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Access FAQs for GSL members

To access the Lyell Collection please ensure you are using the latest browser version of Chrome, Safari, Edge or Firefox. When downloading pdf articles please check your internet browser settings to allow pop-ups from the Lyell Collection site.

Please note that the websites www.geolsoc.org.uk and www.lyellcollection.org are maintained separately. If you update your login details or user information on one site, they will not automatically be updated on the other site. 

More information is provided on the Access for Fellows and Student members page.

If you are also a member of EAGE, Association of Applied Geochemists, Edinburgh Geological Society, Geological Society of Glasgow, Yorkshire Geological Society, or PESGB please see the FAQ for other membership types

Please see the Lyell Collection site help page for technical assistance.


For assistance during the registration or login process please click on "Help" and then "Chat with us".

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How do I activate access to online content?

For current members:

On 27 July 2022 the login system for the Lyell Collection changed to CONNECT.

Please register on the Lyell Collection site using the same email address* you use for logging into the Geological Society of London website (MyGSL). 

Click "Log In | Register", then "Individual Login | Register" and then "Sign up"**.

Enter your name, the email address registered with the Society and create your own password. Click "Continue" and then enter the verification code sent to you by email within 5 minutes. The email is sent from no.reply[at]scienceconnect.io. Please check your spam/junk folder. If you do not receive the code in time please use the "Chat with us" function to contact assistance.

**The options to sign in with ORCID, Google, Microsoft, Apple and Twitter credentials are available, but this will not enable access unless that sign in option also uses the same email address as your existing Geological Society login. If you already have a CONNECT login with the same email address registered with the Society then please login with your CONNECT password.

The email address on your membership record and the email address used for registration will link together to allow access to the relevant content. Please login to view the relevant content.

*If you have not registered an email address with the Society (or it has changed) please email the Society with your name, membership number and your preferred email address with a request for your email address to be changed in the membership database and your Lyell Collection access record.

For new members

The Lyell Collection site host will email an access activation email from alerts[at]lyellcollection.org when your entitlements have been uploaded from the Society database. Please follow the instructions in the email to register with CONNECT and link the Lyell Collection access record to your email address. 

The options to sign in with ORCID, Google, Microsoft, Apple and Twitter credentials are available, but this will not enable access unless that sign in option also uses the same email address as your Geological Society login. If you already have a CONNECT login with the same email address registered with the Society then please login with your CONNECT password.

Please allow up to 10 days for the access entitlements to be uploaded and the activation email to be sent.


What is my Lyell Collection site password?

Please use the email address registered with the Geological Society of London when registering on the site or logging in. You can request a verification code to be sent to this email address if you have forgotten your password. The email is sent from no.reply[at]scienceconnect.io. Please check your spam/junk folder. If you do not receive the code in time please use the "Chat with us" function to contact assistance.

*If you have not registered an email address with the Society please email the Society with your name, membership number and your preferred email address with a request for your email address to be changed in the membership database and your Lyell Collection access record.


Why did I receive an ‘Activation of your account on Lyell’ email?

When you are first added to the Lyell Collection, the system sends an email to your registered email address so that you can verify the email address and confirm that you wish to activate your account. This email is sent from alerts[at]lyellcollection.org

An email is also sent when your access record is updated by an amendment from the membership database e.g. a change of email address or journal option - or a renewal update for the new membership year. 

The link in the activation email is valid for 48 hours. If the link has expired and you are already registered on the Lyell Collection please go to the login page on the Lyell Collection, enter your email address and a verification code will be sent to you by email (from no.reply[at]scienceconnect.io). If you are not already registered on the Lyell Collection please contact us and we will send a new verification email.

Why did I receive an ‘Access to your content on Lyell Collection’ email?

When you are given access to a new publication, the system sends an email to your registered email address to confirm this entitlement and also a reminder to activate your account if not already done so. This email is sent from alerts[at]lyellcollection.org


I am recognized by the Lyell Collection site, but I can only view the Abstract

When you have logged in and are recognised by the site (your name is at the top of the screen) the text above each article title in the table of contents will show your access entitlements:

"Open padlock | Free Access" - content available to all.

"Orange padlock | Open Access" - content available to all.

"Open padlock | Full Access" - this content is available as part of your current membership entitlements.

If there is no text then this content is not available as part of your current membership entitlements. You can view the Abstract.

Please note that selected articles are only available in PDF format (all content published in 1999 and earlier, plus some later book content). If only the abstract and references are visible please click on "PDF" in the article header to view the full article.

Please read through the details below to check your access entitlements. If you cannot access content you are entitled to as part of your GSL membership please contact us for assistance.

If you have recently changed your journal option, or upgraded to the Full Book Collection, please allow up to 14 days for the amendment to be made to your access record.

Access to journal content

GSL members can view and download articles from JGS, QJEGH, PG, GEEA or Geoenergy (when they subscribe to the relevant journal). Members receive one free subscription to a Society journal option of their choice for 2024:

  1. Journal of the Geological Society (JGS) and Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (QJEGH)
  2. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis (GEEA)
  3. Petroleum Geoscience (PG)
  4. Geoenergy

Members can also choose to subscribe to an additional Society journal option for an annual fee. Please see the membership fees page for current rates.

Please note: The Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society and Scottish Journal of Geology are also available via the Lyell Collection. These are not GSL journals. Members can access content of the relevant journal by using pay-per-view or by joining the relevant membership organisation. YGS for the Proceedings, or GSG or EGS for the Scottish Journal. If you are a member of one of these societies please use the same email address - this will link together your access entitlements to one login. Journal of Micropalaeontology content on the Lyell site is only available to Lyell Collection Complete institutional subscribers.


Access to book content

The Book Archive provides members with access to Special Publications, Memoirs and Engineering Geology Special Publications published prior to the current and three previous calendar years. 

For 2024 this includes access to book content published in 2020 and earlier.

Members can purchase an annual subscription to the Full Book Collection which extends electronic access to the more recent book content (including "In Progress" book articles). 

Please note: No journal or ebook content is included in the Book Archive or a Full Book Collection subscription.

A full list of Geological Society book titles and their direct links (excel file).

The fees for access to additional Society journals and the Full Book Collection are listed here - Membership Fees. To amend your membership options please login to MyGSL or email the membership department. Articles from the Full Book Collection (published in current or three previous calendar years) or journals to which the fellow does not subscribe can also be purchased using pay-per-view or from the Society Library (please contact the Library for current pricing).



I see the message "Your IP (*.*.*.*) is blocked. Block Reason: More than 25 sessions created in 5 minutes." What should I do?

Please contact us by email with the details of the IP address shown in the message so we can investigate. Too many sessions have been created from a single IP address in a specified length of time e.g. multiple Lyell Collection webpages open on different browser tabs or trying to access one Lyell Collection webpage unsuccessfully 25 times.


Can I receive print copies of my membership journal(s)?

All Society journal options are online only.

 

Will I be notified when a new article or issue is published in the Lyell Collection?

Please login and click on "Alerts" in the blue bar to sign up to receive email alerts for new articles or issues. More information here.

 

What is "In progress" content?

"In progress" content enables articles to appear online soon after they have been accepted for publication and ahead of the finalised issue. This was previously called "Online First".

To access journal "in progress" articles members must have a subscription to the relevant journal.

To access Special Publication or Memoir "in progress" articles members must have a subscription to the Full Book Collection.

 

What is Open Access?  

The Geological Society publishes Open Access articles which are free to all and are designated by an Open Access logo.  

My organisation is a Geological Society of London Corporate Patron – do we receive access to Lyell Collection content?

Access to Lyell Collection content is not included with a Corporate Patron membership. Please use pay-per-view or recommend the purchase of an annual corporate or institutional subscription.

How do I recommend a subscription to the titles in the Lyell Collection to my company, institution or library?

If you would like to recommend a subscription to a journal, book series or the full Lyell Collection, please complete the Journal and book recommendation form.

I see the message "Your IP (***.***.***.***) is blocked. Block Reason: More than 25 sessions created in 5 minutes." What should I do?

Please contact us by email with the details of the IP address shown in the message so we can investigate. Too many sessions have been created from a single IP address in a specified length of time e.g. multiple Lyell Collection webpages open on different browser tabs or trying to access one Lyell Collection webpage unsuccessfully 25 times. 

I see the message "Your IP (***.***.***.***) is blocked. Block Reason: More than 25 sessions created in 5 minutes." What should I do?

Please contact us by email with the details of the IP address shown in the message so we can investigate. Too many sessions have been created from a single IP address in a specified length of time e.g. multiple Lyell Collection webpages open on different browser tabs or trying to access one Lyell Collection webpage unsuccessfully 25 times. 

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Journal recommendation form

If you would like to recommend that your library subscribes to a Geological Society journal or book, please complete the Journal and book recommendation form

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