A: The chapter view now features a “split-screen” that shows the chapter text on the left and figures, tables, charts, and illustrations on the right, allowing you to scan up and down the text keeping the figures in place for reference. You can also click on a figure and go right to that spot in the text. If you prefer, standard view is also available.

Q: What is new about the Quick Search?

A: Quick Search provides the option to search the entire site from any page or to only search within a specific journal or book. 

For Admin Librarians

Q: How do I find COUNTER usage reports?

A: Login to the Admin Dashboard and click on COUNTER Reports. NOTE: The usage reports available in the Current Year-to-Date list will be from the point of migration (November 21, 2017) forward. Please note that when obtaining Counter Reports, they do not show in preview, you need to download the report completely and open it up again, within applicable software, in order for the data to populate the report. If you see "0" usage you need to make sure you close the file and open it again. 

Q: Can I access legacy usage reports?

A: Legacy usage reports are available only for GSW or for SEG only customers. Legacy usage reports from the prior platform are available at the Download legacy COUNTER reports link at the bottom of the page.

For Authors

Click here for an informational spreadsheet providing links to submission instructions and permissions Information for each of GSW's 46 journals.

Please note that the editorial staff for each individual journal is responsible for the article review and selection process. GSW does not participate in this process or make any decisions on journal content. Please follow-up with the specific journal’s staff with any questions.




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