About 'Geological Curator'
Geological Curator publishes articles on hypothesis-driven studies which contribute novel results and/or perspectives of relevance to the care and management of geological collections and their use in teaching and engagement. We are particularly interested in publishing articles which are practical, topical and of relevance to geological collections across the world.
The most recent content (last two years) is available to GCG members only. Funding for the publication is derived from GCG income (primarily membership fees). Geological Curator is the official journal of the Geological Curators Group (GCG) and has been published by the GCG since its first issue in 1974. There is one issue per year in the autumn, available in both electronic and print format. All accepted articles have been through peer review.
Issues older than two years are freely available from the GCG website (www.geocurator.org) via a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Attribution should follow standard academic format, with the author(s) and year and link to a full reference.
Submitting a manuscript
All submissions should be sent to
Please carefully read through our Journal Policies and Guidance before submitting a manuscript for consideration.
Issues of Geological Curator
The two most recent issues can only be accessed by current members through logging in to the website. Issues older than that are made freely available via this website.
In the next issue of Geological Curator
This print edition will be distributed early in 2024, but our membership has early online access to all the papers featured. These are linked below.
- Sorting a sticky situation: Engaging students in sorting and identifying microfossils from La Brea Tar Pits Christine M. Mazzello, Elizabeth R. Ellwood, Aisling B. Farrell, Nathaniel S. Fox, Stephany Potze, Cornelia A. Clarke, Gary T. Takeuchi, Molly Porter, Emily Lindsey
- Archives in lockdown: The curious case of the BGS ‘Wilson Collection’ Graham Tulloch, Beverly P. Bergman, Philip Stone, and Michael Togher
- Collection security: low-cost measures for mineral collections Erika B Anderson
- Shackleton and Bruce: disentangling Antarctic geological collections at National Museums Scotland Philip Stone, Rachel Walcott and Peder Aspen
- Hiding in plain sight: the unexpected discovery of a historically interesting dinosaur egg in a mineralogy collection Robin F. Hansen and Paul M. Barrett
- Still potentially deadly after all these years: how to safely handle and display radioactive dinosaurs and other fossils Nigel R. Larkin and Jana Horak
You can download PDFs of all of our previous journals from this area. We keep a modest stock of copies of the most recent issues, these are available to members, please email
Our online search portal is an exciting new development allowing current subscribers to the journal to search the full text of our back issues. The vast majority of our back catalogue has now been indexed, with new issues being added on a regular basis.