Editorial policy

Australian Geomechanics is published quarterly, in March, June, September and December, by the Australian Geomechanics Society. The magazine is edited and produced by the Australian Geomechanics Society. It provides a journal and news magazine for matters of interest to the Australian geotechnical community. The statements made or opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the AGS.

Whilst the authors of papers retain copyright, submission of a paper for publication implies that the author gives AGS permission to copy and distribute papers in hardcopy format as well as in electronic format. Furthermore, permission is given for the sale of individual papers or compilations by AGS to benefit AGS members as well as for the supply of paper abstracts to third parties so that papers can be catalogued and made findable in bibliographic databases.

The Editorial Panel of Australian Geomechanics seeks contributions for future editions. The following comments are offered to assist would-be contributors.

Contributions can include: refereed technical papers; technical papers or notes; or news items and reports.

Technical papers can be refereed to ensure that they are of a standard similar to those published in international geotechnical journals. Authors should aim for a maximum overall length of no more than 10 pages, although shorter papers or technical notes are particularly welcome. Authors should indicate if they want their submission to be refereed; the status of the paper will be indicated on publication.

Submissions must be accompanied by a signed Author Declaration Form.

Refereed technical papers should be original and:

Technical papers or notes can be:

News items and reports can be:

It is preferable for contributors to submit formatted text, tables and figures in electronic format using Microsoft Word on Windows or Mac compatible hardware. If containing equations a PDF file should also be submitted.

It is preferable that submitted papers are presented in a specific format, detailed below. Papers that have not been properly formatted prior to submission, and are provisionally accepted, will be returned to authors to address peer review comments and proper formatting.

A formatted template for technical papers in Australian Geomechanics is available for download.

Details of the correct journal format are:

Figures and Tables

All the journal is published in colour.

Where possible figures and tables should be placed at the correct position in the text. Figures should be scanned. Failing this place them together at the back of the text. These should be sharp and of the correct size for incorporation into the finished document. The width of these must be less than or equal to the width of the text column (165 mm).

Where images are included in the paper they should be sent as a separate JPEG file to improve the picture resolution.

Photographs should preferably be good contrast gloss prints and of the correct size for incorporation directly into the copy. Please ensure that all such items are clearly marked to indicate position in paper.

Authors will remain responsible for the integrity of their material and for permission to publish.

Material will be accepted at any time and published in the next available issue.

Editorial Contacts

The Editor is Hugo Acosta-Martinez, and the Editorial Panel consists of the Executive and State Chapter Representatives on the AGS National Committee.

The process of submission, peer review, discussion, re-submission, approval etc. of technical papers, is conducted using the paper review software Scholastica. Technical papers may be submitted via Journal Submission given on the right sidebar of this web page, or via the AGS Scholastica website.

Correspondence other than submission of, and queries about, technical papers, may be emailed to:
Email: [email protected]

Advertising Rates

Every three months, Australian Geomechanics reaches more than 2000 professional geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists spread throughout Australia. Most of these are associated with significant site investigations, construction and computer analysis. So Australian Geomechanics provides a very targeted delivery for advertising.

Advertising rates include GST and from the 1st January 2020 are:

Size*One IssueTwo IssuesFour Issues
Cover Page$1330$1920$3330
Full Page$1030$1760$2640
Half Page$530$990$1320
Quarter Page$300$480$740

The prices quoted are for advertisements supplied in digital form as print resolution (240dpi or more) PDF, JPG or TIFF files.

* Files should be supplied at correct size with at least 3 mm bleed for designs that print to the edge of the page.

A4 Portrait – Width: 210 mm x Height: 297 mm (+bleed)
Half A4 Landscape – Width: 210 mm x Height: 148.5 mm (+bleed)
Half A4 Column – Width: 105 mm x Height: 297 mm (+bleed)
Quarter A4 Column – Width: 105 mm x Height: 148.5 mm (+bleed)

Inserts into an individual mail-out of Australian Geomechanics can be accepted at a minimum charge of $1330 (including GST).

Advertising queries should be addressed to:

Sara Lanesman

Email: [email protected]