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Edited By: Craig Manning, Mark Person and Giuseppe Etiope

Impact Factor: 1.75

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 16/47 (Geology); 39/81 (Geochemistry & Geophysics)

Online ISSN: 1468-8123

Author Guidelines


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To ensure responsible publication practices, this Journal adheres to Wiley-Blackwell’s publication ethics policies, which include guidelines on handling suspected publication misconduct and complaints about the Journal. This Journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics.


Qualification for authorship should comprise:

-      substantial contribution to conception and design or the acquisition and analysis of data;
-      drafting or critically revising the manuscript; and
-      approval of the final submitted version.

All authors must satisfy all three criteria. By submission of a manuscript to the Journal, all authors warrant that they have the authority to publish the material and that the paper, or one substantially the same, has neither been published previously, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. Submissions may be subject to testing for textual similarity to other published works via the CrossCheck™ software employed by the Journal.


Authors must disclose all sources of funding for their research and its publication. This information should be included in the cover letter. Any involvement of the funder in study design, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation and publication decision should be clearly stated in the cover letter.

Conflict of interest disclosure

Geofluids requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter to the Editors, in the manuscript (in the Acknowledgments section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Data availability

Data that is integral to the paper must be made available in such a way as to enable readers to replicate, verify and build upon the conclusions published in the paper. Any restriction on the availability of this data must be disclosed at the time of submission. Data may be included as part of the main article where practical. We recommend that data for which public repositories are widely used, and are accessible to all, should be deposited in such a repository prior to publication. The appropriate linking details and identifier(s) should then be included in the publication and where possible the repository, to facilitate linking between the journal article and the data. If such a repository does not exist, data should be included as supporting information to the published paper or authors should agree to make their data available upon reasonable request.

Accepted Article

Geofluids now offers Accepted Articles for all papers as soon they are received by the production office. Accepted Articles is a service whereby peer reviewed,accepted articles are published online as and when they are ready, without having been copy-edited. This process is made to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance. Readers should note that all articles published within Accepted Articles have been fully refereed, but have not been through the copy-editing and proof correction process. Wiley Blackwell cannot be held responsible for errors or consequences arising from the use of information contained in these articles; nor do the views

and opinions expressed necessarily reflect those of Wiley Blackwell. Accepted Articles Articles are fully citable using the DOI number. They are not considered to be final, please note that changes will be made to an article after Accepted Article online publication, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record.


Submission of Manuscripts

All submissions to the Journal must be made via the online electronic editorial office.  Full instructions and a help facility are available at the Geofluids ScholarOne Manuscripts™ site:
Please note that online manuscript submission must be done from the Corresponding Author's ScholarOne Manuscripts™ account.

Preference will be given to papers of less than 15 journal pages (one journal page is equivalent to approximately 1,400 words, or word-equivalents). Authors wishing to submit longer manuscripts or review articles should contact the Editors first to discuss their plans. We will offer accelerated publication for short (less than 6 journal pages) articles on particularly timely themes and Technical Notes. These will describe new methodologies, such as experimental procedures, which are of general interest.

Papers must be submitted exclusively to the Journal, on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published elsewhere. The Editors retain the right to modify the style and length of a contribution (major changes being agreed with the corresponding author) and to decide the time of publication.

Manuscript Format

The manuscript should be uploaded as a Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) file and should be typed with double spacing on one side of the paper on A4, or similar, paper (297 × 210 mm), with generous margins. Pages should be numbered consecutively, including those of acknowledgements, references, tables and figure legends. Papers must be in English, and spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English or to Merriam Webster’s new Collegiate Dictionary for US spelling. Authors may use UK or US spelling, but must be consistent in their use throughout the paper. Authors are advised to retain a copy of the paper in case of loss, as the Editors cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Papers will be acknowledged on receipt.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Title Page

The typescript should include a title page with:

-      a concise, but informative, title;
-      a short running title for page headings;
-      a list of all author names with addresses including phone, fax and e-mail contact details;
-      and the name and full contact details of the author to whom proofs and offprint requests should be directed.


There should be an informative abstract comprising a summary of no more than 300 words.

Units, Symbols and Abbreviations

SI units are preferred and SI equivalents must be specified at the first mention of non-SI units. Where imperial units are used the metric equivalent should follow in brackets. Statistics and measurements should be given in numeric form, e.g. 2 m, except where the number begins a sentence. When a number is used to identify a feature, it should be given in figures with the feature capitalized (e.g. Section 10, Locality 5). The word figure should not be shortened to Fig.. Technical terms should be spelt out in full the first time they appear in the article.


We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Authors should use the system illustrated below. Only full articles that have been published or are 'in press' may be included in the reference list. In the text references should be cited by giving the authors name and the year of publication in parentheses, and should be given in date order (Bethke 1983, Borja & Dreiss 1990) and, for three or more authors, Miller et al. (1977). When different papers with the same first author and the same year are cited, a, b, c, etc., should be put after the year of publication.

References (Harvard Style) should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper in the following standard form, giving the names of all authors and with the names of publications given in full:

Muir-Wood R (1994) Earthquakes, strain-cycling, and the mobilization of fluids. In: Geofluids: Origin, Migration and Evolution of Fluids in Sedimentary Basins (ed. J. Parnell) Geological Society of London Special Publication, 78, 85-98.

Hanson RB (1992) Effects of fluid production on fluid flow during regional and contact metamorphism. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 10, 87-97.

Reineck HE & Singh IB (1980) Depositional Sedimentary Environments, 2nd edn. SpringerVerlag, Berlin.

Italics may be used for the publication title and bold for the volume, however if these are not available to you then plain text is acceptable. Do not underline words to indicate use of italic.

Supporting Information

Data that are not amenable to presentation in a traditional print format, of interest primarily to specialists and do not require journal page space, or particularly useful to the community in electronic (downloadable) form can be published online as supporting information hosted within Wiley Online Library. Authors are encouraged to use this facility to help limit the page length of their papers.

Supporting Information can include additional additional Figures, Tables, Appendices, Videos or other data sets (including raw data, if appropriate). The most common video file types are supported (.mov, .mp4, .avi, etc) providing they do not exceed a file size of 50MB. Authors wishing to submit larger files are advised to contact the journal's editor.

If you have previously provided Supporting Information with your article, please note it will not be edited or altered from its original format during the Production process. Although a proof of your Supporting Information is not available, it will appear online when your article is published.


Tables must be typed on separate sheets. They should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Tables should be typed as text using tabs to align columns. Vertical lines should not be used to align columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses. Please do not use graphics software to create tables. All other illustrations including photographs are classified as figures and should be numbered consecutively.


Figure legends should be in a separate file to the figure and should contain sufficient information to be understood without reference to the text, but should not contain methods. Each should begin with a short title for the figure. All symbols and abbreviations used in the figures should be explained.

EPS and TIFF files are preferable, but please consult our Web site for complete instructions ( Note that your paper will go through production more quickly if your figures do not have to be redrawn or relabelled.

Please ensure that electronic artwork is prepared such that, after reduction to fit across one column (80 mm) or a full page width (170 mm) all lettering will be clear and easy to read. Subpanels of multipanel figures should be labelled with upper-case roman letters, (A), (B), etc..., at the top left-hand corner of each section, if possible. Multipanel figures that have common axes need not have all axes labelled if the abscissa axis closest to the bottom of the page or the ordinate axis closest to the left are also valid for those axes further up the page or further to the right respectively. Final lettering, after reduction, should be a minimum of 8 point (2 mm tall). Avoid using tints if possible. If they are absolutely necessary please make them coarse. Do not incorporate artwork into text files.


In-line equations should be typed as text. Use of graphics programs and equation editors should be avoided, unless part of commonly available word-processing packages (Word, WordPerfect, etc..). A full Nomenclature defining symbols and terms should be provided after the Acknowledgments in the text.

Graphical Table of Contents

Geofluids’s table of contents will be presented in graphical form with a brief abstract from 2013. We are therefore requesting that authors now provide the required information with their submissions.

The table of contents entry must include the article title, the authors' names (with the corresponding author indicated by an asterisk), no more than 80 words or 3 sentences of text summarising the key findings presented in the paper and a figure that best represents the scope of the paper.

Table of contents entries should be submitted to ScholarOne, uploaded as ‘Graphical Abstract’ during the initial manuscript submission process.

The image should be supplied as a tif or a pdf and fit within the dimensions of 50mm x 60mm, and be fully legible at this size.


Production Editor

Contact the Production Editor ( for queries concerning accepted manuscripts only.

Electronic Publication

The Journal will be published in online form. Authors are encouraged to use the online version to include colour illustration, large data sets, 3-D or moving images and should contact the Production Editor for further information, preferably prior to submission. Examples of the type of additional material which may be included can be found at


Proofs will be downloaded as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. You will be notified by email when your proof is ready to download, therefore, the corresponding author should supply their email address when they submit their manuscript. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following Web site:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proofs. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. In your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author only and the corrections should be returned to the Production Editor within 3 days. If sending hard-copy, corrections please ensure your corrections are clear and legible and are not too close to the edge of the paper (especially important when faxing the document). Major alterations to the text and illustrations are only allowable in exceptional circumstances and the additional cost may be charged to the author.


Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.


OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Cover photograph

If you have a photograph that would be suitable for the front cover of Geofluids please contact one of the Editors.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: 

Colour Illustrations

As Geofluids is now an online-only journal, online colour illustrations are free-of-charge.

Author material archive policy

Please note that unless specifically requested, The Publisher will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication in an issue. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Author Services

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don’t need to contact the production editor to check on progress.
for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.