SEG and AAPG distribute free introductory issues of INTERPRETATION

Aug 22, 2013, 11:54 ET from Society of Exploration Geophysicists

TULSA, Okla., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural issue of INTERPRETATION, a new journal jointly published by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), has been published and is being mailed free of charge in August to print recipients of The Leading Edge and the AAPG Explorer.

INTERPRETATION is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal focused on the practice of interpretation of the Earth's subsurface for exploration and extraction of mineral resources and for environmental and engineering applications. The journal aims to accelerate innovation in interpretation.

The August issue includes a special section on interpreting stratigraphy from geophysical data. In addition to print, the issue also is available online free of access controls at

The second issue, scheduled for November completion, will include a special section on interpretation for unconventional resources. It also will be available at no charge both in print and online. Those who would like to receive a complimentary print copy of the November issue, however, must sign up online at

After the November issue, institutions and individual members of the two geoscience organizations will be able to subscribe to the journal, which will continue to be available both in printed form and online. Many topic-specific special sections are scheduled for 2014 issues; descriptions and deadlines are available from the journal's home page. General submissions on interpretation also are welcome.

SEG, the world's largest international society dedicated to applied geophysics, announced the journal's creation in 2012. AAPG, the world's largest professional geological society, announced it would join SEG in its publishing in March 2013.

Former SEG Editor Yonghe Sun is the publication's editor-in-chief; the deputy editor-in-chief is AAPG Honorary member R. Randy Ray, a consulting geophysicist-geologist in Denver and former editor of the AAPG Explorer's Geophysical Corner.

"It is only natural that SEG and AAPG jointly publish the journal with their combined 70,000 members as the primary audience," Sun said. "Subsurface interpretation requires the integration of data and knowledge from multiple geosciences practices and disciplines, and first and foremost among them are geology and geophysics."

An INTERPRETATION article typically will contain a subsurface interpretation that helps advance interpretation methods and practice. Articles that describe interpretation methods and applications involving integration of multiple data sets to quantify as well as visualize subsurface structure will be strongly encouraged. This emphasis places the journal in alignment with SEG's IQ Earth program, and an SEG Foundation/Statoil IQ Earth grant is helping support INTERPRETATION's launch and operation.

About AAPG: The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (, an international association, is a not-for-profit organization with more than 38,000 members in 126 countries, and nearly 100 Affiliated Societies spanning the globe. AAPG is based in Tulsa, Okla., with offices in London, Dubai, Singapore and Washington, D.C. Included among its members are geologists, geophysicists, CEOs, managers, consultants, students and academicians. The original purpose of AAPG ― to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology and to inspire high professional conduct ― still guides the Association today.

About SEG: The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (, the international society of applied geophysics, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of geophysics and the education of applied geophysicists. SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating Earth hazards. The Society, which has more than 32,000 members in 138 countries, fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, Web site, and educational opportunities.

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