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Lyell Collection

The Lyell Collection

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Launched in 2007 to celebrate 200 years of the Geological Society of London, the Lyell Collection is an online collection comprising of the Society’s journal titles, Special Publications and key book series - plus journals published on behalf of other societies. Cutting edge science sits alongside important historical material, all captured and presented to the highest electronic standards and benefiting from the extensive functionality of HighWire Press’ platform.

The Lyell Collection in a nutshell


  • Journal of the Geological Society
  • Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Scottish Journal of Geology**
  • Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society**
  • Journal of Micropalaeontology**
  • Transactions of the Geological Society of London
  • Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society**
  • Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow**
  • Special Publications*
  • Engineering Geology Special Publications*
  • Memoirs*
  • Petroleum Geology Conferences series
  • 18 000 peer-reviewed articles
  • 260 000 pages of Earth science content
  • Full-text archives back to 1811
  • Selected open-access articles
  • Free public access to alerts, search functions and abstracts
  • Full electronic functionality and searchable content throughout
  • Full-text in HTML and PDF format
  • Active reference linking via CrossRef, GeoRef and ISI
  • Free full-text linking to many other key Earth science journals, including GeoScienceWorld
  • eTOC (electronic Table of Contents) and research alerts available to subscribers and non-subscribers
  • GSL has partnered with the CLOCKSS Archive to ensure the digital preservation of Lyell Collection content for the future
  • Specially-designed mobile sites for JGS, QJEGH, PG and GEEA, benefiting researchers and students alike. The content and layout of these mobile sites has been created specifically for viewing on a small screen whilst maintaining full text content of the current issue, archives, table of contents and the look and feel of the full web version.

Non-Fellows/institutions - see 'what does it include?' for more information. 


Geological Society of London Fellows

Please see access for Fellows for further information on how to access GSL journal content.

*The Book Archive includes access to books published prior to the current and previous three calendar years. An additional Full Book Collection subscription is required for access to newer book content.

**Fellows can only access the content of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, the Scottish Journal of Geology, Journal of Micropalaeontology or Transactions of the Edinburgh or Glasgow geological societies by using pay-per-view, purchasing a non-member subscription or by joining YGS for the Proceedings, GSG or EGS for the Scottish Journal or TMS for the Journal of Micropalaeontology.

 Pay-per-view Access

Pay-per-view Access

Why is the Lyell Collection so named?

The Lyell Collection is named after Charles Lyell, the eminent nineteenth-century geologist whose work included the influential book, Principles of Geology, and the establishment of the Principle of Uniformitarianism. All articles authored by Charles Lyell in the Lyell Collection are free to access.



We have partnered with CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) to ensure that all 26,000 articles available on the Lyell Collection are stored safely and securely online.

Journal recommendation form

If you would like to recommend that your library subscribes to a Geological Society journal or book, please complete the Journal and book recommendation form