The Mountain Geologist: Entering the Digital World

Title: The Mountain Geologist: Entering the Digital World

Author: Donna Anderson, Assistant Editor, The Mountain Geologist

Publication: The Outcrop, June 2002, p. 15

Last year, with the ability to create Adobe Acrobat® files of Mountain Geologist articles, the RMAG began its commitment to making The Mountain Geologist (MtG) available in a searchable digital format. Continuing its support for this initiative, the RMAG Board has agreed that beginning with the January 2003 issue, all reprints issued to MtG authors will be in digital form as Acrobat pdf (portable document format) files, and paper reprints will be discontinued. The high resolution of these digital files is the same as that of Acrobat files of AAPG Bulletin articles.

Several geoscience organizations (e.g., SEG, SEPM) offer digital reprints to authors for the following reasons. First, the cost of paper reprints is high and definitely increasing. Second, many authors enjoy the ability to email their reprints instead of sending them via snail-mail, especially overseas. Third, hardcopy prints of digital articles are of excellent quality when printed on a 600 dpi or better printer. A fourth, related issue is that color is inexpensively and easily reproduced digitally; a high-resolution inkjet printer faithfully reproduces the color of the digital file in hardcopy.

What about other initiatives to make past MtG articles available to the entire membership in searchable digital format? Michele Bishop, the current editor, has posted most MtG abstracts from 1998 (v. 35) to the present on the RMAG website ( Selecting a MtG issue from the pull-down list on the publications web page under “Publications for Sale: Mountain Geologist” and then selecting the “details” button for the issue will yield the appropriate abstracts. Also, two recent MtG special issues, the cumulative index and the Rocky Mountain oil and gas field bibliography (both updated in 2001), are available on CD-ROM as Adobe Acrobat files.

With the new digital initiatives for the MtG and continuing initiatives with other digital publications, the RMAG continues its support for ultimately converting all of its historical publications (over 19,000 pages!) into a global, searchable database that is accessible to the worldwide geoscience community.