Thursday, October 23, 2008

BSSA Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA) will publish a
special issue on the 12 May 2008 Magnitude 8.0 Wenchuan earthquake. This
event demands our attention because of its devastating effects in a heavily
populated region, resulting in one of the largest death tolls related to a
continental earthquake during the last century. This earthquake occurred on
tectonic structures that were not considered very active, and the processes
driving deformation there are still very much in debate. Large continental
thrust events are infrequent, although faults that could potentially cause
such earthquakes are known to exist in other highly populated areas such as
frontal Himalayas or Caucasus. Thus, the data sets produced by this
earthquake will provide unique insights on continental thrust events.

This BSSA special issue will focus on results of investigations into all
seismological, geodetic, other geophysical, geological, and engineering
aspects of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. All authors working in this area
are encouraged to submit research papers for consideration as part of this
special issue. We recommend that authors contact one of the guest editors
who are listed with their primary responsibilities.

* Yann Klinger, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
( will handle papers on geology.
* Chen Ji, University of California at Santa Barbara (
will cover papers on seismology.
* Zheng-Kang Shen, Peking University and University of California at Los
Angeles ( will oversee papers on geodesy.

The special issue will be published in September 2010. We will begin
accepting submissions in January 2009; the submission deadline is 31 August
2009. Manuscripts should be prepared as described at and should be submitted
via Authors should select the category "Wenchuan
Earthquake Special Issue" during the submittal process. Questions may be
addressed to Andrew Michael, Editor-in-Chief, at or
Carol Mark, Managing Editor, at

Very Interesting.

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