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

Progress in Earth and Planetary Science welcomes submissions to the SPEPS series on 'Conservation of geoheritage and cultural heritage; properties, weathering processes, damage assessment and non-destructive evaluation'

Important natural sites, such as geoparks and geosites, as well as cultural heritage sites made of stones and earthen materials have suffered from weathering and deterioration problems repeatedly. For the purpose of their treatments or conservation, there is ongoing need to approach heritage protection from an interdisciplinary point of view. Recent research has resulted in the significant development of non-destructive and non-invasive techniques, which are widely necessary for the conservation of such sites. There is, however, much ground to cover on this front. 
In this SPEPS special collection, we invite authors to submit reviews and research articles on their innovative study or on new devices, testing methodologies, protocols and data treatments (e.g. digital or 3D documentation). Additionally, this issue welcomes discussions on original research and case studies of documentation, measurement and monitoring techniques, experimental work, predictive models, and damage assessments, which allow better understanding of decay mechanisms, state of deterioration and response to treatments. Interconnections among different research fields will be addressed, such as geomorphology, engineering geology, geoarchaeology, petrophysics, geochemistry and geotechnical engineering, aiming at covering the interdisciplinary field of heritage conservation.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Heritage
  • Geopark 
  • Cultural property 
  • Weathering 
  • Deterioration
  • Non-destructive technique

Submission Instructions
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Progress in Earth and Planetary Science. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Progress in Earth and Planetary Science submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct SPEPS series please select the appropriate 'thematic series' in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the SPEPS series on 'Conservation of geoheritage and cultural heritage; properties, weathering processes, damage assessment and non-destructive evaluation'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Open for submissions: 6 December, 2017
Deadline for submissions: 31 March, 2018

Associate Editors
Chiaki T. Oguchi,  Saitama University, Japan
Céline Thomachot-Schneider,  University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, France
Patricia Vazquez, University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, France 
Magdalini Teodoridou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:
• Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
• High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
• No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
• Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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  • 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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