Special Issues

Minerals runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Selective Disintegration: Theory and Practice
edited by Tatyana Nikolayevna Aleksandrova and Nadezhda N. Nikolaeva
submission deadline 30 Nov 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: selective disintegration; equipment for selective crushing and grinding; theory of process fracture; mineralogical and petrographic features of ores; quantitative mineralogical analysis and rock tomography; selective disintegration practices in ore processing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Geology of Mineral Deposits of the Ocean
edited by and Natalia Konstantinova
submission deadline 30 Nov 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: marine geology; marine minerals; exploration methods; mineralogy; geochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Clay Minerals in Fine Arts
edited by and Petr Bezdička
submission deadline 30 Nov 2021
Keywords: clay minerals; fine arts; painting; mineral pigments; clay sculpture; tiles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Carbonate Critical Zone Petrology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry in Karst Systems
edited by Jason Polk and Ilenia M. D'Angeli
submission deadline 30 Nov 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: carbonate geochemistry; speleothem mineralogy; karst petrology; cave and karst geochronology; trace element reconstruction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Crystal-(Geo)Chemical Characterization of Crustal and Mantle Constituting Minerals
edited by and Costanza Bonadiman
submission deadline 30 Nov 2021
Keywords: crystal-chemistry; element cycles; volatile elements; physical properties; experimental petrology; theoretical modeling; redox conditions; magmatism; metamorphism; mantle; crust
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Molecule Structural Design of Non-Ferrous Ore Flotation Collectors
edited by Binbin Luo, Shujuan Dai, , , Hongbiao Tao and
submission deadline 1 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: froth flotation; flotation collectors; non-ferrous ores; molecule structural design; lower flotation temperature; biological degradation; high separation ability; molecular simulation; inter-particles interactions; AFM force measurements
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Potentially Toxic Elements in Soils and Mining Residues
edited by , Silvio Junio Ramos, and
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: background value; geochemical baseline; quality reference values; contamination; polluted site; pollution indices; monitoring; health risk assessment; environmental risk assessment; mine waste
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Uranium in Sedimentary Basins: Migration and Concentration
edited by Alexander Malov and
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: radioactivity; groundwater; minerals; isotopes; weathering; residence times
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Rare Earth Metals and PGM: Beneficiation, Recovery and Quantification
edited by Walter Purcell, Herman Potgieter and Manish Kumar Sinha
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021
Keywords: hydrometallurgy; pyrometallurgy; mineral processing; recycling; quantification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Geology and Mineralogy of Hydrothermal Gold Deposits submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: gold deposit models; gold paragenesis; paleofluids; gold transport and deposition; mineral geochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Vermiculite: Treatments, Applications, and Structural and Physico-Chemical Characteristics submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: vermiculite; mixed layers; treatments physico-chemical; adsorption of heavy metals and organic products; structural and physico-chemical properties; X-ray techniques (diffraction; fluorescence; etc.); electron microscopy (high-resolution transmission; scanning electron)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Crystal Structure, Surface Reactivity and Applications of Clay Minerals
edited by Qi Tao and Hongfei Cheng
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: Clay minerals; Crystal structure; Crystal growth; Mineral stability; Surface reactivity; Organic Clay; Applied clay science; Smectites; Kaolinite; Palygorskite
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clays and Engineered Mineral Materials)
Mineralogy and Petrology of Mafic-Ultramafic Layered Intrusions
edited by
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021
Keywords: layered intrusions; fractional crystallization; assimilation of crustal rocks; mixing of magmas; liquid immiscibility; mineralogy of cumulate rocks; geochemistry; stable isotopes; geochronology; staging magma chamber; chromite; Ti-magnetite; vanadium; PGM and PGE
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Mineral Dissolution and Growth Kinetics submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: dissolution; precipitation; nucleation; kinetics; thermodynamics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Biogenic Metal Compounds for Hazardous Waste Remediation
edited by Laura Castro and Maria Luisa Blázquez
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: remediation; biogenic nanoparticles; biomineralization; heavy metal adsorption; emerging pollutants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Ocean Worlds Mineralogy submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: ocean worlds; mineralogy; composition; planetary surfaces; dwarf planets; icy bodies; prebiotic chemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Minerals Study, Applications and Processing: Building the Foundations of a Green Future submission deadline 15 Dec 2021
Keywords: Critical raw materials; Circular economy strategies; Mining; Processing; Sustainability; Metallurgy; Industrial minerals; Environmental monitoring
Application of UAV and GIS for Geosciences
edited by Konstantinos G. Nikolakopoulos
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; GIS; Remote Sensing; Photogrammetery; GNSS; Multispectral cameras; Hyperspectral cameras; Thermal cameras; Lidar
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Slag Valorization for Advanced Metal Production
edited by and Timothy C. Eisele
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: slag; slag valorization; energy from slags; metal recycling; slag aggregates
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Geochronology, Crystallography and Phase Transition in Shocked Minerals
edited by , Matthew Huber and Martin Clark
submission deadline 16 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: impact processes; geochronology and cosmochronology; phase transitions; shock deformation; equation of state; structural geology; microstructures; planetary processes; meteorites; micrometeorites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Studies of Seismic Reservoir Characterization submission deadline 16 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: reservoir characterization; seismic inversion; seismic attribute analysis; synthetic seismic modelling; well-logs; seismic interpretation; seismic pore pressure prediction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Trace Element Tracking in the Atmosphere of Mining and Mineral Processing Areas
edited by Melina Macouin
submission deadline 17 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: mining operations; mineral processing; trace elements; particulate matter; chemical composition; heavy metals contamination
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Polar Marine Carbonates
edited by and Marco Taviani
submission deadline 17 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: polar carbonates; mineralogy; geochemistry; biomineralization; seawater carbonate chemistry; paleoclimate
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
Biomineralization of Organisms Used as Environmental Proxy Archives
edited by and Gerald Langer
submission deadline 17 Dec 2021
Keywords: Biomineralization; Paleo-proxies; Geochemistry; Vital effect; Element and isotope fractionation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
Crustal Evolution of Bundelkhand Craton: Petrology, Geochemistry, Geochronology and Geodynamics Settings
edited by Alexander Slabunov and
submission deadline 17 Dec 2021
Keywords: Bundelkhand craton; Indian shield; Archean; Paleoproterozoic; Petrology; Geochronology; Geochemistry; Geodynamics; Granitoids and TTG; Greenstone; Mafic dikes; Quartz veins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Mineralogical Approaches to Archaeological Materials: Technological and Social Insights
edited by , José Cristóbal Carvajal López and
submission deadline 17 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: archaeometry; ceramics; glazes; metals; sediments; stone; mineralogy; petrography; geochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Elongated Mineral Particles and Health submission deadline 17 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: mineral fibers; fibrous zeolite; elongated mineral particles; mesothelioma; toxicity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Mineral-Water Interfaces and Interfacial Reactions with (Radioactive) Contaminants submission deadline 17 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: actinides; fission products; retention mechanisms; molecular reaction; radionuclides; spectroscopy; microscopy; calorimetry; quantum chemistry; kinetics; surface complexation modelling; reactive transport modelling; mineral– water interfaces; secondary phase formation; redox reactions; surface reactions; in situ techniques
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Petrophysical Characteristics of Naturally Deformed Rocks
edited by , Andrea R. Biedermann and Rosalda Punturo
submission deadline 18 Dec 2021
Keywords: Magnetic fabrics; Seismic anisotropy; Crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO); Shape preferred orientation (SPO); Mineral rheology; Phase interconnectivity; Fluid migration; Stylolites; Reservoir characterization; Pores; Permeability; Microfractures; Shear bands; Synchrotron-based micro-CT imaging
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Clay and Clay-Based Materials for Energy Storage Systems submission deadline 19 Dec 2021
Keywords: clays; clay-based materials; energy storage; energy conversion; PCM; solar cells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clays and Engineered Mineral Materials)
Minerals as Advanced Materials
edited by
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021
Keywords: minerals; synthetic mineral analogues; materials; crystal structure; inorganic synthesis; structure-property relationships
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Mineral Aggregates in Crystalline Rocks—Bridge between Rock-Forming Components and Physical, Chemical, and Mechanical Properties
edited by Paul Sardini, Marja Siitari-Kauppi, Vladislav A. Petrov and
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021
Keywords: porosity; pore structure; mechanical properties; microcracks; fractures; fissures; pores; petrophysic; permeability; diffusion; geochemistry; secondary mineralization; mineral aggregate; petrography; reactive transport; crystalline rocks; alteration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
New Methods and Technologies for Mineral Geological and Geophysical Exploration in China submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: electromagnetic exploration; mineral deposit; new methods; deep detection; seismic exploration; ore body
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Treatment of Heavy Metals in Rock Phosphate, Phosphoric Acid and Phosphogypsum submission deadline 24 Dec 2021
Keywords: phosphate rock; fertilizer; heavy metals; removal; regulation; analysis technics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
NMR Spectroscopy in Mineralogy and Crystal Structures
edited by and Pierre Florian
submission deadline 24 Dec 2021
Keywords: solid-state NMR spectroscopy; minerals; crystal structures; short-range order; medium-range order; protons
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Role of Organic Matter (OM) in Mineral Deposit
edited by Kliti Grice and Alexander Holman
submission deadline 25 Dec 2021
Keywords: biomarkers; organic matter; mineral systems; biogenic; geobiology; microbiology; stable isotopes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Crystallization and Dissolution Kinetic of Minerals Applied to Volcanology
edited by Mario Gaeta and Cristina Perinelli
submission deadline 25 Dec 2021
Keywords: crystallization– dissolution processes; crystal growth rate; crystal dissolution rate; dynamic and timescales of magma differentiation; magma chamber residence time
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Understanding Earth’s Crust through the Study of Igneous Rocks and Processes submission deadline 30 Dec 2021
Keywords: U-Pb zircon dating; geochemistry; isotopes; magma sources; differentiation processes; emplacement conditions and mechanisms; volcanic– plutonic connection; tectonic setting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Geochemistry, Mineral Chemistry and Geochronology of Uranium Deposits
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: uranium deposits; geochemistry; mineral chemistry; geochronology; uranium ore minerals; pathfinder; vector and discriminator minerals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
The Origin, Development and Demise of Carbonate Platforms submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: carbonate platforms; facies analysis; carbonates; paleoenvironments; drowned platforms; carbon cycle
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Multi-Proxy Isotope Signature of Dolomites
edited by , Claire Rollion-Bard and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: stable isotopes (C; O; Ca; Mg; B; Sr; S; etc.); clumped isotopes; radiogenic isotopes (87Sr/86Sr); primary dolomite; secondary dolomite; diagenesis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Mineralogical, Textural, and Physical Characterization of Lime Mortars
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: dry-hydrated lime/aerial lime; hydraulic lime; sand; pozzolans; organic additives; lime lump; binder-to-aggregate ratio; carbonation process; hydraulic reactions; calcite; portlandite; gehlenite; hydrated calcium silicates
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Hydrothermal Systems Across Time and Space: Advances and Perspectives
edited by , Francesco Italiano, Valentina Esposito and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: mineral deposits; geochemical processes; magmatic– hydrothermal systems; fluid geochemistry; shallow-water and deep-sea hydrothermal environments; Seafloor Massive Sulphides; dynamics of living and fossil communities; hydrothermal fossil deposits; biogeochemical processes and biomineralization; polymetallic nodules; iron formations; extraterrestrial implications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Fluid, Melt and Solid Inclusions as a Petrogenetic Indicators submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Microthermometry; Petrogenesis; Geochemistry; Ore genesis; Gemology; Fluid inclusion assemblages; Solid inclusions; Melt inclusions; Tectonics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Geochemistry and Mineralogy of Ni-Co Laterite Deposits submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Ni-Co laterite; Garnierite; Ni-bearing goethite; Sc-bearing goethite; Asbolane; Lithiophorite– asbolane “ intermediates” ; Platinum group minerals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Geochronology of W-Sn Polymetallic Deposits
edited by Huan Li, Rongqing Zhang, Jie-Hua Yang and Jingya Cao
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 9 articles
Keywords: mineralization-related granite; scheelite; cassiterite; wolframite; in-situ analysis; W-Sn deposits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Chemical Engineering and Technology in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy
edited by , Xingjie Wang and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 8 articles
Keywords: hydrometallurgy; flotation; leaching; extraction; ion exchange; adsorption; electrolysis; membrane separation; unit operation; transmission; reaction; kinetics; thermodynamics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Selected Papers from the 8th International Conference on Mining and Environmental Protection
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: surface mining of mineral deposits; underground mining of mineral deposits; exploitation of oil and gas; environmental protection in mining; sustainable development in the mining industry; ecological aspects of exploitation energy resources; mine closure; remote sensing; movement and deformational analysis; clean coal technologies; clean energy; secondary raw materials; air pollution; soil contamination; remediation and reclamation; mining water and wastewater management; assessment of environmental impact; life cycle assessment; systems of environmental protection; legislation in environmental protection; public health and environment; natural renewable resources; mining geology; biomass; biomining
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Application of Structural Analysis in the Studies on Genesis and Exploration of Ore Deposits
edited by Huan Li and Han Zheng
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: structural control; deformation and mineralization; magmatism; hydrothermal fluid flow; modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Accessory Minerals in Earth Sciences: Contemporary Trends
edited by Krzysztof Szopa, Simon Paul Johnson, and Tomasz Krzykawski
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: geochronology; U-Pb dating; trace elements; REEs; accessories; petrology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
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