Special Issues

Minerals publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building 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 on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Geochemistry, Geochronology and Mineralization Styles Accompanying the Neoproterozoic Evolution of Orogenic Belts submission deadline 15 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1929 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineralogy; petrology; and geochemistry of igneous and sedimentary rocks and their mineral resource in Neoproterozoic orogenic/mobile belts; minerals; geotectonic and geodynamic evolution of Neoproterozoic orogenic belts; geochronology; radioactive and stable isotope studies
Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Mining from Exploration to Reclamation, Volume II
edited by and
submission deadline 18 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2702 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles in mining; unmanned aerial systems in mining; drone in mining; photogrammetry in mining; 3D modeling in mining; digital surface model in mining; artificial intelligence in mining; machine learning in mining; deep learning in mining; soft computing in mining
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Comprehensive Utilization of Metallurgical Slag
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4685 | Submission Open
Keywords: metallurgy slag; hazardous solid waste; efficient separation and extraction; recycling and secondary recovery; harmless treatment; physical and numerical simulation; mineral evolution; electrometallurgy; hydrometallurgy; pyrometallurgy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Application of UAV and GIS for Geosciences, 2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 132 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles; GIS; remote sensing; photogrammetery; GNSS; multispectral cameras; hyperspectral cameras; thermal cameras; lidar
Geoelectricity and Electrical Methods in Mineral Exploration
edited by Gaofeng Ye
submission deadline 22 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 435 | Submission Open
Keywords: electric prospecting; polarizability; resistivity; EM method; mineral deposits; volcanoes; mineralization; geothermal resources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Joint Geophysical Data Inversion and Assessment for Mineral Accumulation submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 364 | Submission Open
Keywords: economic minerals; geophysical data; subsurface modeling; 2D and 3D visualization; joint integration; real geological model
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Microwave Treatment of Minerals and Ores: Heating Behaviours, Applications and Future Directions
edited by John Forster, Yanlong Zheng and Khashayar Teimoori
submission deadline 26 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1394 | Submission Open
Keywords: microwaves; mining; mineral processing; sorting; comminution; rock mechanics; drying; energy; modeling; extractive metallurgy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Mineralogical Approaches to Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Materials submission deadline 26 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1026 | Submission Open
Keywords: archaeometry; ceramics; glazes; metals; sediments; stone; pigments; mineralogy; petrography; geochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Stratabound Barite Deposits: Mineralogy, Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology
edited by Norman Moles
submission deadline 26 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 260 | Submission Open
Keywords: strata bound barite; sediment-hosted mineralization; volcanogenic deposit; sedex deposit; CD-type deposit; MVT deposit; bedded barite deposits; sediment-hosted barite deposits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Advances in Low-Temperature Mineralogy and Geochemistry submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 18543 | Submission Open
Keywords: weathering; diagenesis; very-low grade metamorphism; hydrothermal systems; mineral– water and thermo– baric reactions; trace recycled elements; light; stable; and radiogenic isotope geochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Thermodynamics, Mechanism and Kinetics of Metallurgical Processes submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 14854 | Submission Open
Keywords: thermodynamics for high and low temperatures; heterogeneous kinetics; extractive metallurgical processes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Natural and Artificial Building Stones: Insights from Petrophysical Properties and Consolidation Procedures submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 9887 | Submission Open
Keywords:   natural stone;   artificial stone;   characterization;   environmental factors;   climatic change;   durability;   consolidants;   nanomaterials;   cultural heritage;   new buildings;   green materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Large Igneous Provinces: Research Frontiers submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6861 | Submission Open
Keywords: large igneous provinces— LIPs; supercontinent breakup; mass extinctions; climate change through earth history; magmatic sulphide ore deposits; dyke swarms; flood basalts; archean LIPs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Solvent Extraction of Rare-Earth Elements with Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4910 | Submission Open
Keywords: recovery of electronic wastes containing REEs; leaching of REEs containing minerals with ILs or DES; solvent extractions of REEs; selective separations of REEs; ionic liquids; deep eutectic solvents; extraction stoichiometry; ILs and/or des electrolytes; supported liquid membranes; structurally modified membranes; perstraction using ILs or DES; solvent impregnated resins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Mineralogical and Lithological Control of Shale Oil and Gas Enrichment
edited by , Tao Hu, Shaohua Zhang and Haikuan Nie
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4182 | Submission Open
Keywords: shale oil/gas; minerals; lithology; storage; enrichment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Metallogenic Regularity and Metallographic Prediction of Strategic Deposits
edited by Shanbao Liu, Chenghui Wang and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3846 | Submission Open
Keywords: strategic metals; metallogenic regularity and prediction; W-Sn deposit; Co-Ni deposit; Li-Be-Nb-Ta deposit
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Mineral, Fluid, and Melt Inclusions—Analysis, Interpretation, and Application, Volume II
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3710 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineral; fluid; and melt inclusions; geofluids; microthermometric analysis; elemental; isotopic; and molecular microanalysis; bulk analysis; inclusion synthesis; thermodynamics and modeling; mineral deposits; petrology; hydrocarbon reservoirs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Petrography, Sedimentology, and Geochemical Signatures of Fine-Grained Sedimentary Rocks in Deep-Water Environments
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3079 | Submission Open
Keywords: mudstone; shale; pelagic deposits; organic matter; trace elements; unconventional hydrocarbon resources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Mineral Exploration in the Glaciated Terrains: Advanced Geochemical and Mineralogical Techniques in the Analysis of Glacial Sediments and Processes submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1989 | Submission Open
Keywords: geochemistry  ; till  ; heavy minerals  ; indicator minerals  ; surface geochemical methods  ; secondary dispersion  ; geochemical anomaly  ; statistical analysis  ; prospecting  ; weathered bedrock
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Green Mining, Waste Recovery and Efficient Disposal of Metal Mines
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1823 | Submission Open
Keywords: advances in chemical/bio-heap leaching of copper sulfides; basical theory and industrial cases of cemented/paste backfill using mine wastes; in-situ chemical/bioleaching of rare earth; uranium; etc.; multi-physical fieldand multi-phase coupling problem in green mining process; simulation and mathematical modeling of green mining procedure; rock mechanic features and mechanisms caused by mining in metal mine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Geochemical Characteristics and Environmental Risks of Soils Around Coal Mining Areas
edited by and Jiamei Zhang
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1556 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil geochemistry in coal mining area; element transportation and transformation; source identification; environmental risk assessment; future development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Sustainable Extraction of Copper, Nickel and Zinc and Their By-Products from Ores, Recycled Materials and Wastes through Hydrometallurgical Processes
edited by Lilian Velásquez-Yévenes, and Mario Vera
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1324 | Submission Open
Keywords: base metal; leaching and bioleaching; leaching technology; chloride leaching; e-waste leaching; innovation and process improvement; new reagents; materials and technologies; solvent extraction and ion exchange; precipitation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Unlocking Critical Elements in Base Metal Supply Chains: Challenges and Opportunities submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1267 | Submission Open
Keywords: critical elements; base metals; extractive metallurgy; physical separation; froth flotation; geometallurgy; mine tailings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Selenium, Tellurium and Precious Metal Mineralogy
edited by and Shen Gao
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1208 | Submission Open
Keywords: Se- and Te-bearing mineralogy; precious metals; ore genesis; mineral chemistry; isotopes; fluid conditions; enrichment mechanism
Mineralogical and Geochemical Characteristics of Coal and Coal-Bearing Strata
edited by Fenghua Zhao and Dongna Liu
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1143 | Submission Open
Keywords: coal; strategic key metals; hazardous elements; clean utilization; methane of coal-bearing measures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Skeletal Tissues Mineralization
edited by Emeline Raguin and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 164 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineralization; skeletal tissues; calcium; imaging and analytical techniques; bone; eggshell
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
Advances in Pyrometallurgy of Minerals and Ores
edited by , , Bangfu Huang and Fan Zhang
submission deadline 1 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1762 | Submission Open
Keywords: pyrometallurgy; energy saving; emission reduction; waste management; hydrogen metallurgy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Using Mineral Chemistry to Characterize Ore-Forming Processes
edited by Xinlu Hu, Xinbiao Lv, Yafei Wu and Zhenjie Zhang
submission deadline 3 May 2024 | Viewed by 377 | Submission Open
Keywords: geochemistry; mineralogy; isotope; mineralization; ore deposits; ore-forming process
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Characterization of Flysch Formations: A Multidisciplinary Approach submission deadline 5 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4500 | Submission Open
Keywords: turbidites; synorogenic deposits  ; accretionary wedge  ; sedimentology  ; rocks  ; geodynamic evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Characterization of Minerals and Raw Materials Resources Replenishment submission deadline 10 May 2024 | Viewed by 253 | Submission Open
Keywords: advanced mineral characterization; mine value chain optimization; mining waste resources and exploitability; mineral resources in secondary raw materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Sustainable Coal Beneficiation
edited by Quentin Peter Campbell
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | Viewed by 130 | Submission Open
Keywords: advanced processing technologies; waste dump reprocessing; fine processing; dry processing; alternative utilization of coal products; greenhouse gas reduction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Redox Reactivity of Iron Minerals in the Geosphere, 2nd Edition
edited by , Lucie Stetten and Maxim I. Boyanov
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 995 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomineralization; iron oxides; iron sulfides; transformation; contaminants; mineralization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Complex Processes in Geomaterials and Cementitious Materials used as Subsurface Engineered Barriers
edited by Edward N. Matteo, and Amber Zandanel
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 212 | Submission Open
Keywords: clay and bentonite backfill and buffer; subsurface plugs and seals; engineered barriers; cementitious subsurface seal materials; excavation damage zone; interfaces between engineered and natural systems; geologic disposal of nuclear waste; hydrogen storage; geologic storage of carbon dioxide
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clays and Engineered Mineral Materials)
The Role of Minerals in Cultural and Geological Heritage, Volume II submission deadline 24 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1953 | Submission Open
Keywords: glasses; ceramics and metals in cultural heritage; stone/rocks and mortars in built heritage; minerals and mineralogical phases; minerals related to mining sites; geological sites; non-destructive methodologies; large-scale facilities (synchrotron; neutron; and ion beam); authenticity and dating; effects of climate changes; modelling and theoretical approaches; remote sensing and risk management; maintenance and sustainability; social impact and cultural tourism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Geochemistry and Mineralogy of Coal-Bearing Rocks, 2nd Edition submission deadline 24 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1221 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineralogy and geochemistry of coal-bearing rocks; coal-bearing rocks formation; thermal evolution; and secondary processes; coal-bearing rock transformation within landfills; new phases formation; rehabilitation of coal waste landfills and material recovery; impact of coal waste dumping on the environment and human health
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Mineral Deposits, Geotectonic Evolution and Mineralogical and Geochemical Characterization of Iberian Pyrite Belt—State of the Art
edited by Luís Albardeiro, Maria João Batista and
submission deadline 24 May 2024 | Viewed by 213 | Submission Open
Keywords: iberian pyrite belt; ore horizons; radiometric dating; whole rock geochemistry; mineral geochemistry; geological models
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Siliciclastic Sandstone Diagenesis: Are Existing Models Correct?
edited by Nicolaas Molenaar and
submission deadline 24 May 2024 | Viewed by 191 | Submission Open
Keywords: sandstone diagenesis; controversies; scrutiny of models; alternatives
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Paleoenvironment Evolution Proxy in Carbonates: Sedimentary Geochemistry
edited by Jinmin Song
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | Viewed by 132 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbonate rocks; paleoenvironment evolution; diagenesis; depositional environments; geochemistry; stratigraphy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Advances in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy of Base and Precious Metals
edited by and Jaeheon Lee
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2762 | Submission Open
Keywords: geometallurgy; flotation; physical separation; surface chemistry; leaching; modeling and simulation; kinetics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Geomaterials and Cultural Heritage
edited by , and Lucilla Fabrizi
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 509 | Submission Open
Keywords: geomaterials; cultural heritage; conservation; museums; earth sciences; heritage science; archaeometry; materials science; environmental science; natural history museums; sustainability
Advances in Magnetic and Electromagnetic Techniques for Mineral Exploration: Enhancing Resource Discovery
edited by Marc A. Vallée and
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 166 | Submission Open
Keywords: magnetic methods and electromagnetic methods; data acquisition; geophysical modeling and inversion; borehole; ground; and airborne geophysics; magneto-telluric; mineral exploration; case histories; physical properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Gravity and Magnetic Methods in Mineral Exploration
edited by , Lianghui Guo and Guoqing Ma
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6713 | Submission Open
Keywords: gravity prospecting; magnetic prospecting; mineral resource exploration; 3D inversion; data processing; deep structure
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Chemo-Physical Evolution, Microstructural Modifications and Hydro-Mechanical Behaviour of Treated Soils of Different Mineralogical Composition submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6341 | Submission Open
Keywords: reuse of excavated soils; effects of mineralogical nature on treatments; soil improvement; traditional and innovative binders; multi-scale analysis; chemo-hydro-mechanical characterization; long term performances
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clays and Engineered Mineral Materials)
Multi-Method (Geo-) Thermochronology and Trace Elements Tracing Magmatism, Mineralization and Tectonic Evolution
edited by , and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6161 | Submission Open
Keywords: (geo-) thermochronology; geochemistry; petrogenesis; metallogeny; exhumation history; tectonic evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Chemical Engineering and Technology in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, Volume II submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6022 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydrometallurgy; flotation; roasting; leaching; extraction; ion exchange; adsorption; electrolysis; membrane separation; unit operations; transmission; reaction; kinetics; thermodynamics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Petrographic, Geophysical, Geochemical and Geochronological Study of Magma and Magmatism in the Iberian Peninsula and Archipelagos submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5548 | Submission Open
Keywords: Iberian magmatism; igneous petrology; mineralogy; chemistry and physics of magmas; geochemical and isotope magma composition; geochronology of magmatic processes; ore-forming processes in magmatic systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Advances in Particle Morphological Analysis and Current Characterization Applications in Mineral Processing submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3610 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineral; critical raw materials; grinding; beneficiation; image analysis; shape characterization; shape morphology; morphology; screening; classification; ore sorting; gravity separation; magnetic separation; electrostatic separation; leaching; flotation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Submarine Volcanism, Related Hydrothermal Systems and Mineralizations
edited by , Tamás Sági and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3260 | Submission Open
Keywords: geochemistry of submarine fluid-rock interaction processes; hydrothermal mineral paragenesis of submarine fluid-rock interaction processes; advances in understanding VMS ore formation processes; petrology and geochemistry of submarine volcanites; alteration of mineral assemblages in submarine volcanites; petrology and geochemistry of low- to medium-grade metamorphic rocks of ocean floor origin; petrogenetic significance of submarine lava flows; methods to find hidden VMS deposits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Seismics in Mineral Exploration
edited by Yun Wang, Shoudong Huo, and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3234 | Submission Open
Keywords: mineral seismic; compressive sensing; artificial intelligence; multi-component seismic; active seismic; passive seismic; joint imaging and inversion; integrated geophysics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Mineralization Mechanism and Geochemical Characteristics of Coals and Associated Minerals
edited by Dongdong Wang, Xue Zheng and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2246 | Submission Open
Keywords: metallogenic mechanism; coals and  associated minerals metallogenic model; geochemistry characteristics; metallogenic process simulation; geochemical analysis techniques; mineral evaluation and mining technology; organic carbon aggregation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
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