About Quaternary

Aims and Scope

Quaternary (ISSN 2571-550X, ESCI & Scopus Indexed) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal 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
  • Anthropocene

Surface processes

  • Geomorphology
  • Sedimentology
  • Soil science
  • Palaeohydrology
  • Limnology
  • 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
  • Global change


  • 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
  • Global biogeochemical processes

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
  • 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

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

Quaternary is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications. MDPI works with Publons to provide reviewers with credit for their work.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Quaternary will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2021 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Editorial Office

Dr. Jing Su
Managing Editor

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