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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 47, issue 1 (2018)

Current Issue: Volume 47, Issue 1 (2018)



Geothermal flux and phreatic speleogenesis in gypsum, halite, and quartzite rocks
Giovanni Badino

  • Geothermal heating of subterranean water
  • Temperature dependence of rocks solubilitiy
  • Geothermal dissolution of rocks
  • Safety of artificial subterranean waste storages


Cave monitoring in the Béke and Baradla caves (Northeastern Hungary): implications for the conditions for the formation cave carbonates
György Czuppon, Attila Demény, Szabolcs Leél-Őssy, Mihály Óvari, Mihály Molnár, József Stieber, Klaudia Kiss, Krisztina Kármán, Gergely Surányi, and László Haszpra

  • Three years monitoring in Béke and Baradla Caves
  • Stable isotope and trace element measurements of drip waters and fresh calcite precipitates
  • Link between the chemistry of the drip water and the hydrological conditions
  • Sign of prior calcite precipitation
  • Link between the stable isotope composition of fresh calcite precipitates and the hydrological conditions


Underground dinosaur tracksite inside a karst of southern France: Early Jurassic tridactyl traces from the Dolomitic Formation of the Malaval Cave (Lozère)
Jean-David Moreau, Vincent Trincal, Daniel André, Louis Baret, Alain Jacquet, and Michel Wienin

  • Hettangian tridactyl dinosaur tracks were discovered in the Malaval Cave (southern France)
  • The tracksite was studied using photogrammetric imaging technique
  • More than 26 footprints of theropods were identified
  • The depositional environment varied from subtidal to intertidal/supratidal flat marsh
  • This work highlights the great interest to heighten palaeoichnological prospections in karsts


Assessing preservation priorities of caves and karst areas using the frequency of endemic cave-dwelling species
Eugen Nitzu, Marius Vlaicu, Andrei Giurginca, Ioana N. Meleg, Ionut Popa, Augustin Nae, and Stefan Baba

  • Endemic cave-dwelling species rarity is used to compute an original endemicity index of caves
  • The proposed EI was used in order to establish priorities for caves protection
  • Both stygobitic and troglobitic endemites were taken into consideration in a holistic concept
  • All 380 caves from Romania known up to present to be inhabited by 278 endemic taxa were analyzed
  • The EI is sensitive to species richness, vulnerability, and is able to solve previous problems
  • A formula is provided for an objective weighting of the frequency steps
  • A map of hotspots of 'biospeological conservation concern' was generated using the EI
  • The developed EI is useful in assessing karst areas vulnerability