International Geological Journal - Official Journal of the Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association

Instructions for authors



Journal policy

  • GEOLOGlCA CARPATHlCA is an international scientific journal which publishes original studies concerned with all aspects of the geology of the Alpine–Carpathian–Himalayan orogenic system and the surrounding regions of the Mediterranean Alpides and their Paleo-European foreland which have implications beyond the immediate geographical area.
  • GEOLOGlCA CARPATHlCA publishes original research papers, review articles, and short communications dealing with geosciences. These papers cover tectonics, stratigraphy, paleontology, paleobiology, sedimentology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and ore deposits, preferentially from orogenic belts. We particularly welcome papers with a wide appeal to geologists, papers introducing new concepts, correlations, and those presenting the applications of new approaches to solution of geological problems.
  • GEOLOGlCA CARPATHlCA does not publish papers that have local implications only, papers that cannot be generalized to regions outside of the study area.


General instructions

  • Authors should prepare their manuscript (full article, review, short communication, etc.) both as a (1) .doc (docx) file with numbered lines (without figures and tables, but with figure and table captions) and   (2) .pdf file with tables and figures ready for convenient review process.
  • Both manuscript formats (MS) in English (British or American, but not a mixture of these) must be submitted online via the editorial system for GEOLOGlCA CARPATHlCA. Please select “SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT”, enter the requested information, and upload the files of the original, still unpublished MS.
  • The author of submitted manuscript will receive an e-mail notification from managing editor and can track the progress of MS throughout the peer review process.
  • In the case of troubles during submitting contact Managing Editor.
  • Double-spaced MS typed on A4 paper with 3 cm margins and a font size of 12 points, limited to a maximum of 12 printed journal pages will be published without charge. Four manuscript pages are then equal to one journal page (1 journal page = ca. 1000 words). While preparing the text, please use left alignment and do not hyphenate. Larger manuscripts can (after reviewer’s recommendation) also be accepted, but the expenses involved will be charged to the account of author (25 EUR for one printed page over the limit). The supporting material (supplements or appendices with raw data) can be printed as electronic supplements.
  • Price for the colour figures/pages in the printed version is graduated: the minimum charge for 1–3 colour pages (CP) is 350 €, 4 CP = 425 €, 5 CP = 500 €, more than 6 CP 50 € for each additional CP. The colour figures in the electronic version are published at no charge.
  • The structure of manuscripts must comply with the journal requirements (explained in ”Preparation of article”). Each manuscript is assigned to an Associate Editor who assesses the suitability of the manuscript to Geologica Carpathica, assigns it to at least two referees, and evaluates the quality of reviews. The Associate Editor then makes recommendation about the manuscript fate to the Editorial Board. The final decision concerning the acceptance or rejection of a paper is made by the Editorial Board.
  • Short communications should contain important new information which has not been previously published elsewhere and for which urgent publication is desirable. The recommended length of the Short communications, Comments, Replies and Book reviews should not exceed 6 pages, including figures and tables (1 journal page = ca. 1000 words).
  • Authors of the newly submitted manuscripts will receive a form assigning the copyright of the manuscript to the journal. If previously published figures occur in the manuscript, it is necessary to submit a written permission from the copyright owner, and a credit line must be included in the figure caption.
  • A standard time for revisions of reviewed manuscripts is 90 days (an extension can be granted by editors)
  • Galley proofs need to be corrected and returned within three days of receipt. New data or inferences cannot be inserted into the text at the time of proof reading. If the author does not return galley proofs in time, the Editorial Office reserves the right to make corrections to the text in accordance with the MS.
  • The journal controls the submitted contributions for plagiarism and rejects manuscripts that reveal research or ethical misconducts or if authors behave inappropriately during the review process.
  • Authors should add their ORCID number into their affiliation address.
  • Geologica Carpathica is sending all accepted manuscripts for linguistic corrections to native English speaker with author’s contribution 50–100 € if the list of authors does not include any native speaker (up to 10 000 words 50 €, up to 15 000 words 75 €, up to 20 000 words 100 €). Authors can send us a Certificate of Linguistic correction from Proofreading company or responsible person if  made it on own way.

Preparation of manuscript

  • Manuscripts that do not meet the standards explained below will be returned to the author.
  • Manuscript should generally be organized in the following order (except Short communication, Comment, Reply and Review article): Title – Full Name(s) and Address(es) – Abstract – Keywords – Introduction – Methods – Results – Discussion – Conclusions – Acknowledgments – References – Appendix – Table headings and Figure Captions – Tables – Figures – Sample localities (including GPS coordinates).
  • The title should be as short, informative, and concise as possible. It must inform about the major findings or implications of the manuscript.
  • The author’s names and their institutional addresses should be given unabbreviated, and accompanied by the e-mail address.
  • The abstract (not exceeding 250 words) should contain highlights for a general audience and should make clear why are the results and interpretations noteworthy and.
  • Keywords (maximum 7 items) should be arranged in a succession from general to more specific ones, e.g.: Western Carpathians, Low Tatra Mts, granitoids, geochemistry, REE.
  • Objectives must be clearly stated in the Introduction. The main text body consists of Methods, Results, and Discussion. The text should contain two or three levels of headings. Their hierarchy should be indicated in the MS in descending order. The reference to page numbers in the text should be avoided; references to appropriate section should be preferred. Words to be emphasized, physical symbols and Greek letters to be set in other type (e.g. italics) should be marked. Hyphens should be carefully distinguished from dashes. SI units and their standard abbreviations are preferred. The references are cited in the text without first name(s) and its (their) abbreviations and ordered chronologically (Houša et al. 2007; Grabowski 2011; Schnabl et. al. 2015, 2016). References to different authors with the same name, published in the same year, should be distinguished in the citation by the additional use of the initial.
  • Acknowledgments must be short and concise.


  • References list should include only works that are cited in the text and have been published or accepted for publication.
  • References must be listed in an alphabetical and chronological order. For references with two authors, list alphabetically by a first author, then alphabetically by a second author, and then chronologically. For references with more than two authors, list alphabetically by a first author and then chronologically, earliest year first.
  • References in the text should be ordered chronologically (e.g., Kráľ et al. 1997; Petrík & Kohút 1997; Broska et al. 2013, 2018; Gawęda et al. 2016).
  • Authors should assign a digital object identifier (DOI) to all references. Journal names must be spelled out in full.
  • Standard form is as follows:

    Finger F., Gerdes A., René M. & Riegler G. 2009: The Saxo-Danubian Granite Belt: magmatic response to post-collisional delamination of mantle lithosphere below the south-western sector of the Bohemian Massif (Variscan orogen). Geologica Carpathica 60, 205–212.

    Báldi T. & Báldi-Beke M. 1985: The evolution of the Hungarian Paleogene basins. Acta Geologica Hungarica 28, 5–28 (in Hungarian). 

    Vozár J., Ebner F., Vozárová A., Haas J., Kovács S., Sudar M., Bielik M. & Péró Cs. 2010: Variscan and Alpine terranes of the Circum-Pannonian Region. Geological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, 1–233.
    Wezel F.C. 1994: From black to red: within the heartbeat of the earth. Sperling & Kupfer, Milano, 1–315 (in Italian).

    Chapter in book:
    Walker G.P.L. 2000: Basaltic volcanoes and volcanic systems. In: Sigurdsson H., Houghton B.F., McNutt S.R., Rymer H. & Stix J. (Eds.): Encyclopedia of volcanoes. Academic Press, San Diego, 283–290.

  • Quotations of papers published in non-Latin alphabet (or in languages other than English, French or German) should be translated into English with an indication of the original language in parentheses, e.g.: (in Slovak).
  • References to archival reports, theses and dissertations should be omitted when the data where published elsewhere. Unpublished manuscripts should be not cited.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures have to be prepared at one or two column width (82×235 mm or 170×235 mm max.). All figures and tables must be cited in the text  in a correct numerical order. All figures and tables have to be numbered in a sequence they are referred to in the text. Table- and figure captions must be placed at the end of the MS. 


  • Table captions should be short, clear and intelligible. The number of tables for the printed version should be limited to an essential amount.
  • Large tables with raw data can be published in the Electronic Supplement.
  • All tables have to be prepared with font of 7 pt and height of rows of 8 pt. Align numbers in column according to the decimal point.
  • Tables should be designed to fit a single (82 mm) or double column (170 mm) width of a Journal page. Text references to tables should appear as Table 1 or (Table 1) as appropriate.


  • The figures may appear in colour on the Journal‘s Web at no additional charge. Therefore, authors may provide two versions of their illustrations, gray scale for printing and colour for the web.
  • The preferred format for graphics is CDR (version 2020 or lower) or EPS, for photograph high quality (600 dpi) TIF images.
  • Figures represented by originals of high quality available in editable format will be asked after review process.
  • All illustrations must be designed for reduction to the width of the column (82 mm), one and half column (120 mm) or to the page size (170 × 235 mm).Figures larger than the page size and folded figures are not accepted. Line arts should make full use of the area. Please do not use hair lines. Minimum width of line is 0.25 pt. All maps should contain a northward arrow, metric scale, and longitude and latitude coordinates. Try to reduce complicated legend: easily readable figures are preferred. Photographs and micrographs must be sharp, contrast originals, and must be accompanied by scale bar. Photographic illustrations will appear as figures (or mounted figures), not as plates. Please, see to the careful aesthetic arrangement of your mounted figures: individual photos should be compatible in tone and technique. Avoid large areas with empty background. Figure explanation or map explanation (legend) should be included in the figure itself, not in the form of numbered explanations in the caption.
  • Text references to figures should appear as Fig. 1 or (Fig. 1) as appropriate.

After the accepting of the article, the complete manuscript including figures and tables should be sent by email (each message < 15 MB) or uploaded using Web services such as WeTransfer, or


Instructions for reviewers:


  • After accepting to review the manuscript you receive the confirmation e-mail with the link to access the manuscript and the instructions for reviewers.
  • If you are already registered in the editorial system (as author, reviewer or handling editor), log in using your e-mail address and password. If you forgot your password, click on „Forgotten password“ and follow the instructions.
  • If you are new in our editorial system, fill the form „NEW REVIEWER“. After registration, you receive the e-mail with your login data and another e-mail with the instructions for reviewers.
  • To submit your review log in the editorial system using the link from the confirmation e-mail. You can also log in using the link LOGIN in the top right corner of the Geologica Carpathica webpage.
  • After login you can reach the manuscript in the left panel by clicking on "My reviewed manuscrips" in "REVIEWER MENU". Then click on "TAKE ACTION" in the table with title of the manuscript.
  • In order to successfully submit your review, you have to attach the review file (only 1 file – pdf, doc or docx) and you have to summarize your recommendation in the pop-up window. After the successful submission, you should be directed to the page with „THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING YOUR REVIEW“.


When reviewing the MS please consider following questions - you will be able to answer these questions online (if you have problem with the electronic editorial system, you can send your review and the checklist by e-mail):


  • Does the title inform about the findings or implications of this paper?
  • Is the abstract informative and concise enough for a general audience?
  • Are the objectives of this manuscript clearly stated in Introduction?
  • Are the methods appropriate and clearly explained?
  • Are the interpretations justified?
  • Are all figures and tables readable and of sufficiently high quality and is the map with the study area included?
  • Do you think that this manuscript can be shorter or the number of figure or tables can be smaller?
  • Do the authors refer to the previous papers sufficiently?
  • Is the reference list complete?

          Please briefly explain (in one or two sentences):

  • Why is this paper of general interest?
  • Why are the results and interpretations of this paper noteworthy?