The aim of the Journal is to publish research results of the highest quality and of lasting importance on the subject of geomechanics, with the focus on applications to geological energy production and storage, and the interaction of soils and rocks with the natural and engineered environment. Special attention is given to concepts and developments of new energy geotechnologies that comprise intrinsic mechanisms protecting the environment against a potential engineering induced damage, hence warranting sustainable usage of energy resources.

The scope of the journal is broad, including fundamental concepts in geomechanics and mechanics of porous media, the experiments and analysis of novel phenomena and applications. Of special interest are issues resulting from coupling of particular physics, chemistry and biology of external forcings, as well as of pore fluid/gas and minerals to the solid mechanics of the medium skeleton and pore fluid mechanics. The multi-scale and inter-scale interactions between the phenomena and the behavior representations are also of particular interest. Contributions to general theoretical approach to these issues, but of potential reference to geomechanics in its context of energy and the environment are also most welcome.

The purpose of the Journal is to foster scientific understanding of various processes in geomaterials, both induced by technology and natural, and their relationship to the underlying mechanisms. The intrinsic nature of coupling of chemical, biological, thermal and mechanical properties, variables and fields distinguishes the related problems from those in classical geomechanics. Thus, emphasis is placed on the development and fusion of fundamental concepts in mechanics, physics, geochemistry and geo-biology and applications of such concepts to novel technologies related to geological energy production and storage as well as to the prevention of the damage to the environment, in which solid and fluid mechanics of geomaterials is of relevance.

Writers and Readers
Geo-scientists, civil -, petroleum-, geotechnical - geological - mining- and rock- engineers, hydrologists, soil physicists, geophysicists.

Editorial board


  • Professor Lyesse Laloui
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Professor Tomasz Hueckel
    Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Editorial Policy Advisors

  • E. Alonso
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
  • J. Birkholzer
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA
  • E. Detournay
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • A. Gens
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
  • K. Rowe
    Queens University, Canada, Kingston, Canada
  • J. Salençon
    École Polytechnique, Paris, France
  • A.P.S. Selvadurai
    McGill University, Montréal, Canada, <br /> The Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications</BR>

Editorial Advisors

  • R.I. Borja
    Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
  • D. Dewhurst
    CSIRO, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • A. Ferrari
    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland<br />Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy</BR>
  • A. Gajo
    Università di Trento, Trento, Italy
  • J. F. Labuz
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • E. C. Leong
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • H. Liu
    Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
  • J.S. McCartney
    University of California at San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, California, USA
  • R.L. Michalowski
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • C.W.W. Ng
    The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
  • S. Pietruszczak
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • J.H. Prévost
    Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • E. Romero Morales
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
  • J. Rutqvist
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA
  • M. Sanchez
    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
  • T. Schanz
    Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
  • K. Soga
    University of California at Berkeley, California, USA
  • J. Sulem
    École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Champs-sur-Marne, France
  • R. Wan
    University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada