In its first year of publication, the new EAGE/Geological Society journal Geoenergy has exceeded all our targets for submission and published contributions. Attracting a wide range of papers, the journal launched in January 2023 sets a new benchmark for publications focused on energy transition, perhaps the biggest global challenge of the 21st century.
Building on the strong legacy of the long running Petroleum Geoscience journal, also published jointly by the EAGE/Geological Society, the timely new publication Geoenergy meets the requirement for a technically robust journal with focus on geoscience and engineering and the challenge to unlock renewable resources from the subsurface. In the first year we have had 58 submissions and already published 19 papers, covering a range of topics, from carbon capture and sequestration, critical minerals, nuclear waste storage and geothermal energy.
An Editorial Board was established, led by Prof Jonathan Redfern (University of Manchester) as editor-in-chief, bringing together an international team of deputy editors with diverse expertise: Prof Sebastian Geiger (TU Delft, Netherlands), Dr Kathryn Moore (University of Exeter, UK), Prof Rosalind Archer (Griffith University, NZ), Prof Zuleima Karpyn (PennState, USA) and journal manager Lucy Bell. Their dedication is highly valued, as is the hard work of referees, because without that commitment our society and ability to edit/improve and then ultimately publish these ground-breaking papers would be impossible.
Some of the most read papers in 2023 include:
- 3D reservoir simulation of CO2 injection in a deep saline aquifer of the Lower Paleozoic Potsdam Sandstone of the St Lawrence Platform, Gentilly Block, Quebec by Konstantinovskaya et al.,
- Structural discontinuities and their control on hydrothermal systems in the Great Basin, USA by Siler, and
- Exploring natural hydrogen hotspots: a review and soil-gas survey design for identifying seepage by Langhi et al.
We have several thematic collections in progress, including ‘Digitally enabled geoscience workflows: unlocking the power of our data’ and ‘Sustainable geological disposal and containment of radioactive waste’. We look forward to announcing more in the coming year, focusing on the main themes driving our science. We have also initiated new viewpoint articles that highlight key themes or issues that affect this area of research and associated industries.
Later in the year a selection of papers from Geoenergy will be showcased at the EAGE Annual Meeting in Oslo, where authors have been invited to present their work at a dedicated session. We look forward to seeing you all there, and to your future submissions, as Geoenergy establishes itself as the leading journal in the subject.