Editorial Policies

Aims and Scope

Geoekologiya is a journal dealing with the basic and applied aspects of today’s most urgent issue—human-induced changes in the geoenvironment. Its principal objective is the effective solution of geoenvironmental problems involving conservation of the environment, development of its potential, and the improvement of human living conditions. The topics of the papers are:

  • environmental changes under the effect of anthropogenic factors;
  • contamination of ground and surface waters, soils, and rocks;
  • degradation of natural landscapes;
  • the theory and methods of monitoring and prediction of natural and human-induced hazardous processes;
  • geodynamic, seismic, and geoengineering regionalization of terrain;
  • stability of urban areas and industrial agglomerations;
  • utilization of industrial and domestic wastes;
  • planning and use of land and subsurface space;
  • the location and construction of facilities hazardous to the environment;
  • accident-proof functioning of natural and engineering systems (dams, nuclear power plants, irrigation systems, and major industrial facilities);
  • geoenvironmental problems of safe underground disposal of radioactive and other environmentally hazardous wastes;
  • geoenvironmental problems of development of mineral deposits;
  • recovery of mining wastes;
  • remediation of contaminated terrain;
  • support for an environmentally sound policy of utilization of mineral resources and managerial decisions for sustainable development;
  • geoenvironmental conditions and human health;
  • and the application of novel technologies to studying geoenvironmental problems. The papers written by scientists from Russia and other countries are intended for specialists in the natural sciences engaged in research, educational and operational organizations.

The distinguishing feature of the journal is a profound scientific analysis of a wide range of acute geoenvironmental problems and the search for efficient practical solutions for the environment preservation and sustainable development of society. The journal publishes papers written by the leading Russian and foreign scientists



Functioning of natural and natural anthropogenic systems

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Natural and human-induced processes

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Soil and rock engineering

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Environment contamination

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Research methods and techniques

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People of science

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Regional geoenvironmental problems

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Peer Review Process

  1. All manuscripts submitted to the editorial office of Geoekologiya. Inzhenernaya geologiya. Gidrogeologiya. Geokriologiya journal are liable to the compulsory peer review process.
  2. Reviewing is of one-side blind type (anonymous).
  3. Editor-in-chief appoints reviewers for submitted papers from high-qualified independent experts in the given research topic. Experts may work in different organizations and should have published their own works in the topic of paper under review during the last 3 years.
  4. In case of conflict between the scientific opinions of the author and the reviewer (even after the paper revision), the editor-in-chief should appoint another independent reviewer.
  5. The editorial office of the journal sends the review copies to the authors.
  6. The editorial office sends the review copies to the Ministry of education and Science of the Russian Federation in case of inquiry.
  7. Reviews are kept in Geoekologiya editorial office and in the Nauka publishing house no less than 5 years.
  8. Decision about the acceptance to publish is taken at the editorial board meeting after the brief presentation of paper by the editor-in-chief provided the positive review has been rendered by the reviewer(s).
  9. The author(s) is (are) informed about the editorial board decision about acceptance/revision required/rejection of the paper no later than in 10 calendar days after rendering the editorial board decision. The manuscripts are not returned to the author(s). If the manuscript is returned to the author(s) for revision, this does not mean that the paper is accepted for publication. The revised version of the manuscript should be resubmitted to the editorial board in the full form. In case the paper is returned to author(s) for revision, the date of paper receipt by the Editorial Board is counted from the date of paper receipt in the final form. The revised version of paper is sent to re-reviewing. The editorial board of the journal has the exclusive right to accept or reject the paper both for formal and scientific reasons. The decision rendered by the editorial board is final. The papers rejected by the decision of editorial board cannot be accepted for publication. No further discussion with authors is permitted.


Open Access Policy

The articles in this journal are available to everyone since the publication that provides free and open access to research for the advancement of science.



The journal is indexed in:

  • Russian Science Citation Index – external module of Web of Science
  • Google Schoolar
  • Ulrich's Prodical Directory
  • WorldCat


Publishing Ethics

The journal "Geoecology. Engineering geology. Hydrogeology. Geocryology" publishes manuscripts that meet international standards of publication ethics in research academic journals.

The manuscript will be retracted from publication if at any stage of consideration or prepress editorial Board found a violation of the requirements of publication ethics.

If such a violation is found by readers after the publication of the article, it will be rertracted. This will also entail a one-year ban on future publications in our journal for members of the authors team.

Violations of publication ethics include:

  • plagiarism;
  • simultaneous submission of manuscripts to several journals;
  • concealment of conflict of interest;
  • assessment of professional qualities of reviewers;
  • illegal co-authorship.


Plagiarism can take many forms, from presenting someone else's work as an author's work, to copying or rephrasing essential parts of someone else's work (without attribution), or to claiming ownership of someone else's research. Plagiarism in all forms is unethical and unacceptable.

The manuscript authors should submit entirely original work. References to the results of the works of other authors should be accompanied by references to the relevant primary sources (which should be included in the list of references).

Citation of the text, previously published somewhere, should be framed as a DIRECT SPEECH (the text should be enclosed in quotation marks) with the obligatory indication of the source. The inclusion of large fragments of borrowed text in the manuscript is unacceptable.

The contribution of others to the study should always be recognized. Authors should refer to publications that were of great importance in the performance of scientific work covered in the manuscript.

Data obtained informally (e.g. during a conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties) should not be used or presented without the written permission of the original source.

Information obtained from confidential sources (for example, grant for research) should not be mentioned in the manuscript without the Express written permission of the author of the manuscript, who is directly related to these confidential sources.

Identification of plagiarism is carried out:

  • in the process of the peer review;
  • using the ANTIPLAGIAT software;
  • after the publication of manuscripts-upon the treatment of readers with the relevant statements.

In establishing the fact of plagiarism of the data (results of scientific work) or ideas, the manuscript (article) will be withdrawn and rejected from publication, even if it has already been published. An official notice will be posted on the journal's website.

Simultaneous submission of a manuscript to several journals or submission of already published data under a different title

Identification of the fact of submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time will be regarded as a violation of publication ethics. The manuscript will be rejected.

Publication of a certain type of articles (for example, translated articles) in some cases is permissible under certain conditions. When submitting a manuscript for secondary publication, the authors should notify the Editorial Board and justify the expediency of such publication in detail. In the case of a secondary publication, the resolution of issues related to copyright for publication is decided on a case-by-case basis. The General rules of the manuscript for the "secondary" publication are:

  • full bibliographic reference to the primary publication;
  • preservation of the original bibliography of the primary work.

More information on acceptable forms of secondary (repeated) publications can be found on the ICMJE page.

Concealing a conflict of interest

All authors are required to disclose (declare in the relevant section of the manuscript) financial or other obvious or potential conflicts of interest that may be perceived as having an impact on the results or conclusions presented in the work.

Examples of potential conflicts of interest to be disclosed:

  • receiving financial reward for participation in research or writing a manuscript;
  • any connection (work under the contract, consulting, availability of joint-stock property, receipt of fees, provision of expert opinions) with organizations that have a direct interest in the subject of research or review;
  • patent application or registration of a patent for the results of research (copyright, etc.);
  • obtaining financial support for any stage of research or manuscript writing (including grants and other financial support).

Information on conflicts of interest received from the authors of the manuscripts will be available only to the Editorial Board when deciding on the publication of the manuscript. Also, information about conflicts of interest is published in the full text of the article.

Assessment of the reviewer's competence

Evaluation of professional qualities of the reviewer is the exclusive prerogative of the Editorial Board.

Attempts by authors to assess the competence of reviewers will lead to rejection of the manuscript.

Unfairly co-authorship.

The authors of the publication can be only those persons who have made a significant contribution to the formation of the idea of the work, development, execution and/or interpretation of the results of the study, as well as to the process of writing the manuscript (including conducting scientific and stylistic editing and design in accordance with the requirements of the journal).

Authors should ensure that:

  • all participants who have made a significant contribution to the study are presented as co-Authors;
  • those who did not participate in the study are not listed as co-Authors.

Access and storage of raw data

The editors reserve the right to request the Authors of the original (raw) data of the study, including for reviewers and editors. The authors should be ready to provide this kind of information to the editorial staff (according to ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases (link)), as well as to store this data.

Significant errors in published works

In case of significant errors or inaccuracies in the publication, the author should inform the Editorial Board or the Publisher and interact with the Editorial Board in order to remove the publication or correct errors as soon as possible. If the editorial Board or publisher has received reasonable information from a third party that the publication contains significant errors, the author is obliged to withdraw the work or correct errors as soon as possible or to refute the statement of errors by submitting the necessary evidence to the editor.


Publication Fee

Articles in the "Geoecology. Engineering geology. Hydrogeology. Geocryology" journal are published free of charge for all authors.

The editorial Board does not charge the authors for placing articles in open access, reviewing, preparing the journal for publication, as well as the content of the site and electronic depositing of manuscripts.


Editorial team



Viktor Ivanovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Prof., Full Member RAS,

Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience RAS, Scientific Advisor of the Institute


Deputy Editor-in-Chief


Vyacheslav Genievich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Prof., Corresponding Member RAS, Deputy Director, Head of the St. Petersburg Branch, Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience RAS


Executive Editor




- Cand. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience RAS, Scientific Secretary


EDITORIAL BOARD                          



Borevskiy, Boris Vladimirovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), “GIDEK” Hydrogeoecological Research, Production, and Design Company, Director General



Velichkin, Vasiliy Ivanovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Corresponding Member RAS,

Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy and Geochemistry RAS (IGEM RAS), Chief researcher



Viktorov, Alexei Sergeevich

- Dr. Sci. (Geogr.), Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience, Russian Academy of Sciences, Deputy Director



Galkin, Aleksandr Nikolaevich

-Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Ass. Prof.,

Masherov Vitebsk State University, Belarus Republic, Professor at the Geography Department



Galperin, Anatoliy Moiseevich

- Dr. Sci. (Techn.), Prof., Moscow Mining Institute, National University of Science and Technology MISiS,

Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Professor at the Geology and Mine Survey Department



Dmitriev, Viktor Viktorovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Prof., Ordzhonikidze Russian State Geological Prospecting University (MGRI-RGGU), Professor at the Department of Engineering Geology



Kozlovskiy, Sergey Viktorovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.),

Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience RAS, Director



Krupoderov, Vladimir Stepanovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Prof.,

All-Russia Research Institute for Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology(VSEGINGEO), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Director



Kurchikov, Arkadiy Romanovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Corresponding Member RAS, West Siberian Branch, Trofimuk Institute of Oil and Gas Geology and Geophysics, West Siberian Division, Russian Academy of Sciences, Director.



Laverov, Nikolai Pavlovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Full Member RAS, Member of Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences



Lavrusevich, Andrei Aleksandrovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Prof., Moscow State University of Civil Engineering –National Research University, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Head of the Department of Engineering Geology and Geoecology 



Perlshtein, Georgiy Zakharovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Prof., Sergeev Institute of Environmental Geoscience RAS , Chief researcher


Podolnyi, Oleg Vladimirovich


- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), “KazGIDEK”

Hydrogeoecological research, production, and design company, Head of the Department for Geoecology and Mathematical Modelling, Kazakhstan Republic, Almaty



Pozdnyakov, Sergei Pavlovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Prof., Lomonosov Moscow State University, Geological Faculty, Head of the Hydrogeology Department



Shvets, Vladimir Mikhailovich

- Dr. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Prof., Ordzhonikidze Russian State Geological Prospecting University (MGRI-RGGU), Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Professor at the Hydrogeology Department



AngГelov, Kiril

- Cand. Sci. (Geol.-Miner.), Assoc. Prof., “Bondys” Engineering Geological and Geotechnical Co., Sofia, Bulgaria



de Mulder, Ed F.J.

- Dr. Sci., Prof., Netherlands Institute of Applied Geoscience TNO, National Geological Survey, Utrecht, the Netherlands



Sassa, Kyoji

- Dr. Sci., Prof., Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan



Wu Faquan

- Dr. Sci., Prof., Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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