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 are two issues per year: in June and December, 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 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(5)June 2021

  • Rocking the boat: geological collections and social change
  • Conservation and photogrammetry of subfossil Quaternary walrus
  • The importance of correct mineral identification for correct storage
  • Mechanical and chemical preparation techniques applied to Frasnian Cephalopods from Lompret (Belgium)
  • A brief history of natural history museums in the Ottoman Empire
  • Digitising the historical archives of the Conservation Centre at the Natural History Museum, London

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Geological Curator is produced in-house by a team of volunteer editors and production assistants. We are always on the lookout for new members of the team to help us maintain and improve the journal as it evolves. You can read more, including role descriptions, in this section.

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.