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The International Journal of Speleology, the official journal of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie since 1978, has been published since 1964. It is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, international scientific journal that publishes research and review articles concerning all sciences involved in karst and caves, such as geology, geomorphology, hydrology, archaeology, palaeontology, (palaeo)climatology, biology, meteorology, microbiology, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, mineralogy etc. IJS is published semiannually.

Articles are open access at http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ijs. The journal is abstracted and indexed in the following services: Directory of Open Access Journals, ISI Thomson Services (Science Citation Index-Expanded including the Web of Science, ISI Alerting Service, Current Contents/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences), Bibliography & Index of Geology (GeoRef, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, EarthScienceWISE (Oxmill Publishing), EBSCO publishing, Geobase, Speleological Abstracts (UIS), Ulrich’s Periodical Directory ™, BIOSIS Zoological record, SCOPUS (Elsevier), and SCImago Journal and Country Rank.

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NEW ISSUE IN PROGRESS: Volume 45, issue 2 (2016)

Current Issue: Volume 45, Issue 1 (2016)

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Cave monitoring and the potential for palaeoclimate reconstruction from Cueva de Asiul, Cantabria (N. Spain)
Andrew C. Smith, Peter M. Wynn, Philip A. Barker, Melanie J. Leng, Steve R. Noble, and Andrew Stott


The genesis of a lava cave in the Deccan Volcanic Province (Maharashtra, India)
Nikhil R. Pawar, Amod H. Katikar, Sudha Vaddadi, Sumitra H. Shinde, Sharad N. Rajaguru, Sachin V. Joshi, and Sanjay P. Eksambekar


Diversity of cultured bacteria from the perennial ice block of Scarisoara Ice Cave, Romania
Corina Iţcuş, Mădălina-Denisa Pascu, Traian Brad, Aurel Perşoiu, and Cristina Purcarea



In Memoriam: Gheorghe Racoviţă (1940-2015)
Bogdan P. Onac and Dumitru Murariu