The APPEA Journal

The APPEA Journal documents technical papers presented at APPEA’s Annual Conference.

It is recognised in the upstream oil and gas industry as Australia’s leading peer-reviewed publication for information on geoscience, engineering and management.

The APPEA Journal is available at

About the APPEA Journal

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 published.  The aim was to move the fledgling Australian upstream industry forward.  The first 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 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 publish all peer-review papers, extended abstracts and Plenary Presentations online by CSIRO Publishing and can be found at

Access to the APPEA Journal for the current year is included in a Full Delegate registration for the APPEA Conference. Alternatively, full access can be received by contacting CSIRO Publishing at

CSIRO Publishing took over publishing the APPEA Journal in 2017. CSIRO is a science and technology publisher with a global reputation for quality products and services that has been publishing journals since 1948. CSIRO Publishing is an Australian-based and fully Australian-owned publisher, with content hosted locally and served to the world.  CSIRO Publishing publishes content in print and online, with editorial standards and production methods at the forefront of e-publishing standards.

Submission and Publication

Each year the APPEA Conference highlights and defines the issues and challenges of upstream petroleum exploration and development on a national and international level. Papers are sought on current and topical material in technical and commercial areas for presentation at this world-class event.

The conference consists of a plenary program with speakers invited by APPEA, and a technical (concurrent) program that includes papers received by open invitation. The open invitation is via a Call for Papers which opens two weeks after the previous year’s conference, and a portal for submitting papers is opened in June.

APPEA offers two formats for final publication — peer-reviewed paper and extended abstract. Presentation of the publications at the conference will be in either oral or poster format. All peer-reviewed papers, extended abstracts, oral presentations and posters will all be available in the APPEA Journal.

APPEA welcomes papers from industry professionals on a broad range of issues for consideration by the APPEA Editorial Board. Paper proposals include case studies, results of field experience or significant new knowledge or experience.  For a full outline of paper proposals, please see the ‘Call for Papers’ on the Conference Website.

Code of Conduct

Publication in the APPEA Journal requires authors to accept the following:

  • Full disclosure of all references and any financial support that has been obtained from the research being published.
  • Assurance that all authors who contributed to the research are included in the submission and that the data presented is real and authentic.
  • If corrections or mistakes are required, the authors are obliged to provide retractions.

The Editorial Board has complete control on rejecting/accepting submissions.  To this end the Editorial Board will ensure there is no conflict of interest with respect to submissions.  The Board will only accept submissions where it is reasonably certain that all codes have been met.  Where errors have been made the Board will promptly publish corrections or retractions.

CSIRO is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). This ensures the APPEA Journal fulfils the criteria for best practice publication ethics and integrity and remains a multidisciplinary academic journal.


Dr Steve Mackie
Chairman — APPEA Technical Program Committee
Editor – APPEA Journal (2007-present)

For any Journal enquiries:
Daniela Dwyer
Events Manager, APPEA / 08 9246 7204