Field Trip Guides

Manuscripts submission is only online using the link to ScholarOne:

All the correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is managed through the ScholarOne system; any mail or letter outside this platform will not be considered by the Editorial Board and Office.

When submitting a manuscript through ScholarOne, the corresponding author must provide a cover letter briefly presenting the article's contents and stating that the contribution is fully original and has not been contemporaneously submitted to other journals.

The submission system will ask to suggest the names and addresses of at least three potential reviewers, on one side, and, possibly, three possible reviewers, they dislike.

In case of problems, authors are invited to contact the Editorial Office (; tel. +39 06 83939366).

1) Manuscripts preparation

Manuscripts must be prepared in English (UK grammar and spelling) in editable files for PC (e.g.: doc, docx, odt, rtf). Manuscripts, including references and figure captions, must be double-spaced using a 'standard' font, preferably 12-point Times New Roman; line numbers must be added. For mathematical symbols, Greek letters and other special characters, the use of normal text or Symbol font is required. The use of Word Equation Editor/MathType should be restricted for formulae, which cannot be produced using normal text or Symbol font.

The word manuscript must be organized according to the following sections.

Cover pages
The following information is necessary for the first and second cover page:

  1. Title of the guide
  2. Reference to the event (congress, symposium, workshop, etc.) in which the field trip was organized.
  3. One nice high-resolution photo of the area; the photo should illustrate a panorama and should not be duplicated in the text.
  4. Complete name and surname of the authors.
  5. Affiliations of the Authors (in full) and their addresses.
  6. e-mail address of the Corresponding Author.
Main Text
The text of the guide must be organized in three main sections:
  1. Information (general information on the field trip);
  2. Excursion notes (geological description of the area);
  3. Itinerary (detailed description of the itinerary including the explanation of each stop).

The Information section must contain the following chapters:
Abstract (maximum 300 words)
Key words (between 5 and 10 using standard international terms)
Program summary (maximum length two pages, including at least one figure showing the itinerary)
Safety (clothing and/or particular equipment to be used during the field trip, useful telephone numbers or addresses as Mountain Rescue, Forestry Corp, Fire Brigade)
Hospitals (address and phone numbers, including First aid)
Accommodation (Tourist office; Hotels, B&B, Mountain huts, camping sites, etc.)

Other useful addresses can be added at the end of the section.

The Excursion notes section must contain general information on the geological setting of the area. Authors can organize the section in several chapters as follows:

1. Chapter (optional pointed list)


In the Itinerary section, the description of the stops must be organized as follows:
Title of the Itinerary

Stop n: Stop title (progressive numbering and WGS84 coordinates)
If the guide refers to a geological itinerary covering several days, stops numbering must reflect this subdivision. The stops of the first day will be numbered as Stop 1.1, Stop 1.2 etc., those on the second day as Stop 2.1, Stop 2.2 and so on.



The Itinerary section can be subdivided into more than one part, as is the case of field trips that concern two different areas of the same region illustrated in the Excursion notes section.

The text, figures and legend of the submitted geological maps must comply with the rules of terminology and stratigraphic nomenclature. Authors must observe a correct use of stratigraphic terminology, avoiding the citation of incorrect or abandoned stratigraphic names.

Web sites and publications such as the International Chronostratigraphic Chart, the International Stratigraphic Guide, the Italian Stratigraphic Guide, and the Catalogue of the Italian geological formations, are recommended as initial sources of stratigraphic information.

Public or private organizations, single individuals contributing to the paper, reviewers and editorial staff can be appropriately thanked at the end of the manuscripts. Economical contributions, funding, grants (including numbers) can be mentioned here.

Figure captions
The text of each caption must be prepared using normal characters; each caption must be preceded by "Fig. n -" (example: Fig. 1 - text of the caption). The same indication must be used for the calls of the illustrations in the text (Fig. n).

References should be inserted in parentheses in the text in full for single and dual authored papers (e.g. Lyell and Bertrand, 1987), but using first author and et al. for multiple authored papers (e.g. Lyell et al., 1988). The order in the text should be chronological, then alphabetical.

All references must be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the article in the following standard form:

Reference to a journal article:
Morley C. and Chantraprasert S. (2022) - Plume-related, syn-rift, Neogene volcanism, the interplay with structure in Thailand and comparison with the East
African Rift. Ital. J. Geosci., 141(3), 295-333,
Reference to a journal article with an article number:
Boutoux A., Briaud A., Faccenna C., Ballato P., Rossetti F., Blanc E. (2021) - Slab folding and surface deformation of the Iran mobile belt. Tectonics, 40(6), e2020TC006300,
Reference to a book:
Masotta M., Beier C., Mollo S. (2021) - Crustal Magmatic System Evolution: Anatomy, Architecture, and Physico-Chemical Processes. American Geophysical Union (AGU), 239 pp.,
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Brenna M., Ubide T., Nichols A.R., Mollo S., Pontesilli A. (2021) - Anatomy of Intraplate Monogenetic Alkaline Basaltic Magmatism: Clues From Magma, Crystals, and Glass. In: Masotta M., Beier C., Mollo S. (Eds), Crustal Magmatic System Evolution: Anatomy, Architecture, and Physico-Chemical Processes, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 79-103,
Reference to a sheet of the Geological Map of Italy at the scale 1:50.000 (Geological Survey of Italy and CARG Project)
Servizio Geologico d'Italia (2011) - Carta Geologica d'Italia alla scala 1:50.0000, F. 99 Iseo. ISPRA, Roma.
Reference to explanatory notes of the Geological Map of Italy at the scale 1:50.000 (Geological Survey of Italy and CARG Project)
Pantaloni M., Pichezzi R.M., D'Ambrogi C., Pampaloni M.L., Rossi M. (2016) - Note Illustrative della Carta Geologica d'Italia alla scala 1:50.000, F. 280 Fossombrone. 96 pp., S.EL.CA. Firenze.

The standard abbreviation of a journal's name must be used according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations: In case of uncertainty, authors are invited to use the full journal title.

Any links to websites in the text must be referenced in full bibliography, with the name of the site and its URL (Uniform Resource Locator).

In case of more references by the same author(s) in the same year, use letters a, b, c, etc., to identify them. More references consecutively mentioned must be placed in a chronological order separated by semicolons.

2) Illustrations (figures and tables)

All illustrations must be quoted in the text using Arabic numbers (Fig. 1, Fig. 2, Tab. 1, Tab. 2, etc.). In case of photographs and detailed maps, the reference scale must be present. Illustrations must be in .eps, .tiff or .jpg format. Every illustration must be numbered and supplied as single file with the same name as the corresponding caption. Illustrations must have good quality and resolution (300 dpi). In the preparation of the figures, authors must consider that the maximum viewing space reserved for illustrations in the pages of the GFT&M guide is 27.4 x 18.7 cm, slightly less than the standard A4 landscape format. Larger figures will be reduced accordingly.

Figures should be prepared with lettering and symbols of sufficient size and clarity to be reduced (Arial, 6-8 pt. minimum). After reduction, the smallest lettering should be a minimum of 2 mm high. Tables can be submitted as xls or doc files.

Indications in the text on the preferred location of figures must be provided adding a line with the following indication: Position of figure XX.

In the case of complex illustrations or problems due to file format or specific dimensions, the authors should kindly contact the editorial staff in advance (; tel. +39 06 4959390).

In case of reproduction of previously published illustrations, permissions must be provided by the authors (see the Copyright section of the present guidelines: Credits and permissions).

Supplementary materials
GFT&M wants to encourage the submissions of supplementary materials related to the published contributions. Authors are asked to deliver data in specific formats including at least the position of significant information as stops location or general maps (ARC-GIS project, KML Vector/raster for Google Earth). Datum, projection and coordinate systems should be clearly indicated in a separate file. The authors are warmly invited to deliver additional materials as movies, 3D pdf, additional georeferenced maps, etc., which will be stored in a public repository.

3) Review process and Acceptance

All submitted contributions will be subject to peer review (it is intended as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers' expert in the field) by two reviewers expert in the field of the submitted manuscript. The Editor in Chief will select the Associate Editor within the board. The AE will manage the review process by selecting the reviewers normally from the Editorial Board. The Associate Editor may not assign any of the suggested peer-reviewers, but he/she will not make the assignment to highlighted reviewers that authors dislike. Reviewers selected by the AE should have no conflict of interest with the authors and must provide objective judgments and point out relevant published work, which is not yet cited.
The Associate Editor will give an evaluation of the paper after considering the two referees. The final decision (accept/revise/reject/encouraged resubmission) will be taken by the EiC taking into account the referees and the evaluation of the Associate Editor.

In case of request for revisions, the authors must send three separate files as follows:

  1. A point-by-point rebuttal letter explaining how each Editor and Reviewer's comments have been addressed, clearly indicating the line numbers.
  2. The revised marked manuscript showing the text changes using the track changes system.
  3. A clean version of the revised manuscript.

Reviewed articles will be treated confidentially. When the paper is accepted, the Corresponding Author is requested to send the final version in Word, and illustrations in the required formats. E-mails of other scientists that work in the field must be suggested by the authors, in order to disseminate the paper, once published.

Accepted manuscripts will be provided with a doi and published in the web site in the submission format before proof preparation.

Acceptance for publication is subject to the approval of the Editorial Board.

4) Proofs

The author will receive two proofs before online publication. The first proof will be sent with an almost definitive layout accompanied by any reports/observations from the Editorial Staff regarding both the contents and the requests or layout proposals. The authors can still review and check the proofs for any loss of formatting (e.g.: apexes, subscripts, italics, etc.), and intervene on the text and illustrations by reporting any minor and necessary corrections to be made. No content changes are admitted at this stage of the production. A final second proof will be provided to check corrections. No additional changes are allowed.