Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology Submissions

Notice to Authors: Effective January 2010, the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology will be published as an online journal. A limited number of archival hard copies may be distributed to selected repositories. Authors are advised that manuscripts submitted in 2009 may not appear in the traditional hard-copy journal.

Download a PDF version of the following Submission Guidelines:
BCPG Guidelines for Authors - Revised Nov. 2013.pdf (PDF)




The Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology (BCPG) is published quarterly by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. BCPG aims to be the journal of record for papers dealing with all aspects of petroleum geology, broadly conceived, with a particularly (though not exclusively) Canadian focus. International submissions are encouraged, especially where a connection can be made to Canadian examples.

Since January, 2010, the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology (BCPG) has been published as an online journal. A limited number of archival hard copies are distributed to selected repositories, including a number of government and university libraries. The online journal is reposited at GeoScienceWorld and AAPG DataPages and is considered the version of record. In the opinion of the Editors-in-Chief, the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology meets the requirements laid down for valid publication by the North American Code of Stratigraphic Nomenclature (2005 edition), the International Code on Zoological Nomenclature (Fourth Edition, 1999), and the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (Vienna Code; 2006).


Manuscripts for BCPG should be submitted online through the Editorial Manager™ submission and review system (http://bcpg.edmgr.com), where new users can easily register. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published or submitted simultaneously elsewhere, and should make minimal use of previously published material.
For multiple-authored manuscripts, it is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all authors have read and approved the submitted version. It is expected that all persons listed has authors will have contributed substantively to the research and the preparation of the manuscript. The practice of “honorary authorship” is a form of scientific misconduct and is to be avoided.
As of spring, 2012, authors may submit manuscripts for the following paper series. BCPG Articles are full-length reports on original research. BCPG Reviews are full-length syntheses of aspects of petroleum geology or Canadian sedimentary basins. Manuscripts for Articles or Reviews normally should not exceed 50 pages, excluding tables and figures. In some cases, longer manuscripts may be considered at the discretion of the Editors. Extensive descriptive or methods sections may be set in smaller type or placed in appendices. BCPG Explorations are short articles, not exceeding 10 manuscript pages, excluding tables and figures. These may include research reports or manuscripts on new methods, ideas, or areas of study. Discussion and Reply exchanges on papers already published in BCPG are welcome. These should be brief and to the point, each not exceeding 10 manuscript pages including figures and tables, and should be submitted within six months of the publication of the paper being discussed. BCPG does not publish book reviews.
Authors must follow submission instructions. Otherwise, manuscripts will be returned for further work or be rejected.
Manuscripts must be formatted on 21.6 x 28 cm page size and be doubled-spaced. All pages must be numbered, have 4 cm left and right margins, and be left-margin justified. Text, figure, and table files may be submitted in a variety of formats including Word, WordPerfect, PDF, GIF, JPG, TIFF, or Excel, for conversion into a single PDF for review. Formats for revised manuscripts are more restricted (see below). When uploading manuscripts to Editorial Manager™, the manuscript, tables, and figures must be uploaded as separate files. Do not embed figures in the manuscript.
Manuscripts must be written clearly in correct English. Authors are strongly advised to have their manuscript critically read by at least one knowledgeable reader prior to submission.  Non-English speaking authors should have their manuscripts reviewed for grammar and presentation by someone fluent in English before submission. Authors can consult online guides (e.g., www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/eduweb/grammar/index.htm). If the paper is not sufficiently well written, the editors will return the manuscript to the author(s) without review. See http://www.cspg.org/publications/bulletin/CSPG-Bulletin-Author-Guidelines.pdf for a list of common style errors.
English abstracts are translated to French for publication in BCPG. French-speaking authors are encouraged to submit abstracts in both English and French, if they prefer.


The title page gives the title and the names, affiliations, and full mailing and e-mail addresses of all the authors. This information should reflect affiliations and addresses at the time of the study.  Current affiliations and addresses that differ should be placed in footnotes on the title page. The corresponding author should be clearly indicated, regardless of authorship order. Authors of multiauthored manuscripts must all have contributed significantly to the work, read and approved the submitted version, and agreed to submission.

The Abstract is a summary of the essential qualities of the paper (see Landes, K.L. 1951. A scrutiny of the abstract. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 35, no. 8, p. 1660, www.aapg.org/bulletin/abstract_scrutiny.pdf). The abstract page should have, at the top, a short title, suitable for a running head (fewer than 60 characters, including spaces) and the name(s) of the author(s).

Headings are restricted to three levels.
Level 1 headings should be centred, bold, and in small capitals.
Level 2 headings should be left-justified, bold, and in small capitals.
Level 3 Heading
Level 3 headings should be left-justified and in italics.

Figure captions must be separated from the main text and placed at the end of the manuscript. They should not appear on nor be placed within the frame of the illustrations. 

Footnotes to material in the main text should be used only if it is unavoidable. Usage of footnotes in tables is encouraged. Footnotes should be numbered serially through the manuscript.

Equations should be clearly and unambiguously typed, and constructed with careful attention to placement of superscripts and subscripts. Equation variables should be used consistently throughout the manuscript and be defined in the text or in a separate symbol list. The symbol list should identify the nature of each symbol (e.g., scalar, vector, tensor, etc.). Equations should be numbered sequentially in square brackets placed flush with the left margin.

Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page, between the main text of the article and the reference list. Authors are encouraged to acknowledge the reviewers and editors, where appropriate.
References must be cited correctly in the text and included in in the Reference List. Authors are responsible for citing and listing references correctly. Journal titles must be given in full. BCPG reference style examples:

Dolphin, D.R. and Klovan, J.E. 1970. Stratigraphy and paleoecology of an Upper Devonian carbonate bank, Saskatchewan River Crossing. Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, v. 18, p. 289-331.
Wade, J.A. 1981. Geology of the Canadian Atlantic margin from Georges Bank to the Grand Banks. In: Geology of the North Atlantic Borderlands. J.Wm. Kerr and A.J. Ferguson (eds.). Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, Memoir 7, p. 447-460.
Cooper, M. 2000. Structural style variations in the BC Foothills. GeoCanada 2000 Abstracts, Geological Association of Canada, on CD Rom.
Arnott, R.W.C., Zaitlin, B.A. and Potocki, D. 1999. Basal Quartz Sandstone (Lower Cretaceous), south-central Alberta: Non-marine deposition in an accommodation-limited basin. AAPG-SEPM( Society for Experimental Geology) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas,  Program and Abstracts CD.

Authors should review recent issues of BCPG (March 2002 and later) for more examples of the correct format. If references are not in BCPG format, they will be returned to the author for reformatting.
Only material that is published or accepted for publication (in press) should be cited. Material of limited circulation (technical reports, theses, etc.) may be included, but the reference list must show where it is available. Unpublished material or personal communications should be identified as such in the text but are not to be included in the reference list.


Tables should not be embedded in the manuscript text file. Each table should be submitted as a separate file in Word or Excel format. Tables submitted in Excel format should be configured to print the table at the final anticipated size.


All illustrations must conform to the 21.6 x 28 cm page size and two-column format. Photographs are published as figures rather than plates, and therefore should appear in the order called out in the manuscript text. When creating illustrations for BCPG, authors should ensure that the type size is neither too large nor too small for the scale of the figure (minimum font size of 6 pt). Preferred fonts are sans serif, such as Arial and Helvetica (not serif fonts, such as Times New Roman).
Figures should be scaled for reproduction at 9 cm (1 column), 13.5 cm (1.5 column) or 18 cm (2 column) width in vertical format, or 23 cm width in landscape format. If submitted figures are not appropriate for these widths, the editors may reduce them accordingly. Authors should clearly indicate if any figures are not to be reduced in size.
BCPG publishes colour diagrams free of charge online.  Figures will be reproduced in colour in archival hard copies when the Editors consider this to be essential for clear communication. BCPG also publishes large-format figures (fold-outs) free of charge, at the discretion of the Editors.
Photographs are considered data and therefore any digitally manipulated images submitted for publication must contain the same information as the original image. Any software manipulation or enhancement should be clearly identified, including details such as the software package and the techniques used.
Authors must obtain permission from other publishers to use previously published figures.


Measurements should be in SI units. Imperial unit equivalents may be given in parentheses, but is not required. SI units should be referred to by symbol in the text. Please note that A and  are not SI units; use nm and m. (See Supplementary Metric Practice Guide for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry and Services, 5th ed, 1989. Calgary: Canadian Petroleum Association.)


Stratigraphic terminology must conform to the 2005 edition of North American Stratigraphic Code, promulgated by the North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature (NACSN). The Code was published in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 89, no. 11 (November, 2005), p. 1547-1591. It can be viewed online at the NACSN website: http://www.agiweb.org/nacsn/. For other usage, see the American Geological Institute’s Glossary of Geology [5th edition, 2005, K.K.E. Neuendorf, J.P. Mehl, Jr., and J.A. Jackson (eds.), Falls Church, Virginia; 800 p., ISBN 0-922152-76-4] and the Geological Survey of Canada’s Guide to Authors. Manuscripts containing new stratigraphic nomenclature will be subject to review by the CSPG Stratigraphic Nomenclature Committee.


Revised manuscripts are returned through the online Editorial Manager system. Revised text files must be provided in Microsoft Word format. If the manuscript has been assembled with another software package, text files should be exported to a Microsoft Word-compatible format.
All final illustrations must be submitted as individual TIFF files at final size. All figures should either be black and white, grayscale (8 bit) or CMYK colour (32 bit) at 1 to 1 size and 300 DPI. Figures containing line-art (black and white only) should be at 1200 DPI resolution. Figure numbers or authors’ names must not appear on the TIFF images. Each graphic file must be named uniquely, using the figure number (e.g., Figure 1 – Smith et al.tif).
At the copy-editing stage, authors should be prepared to revise their original illustrations according to the BCPG style and resubmit new TIFF files. The production editor will contact authors directly if such revisions are necessary.


Page proofs will be forwarded to authors with a response date specified. At the discretion of the editors, minor changes (apart from any necessary corrections) may be accommodated at page proof stage. Costs of major revisions at this or a later stage will be charged to the authors. Authors are encouraged to pay page charges, if circumstances permit.


BCPG provides a PDF of the published paper to the corresponding author in lieu of paper reprints.


The Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists reserves the copyright of accepted and published material.