We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Human Dimensions in Geoscience, to be published in Geosphere. Geosphere is a publication of the Geological Society of America (impact factor: 2.37), is an online-only journal that targets an international audience, and publishes high-quality research results from all fields of the geosciences. We invite anyone with high quality research that sits at the interface between geoscience and social science, including education, to submit to this special issue. You can find the call and more information about Geosphere at:; the call for papers is also pasted below.

We (myself, Renee Clary, and Suzanne O'Connell) would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Please feel free to disseminate this to colleagues internationally - we hope this opportunity to publish in a high impact, ISI journal will receive significant interest.

Take care,

 Geosphere Themed Issue: Human Dimensions in Geoscience
Guest Editors:
Julie Libarkin, [log in to unmask]
Renee Clary, [log in to unmask]
Suzanne O'Connell, [log in to unmask]

This themed issue will focus on the research that occurs at the interface between geoscience and social science. Political science, education, history, philosophy, communication, information science, diversity studies, and similar fields can help illuminate some of the most vexing issues facing the geosciences. Best practices for communicating climate science, for example, emerge when deep understanding of geoscience intersects graphic design. Similarly, the solutions to the immediate and future need to train more geoscience students may lie in lessons already learned by diversity and access scholars. This special issue will provide a venue for researchers investigating human dimensions in geoscience to share research findings with each other and the broader geoscience community. We encourage submission of high quality research that sits at the interface between geoscience and social science, including science communication, science policy, history and philosophy of science, learning in formal and informal settings, diversity in science, and similar fields.

To submit a paper for this issue, go to and be sure to note in your cover letter that this submission is for the “Human Dimensions in Geoscience” themed issue. Although this special issue will remain open for two years,  we encourage authors to submit manuscripts by June 1, 2015.       

Julie Libarkin
Associate Professor
Director - Geocognition Research Lab
Michigan State University
288 Farm Lane, 206 Natural Science
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-355-8369

Affiliations: Center for Integrative Studies in General Science, Department of Geological Sciences, Cognitive Science Program, Environmental Science and Policy Program, CREATEforSTEM