Reporting on the geology of Alberta and the resources it contains has been one of the primary functions of the Alberta Geological Survey since its inception. In fact, the AGS takes its birthday from the publication of John Allan’s First Annual Report on the Mineral Resources of Alberta. Over its history, the AGS has produced several series of primarily technical reports meant for different audiences and purposes. Only five of these are still being published today:
- Bulletins (BUL) are the premier publication series at the AGS and contain a comprehensive, peer-reviewed synthesis on a subject or area, produced upon completion of major research or a mapping project. They have been published since 1958.
- The Report (REP) series was originally published between 1920 and 1969. This series was reintroduced in 2016 as an internally reviewed, formally edited publication that summarizes the work on a specific project.
- The Open File Report (OFR) series was redefined in 2016 for the quick release of technical information. For timely publication, an OFR is subject to limited review and editing.
- Information Series Reports (INF) include a variety of publications (brochures, pamphlets, maps) and contain geoscience information for the general public or for marketing and promotional purposes.
- Special Reports (SPE) are reports written by a member of a different organization or funded by and written for an external client; they do not necessarily conform to AGS publication standards.
In addition to reports, the AGS continues to publish digital data and maps.
Historical Report Series
- Economic Geology Reports (ECO) were published between 1971 and 1991 and focused on specific geological resources.
- Earth Sciences Notes (ESN) are made up of three brief technical publications on Alberta clay resources published between 1977 and 1980.
- Earth Sciences Reports (ESR) are technical reports written for industry, government, and academia and were produced from 1955 to 2008.
- Geo-Notes (GEO) were produced between 1997 and 2008 and were designed to be relatively brief technical reports used to disseminate the results of ongoing geological investigations.
- Memoirs (MEM) contain two publications published between 1959 and 1960.
- Open File Reports (OFR) have been published from 1942 to the present. Originally meant for the quick release of technical information, the series was redefined between 2009 and 2015 to be a formally edited, internally peer-reviewed report. In 2016, the series was returned to its original purpose.
- Reports (REP) were published between 1920 and 1969 and contain the oldest publications of the AGS. They included technical publications and annual reports from the Alberta Research Council, a former home of the AGS. AGS reintroduced the report series in 2016 for the publication of internally peer-reviewed technical documents that summarize work on a specific project.