About Quaternary

Aims and Scope

Quaternary (ISSN 2571-550X) is an international open-access journal that covers all aspects of Quaternary Science, embracing the whole range of scientific fields related to geological, geographical, biological, physical, chemical, environmental and human sciences. It publishes reviews, research articles, communications, technical notes and essays. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage authors to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

The scope of Quaternary encompasses the following research disciplines, among others:


  • Stratigraphy
  • Sequence stratigraphy
  • Chronology and correlation
  • Palaeontology
  • (Neo)Tectonics
  • Geophysics
  • Volcanology
  • Petrology
  • Mineralogy

Surface processes

  • Geomorphology
  • Sedimentology
  • Soil science
  • Palaeohydrology
  • Limnogeology
  • Glaciology


  • Palaeoclimatic reconstruction
  • Palaeoclimatic modelling (explanatory and predictive)
  • Ocean & Atmospheric dynamics
  • Climatic cycles and astronomical forcing
  • Episodic and abrupt climatic changes
  • Feedbacks and non-linear responses
  • High-resolution palaeoclimatology
  • Long continental, marine and ice records
  • Dendroclimatology
  • Historical documentary archives


  • Quaternary ecological dynamics (terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems)
  • Biotic responses to environmental change
  • Community assembly and succession
  • Impact of human activities
  • Climate-human feedbacks and synergies
  • Ecology and palaeoecology

Biogeography and Evolution

  • Range shifts and environmental drivers
  • Origin of latitudinal biodiversity gradients and macroecological patterns
  • Speciation and extinction
  • Diversification drivers (tectonic, palaeogeographic and climatic changes)
  • DNA phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies and meta-analyses

Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Human evolution (genus Homo)
  • Origin of Homo sapiens
  • Neanderthal extinction
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Human influence on ecosystems and landscape
  • Fire History
  • Neolithic revolution
  • Climate-landscape-human feedbacks and synergies
  • Ancient DNA


  • Humanization of Earth System
  • Global biogeochemical processes
  • Global change
  • Chronostratigraphic and geochronological characterization
  • Global Stratigraphic Section and Point (GSSP) definition
  • Stratigraphic markers


  • Palaeoarchives and field methods
  • Laboratory methods
  • Dating techniques and age-depth modelling
  • Data analysis and graphical display
  • Global databases
  • High-resolution archives (tree rings, varves, corals, speleothems, etc.)
  • Novel proxies (biomarkers)


  • Natural hazards (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods, droughts, etc.): monitoring, prediction and risk assessment
  • Palaeoecological input for biodiversity conservation, landscape restoration and natural resource management


  • Philosophical aspects of palaeosciences
  • Controversial topics (opinion papers)
  • New and original perspectives
  • Unconventional approaches to existing problems
  • Future directions of palaeosciences
  • Science and society

Editorial Office

Dr. Jaime Llorca
Managing Editor
MDPI Barcelona Office, Avenida Madrid 95, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Tel. +34 93 639 7662

For further MDPI contacts, see here.

Journal Contact

Quaternary Editorial Office
St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 683 77 34
Fax: +41 61 302 89 18
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