To start a paper one must first be knowledgeable about the geology of a city one wishes to write about. One must have field experience in and around (and sometimes under the city). One should review the published literature on the city to see if a similar paper has already been published. If a paper has already been published, one should look at the generic outline to see if the existing paper covers the main areas of the outline. If it does, then one must decide if one is to either write the paper on the city or write an update using appropriate citations and credit to the original paper authors. The papers are a major undertaking and should not be considered lightly. It is recommended that one considers using a co-author as needed or desired. One advantage of Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) is that the organization is divided into Sections and Chapters. These local units of the AEG are ideal groups from which to pull together a group of geologists, make contacts inside and outside AEG to write a paper or hunt for information. We encourage AEG Sections and Chapters adopt a city and write a paper as a Section or Chapter activity.
To write a paper for consideration for publishing in the Geology of the Cities of the World electronic papers series, please review:
The generic paper outline covers the minimum information asked to be addressed by the editors. It is asked that conditions and practices unique or well illustrated in your area be included in the paper. In addition, the editors ask that all papers from cities in the United States or its territories should consult with their city’s multi-hazard mitigation plan or regional multi-hazard mitigation plan that is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The plans are available for view at your city’s emergency management agency. We suggest that you look for it on your local emergency management agency website. These plans contain information on local hazards and how the hazards are assessed and mitigated.
The guidelines contain information regarding font styles and sizes, paper layout and construction requirements and samples of references used in the paper’s construction. The guidelines should be printed out and used as a supplemental construction guide when writing your paper. The guidelines, if correctly followed, will help your paper be reviewed faster than one that is not in the correct format and or has not followed the guidelines to the letter. One area of concern is with images and line drawings. The following guidance is provided. The Geology of the Cities of the World electronic series needs at least 300 dpi resolution at the scale that the photo is to be (typically viewed or printed at). Authors should use the highest resolution possible resulting in .jpg files on the order of 3000 x 4000 bytes. Be warned, image resource software in some cases automatically reduce images and photo resolution in order to reduce file size. Do not use such software when preparing your paper. All photos and images must be submitted as .jpg files attached to the text. Embedded photos can not be used with the editing and publishing software of AEG. Finally, please note that the line drawings also need to be at high resolution. We will be talking more about line drawings later in the year.
The paper Geology of Los Angeles, California, United States of America
is an example of a well written paper for a major metropolitan city. Not all papers need or should be so long. The authors should succinctly address the issues appropriate for their city making sure to cite other authors as appropriate. Remember that one of the most useful pieces of your paper will be a relevant and extensive reference section. One should write the paper and references as one would want to read an excellent paper with enough references to be useful but not distracting to the reader.
Please note that to write a Geology of the Cities of the World paper takes a serious commitment and usually involves a team effort of authors with the lead author working with an editor who acts as a reviewer and as a liaison with the peer reviewers. To volunteer to write a paper first read several Geology of the Cities of the World papers. The estimated time for a team writing a paper with steady progress ranges from 18 months to three years. The length of time is dependent on the timely assembly of the properly formatted paper with the lead author keeping all authors on track writing and revising their sections as needed.
Please note that acceptance for electronic publishing by the Cities of the World Committee does not guarantee that your paper will be published in the Environmental & Engineering Geoscience.
All the cities except for Lima, Peru; Durban, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Pietermartizburg, South Africa and Pretoria, South Africa are available on the AEG website by logging on and then clicking the hyperlink to Access to GeoScienceWorld and following the cues by entering the name of the city preceded by the phrase “Geology of”.