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Guidelines Updated for Field Trip Guidebooks

A geoscience organization recently revised guidelines for preparing the field trip guidebooks and updated its online searchable database for the guides.


The Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) released in late July new guidelines for authors, editors, and publishers of geologic field trip guidebooks.

These guidebooks, used by researchers and educators, sometimes are the most current or only available description of an area’s geology, but incomplete bibliographic information may make them hard to locate. The guidelines were last revised in 2005.

To create the new standards, GSIS looked at the format and content of each guidebook, including road logs, GPS coordinates, index maps, and illustrations, explained Linda Musser, chair of the GSIS Guidebooks Standards Committee.

GSIS has also provided a free online aid, called Geologic Guidebooks of North America, to help locate specific field trip guidebooks. The database, compiled by GSIS members and supported by the American Geosciences Institute, includes more than 12,000 references.

The new set of guidelines and database can be accessed here.

—JoAnna Wendel, Staff Writer

Citation: Wendel, J. (2015), Guidelines updated for field trip guidebooks, Eos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO034179. Published on 12 August 2015.

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