The APPEA Journal

This multidisciplinary technical journal documents peer-reviewed papers presented at APPEA’s Annual Conference. 

The APPEA Journal (ISSN 1326-4966) is recognised in the Australian upstream oil and gas industry as the leading peer-reviewed publication for information on geoscience, engineering and management.

The 2016 APPEA Journal  is available only via online access (password protected). Previous years are available in other formats (see price list for details).

About the APPEA Journal

The APPEA Journal has its roots in the development of the Association.  Conceived in the late 1950s by a group of prominent Australian geoscientists, the Australian Petroleum Exploration Association (APEA) was formed in 1960.  Part of its brief was to hold an annual conference where technical papers would be presented and then published.  The aim was to move the fledgling Australian upstream industry forward.  The first number of the APEA Journal was published in 1961.

As the industry grew and matured the Association – and therefore the Journal – changed its name to the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) in 1996.  The type of papers presented at the annual conference, and therefore in the APPEA Journal, has also changed. Currently there is a multidisciplinary approach with three main streams – geoscience, engineering and business management.

In an effort to keep the industry up to date with the latest innovations, the most recent change has been to allow presentations at the conference that are not published as peer-reviewed papers but rather as extended abstracts.  APPEA now produces two primary publications.  The APPEA Journal, which continues to be restricted to academically peer reviewed papers, and the APPEA Conference Proceedings, which publishes the Extended Abstracts along with videos of the plenary sessions of the conference.

The APPEA journal is listed on the ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2012 Journal List as ERAID 1707. (See


APPEA Annual Conference registrants receive the APPEA Journal as a part of their registration.  Institutional subscriptions are also available. Volumes published between 2000 and 2007 are available in CD-ROM format as well as hard copy. From 2008 onward the APPEA Journal is available in DVD format only.  Please note international orders are GST-free.