Earth and Environmental Science Transactions

Transactions is a general earth sciences journal publishing peer-reviewed research papers, reviews and short communications of international standard on all scientific aspects of the Earth and its surface environments. The Editorial Board welcomes original manuscripts in the Earth and Environmental Sciences, and encourages proposals for Special Issues in these areas.

The RSE is committed to the widespread dissemination of scientific knowledge. Through the Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Society continues to encourage and support the international Earth Sciences community by:

  • publishing a journal of international standing and authorship;
  • publishing substantial papers on all scientific aspects of the earth and its surface environments;
  • publishing without page or colour charges;
  • reproducing photographs and artwork to the highest standard, where appropriate at a size larger than is customary; and
  • aiming to have papers reviewed within three months of submission, by at least two referees of international standing; and usually publishing within six months of acceptance of revised papers.

EESTRSE is published by the RSE Scotland Foundation, on behalf of the RSE.

Additional Information

  • 107 (2016)
  • 106 (2015)
  • 105 (2014)

Price per volume: £318 /$601 (Online plus print); £285/$528 (Online only)

Frequency: usually four issues per volume, one volume per year, c. 400 pp per volume

ISSN: 1755-6910 (electronic ISSN: 1755-6929)

Chairman & Editor-in-Chief:

Professor Donald DAVIDSON, University of Stirling (Soil science; soil conservation; anthropogenic impacts on soils; soil biodiversity; geoarchaeology)


A full list of the current members of the Editorial Board is available at


As from 2007 (volume 98), the subscription fulfilment, distribution and marketing of this journal has been handled by Cambridge University Press.

Orders should be addressed to: Cambridge University Press, Journals Fulfilment Department, UPH, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8BS UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 326070; Fax: +44 (0)1223 325150


As from 2007 (volume 98) the online version of the journal has been hosted by CJO (the Cambridge Journals Online service), now Cambridge Core.

This page on the Cambridge Core site ( also includes a link, under ‘All issues’, to the complete digitised archive of the journal under its former titles of Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences (volumes 71–97 (1980–2006)) and Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (volumes 1–70 (1785–1979)).

Transactions has, over the years, published a number of special volumes (often double issues) of specific interest; either proceedings of symposia, or issues made up of specially invited papers.

Published Special Issues
These are available (from the RSE) as follows:

  • The Late Cenozoic Ice Age – Volume 81.4 (1990)
  • The Second Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks – Volume 83.1/2 (1992)
  • Volcanism and Early Terrestrial Biotas – Volume 84.3/4 (1994, for 1993)
  • The Third Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks – Volume 87.1/2 (1996)
  • The Fourth Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks – Volume 91.1/2 (2000)
  • The Southern Uplands Terrane – Volume 91.3/4 (2001, for 2000)
  • Chelicerate Palaeobiology and Evolution – Volume 94.3 (2003)
  • The Rhynie chert Hot-Spring System: Geology, Biota and Mineralisation – Volume 94.4 (2004, for 2003)
  • The Fifth Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks – Volume 95.1/2 (2004)
  • Plutons and Batholiths (Wallace Pitcher Memorial Volume) – Volume 97.4 (2007, for 2006)
  • Holocene Environmental Change – Lessons from Small Oceanic Islands – Volume 98.1 (2007)
  • Brachiopod Research into the Third Millennium (Sir Alwyn Williams Memorial Volume) – Volume 98.3/4 (2007)
  • The Sixth Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks – Volume 100.1/2 (2010, for 2009)
  • Late Triassic Terrestrial Biotas and the Rise of Dinosaurs – Volume 101.3/4 (2011, for 2010)
  • Biochar – Special Section in Volume 103.1 (2012)
  • Facing up to Climate Change – Volume 103.2 (2012)
  • The Full Profession: A Celebration of the Life and Career of Wann Langston, Jr, Quintessential Vertebrate Palaeontologist – Volume 103.3/4 (2013, for 2012)
  • Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES XI Plenary Volume) – Volume 104.1 (2013)
  • The Fauna and Flora of the Insect Limestone (late Eocene), Isle of Wight, UK. Part I – Volume 104.3/4 (2014, for 2013)
  • Seabed Mapping for the 21st Century – the Marine Environmental Mapping Programme (MAREMAP) – Volume 105.4 (2015, for 2014)
  • Form, Function and Palaeobiology – papers from Symposium on Form and Function (IPC4), Mendoza, 2014 – Volume 106.4 (2016)
  • Fossil Insects, Arthropods and Amber – Proceedings of 7th International Conference, Edinburgh, April-May 2014 – Volume 107.2/3 (2017, for 2016)
  • ‘A Legacy in Fossils’ – A tribute to Stan Wood – Volume 108.1 (2018, for 2017)

Forthcoming Special Issues

  • The Geoscience Context for Europe’s Urban Sustainability: Lessons from Glasgow and Beyond (CUSP) – papers from Conference, May 2014
  • Agora Palaeobotanica: papers from Agora Palaeobotanica IV (Brussels, 7-10 July 2016)
  • Earth Surface Processes and Environmental Sustainability in China – invited papers
  • The Fauna and Flora of the Insect Limestone (late Eocene), Isle of Wight, UK. Part II – invited papers
  • The Quaternary of Scotland – invited papers
  • Early Vertebrate Evolution – invited papers