Atlantic Geoscience Journal of the Atlantic Geoscience Society

Rédaction : Sandra Barr (Editor), Rob Fensome (Editor), Denise Brushett (Editor), Dave West (Editor)

Revue précédée de Atlantic Geology : Journal of the Atlantic Geoscience Society

À propos

Atlantic Geoscience (originally Maritime Sediments, subsequently Maritime Sediments and Atlantic Geology, and most recently Atlantic Geology) covers all aspects of the geoscience of Atlantic Canada and related areas. It publishes papers, notes, and discussions on original research and review papers, where appropriate to the regional geoscience.


Sandra M. Barr, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6 Canada

Telephone: 902-585-1340


See the journal website at:

In addition to on-line access, laser-printed, staple-bound paper copies of each annual volume of Atlantic Geoscience can be ordered. The paper copy is printed and mailed annually.  Please contact Sandra Barr at for more information.

Historique de la revue (3 numéros)

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Politique éditoriale et éthique

Copyright Policy

All material contained in Atlantic Geoscience is copyrighted by the journal. Permission to photocopy for internal or personal use or for the internal or personal use of specific clients is granted by Atlantic Geoscience to libraries and other users registered with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), provided that the stated fee per copy is paid directly to the CCC, 21 Congress Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970 USA. Other requests should be addressed to one of the journal editors, or sent to Atlantic Geoscience, Box 116, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Canada B4P 2R6. Permission to use a single graphic for which Atlantic Geoscience owns copyright is considered “fair dealing” under the Canadian Copyright Act and “fair use” by the journal, and no other permission need be granted, subject to the image being appropriately cited in all reproductions. The same fair dealing/fair use policy applies to sections of text up to 100 words in length.

Peer Review Policy

Manuscripts submitted to Atlantic Geoscience are sent to a minimum of two reviewers who assess each manuscript on the basis of normal scientific criteria such as originality, quality of the science, and quality of written material and illustrations, as well as the appropriateness of the material for a regional journal. The reviewers can choose to remain anonymous if they so wish. A panel of associate editors selected by the editors assists in soliciting and reviewing manuscripts. Normally, the manuscript will be handled by the editor most qualified to assess the scientific content. The final decision on acceptance and rejection rests with that editor.




Ethical Policy

It is understood that manuscripts submitted to Atlantic Geoscience are not being considered for publication elsewhere. 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Instruction pour les auteurs

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • I have read and followed Atlantic Geology's Editorial Guidelines
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point font (preferably Times New Roman); lines are numbered; tables and figures are placed at the end (if compiled pdf is submitted - preferred) or added separately.
  • Names and contact e-mails for 3 or 4 potential reviewers are included in Comments to the Editor.

Author Guidelines

Please READ the instructions below and on the Author Guidelines document BEFORE you submit your manuscript. 

After you log in, go to your Home and click on Author to initiate the submission process.


For reviewing purposes, the initial submission should be a single PDF file that includes text, figures, and tables.  A separate Word document for the text only may also be submitted as some reviewers prefer to edit a Word document rather than a PDF.  Please number the lines in the text sequentially before making the PDF as it is helpful to the reviewers and editor. Publication-quality final versions of figures and tables will be requested after the manuscript has been accepted.  Note that you need to include the authors' names and e-mail addresses during submission (including preferred salutation such as "John V. Smith") but other "metadata" about affiliations, funding, etc. is optional.

During the submission process, please provide the names of and contact information for at least three potential REVIEWERS of your manuscript using the "Comment to the Editor" option.

It is understood that manuscripts submitted to Atlantic Geology are not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Manuscript Format  Manuscripts should be set up on 8½ x 11 inch (21 x 28 cm) page format, with margins of a minimum of 1 inch (2.5 cm). Every part of the manuscript (text, figure captions, references) except for tables should be double spaced. The first page of the manuscript should contain only the title, authors' names, authors' complete business addresses (including postal or zip code), and relevant footnotes. Page numbers begin with the title page and all subsequent pages should be numbered accordingly.   For additional important instructions, please refer to the guide to authors document.

Abstract An abstract of approximately 250 words or less is required for all papers and a shorter one for notes. No abstract is necessary for discussion and miscellanea sections. Authors who can submit abstracts in both fluent English and French are encouraged to do so; otherwise a translation will be provided prior to publication. References must not be cited in the abstract. Changes to abstracts are not permitted after final acceptance of manuscript because of the French translation.

References References should be typed double spaced and listed alphabetically by authors' names in the format used in current issues of this journal. Reference to unpublished work should be made as follows: (G.E. Pajari, personal communication 1981). Material in press, with the name of the journal, may be used as a reference. All reference material should be written in full, excluding authors' initials. Do NOT set authors' names in all capitals.  Refer to guide to authors document for more details and examples.

Illustrations Illustrations (figures and photographs) should be numbered consecutively and each one should be referred to, in order, in the text. All illustrations should be designed to fit into one column (width 3.5 inches or 9 cm) or two columns (width 7.25 inches or 18.5 cm); the length of the columns is 9½ inches or 24 cm. If no size specifications are provided, illustration size is at the discretion of the layout team.  Consideration should be given for caption space with full page figures and photographs. All figures and photographs must include a scale which may be on the illustration or, alternatively, in the figure caption. CorelDRAW format is preferred for submission of FINAL figures. FINAL versions of halftone or photographic plates should be submitted as pdf format files. Figures and photographs will appear in colour at no charge in the electronic journal. However, authors should ensure that the figure also can be viewed effectively in black and white, as many readers likely will not be printing colour copies of your paper.  Refer to guide to authors document for more information.

Tables Design tables to fit within the width of the page at 9 point type. Larger tables should fit within one page either in portrait or landscape layout. Use horizontal lines above and below headings and below columns. Vertical lines should not be used in tables. It is preferred that tables be prepared in Excel.

Galley Proofs Galley proofs are provided for the correction of typographical errors—costs incurred by larger changes will be charged to the authors. Corrected galley proofs must be returned in the time frame specified by the editors (normally 5 days).

Reprints and Page Charges The corresponding author of each paper in Atlantic Geology will be provided with a good quality pdf of his/her paper. Papers published in the journal become open access after one year.  Immediate open access is available for a charge (see Journal Home Page).

Detailed guidelines for authors are provided in the pdf entitled "Editorial Guidelines for Authors", available on the journal Home Page and also via the link provided below under Submission Preparation Checklist on the journal website (

Comité de rédaction

Editorial Team


Sandra M. Barr, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
Denise M. Brushett, NS Department of Natural Resources & Renewables, Halifax, NS
Robert A. Fensome, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), Dartmouth, NS
David P. West, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA

Production Manager

Chris E. White, NS Department of Natural Resources & Renewables, Halifax, NS

Associate Editors

Arden Bashforth, Natural History Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Karl Butler, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
M. R. Gibling, Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University
Andrew Kerr, St. John's, NL
Daniel J. Kontak, Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University
Alexandre Normandeau, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), Dartmouth, NS
Michael B. Parsons, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), Dartmouth, NS
H. Scott Swinden, Swinden Geoscience Consultants Ltd., Wolfville, NS
K.G. Thorne, Dept. of Energy & Resource Development, Fredericton, NB
Anne Westhues, Hannover, Germany

Layout Team

Leann Grosvold, Wolfville, NS
Eugene MacDonald, Halifax, NS