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GeoScienceWorld (GSW) is a nonprofit collaborative and comprehensive Internet resource for research and communications in the earth sciences, which is built on a core database of peer-reviewed journals and is integrated with the GeoRef index. The organization gives global researchers a single point of access to 46 full-text scholarly journals plus specialized searching capabilities and links to millions of relevant resources hosted elsewhere on the Web.

GSW mission includes an expansion into additional forms of content relevant to geoscience researchers, including books, datasets, maps, tables, images, and theses, with the further development of services that optimize the discovery and use of public and proprietary resources.

GeoScienceWorld created OpenGeoSci, a map-based discovery interface to help speed access to maps, charts, tables, figures, and images in earth science research materials. In June 2014, we released the new GeoScienceWorld eBooks Collections consisting of more than 1,243 eBooks from 10 leading publishers. Founding organizations:


Geoscientists can do their work more efficiently, effectively, and comprehensively across the globe. These journals are accessible to 2.5M users in China and Latin America alone, with special opportunities available to universities and businesses in developing countries.

University libraries, research organizations, and companies employing geoscientists with limited library space or limited budgets, which can’t afford to purchase subscriptions to all 46 of these journals, now have access through this one program.

College and university students have the benefit of these resources to help them better prepare to meet the current and future demands of the geoscience workforce. Our GSW Mission To be a comprehensive, widely-accessible, easy to use, integrated, and cost-effective online resource for research materials in the geological and Earth sciences; To operate independently and not for profit, with policies and practices that respect and support the needs of publishers, authors, educators, researchers, and librarians; To respond effectively to evolving research, presentation, education, and technology opportunities in the electronic information age for the creation, maintenance, operation, dissemination, and preservation of geoscience information and interactive facilities; and, To protect the viability and independence of society publishing programs while constantly exploring and incorporating valuable economic and strategic benefits of collaboration.

GSW mission has expanded to include books, field guides, maps, databases, and other information and interactive capabilities for the geological and Earth sciences in our online platform. For the future, we hope to serve as a portal for promoting meetings, field trips, short courses, and other activities that are available through participating societies.


GSW vision, as nonprofit collaborative, is to lead by advancing and promoting geoscience information for researchers and their societies. We will identify and meet emerging demands for digital services and will seek innovative methods for sharing knowledge among a growing global audience. We will continue to add high-quality scholarship and interactive capabilities to our research platforms and to develop tools that improve resource discovery and use, in order to support the work of next generations of geoscientists.


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