International Journal of Coal Geology

International Journal of Coal Geology





Editors-in-Chief:Shifeng Dai





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The International Journal of Coal Geology deals with fundamental and applied aspects of the geology and petrology of coal, oil/gas source rocks and shale gas resources. The journal aims to advance the exploration, exploitation and utilization of these resources, and to stimulate environmental awareness as well as advancement of engineering for effective resource management.

The scope of the journal encompasses basic research, laboratory studies and field studies in:

  • Geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, and petrology
    • formation of coal and coal seams, including studies of modern coal-forming processes and environments
    • metamorphosis of coal materials in coal seams and dispersed in other rock types
    • geologic aspects of coal measures, oil- and gas source rocks
    • petrology, petrography and petrophysics of coal, coal seams and organic matter-rich shales including mineralogy, inorganic and organic geochemistry, and physical characteristics of these resources
  • Exploration and development of unconventional resources
    • formation, transport and storage of gases in coals and shales including coal bed methane, coal mine methane, abandoned mine methane

    • unconventional petroleum systems (e.g. oil shales, oil sands, tar sands) and ore deposits of rare metals in coal and coal-bearing strata
    • impacts of coal mining and acid-mine drainage
    • by and end products of coal utilization related to geology and constituents of coal
    • emission reduction and carbon capture and storage
    • geological aspects of coal fires and underground coal gasification

Types of contributions published are: research papers describing original theoretical (with potential for application) and applied research; proceedings of symposia; short contributions; surveys; reviews; book reviews; overviews of recent literature, and letters to the editor. Research papers that combine theory and experiments and/or field studies are especially welcome.


Coal Geologists, Economic Geologists, Organic Geochemists.

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AGI's Bibliography and Index of Geology, Academic Search (EBSCO), Arts & Humanities Search, CAB International, Chemical Abstracts, Chemical and Earth Sciences, Compendex, Current Abstracts (EBSCO), Current Contents, Engineering Index, Engineering Index Monthly, GEOBASE, OCLC Contents Alert, PASCAL/CNRS, Personal Alert, Petroleum Abstracts, ProQuest, PubMed, Referativnyi Zhurnal VINTI-RAN (Russian Academy of Sciences), Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, TOC Premier, Web of Science
Editors-in-Chief S. Dai China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China, C.Ö. Karacan National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, R. Littke RWTH Aachen University (RWTH), Aachen, Germany, Honorary Editor: J.C. Hower University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA, Founding Editor: W. Spackman Wilmington, NC, USA, Editorial Board: A. Busch Shell Global Solutions International BV, Rijswijk, Netherlands, C.L. Chou University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA, K. Christanis University of Patras, Rio-Patras, Greece, C.R. Clarkson University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, L. Connell CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), Clayton, VIC, Australia, G.M. Eskenazy University of Sofia, Sofiya, Bulgaria, J.S. Esterle University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, R.B. Finkelman University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA, D. Flores Flores Universidade do Porto, Portugal, R.M. Flores Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO, USA, T. Gentzis Core Laboratories, Houston, TX, USA, P Hackley U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Reston, VA, USA, W. Kalkreuth Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, B.M. Krooss Aachen, Germany, I.S. Lowndes University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, M. Mastalerz Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Bloomington, IN, USA, T.A. Moore Cipher Coal Consulting Ltd, Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand, J. O'Keefe Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, USA, S. Opluštil Charles University in Prague, Praha 2, Czech Republic, J.C,. Pashin Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA, H.I. Petersen Maersk Olie & Gas AS, København K, Denmark, S. Pusz Polish Academy of Sciences, Zabrze, Poland, X. Querol Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona, Spain, L. Ruppert U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Reston, VA, USA, R. Sachsenhofer Montanuniversität Leoben, Leoben, Austria, H. Sanei Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary, AB, Canada, V. Seredin Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation, J.Q. Shi Imperial College London, London, UK, I. Suarez-Ruiz Instituto Nacional de Carbon, Oviedo, Spain, Y.Z. Sun Hebei University, Handan, Hebei, China, S. Toprak Mineral Research and Exploration Directorate MTA, Ankara, Turkey, N.J. Wagner University of the Witwatersrand, WITS, South Africa, R. Walker Pearson Coal Petrography, Gary, IN, USA, C.R. Ward University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia, P.D. Warwick U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Reston, VA, USA, J. Wilcox Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
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