A Word From Our President
Summer 2017 has seen some significant improvements in the online presence of our internationally renowned and respected journal, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (PYGS).
Back in June, the look and feel of the whole Lyell Collection of online geoscience journals underwent a major refresh. This introduced improved searching, indexing and citation tools, and major enhancements in the readability and functions available for smartphone and tablet users. This was followed in early August by the introduction of online submission of articles for our Proceedings. This now brings PYGS on a par with the other journals published through the Geological Society of London and will greatly streamline both the speed of the editorial process and consistency of production standards for PYGS online. Accepted papers also now appear ‘Online First’ (see drop down menu under ‘Content’), significantly in advance of their publication in print, and the production line of articles submitted to PYGS remains in a very healthy state.
The top ten list of ‘Most cited’ PYGS articles (and the papers themselves) make fascinating reading. Aligning with the Society’s objectives, it is populated by papers that emphasise northern England geology but each carrying a wider scientific significance and impact. Bill Ramsbottom’s seminal 1977 paper on ‘Major Cycles of transgression and regression (Mesothems) in the Namurian’ remains at number one. It takes time of course to accumulate citations so a paper published now may take many years to assail the top ten. This may be a challenge for new authors to aspire to but, without a doubt, there is internationally leading science still to be done on northern England’s geology. For an interesting contrast, a look at the top ten ‘Most read’ articles reveals a diverse list of papers, society business, obituaries and presidential addresses and demonstrates the wider appeal of PYGS to the Society’s general membership, as well as its role as a respected geoscience journal.
For further information about online submission to PYGS, see the update by our new Editor in-Chief, Steve Donovan, in this Circular and the PYGS front page on the online Lyell Collection
Dr. Andrew Howard, President