Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research

Official Journal of the International Association of Geoanalysts


Editorial policy


Aim of Journal

'Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research' is an international journal dedicated to advancing the science of reference materials, analytical techniques and data quality relevant to the chemical analysis of geological and environmental samples. Papers are accepted for publication following peer review.


Papers accepted for publication will fall into one of the following categories:


    (a) Original research papers that make a significant contribution to advancing scientific knowledge in any of the following fields:

      (i) Developments in analytical techniques including methods suitable for the bulk, isotopic and microprobe analysis of geological and environmental samples.

      (ii) The results of studies of geological and environmental reference materials and analytical methods.

      (iii) Developments in the statistical analysis of reference material, and other geoanalytical or environmental data, including aspects supporting the concept of 'fitness for purpose'.


    (b) Data compilations that represent the results of:

      (i) New collaborative studies on analytical methods.

      (ii) New certification studies on reference samples

      (iii) New results from proficiency testing trials of laboratories.

      (iv) Revisions of previously published reference material data that demonstrate a significant improvement in the quality of specified reference values or present values for additional constituents.

      (v) Revisions of previously published reference material data that extends the use of the reference material to new areas of application (e.g. to microanalysis or speciation studies).

    Compilations must be accompanied by a careful evaluation of data to demonstrate an improvement compared with previously published data. In particular, compilations of previously published data must demonstrate that there is a statistically significant difference between new and previous compiled values with evidence that the new compiled value is a better estimate of the true value. If these criteria cannot be demonstrated, reference should be made to the earlier compilation and source data omitted from the new compilation.


    (c) Contributions to the characterisation of reference materials. Papers that offer new results for the analysis of reference materials must include:

      (i) A demonstration that a detailed investigation has been undertaken of technique optimisation, interference effects, matrix corrections and precision by including details in the paper or by reference to a previous publication.

      (ii) An evaluation of bias, an estimation of the uncertainty in individual values presented and a demonstration of the extent to which the results comply with the concept of traceability,.

      (iii) An overall impression that the data presented is 'state of the art' in relation to the capabilities of contemporary laboratories.

    (d) Reviews and topical commentaries that discuss progress or topical developments in any area that is of general interest to the geoanalytical community. Authors considering offering such contributions should first contact the Editors-in-Chief.

Refereeing policy

To maintain the highest standards, all manuscripts offered for publication will normally be reviewed by two independent referees who will be asked to judge the paper by the criteria set out above. The comments and recommendations of the referees will be reviewed by the Editors-in-Chief who will decide whether or not to accept the paper for publication. The decision of the Editors-in-Chief in judging the merit of a contribution is final. The Journal is committed to as rapid a possible publication schedule of high quality contributions. Every effort will be made to minimise delays.

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