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Pay-per-view access information and help

For eBooks and for those who do not hold a subscription to required content, access is possible via a pay-per-view option for short-term access. During the access period the pdf/epub of the purchased items can be downloaded and saved locally. Payment is by Visa, MasterCard or AmEx using a secure transaction.

Please see the FAQs page for access entitlements if you are a GSL member or annual subscriber.

Pay-per-view content is for the use of the payee only, and content may not be further distributed by print or electronic means except under licence from CLA, CCC or your local reproduction rights agency. You may view, download, and/or print the article or eBook for your personal scholarly, research, and educational use. 

You may not: 

(i) distribute a copy (electronic or otherwise) of the article or eBook without the written permission of GSL, 
(ii) post the article or eBook on an electronic bulletin board or web site, or 
(iii) charge for a copy (electronic or otherwise) of the article or eBook. 

Please also see Terms of Use for Pay-per-view Users.

If you think you will require regular access to various articles it may be more beneficial to join the Society to access selected content, or to recommend a subscription to your institution or company. Please note that eBooks are only available using pay-per-view, they are not included in member access or by institutional subscription.

To access the Lyell Collection please ensure you are using the latest browser version of Chrome, Safari, Edge or Firefox. 

Pay-per-view content purchased on the Lyell Collection does not include a print copy of the book/journal issue/article. Please see the online bookshop to purchase print editions of books (subject to availability). 

"Buy a print book" on the Lyell Collection is a link to the UK online bookshop to purchase a print version of the book volume. Postage fees apply.

Purchase short-term access to individual articles, journal issues, book volumes or eBooks by adding them to your cart.

Please login or register before starting your purchase. Then login to view and download the purchased content within the purchase period. See screenshots below for where purchases are shown in My Account.

Click "Log In | Register" on the homepage to login or to create a new account.

Pay-per-view options:

Article /

  Purchase access to the online article for 24 hours for the price quoted on screen.
The article must be downloaded and saved locally within the 24 hour access period.
Journal Issue /
Book Volume  
  Login and access all the current articles in this book volume or journal issue for 7 days (168 hours) for the price quoted on screen.
Each article must be downloaded separately and saved locally within the 7 day access period.
eBooks   Selected eBooks are available for purchase in ePub format.
Login to download the purchased eBook as an ePub and save it locally within 10 days for the price quoted on screen.

Articles can be downloaded in PDF or ePub versions (depending on the date of publication). More information on downloading and reading purchased content offline.

An Accepted Manuscript is a water-marked PDF of the accepted text and original figures. It is not copyedited, typeset, proofed or corrected.

Payment is accepted by Visa, MasterCard or AmEx. The location of your current IP address will be used to select the purchase currency (UK in GBP; EU and Europe in Euro; Rest of World in USD). Pay-per-view rates are subject to change. 

Tax (VAT, TVA, IVA, BTW, etc.) will be calculated using the location of the card billing address entered during checkout. Please enter your European Union tax registration number during checkout if relevant.

An email order confirmation will be sent from alerts[at] The email confirmation is the only receipt/invoice issued - during checkout please enter any details that you require for your receipt. If you do not receive an email receipt for your purchase please check your spam/junk email folder.

To access purchased content during your access period: login to the site, click on your name (top, right), then My Account. The purchased article / issues / volume / eBook will be listed in Access Entitlements with the time remaining for access (screenshots below). 

If purchased as a Guest please enter the email address used to make the purchase in the email box under "Restore your content access" within the access period and click "Send Restore Email". Screenshot below.

When downloading purchases please check your internet browser settings to allow pop-ups from the Lyell Collection site.

If further assistance is required with your purchase or viewing the content please contact us

My Account screenshots:

Pay per view screenshots

Screenshot of ebook purchase in My Account on the Lyell Collection website

Restore access to a Guest purchase screenshot:

Screenshot restore access for guest purchased

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Further information

Further information can be found in the FAQs. For all other queries, please contact us.