Geophysical Prospecting is returning to the topic of mineral exploration and mining geophysics with a third Special Issue due for publication in January 2023.
Guest editors of the Special Issue say that after two well-received editions in 2015 and 2020 they have observed more research and industry activity in the mineral-mining sector is helping to accelerate the energy transition. This is evident as governments push enormously with subsidies and more research possibilities. The catch is that alternative sources of energies require access to raw materials for generation, storage, and transportation.
The mineral exploration industry continues to chase deep-seated deposits while making sure intermediate ones are also effectively explored using state-of-the-art technologies that are socially acceptable but also provide sufficient resolution for drilling programmes. As demand increases, the mining industry also faces increasing pressure to produce more raw materials in more difficult and challenging mining environments prone to seismicity and unknown geological structures.
The proposed Special Issue aims to address these challenges and provide solutions for both sectors through new prototypes, case studies and algorithms but also added values geophysical methods provide to the mining sector. Articles are invited from all areas of geophysics with case studies from land and offshore. Studies on physical properties, modelling and acquisition planning as well as the emerging solutions from machine learning domains are also especially welcome.
- Submission of interest: 15 February 2022
- Deadline for submissions: 30 May 2022
- Deadline for acceptance: 30 November 2022
- Planned publication: January 2023
Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts, prepared according to the ‘Author Guidelines’ published on the Geophysical Prospecting website. The online submission system for the journal can be found here.
All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal’s established policies and procedures. The final selection of papers will be based on the peer review process as well as reviews by guest editors and the editor-in-chief.
It is worth noting that there are no publication fees, page limits, or charges for color figures. Moreover, Geophysical Prospecting offers various options for open access publication.
For specific questions, please contact the Special Issue editors:
- Alireza Malehmir (Uppsala University, firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Gordon Cooper (University of Witwatersrand, Gordon.Cooper@wits.ac.za);
- Musa Manzi (University of Witwatersrand, Musa.Manzi@wits.ac.za);
- Andrei Swidinsky (University of Toronto, email@example.com);
- Umair bin Waheed (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, firstname.lastname@example.org).
For questions regarding the submission system and review process, contact the publications coordinator Harsha Ravi (email@example.com).