Impact Factor 2.892 | CiteScore 2.74
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Economic Geology publishes cross-disciplinary, open access research into the exploration and uses of mineral deposits and other earth materials, as well as the challenges associated with accessing these resources in the 21st century.
In keeping with Frontiers commitment to publishing open science for sustainable futures, we especially encourage submissions related to the environmental impacts and mitigation of exploration and mining activities. Please note that research focused on environmental remediation of mining activities should be submitted to the Toxicology, Pollution and the Environment section of Frontiers in Environmental Science.
Areas covered by this section include, but are not limited to:
This field covers a wide range of systems from extremely high temperature ultramafic magmatic systems (Ni-Cu-PGEs) to supergene weathering processes; sedimentary processes, from deposition of heavy minerals to form placers of important resources, and epigenetic ore systems; and ore-forming system transitions, from high T magmatic to lower T hydrothermal systems.
The scales of observation and analysis can be wide ranging reflecting the breadth and depth of studies that contribute to our fundamental knowledge of the processes of formation through to their environments of formation including aspects that impact exploration mining as well. Satellite-based remote sensing to mineral-chemical observations at the TEM scale all advance our understanding of deposit formation. Petrological, geochemical, and geophysical studies are all integral to understanding these anomalous systems, with geostatistical tools enhancing these enormous datasets typically created in these studies.
Changes in environments throughout earth history affect the many variables that control deposit formation. On a larger scale, but also local scale, geodynamic settings of deposit formation are often key to discerning the fundamental controls on mineralization. The wide range of earth processes including magmatism, metamorphism, deformation, to near surface processes, including weathering and various types of erosion and hydrodynamic separation all of which contribute to formation of earth’s resources.
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Economic Geology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Data Report, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Economic Geology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Economic Geology will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Earth Science.
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