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Highly accessed articles in the previous month

Research Article
Complex rupture process on the conjugate fault system of the 2014 Mw 6.2 Thailand earthquake
Tira Tadapansawut, Yuji Yagi, Ryo Okuwaki, Shinji Yamashita & Kousuke Shimizu 
Progress in Earth and Planetary Science 2022, 9:26
Published on: 15 May 2022

Research Article
Experimental simulations of shock textures in BCC iron: implications for iron meteorites
Eiji Ohtani, Toru Sakurabayashi & Kosuke Kurosawa 
Progress in Earth and Planetary Science 2022, 9:24
Published on: 3 May 2022

Research Article
A possible mechanism for spontaneous cyclic back-arc spreading
Kazuhiko Ishii & Simon R. Wallis 
Progress in Earth and Planetary Science 2020, 9:27
Published on: 18 May 2022

Most cited and accessed paper awards

Progress in Earth and Planetary Science is very pleased to be able to present you the ‘PEPS Most Cited Paper Awards 2022’ and the ‘PEPS Most Downloaded Paper Awards 2022’. Congratulations on the success of the papers to the respective authors.

Please click here to access the award page.


PEPS promotes Review Articles which may serve as useful contents of summaries of the newest developments in the wide fields of Earth and Planetary Science.  

We have released the 3rd edition of a collection of abstracts of the published PEPS Review Articles.

We hope you will walk through this collection and find useful for your research interest.

Impact Factor 2020

We are pleased to announce that PEPS has now received its new Impact Factor (IF2020) of 3.604 (up from last year's 2.508) and its first 5-year Impact Factor of 3.784. In addition, CiteScore has increased from 3.8 to its May 2021 value of 4.7. Together with other metrics, such as the number of downloads, this achievement shows the community appreciation towards the journal. We would like to thank everyone for contributing to this success and for supporting us in our mission to play a major role for the future of geosciences.

Aims and scope

Progress in Earth and Planetary Science (PEPS), a peer-reviewed open access e-journal, was launched by the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) in 2014. This international journal is devoted to high-quality original articles, reviews and papers with full data attached in the research fields of space and planetary sciences, atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences, human geosciences, solid earth sciences, and biogeosciences. PEPS promotes excellent review articles and welcomes articles with electronic attachments including videos, animations, and large original data files. PEPS also encourages papers with full data attached: papers with full data attached are scientific articles that preserve the full detailed raw research data and metadata which were gathered in their preparation and make these data freely available to the research community for further analysis.

Call for papers

Past variability of Asian monsoon and its influence on surrounding regions on various timescales
Starting: 1 April 2023
Submission deadline: 31 December 2023

Geophysical Properties and Transport Processes in the Deep Crust and Mantle
Starting: 1 January 2023
Submission deadline: 30 June 2023

Water-carbon cycles and terrestrial changes in the Arctic and subarctic regions
Starting: 15 November 2022
Submission deadline: 31 August 2023

SPEPS collections

10 years after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake: A milestone of solid earth science

Thermal, dynamical, and chemical processes in our early Solar System

Quaternary and Future Earth: Harmonious Coexistence of Climate and Humans

Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact – VarSITI – 5-year summary review

Stratigraphy and paleoclimatic/paleoenviromental evolution across the Early–Middle Pleistocene* transition in the Chiba composite section, Japan, and other reference sections in East Asia

Projection and impact assessment of global change

Conservation of geoheritage and cultural heritage; properties, weathering processes, damage assessment and non-destructive evaluation

Subduction-zone megathrust earthquakes: New perspectives from insitu data & laboratory analyses

Ionospheric Plasma Bubble Seeding and Development

Evolution and variability of Asian Monsoon and its linkage with Cenozoic global cooling

Asian monsoon hydroclimate

High-definition topographic and geophysical data in geosciences

High-Pressure Earth and Planetary Science in the last and next decade

Land-Ocean Linkages under the Influence of the Asian Monsoon

Multidisciplinary Researches on Deep Interiors of the Earth and Planets

Understanding of the Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth System (CAWSES II) - SCOSTEP’s International Program (2009 – 2013)

Annual Journal Metrics

Society affiliation

  • Progress in Earth and Planetary Science is affiliated with the Japan Geoscience Union.

    More information, including how to submit a paper and templates, is available at the Japan Geoscience Union's PEPS website.

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