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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). The 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 June, 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 ( via a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public Licence (CC 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should follow the Instructions for Authors. They should be in English, appropriately structured, clear and concise and fully referenced.

Please carefully read through our Journal Policies and Guidance before submitting a manuscript for consideration.

Issues of The Geological Curator

The most recent four 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. Back issues of some printed editions are still available. 

Geological Curator 11(7)Geological Curator 11(7)

December 2022 (anticipated date of publication)

Special Ethics Edition guest edited by Jeff Liston

Although our next journal will not be published in full until late in 2022, we are in a position to bring our membership early online access to some of the papers which will be featured. These are linked below. 

  • The politics of palaeontology: the creation, reduction, and restoration of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments P. David Polly
    Accessible to GCG members. Please login for the download link

  • Publication pressure threatens the integrity of palaeontological research Raja, Nussaïbah B. and Dunne, Emma M.
    Accessible to GCG members. Please login for the download link

  • "Missionary lizards" - Palaeontological exhibits and the creationist agenda Storrs, Glenn W.
    Accessible to GCG members. Please login for the download link

  • Creative compliance, neutralization techniques, and palaeontological ethics Yates, Donna
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You can download PDFs of all of our previous journals from this area. Printed copies of more recent issues may still be available, for a modest cost to cover postage. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about availability.

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.