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Launch of new researcher-run journal SEISMICA aims to release earthquake science and seismology research from behind publisher paywalls


Jul 6, 2022

On July 1, 2022, an international team of researchers launched a new journal, Seismica, supporting free global access to cutting-edge seismological research. Vitor Silva from the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation is a member of the core editorial team.


Seismica will publish original, novel peer-reviewed research in seismology, earthquake science, and related disciplines. The new journal initiative began nearly two years ago when a group of seismologists were motivated to address the restrictive and expensive barriers to public and global access to research. More than 250 researchers from around the world, led by a core group of 44 editors, have designed and launched a community-centered journal. Editorial policies, platform, journal branding, publishing template, reviewer database and marketing. This initiative follows on from a movement of other journals that specialise in volcanoes, tectonics and sediments. Seismica’s mission is to publish rigorous peer-reviewed research which impacts the global community through policies which are accessible, transparent, respectful, credible, and progressive.


Professor Christie Rowe, Canada Research Chair in Earthquake Geology and Associate Professor at McGill University, and Executive Editor for Community of Seismica said “Seismica is a community-driven journal dedicated to seismology, fully volunteer-run, diamond open-access journal. Articles are free to publish and free to read, without a subscription, and authors retain full copyright“. Seismica aims to appeal not only to academics and researchers alike but also to the industry, which plays a crucial role in this field of study.


Seismica has an ongoing call for reviewers to subscribe to the journal database, for volunteers to help run the journal, and for scientists to submit their research. Interested people are asked to register at


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