Write for The Outcrop

The Outcrop is the monthly online newsletter of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. The Outcrop circulates to the 1900-plus members of the RMAG and about 200 university libraries and industry associates. A regionally oriented publication, The Outcrop focuses on articles about association events, member activities and topics of interest, awards, and operations. 

While The Outcrop is not a peer reviewed journal, it is a great opportunity for young professionals to get their name out to other geologists in the community. It provides articles for the benefit and edification of its readers and gives authors a chance to reach local geologists on subjects that interest or concern them. Submitted articles are reviewed and undergo a mild editing process. Accepted articles are placed in a queue for publication.

Topics Guide

Topics can vary widely for Outcrop lead articles. Any geological topic may be accepted; however preference is given to articles related to the Rocky Mountain region.

  • Stratigraphy
  • Sedimentology
  • Igneous/Metamorphic petrology
  • Structural geology
  • Environmental geology
  • Hydrology/Hydrogeology
  • Local issues and concerns
  • Historical Geology
  • Petroleum geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Geomorphology
  • Etc.

Writing Guide

Papers are typically only 4-5 pages (2,000 – 2,500 words) in length with additional images. There is technically no limit placed on the length and longer papers are accepted. Papers should be pre-approved for publication upon submittal if the writer works for a company that requires a review process prior to publication.

Submitted papers should be in Word format. Pictures can be included with the text or as separate documents as long as captions are included with the text and the pictures are clearly labeled. Picture quality should be 300 dpi or greater.


  • To submit an article or suggestions for this publication please contact: 
Courtney Beck - clbeck14@gmail.com 
Jesse Melick - JESSE.MELICK@bpx.com
Wylie Walker - wylie.walker@gmail.com
  • To submit a picture for the cover page of this publication please send it with a brief description and your contact information to staff@rmag.org.


October 13 - November 17, 2020
October 27, 2020


Crestone Peak