GSW for Industry

Improving the way your company does research

High-Quality, Peer-Reviewed Geoscience Content

As a unique nonprofit collaborative of 37 society publishers, GSW provides the research materials that geoscientists need in the office and the field. Our flexible purchasing options allow organizations to offer unlimited access to a growing collection of journals, eBooks, and interlinked GeoRef records.

Access impactful research

GSW’s research platform gives geoscientists access to 210k full-text articles from 53 journals and 2,300+ eBooks

Control your spend

One purchase provides downloads for researchers across teams,
projects, and budgets

Search by location

Have a project that’s focused on a particular region or basin? Use OpenGeoSci to pinpoint key areas of interest

Authenticate instantly

Users gain immediate access, so no more bookmarking pages, managing multiple passwords, or re-entering credit card information

Explore with OpenGeoSci

OpenGeoSci is a free, public map-based toolset that allows users to search for cross-sections, charts, tables, figures, and data from GSW publications. The goal of OpenGeoSci is to further aid researchers in discovery of relevant valuable assets for industry research. 

GSW Provides Access to

GeoScienceWorld journals and ebook collections

210k Articles

GSW’s journals collection provides access to 53 top-tier journals from 37 global publishing societies. Subscribers receive perpetual access to journal articles published while subscribed, and the GSW Archive Collection (1905–1999) continues to grow as new backfiles are added, providing lasting value.

2,300+ eBooks

GSW eBook collections provide integrated, high-value, full-text content with the convenience of a download. The complete collection includes years 1926–2021. Almost 39,000 book chapters are currently available from our 13 society publishers, with new titles and publishers added on an ongoing basis, including GSA Special Papers and GSA Memoirs.

4.5m GeoRef Records

GSW is powered by GeoRef, the most authoritative abstracting and indexing database in the geosciences. The GeoRef integration is essential to providing the most comprehensive research experience possible. Featuring nearly 40,000 controlled vocabulary terms, the GeoRef Thesaurus is indispensable for increasing the accuracy and relevance of search results. This taxonomy helps users find related content with a single search by automatically including terms you may not have otherwise thought to search, but are relevant to your topic. 

Covering the geology of North America from 1666 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to the present, the GeoRef database includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations from U.S. and Canadian universities.

GSW Society Partners

GSW provides a platform and publishing services for 37 trusted scholarly societies in the Earth Sciences. Our high-value, curated research platform provides seamless access to journals and books that researchers consider essential to advance geosciences.

Become a Customer

GeoScienceWorld offers two flexible purchase options that can meet your organization’s usage, needs, and budget.


Subscription Model

  • Unlimited HTML views and PDF downloads
  • Full access to journals and/or books, including the GeoRef database
  • Instant platform-wide authentication
  • OpenGeoSci map-based search


Tokens Model

  • Only pay for what you use
  • Access journal articles and book chapters on demand
  • One annual company-wide purchase
  • Instant platform-wide authentication
  • OpenGeoSci map-based search

Benefits of GSW

Companies in the energy, oil & gas, and metals & mining industries rely on GSW for access to the journals, eBooks, and GeoRef data that users need for conducting Earth Science research. Industry customers count on GSW for:

GSW delivers content from all of our society partners in one place. This integrated approach offers full-text journals, eBooks, GeoRef bibliographic data, and OpenGeoSci mapping functions on one platform. This dynamic delivery eliminates duplication costs while providing users with a seamless research experience.

The GSW research platform averages 9.3 million annual pageviews, serving more than 61,000 society members with 96% of platform customers renewing every year.

Using a one-click pathway, users access the complete collection of GSW full-text journals, eBooks, and GeoRef index data alongside our OpenGeoSci map-based search tool. GSW’s authenticated delivery system eliminates the need for multiple bookmarks, logins, or extra site searches. Additionally, records include a hyperlinked DOI (digital object identifier) that directly links each article to its source.

Every GSW purchase includes unlimited downloads, which saves on cost while providing unrestricted company-wide downloads. Researchers are free to view articles (along with charts, graphs, and tables), add records to their citation manager, or download the PDF.

Reduce research spend and increase productivity by eliminating multiple logins, password resets, and individual credit card transactions. Our tailored authentication options meet the needs of researchers working from any location. Whether they’re at home, in the office, or in the field, users can access saved searches and receive email alerts directly related to their area of research.

The Earth Science content on GeoScienceWorld includes the extensive GSW Archive Collection. Spanning 1905-1999, the growing archive continues to expand and now includes the complete AAPG Bulletin backfile and expanded backfiles from Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum.

Interested in Subscribing?

Interested in gaining access to the journals and eBooks on the GSW research platform? Submit an inquiry to our corporate sales team, and we’ll reach out to discuss pricing.