Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

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Edited By: Professor S. N. Lane

Impact Factor: 2.845

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 12/46 (Geography Physical); 31/175 (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

·          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; 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.


We welcome the following kinds of manuscripts:


1.     Full papers on any of the above topics, with a text length that does not normally exceed 8000 words.

2.     Earth Surface EXchange (ESEX) Letters, shorter papers that are reviewed and published rapidly, on any of the above topics. There length should not normally exceed 4000 words and are suited to research that is in its early stages of development.

3.     Earth Surface EXchange (ESEX) Commentaries, short articles, normally up to 1500 words in length, designed to raise issues of geomorphological interest to the wider community.

4.     Earth Surface EXchange (ESEX) Discussions and Replies, short articles, normally up to 1500 words in length that discuss individual articles that have appeared in ESPL.

5.     Earth Surface EXchange (ESEX) State of the Science papers, of a length to be negotiated with the Managing Editor, which provide a cutting edge synthesis of the direction of one element of geomorphological research in the light of future research challenges. Potential authors of State of the Science manuscripts are required to consult with the Managing Editor ( before making their submission.


All manuscripts are subject to full peer review and managed through an electronic system, Manuscript Central. To submit a manuscript, please go to

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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