GeoScienceWorld (GSW) hosts a domain-leading collection of earth science research built on 46 leading geoscience journals and a rapidly growing list of over 2,000 ebooks from 28 premier publishers in the geosciences, enhanced by deep integration with nearly four million records in the GeoRef database.

GeoScienceWorld sought a platform that would enable the expansion of their aggregator model, the Society Services Program, which offers a cost-effective, shared infrastructure for hosting independent society sites on the platform, providing a scalable and efficient global presence for publishers, authors, and members.

Journal Homepage on
Journal Homepage on

GSW’s new site provides scholars and professionals with a comprehensive and consolidated research experience and offers innovative tools optimized for use by academic researchers and professional geoscientists. Distinctive features of the site include: split screen display that allows users to scroll the journal article and its figures simultaneously; an integrated map-based search experience using GeoRef bounding coordinate data to discover content globally and narrow results to specific regions or locations; search results that include figures and extract views; and a re-conceptualized treatment of GeoRef Thesaurus keywords for better surfacing of related content.

An integrated map-based search experience using GeoRef bounding coordinate data
Integrated map-based search using GeoRef bounding coordinate data
Search results may be viewed on a map and narrowed to specific regions or locations
Search results may be viewed on a map and narrowed to specific regions or locations

The January 2020 edition of Learned Publishing featured a case study on GSW’s success, noting:

“On the Silverchair Platform, GSW was able to introduce a Society Services program, which began with cost‐effective hosting opportunities based on a common technology base. We now provide a full suite of cost‐effective and scalable services, including hosting, project management, collaborative roadmap development, customer service, and sales, marketing, and fulfillment services. . . . In content hosting and dissemination, we have increased site traffic and discovery by delivering traffic to a sizable, globally recognized, and domain‐focused ‘version of record’ site.”

“GeoScienceWorld is pleased to be partnering with Silverchair to provide our users with best-in-class technological innovations and unique content features. This alignment allows us to maintain our growth trajectory by expanding our service opportunities and strategic partnerships, and by providing opportunities to add high quality scholarship and improve and refine our platform’s capabilities to support the geoscience community.”

Alix Vance, CEO of GeoScienceWorld

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