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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 48, issue 1 (2019)

Current Issue: Volume 48, Issue 1 (2019)



Sulfur (34S/32S) isotope composition of gypsum and implications for deep cave formation on the Nullarbor Plain, Australia
Matej Lipar, Mateja Ferk, Sonja Lojen, and Milo Barham

  • Gypsum appears in caves on the Nullarbor Plain
  • δ34S of gypsum shows relatively high positive δ34S values
  • Cave sulphate minerals are evaporates


A review of fractals in karst
Eulogio Pardo-Igúzquiza, Peter A. Dowd, Juan J. Durán, and Pedro Robledo-Ardila

  • Scale-invariance, self-similarity and universality are ubiquitous in karst
  • Fractal can be found in the exokarst and the endokarst
  • Fractals are also found in karst hydrogeology
  • Hypotheses and conjectures about the origin of such behavior are proposed


ISOLUTION 1.0: an ISOtope evoLUTION model describing the stable oxygen (δ18O) and carbon (δ13C) isotope values of speleothems
Michael Deininger and Denis Scholz

  • A speleothem proxy system model for stable oxygen and carbon isotopes
  • Modeling of disequilibrium isotope fractionation processes in speleothems
  • Modeling of stable oxygen and carbon isotopes in dependence on cave parameters


Fifty years of cave arthropod sampling: techniques and best practices
J. Judson Wynne, Francis G. Howarth, Stefan Sommer, and Brett G. Dickson

  • 110 papers examined (from 1967 - 2018) to explore how cave-dwelling invertebrates were sampled
  • A summary of techniques most commonly applied and appropriateness of these techniques is provided
  • Nearly one-half of the studies applied systematic techniques
  • Few papers provided enough information to repeat the study
  • Inconsistencies in sampling techniques nomenclature observed