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Resources for Institutions, Corporations and Libraries


 Open Access
Online First

Institutional, corporate and library subscribers to Lyell Collection content - welcome! If you're looking for more information about the Lyell Collection and the journals and book series contained within, or tools to help you promote it to your students or colleagues then you're in the right place! 

More information can be found below, and look out for the helpful marketing resources on the right.

The Geological Society offers a range of subscription and access options for institutions, corporations and libraries subscribing to the journals we publish. Please contact us if you require a multi-site or global access license.

Quick Links: Online journals | Online + Print | Lyell Collection Complete packages | Special Publications | Special Publications Archive | MARC records | License terms | Open Access articles | Perpetual access to subscribed-to-content | Pay-per-view | Digital preservation | Access for Developing Countries | Usage statistics | eBooks 

Online journals

The seven Lyell Collection journals are electronic by default and the online version is the version of record. Journals can be purchased as online only subscriptions giving subscribers online access to all published content including the deep archive.

Online + Print

Subscribers can add print copies of journals published during the subscription year to their online subscription for an additional fee. The seven Lyell Collection journals are available individually as online only or online + print. Print only subscriptions are not available.


Lyell Collection Complete packages

  • Lyell Collection Complete Online includes online access to all of the current and archived journals plus Special Publications, Engineering Geology Special Publications, Geological Society Memoirs, Petroleum Geology Conferences, together with the historic collections of Transactions of the Geological Society, Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow and Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society.
  • Lyell Collection Complete Online + Print includes online access as above to current and archived journals and books plus print copies of all journals and books published in the subscription year.
  • Lyell Collection Complete Online + Special Publications Print includes online access as above to current and archived journals and books plus print copies of the Special Publications published in the subscription year.

A subscription to any Lyell Collection Complete package includes online access to all Online First articles published in the journals and Special Publications ahead of printed publication. Perpetual access to Online First articles is available if the final volume is published within the subscribed-to calendar year.

The Lyell Collection Complete package is recommended by the Geological Society. It has been priced to include all content at a rate which is discounted compared to the purchase of individual components (a 14% discount for the online only or online+print options).

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Special Publications 

All Special Publication volumes are available online on payment of an annual subscription fee (for the Special Publications alone, or as part of Lyell Collection Complete).  An online + print option is also available.

Special Publications Archive

It is also possible to purchase Special Publication archives of volumes 1 to 400 outright for a one-off fee allowing perpetual access.

The 400 volumes are available in four separate archives (Volumes 1 to 100, 101 to 200, 201 to 300 or 301 to 400) or as 300 or 400 volume sets.

The archives are hosted on the Geological Society’s Lyell Collection, and there is no annual maintenance charge.


MARC Records

MARC records are available for all book series available on the Lyell Collection. You will require MARC record reader/loader software to add these .mrc files to your library system. Please see the list of available files here.


License terms

The Geological Society has adopted the SERU (Shared E-Resources Understanding) approach. Please see terms of use for libraries and institutions for more information. GSL does not issue or require the agreement of a formal license for institutional access to the Lyell Collection. Payment of subscription or archive fees (direct or via an agent) implies acceptance of SERU. Corporate subscribers should contact the Geological Society for a quote and a description of any specific license terms.

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Open Access articles

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The Geological Society offers authors the opportunity to publish Open Access articles which are free to all and designated by an Open Access logo. These articles are published under the terms of the CC-BY license.

GSL is committed to responsible subscription pricing. Should the volume of open access content in any title rise to significant levels, the Society will recognise and accommodate the associated APC (article processing charge) income when setting its annual prices.

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Perpetual access to subscribed-to content

Subscribers can have perpetual access to their subscribed-to content published in final volume form (from 2008). For example a subscriber for the years 2008 – 2016 who does not renew for 2017 would receive perpetual access to the content published from 2008 - 2016, on request, but would not receive access to Online First articles which were not published in final volume form by 31 December 2016.

Subscriptions prior to 2008 do not entitle subscribers to access Lyell-hosted past content. Before 2008 the print copy was the version of record and electronic access was a free add-on. Electronic access was discontinued when a subscription lapsed.



Individual articles are available using pay-per-view.


Digital preservation


GSL has partnered with CLOCKSS to ensure the digital preservation of Lyell Collection content for the future.

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Access for Developing Countries


Approved institutions and NGOs in developing countries may be eligible for free access under a scheme run by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). Eligible countries are listed here.


Usage statistics

Please see the Lyell Collection FAQs page for a list of usage report links and instructions.

JUSP for the UK HE and FE sector - Track your usage with JUSP - the Journals Usage Statistics Portal. JUSP gives librarians in the UK HE and FE sector a simple way of analysing the value and impact of their electronic journal subscriptions through accurate and comparable usage statistics. JUSP saves academic libraries time and duplicated effort by providing a single gateway for them to access their usage statistics from participating publishers.

HighWire Administrator Toolbox - Usage statistics for all journals published by the Geological Society are available from the Highwire Administrator Toolbox

Administrators can:

  • Generate COUNTER usage reports.
  • Establish SUSHI feeds.

What is SUSHI? 

Using the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) protocol HighWire hosted journal COUNTER reports are available. To harvest these statistics you need to set up an account on the HighWire Portal.



Special Publications, Engineering Geology Special Publications, Geological Society Memoirs and the Petroleum Geology Conferences are already online with the Lyell Collection, but from July 2014 a selected number of books (including some not previously available electronically) are included in the new GeoScienceWorld eBook Collection which is designed for institutional purchase. To find out more about the GSW eBook Collection and to discuss a trial contact

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