Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

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Edited By: Professor S. N. Lane

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 9/49 (Geography Physical); 23/184 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1096-9837


The Journal of the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) , formerly the British Geomorphological Research Group (BGRG), is a professional organisation that promotes the field of geomorphology, encouraging interests in: earth surface process, and the erosion, deposition and formation of landforms and sediments. Foci include the physical geography of our river, valley, glacier, mountain, hill, slope, coast, desert and estuary environments; alongside responses to Holocene, Pleistocene or Quaternary environmental change. The BSG webpages outline the societies activities, and includes details of: forthcoming meetings, conferences and field excursions; publications (the Geophemera newsletter and this journal); research funding; educational resources for schools; and membership details.

Aims and Scope

Earth Surface Processes and Landforms is an interdisciplinary international journal concerned with:

  • the interactions between surface processes and landforms and landscapes;
  • that lead to physical, chemical and biological changes; and which in turn create;
  • current landscapes and the geological record of past landscapes.

Its focus is core to both physical geographical and geological communities, and also the wider geosciences

We publish manuscripts that address the full range of the discipline of geomorphology including the following specific areas:

  • The geological records of Earth surface processes in relation to environmental change, including the interpretation and use such records to reconstruct landforms, landscapes and landscape evolution
  • The application of quantitative retrodictive and predictive models to support such interpretations
  • The impacts of past, current and future environmental change upon Earth surface processes, and the influences of core drivers such as climate, tectonics, seismic and volcanic activity, vegetation and ecology, ice sheets and glaciers; and oceans and sea level
  • Weathering and the fluxes of material, both solid and in solution, and their contribution to landscape development and landform evolution
  • The full range of environments associated with the Earth, including glacial, paraglacial, periglacial; hillslopes; soils; Critical Zones; fluvial; karst; aeolian; estuarine and coastal;
  • Planetary geomorphology and the interpretation of planetary processes and landforms in the light of our understanding of Earth surface processes and landforms and the emerging knowledge of the planets themselves
  • The relationship between Earth surface processes and management
  • State of the art developments in techniques that enable new geomorphological questions to be asked, including remote sensing (airborne and ground-based) GIS, mathematical modelling and analysis, dating
  • Geomorphological theory, including conceptual development
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms does not publish case studies of particular landforms or landscapes unless they have wider systematic relevance.

Manuscript types

We welcome the following kinds of manuscripts:

  1. Full papers present original and significant research results or methodological developments of geomorphic importance (max length 8,000 words, excluding Figure/Table captions and bibliography). They are written in the form of a scientific article with a complete and reproducible methodology, clearly separated results and discussion, and a conclusion. Work based around a case study must make its wider geomorphic relevance clear.
  2. Letters to ESEX allow for more rapid publication of potentially original and significant research results or methodological developments (maximum length 4,000 words, excluding Figure/Table captions and bibliography). We encourage authors to develop their letter into a full journal article in the months following publication.
  3. ESEX commentaries are opinion pieces (maximum length 1,500 words, excluding Figure/Table captions and bibliography) designed to encourage geomorphic reflection around particular issues/questions.
  4. ESEX exchanges are discussions of published papers (maximum length 1,500 words, excluding Figure/Table captions and bibliography).
  5. State of Science articles are review papers normally up to 12,000 words in length, excluding Figure/Table captions and bibliography. State of Science articles must not only engage widely with relevant literature, they must also establish the wider importance of the work being reviewed for geomorphic science more widely. Authors are encouraged to consult with the Managing Editor before submission.

Unfortunately, the volume of submissions to ESPL is greater than the rate at which we can publish those that meet our rigorous scientific standards. Thus, we make a distinction between manuscripts that are of a high scientific quality and which contain original and significant geomorphological science and those which may be of the same quality but which only advance the discipline incrementally. Given pressure on space to publish in ESPL, we reserve the right to decline those manuscripts that meet our rigorous standards in terms of science but which have insufficient material of originality and significance to merit publication.


Geomorphologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, geochemists


Geomorphology, Geomorphological, Processes, Landforms, Soils, Weathering, Hill Slopes, Fluvial, Aeolian, Glacial, Landslides, Terrain, journal, online journal, Wiley Online Library

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