Rocky Mountain Geology Celebrates 10

December 17, 2008

he scientific journal Rocky Mountain Geology (RMG), published by the University of Wyoming's Department of Geology and Geophysics, is celebrating its 10th year. Volume 43, No. 2 (2008) has just been published and is available both in print and on-line.

In addition to four original research articles, the latest issue includes a historical profile of Rocky Mountain geologist Israel Cook Russell. Full content information and instructions for subscription or purchase are available on the journal's Web site, All issues also are available for download at

"We are excited and proud to be celebrating Rocky Mountain Geology's 10-year publishing milestone," says Brendon Orr, managing editor and editorial board member.

"Ever since RMG and 29 other leading scientific journals successfully cooperated as founders in the millennium launch of (GSW), we have experienced a dramatic rise both in the visibility of the journal and in the number of submissions of original research articles," says Orr. "As on-line usage of RMG's content continues to increase, we expect a bright future for the journal."

GSW is a nonprofit corporation formed by a group of leading organizations dedicated to making geoscientific research and related information more easily and economically available via the Internet. Its on-line service ( includes peer-reviewed articles and other materials with linked reference lists from more than 40 high-impact journals across a broad range of disciplines in the geosciences.

In 1998, RMG was wholly redesigned from its predecessor journal, Contributions to Geology. 'Contributions' published 31 two-issue volumes and four special papers from 1962 to 1998.

"Researchers across the globe having interests in geological evolution of North America's Rocky Mountain region have come to recognize RMG as a valuable resource for brand-new, primary information," says co-editor and UW emeritus professor Jason A. Lillegraven.

Arthur W. Snoke, RMG editor-in-chief and head of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, says, "Rocky Mountain Geology fills an important niche in the realm of geoscience journals by providing a forum for high-quality regional studies on any aspect of geological and geophysical research in the Rocky Mountains. This peer-reviewed, internationally distributed scientific journal stands as the premier example of a regionally oriented, geoscience-based professional journal published in the United States."

For more information about Rocky Mountain Geology, visit the journal's Web site at



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