Call for Papers Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems Special Collection

Frontiers in lithospheric dynamics: bridging scales through observations, experiments, and computations

Submission Open: September 30, 2021
Submission Deadline: November 30, 2023

Special Collection Organizers:
John Naliboff, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Eric Mittelstaedt, University of Idaho
Jolante van Wijk, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Sarah Roeske, UC Davis


One outcome of the CIG 2020 Tectonics Community meeting was strong support for a new special issue that focused on future directions in cross-disciplinary lithospheric dynamics investigations. The CIG Long-Term Tectonics working group proposed the idea to the editorial board at Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, and the idea was met with enthusiasm.

We are pleased to announce that the special volume, titled "Frontiers in lithospheric dynamics: bridging scales through observations, experiments, and computations", is now open for submission at G3. We are also excited to announce that both Review and Frontier articles will be accepted for review with prior editorial approval, in addition to standard research and methods articles. All submissions to the special issue will receive a 15% discount from the standard G3 base price of $2750, which includes open-access fees. Please see the sections below for more details on the special issue focus and article types.


Future advances in our understanding of the complex nature of lithospheric dynamics will require cross-disciplinary investigations that address multi-physics processes across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. To provide a broad platform for contributions to the theme, we will accept both review and frontier (i.e., proposals for new directions) in addition to research and methods-style publications.

In detail, the theme will cover

  1. New methods and application in computational lithospheric dynamics
  2. New regional or global observational data sets (e.g., structural, seismic, stratigraphic, geochemical, petrologic, surficial) and inferred processes
  3. Advances in analogue modeling, experimental petrology, mineral physics, and rock deformation
  4. Coupled landscape evolution processes
  5. Machine-learning, AI, and data analysis techniques
  6. Proposals for new cross-disciplinary investigations that leverage recent advances in multiple communities.

We particularly welcome contributions that present a long-term vision for integrated computational and observational lithospheric dynamics investigations, which cross traditional community boundaries to resolve unanswered questions regarding specific domains, boundaries, and processes within the lithosphere.

Article Types and Submission

This special issue will accept a range of publication formats, including the standard G3 “Research” and “Methods-style” publications, as well “Review” and “Frontier” type publications. Submission of Review or Frontier articles will require prior discussion and approval from the guest and standard editors. As we are still at the stage of organizing final editorial logistics for the special issue, for now please contact John Naliboff ( if you would like to submit a Review or Frontier article. There are no length-restrictions for either article type. Official descriptions of these two article formats are as follows:

Frontier articles present a review of recent cutting-edge advances in a leading scientific field at the forefront of one or several AGU disciplines, if possible, including new results. They may also deliver a visionary, but strongly grounded statement about a particularly promising up-and-coming field of research with potentially high impact and broad implications for one or several AGU disciplines.

Timely Review articles provide a current assessment of a given subject area in the journal's scope. A review is expected to have high impact, appeal to a broad audience, and contain benchmarks. All review articles must be discussed with a journal editor before submission.

Please visit the AGU website for more information on how to submit.

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This special issue is an outcome from the 2020 Tectonics Community Workshop

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