Interpretation (journal)

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Discipline Geophysics, Geology
Language English
Edited by Dr. Vsevelod Egorov
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 2324-8858 (print)
2324-8866 (web)
LCCN 2012203469
OCLC  no. 811354399

Interpretation is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal published jointly by American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society of Exploration Geophysicists. The current editor-in-chief is Dr. Vsevelod Egorov.


Interpretation is a peer-reviewed journal for advancing the practice of subsurface interpretation. It is jointly published by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

Interpretation includes papers directly related to the practice of interpretation of the Earth’s subsurface for exploration and extraction of mineral resources and for environmental and engineering applications.

The journal, a peer-reviewed quarterly, was announced in October 2012 by SEG, which is the operator. The first issue was completed in August 2013 and included a special section on interpreting stratigraphy from geophysical data. The second issue included a special section on interpretation for unconventional resources. Interpretation received its first impact factor, 0.510, in 2015. Clarivate Analytics' InCites Journal Citation Reports lists the 2023 impact factor as 1.1.

Aims and scope

The journal aims to accelerate innovation in interpretation for resource exploration, exploitation, and environmental stewardship. While many activities of geoscientists routinely require judgment, interpretation here specifically refers to conceptualization of the subsurface by an interpreter with incomplete information and a-priori knowledge. An interpreter evaluates alternative subsurface models consistent with available data and selects the most plausible geophysical and geologic scenarios by following scientific methods.

Relevant contributions to Interpretation include, but are not limited to, submissions that advance geophysical or geologic concepts and principles of interpretation; correlation and calibration with engineering data; planning and evaluation of alternative completion strategies, case studies; algorithms for interpretation tools; and workflows, pitfalls, observations, insights, technical challenges, and tutorials. An Interpretation article is not required to contain an interpretation; it only has to help advance the practice of interpretation. Likewise an article may focus on interpretation of a data set if this provides significant new insight on the geology of an area or on the workflow used. Articles that describe interpretation methods and applications involving integration of multiple data sets to quantify as well as visualize subsurface structure are strongly encouraged.


To enjoy Interpretation content, individuals may subscribe as either an SEG Member or an AAPG Member. If you are not a member of either organization, visit SEG or AAPG for information on becoming a member. Institutions may contact SEG (sales‐at‐ or their subscription agents to subscribe.

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