ISSN 0718-7106 online version
ISSN 0718-7092 print version


Scope and policy

Andean Geology (AndGeo, formerly Revista Geologica de Chile), is an electronic journal, indexed by Web of Science (WoS ISI) and specialized in South American geology. It has a worldwide circulation, and its broad scope and high standards keep the journal at the forefront of developments on the geology of the Andes. It publishes original papers about all aspects of the geosciences in Spanish or English, in three issues per year (January, May and September). It covers petrology, geochemistry, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, geophysics, geomorphology, economic geology, geochronology, biostratigraphy, and Earth history.

Articles focus on major topics of broad interest in the Earth Sciences dealing with the geology of South and Central America and Antarctica, and particularly of the Andes. Geological Notes and Book Reviews are also considered for publication.

The journal is also interested in publishing thematic sets of papers. These will undergo the normal editing process.

Andean Geology accepts articles dealing with systematic Paleontology only if their main focus is the chronostratigraphic, paleoecologic and/or paleogeographic importance of the taxa described therein. Descriptions of new species or genera and, only if necessary, complementary descriptions of already known species are acceptable. The already known species mentioned in the article can also be illustrated.

Categories of paper. The Editors welcome original, creative, high- quality contributions suitable for the journal′s readership. There are no charges for papers published in Andean Geology.

Original Articles. This category is intended for studies that fit within the journal′s broad scope. As mentioned in the Instructions to the Authors, there is a page limit; however, papers should be as concise as clarity permits. They should include an abstract of up to 500 words, accompanied by 4-7 keywords. If the article has an appendix, this should be submitted as Supplementary Material.

Geological Notes. This category is designed for concisely written research reports for which rapid publication is considered desirable. Papers in this category should not exceed 6 printed pages of the journal (approximately 5000 words, plus one and a half pages of figures), including an abstract of no more than 100 words, and 4-7 keywords.

Review Articles. This category is designed for extensive reviews of a specific topic. Review Articles may be unsolicited or may be invited by the Editors. They should contain no more than 45 pages (not including references, figures or tables), a summary of up to 250 words, and 4-7 keywords. Exceptions to the length limitation will be considered by the Editors if justified by the scope of the review.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

The authors must upload their work on our website Authors should include at least two e-mail addresses and two contact telephone numbers and are also requested to include a cover letter with the submitted paper considering the following aspects:

  • The main working hypothesis.
  • Aspects of the paper that are innovative and of current and significant interest to a wide public audience.
  • A list of articles on related areas that any of the authors have published in the last year or that have been accepted or are in press in another journal.

Any paper submitted for publication in Andean Geology should not be sent to other journals for similar purposes.

The maximum extension of papers currently accepted by the journal is 40 pages.

Every paper is evaluated by two or more referees. Their observations will be forwarded to the author to be included in the revision of the paper. The Editor will notify the author whether the paper has been approved for publication. For the cover, the best color photograph of the articles that are included in each issue and that is appropriate, will be selected. It is recommended to send photos of vertical orientation, considering that the upper half has the identification of the magazine.

Organization of the papers

Title. Titles should not be longer than twelve words (not considering articles and prepositions). If a longer title is required, it is advisable to divide it into a main title and a subtitle. Authors should also supply the translation of the title into Spanish.

Abstract. All articles shall have a brief and informative summary, in a single paragraph, with a maximum of 500 words. This abstract should include the content and conclusions of the paper, omitting references, criticisms, illustrations and diagrams. Its contents should be restricted to the essential information and results. A copy of the summary should be sent in both Spanish and English versions must include a listing of keywords.

Text. The article should start with the main contribution, the objectives and a summary of previous studies. Only conclusions based on data should be included, and presented in a concise way. The difference between data and interpretations must be clearly defined. The methodology and laboratory technique descriptions that differ from those commonly used should be explained briefly, preferably as an Appendix to the article.

The text should be divided into title categories, these should be indicated by the author as follows: 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, etc.

Figures (drawings, diagrams, photographs) and Tables. The figures and tables must bear the identification of the author in each case, together with the corresponding correlative numbers, followed by a dash and the total number of illustrations of the text (Fig. 1-5 means that it is figure 1 of a total of 5; T1-3, table 1 of a total of 3). The maximum published size of a figure should be 21 cm wide by 31 cm long, so that it may be clear in PDF format. The smaller, simpler and more compact the figure, the easier it will be for the reader to understand. Always use a graphic scale and, if possible, fine lines in the drawings; these must keep the proportions between the width and the length to facilitate reduction, if necessary.

Figures and photographs should also be sent in electronic JPEG/TIFF formats, with more than 300 dpi resolution, and an editable copy in Adobe Illustrator. Abbreviations are not accepted in the text, figures or references. Hydrological toponymics in figures must be written in italics (names of rivers, gorges, streams, lakes, salars, seas: e.g., Maule River).

The tables must replace the text, not duplicate it. Provide a brief title for the heading and send the tables on separate sheets. The decimals are separated from the whole numbers by comma in the Spanish versions and by point in the English versions.

Paleontological data. The repository of fossils mentioned in the articles must be stated (museum or other institution). In addition, illustrated specimens should be identified with their corresponding catalog number.

Footnotes. These should be avoided, if possible, by including this information in the text. If they are essential, however, they must be marked with a symbol.

Appendixes. Appendixes must have a title and are to be placed at the end of the text, after the References.

Acknowledgements. This section goes after the main text. The people mentioned must be linked to the institutions to which they belong, and/or their professions. The names of laboratories and institutions shall bear, if necessary, the corresponding acronyms in parenthesis. The country should be indicated as well, unless inferred from the names themselves.

The funding source project, including those of all authors, must be mentioned. If there was no funding allocated to the study, please indicate the following: "This research has not received funding from any source." Permissions granted for reproduction of third party material must be mentioned.

References. References within the text shall be made by indicating only the author′s last name (or those of the authors, if there is more than one), the year and the page. If an author had more than one publication in the same year, those must be differentiated by a letter (a, b, etc.) after the year. If there are more than two authors, the phrase et al. must be added after the name of the first author, and the year.

a) Serials. Last name and initials of the authors, year, complete title of article, complete name of the serial, volume, number and pages:

Montes, A.S.L.; Gravenor, C.P.; Montes, L.M. 1985. Glacial sedimentation in the late Precambian Badedouro Formation, Bahia, Brazil. Sedimentary Geology 44 (3-4): 349-358.

b) Books: last name and initials of the authors, year, complete title, editorial or printing house, number of pages and city where the book was printed.

Fyfe, W.S.; Price, N.J.; Thomson, A.B. 1978. Fluids in the Earth′s crust. Elsevier Publishing Co.: 383 p. Amsterdam.

c) Chapters in books. Last name and the initials of the authors, year, title of work or chapter, In and title of book, editorial or printing house, editor, page, city or country where the book was printed.

Mitchell, A.H.G.; Beckinsale, R.D.1982. Mineral deposits associated with calcalkaline rocks. In Andesites (Thorpe, R.S.; editor). John Wiley and Sons: 677-695. London.

d) Congresses, seminars, symposia, proceedings. The last name and initials of all the authors, year, title of work, In Congress No. and year (if different from year of publication) of the event, Proceedings (Abstracts, etc.), Vol., p. No., city and/or country.

Alfaro, G. 1985. Sphalerite as geobarometer; Preliminary records of the polymetal sulfides in the South of Chile. In Congreso Geologico Chileno, No. 4, Actas 2: 1-15. Antofagasta.

e) Publications in press, as follows:

Pankhurst, R.J.; Hervé, F.; Rojas, L.; Cembrano, J. In press. Magmatism and tectonics in continental Chiloé, Chile (42º-42º30′S). Tectonophysics.

f) Degree and Ph.D. Thesis:

Fuenzalida, J.L. 1979. Estudio geológico preliminar de Península Huequi, X Región. Memoria de Título (Unpublished), Universidad de Chile, Departamento de Geología: 158 p.

Skarmeta, J. 1983. The structural geology of the Sierra Moreno, northern Chile. Ph.D. Thesis (Unpublished), University of London: 299 p.

Suggestions. Avoid referring to unpublished reports and, when absolutely mandatory, quote them only within the text, in a footnote below and not in the References themselves. Studies in progress should not be quoted. In order to include data or opinions, it is advisable to use written or personal communication, author and year.

Sending of manuscripts

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