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

  • 109 (2018)
  • 108 (2017)
  • 107 (2016)

Chairman & Editor-in-Chief:

Dr Andrew Ross, National Museums Scotland (Invertebrate palaeontology, palaeobiology, palaeoecology, palaeoenvironment, palaeoclimate)


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


The Journal is published on behalf of the RSE by Cambridge University Press. Information about subscribing can be found here.


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 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)
  • The Geoscience Context for Europe’s Urban Sustainability: Lessons from Glasgow and Beyond (CUSP) – papers from Conference, May 2014 (2019, for 2017)
  • Agora Palaeobotanica: papers from Agora Palaeobotanica IV (Brussels, 7-10 July 2016) (2019, for 2017)
  • Fossils, Function and Phylogeny: papers on Early Vertebrate Evolution in Honour of Professor Jennifer A. Clack (2019, for 2018)

Forthcoming Special Issues

  • 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