Journal of Petroleum Geology

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Edited By: Christopher Tiratsoo

Impact Factor: 1.341

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 124/188 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1747-5457

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Petroleum Geology is an independent, international, English-language quarterly journal, devoted to the geology of oil and natural gas. The editorial content is restricted to original papers on aspects of the genesis and accumulation of petroleum, on the geology of oil-and gasfields and on reservoir evaluation and basin modelling techniques.

NEW! Online Article Submission
Journal of Petroleum Geology now operates online article submission and peer review through Scholar One Manuscripts. Benefits of the online submission process include:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Centralized and reduced administration
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

Papers submitted to the Journal should present previously unpublished data or interpretations; they should not be submitted elsewhere while under editorial consideration. All contributions are closely reviewed for technical content and general presentation.

JPG aims to publish papers of quality within 9-12 months of initial manuscript receipt. However, editorial amendment (where necessary) will inevitably cause delay in publication.

Each author is offered two figures in colour free of charge. More colour figures are reasonably priced (see the Colour Work form).

The ORCID iD is a unique and persistent identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher – by connecting you with your research contributions and affiliations. Free to use and register for, an ORCID iD increases the discoverability of your research outputs, and helps alleviate mistaken identity. You have full control of your ORCID record, and can control what information is connected and how it is shared.
As part of our commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, the Journal of Petroleum Geology requires the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting their manuscript. This takes around 2 minutes to complete. Find more information.

Copyright Transfer Agreement
Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the CTA is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher unless a signed form has been received. To assist authors the form is here.

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.

For initial submission, two copies of all MSs are required on paper. The text should be clearly printed (double-spaced) on clean white paper, free of all corrections. Figures should be separate from the text; each figure should be presented on a separate A4 sheet.


  • Author's addresses and affiliations should be on the first page.
  • An Abstract of about 400 words should be provided, and the entire MS should be paginated. The length of the text should generally not exceed the equivalent of about 12,000 words.
  • All mathematical formulae should be numbered consecutively; the use of mathematical expressions should be kept to a minimum in the text.

Pre-submission English-language editing
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.

Illustrations and Tables
Copies of artwork should accompany the MS when submitted, but original diagrams or photographs should not be sent until requested.

The number of illustrations submitted should be in reasonable proportion to the length of the text. Authors should pay particular attention to the clarity and spelling of any lettering on the diagrams, and some reduction in size should be allowed for.

When requested, authors should supply figures both on paper (as high quality prints suitable for scanning), and also in digital format on CD (saved as both high-resolution tifs and native files).

Click here for details of digital graphics files JPG can generally accept. Wiley-Blackwell provides artwork guidelines that you may also find useful. 

All illustrations should be clearly numbered with the Author's name written on the reverse side and be keyed to a separately-prepared caption.

Figures should be designed not to extend beyond the Journal's print area (26 x 18cm). Fold-outs may be included, but at the expense of the Author.

Each Author is offered two colour figures for free. Extra colour images are welcome, but must be paid for by the Author - costs are £150 for the third figure and then £50 for each subsequent figure. Download the JPG Colour Work Agreement Form.

Tables should be presented both on paper and on disc. Authors are requested to express decimal fractions with full-stops, not commas. Tabulated 'raw' data should be kept to a minimum.

The Journal's style of capitalisation for stratigraphic and geological terminology is as follows:

1. Stratigraphic subdivisions should follow the style of the 'Geological Time Scale' of Harland, Cox, Llewellyn et al. (CUP, 1989). 'Upper, Middle, Lower, Late' and 'Early' should begin will an upper-case letter when applied to subdivisions which have an accepted international status.

For all other applications, these words should begin with a lower-case letter (thus: lower Oxfordian, upper Shuaiba Formation, etc).

The word 'mid-' should have a lower-case first letter, and be followed by a hyphen (thus: mid-Jurassic, mid-Albian, mid-Lower Cretaceous).

2. (i) The four cardinal points of the compass, and terms such as Inner, Central, etc., should begin with an upper-case letter when they are applied adjectively to a continent, country or specific region. Thus: North Africa, East Rub al Khali, Central Oman.

(ii) In contrast, general terms such as 'southern', 'western', etc., should be applied to a non-specific area, and begin with a lower-case letter (e.g. northern England).

(iii) Compound points of the compass should be abbreviated to initials, both when describing direction and position. Thus: 'a SEward movement', and '100 kms SSW of Riyadh'.

(iv) Bearings should be in the style: S 65° E;

Locations should be in the style: 35° 33' 10'.

Only those references cited in the text, tables and figures should be listed alphabetically in the bibliography, which generally should not exceed about 50 citations. Please consult a recent issue and follow the normal style for capital letters and abbreviations. Special attention should be given to checking details between text citations and listed references.

Examples of style are:

SASSEN, R., MOORE, C.H. and MEENDSEN, F.C., 1986. Concentration of source rock organic matter during carbonate diagenesis, Jurassic Smackover Formation (abstract). AAPG Bull., 70, 644-656.

MERINO, E., 1984. Survey of chemical self-patterning phenomena. In: NICOLIS, G. and BARS, F., (Eds.): Chemical instabilities; Applications in chemistry, engineering geology and material sciences. NATO Advanced Science Series C, 120, 305-328.

HENSON, F.R.S., 1948. Larger imperforate foraminifera of SW Asia. Jarrold and Sons, London, 117pp.

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

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Pages charges and reprints
There are no page charges. Authors will receive a complimentary PDF of their paper, and may obtain paper copies from this website. Unless their return is specifically requested, all MSs and artwork will be discarded two months after publication.

According to industry usage, the following abbreviations are used in the Journal:

  • MM: million (10^6)
  • b/d: barrels per day
  • B: billion (10^9)
  • brls/a: barrels per annum (year)
  • T: trillion (10^12) cu.ft
  • (cu. m) /d: cubic feet (cubic metres) per day