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About Soil Horizons

Who should read Soil Horizons?

Soil Horizons began as Soil Survey Horizons, a more than 50-year-old publication that was a means by which soil survey personnel could share their stories....be it tough working conditions or scientific breakthroughs.

Today's Soil Horizons brings that enthusiasm for soils to a broader audience—those new to soils, those who work in the field every day, and those who research and teach soils. Soil Horizons is designed to serve those with a range of understanding about soils....from accessible feature stories to peer-reviewed scientific papers on the latest research.

The story of soil is one we can read and share widely, for the benefit of our society, because we all depend on healthy soil.


A Day in the Life, a feature story profiling a soil scientist each issue, will present the broad diversity of soil scientists and their work.

Features will present interesting stories of soil science in our larger world and how it relates to our environment, our society, ourselves.

Guest Columns will feature the voices of soil scientists who are leaders in the field and their views of why soil science matters and where this study will take us.

Tales from the Pits relate experiences of consulting soil scientists working in the field.

Profiles in History highlight images and people along the timeline of the study of soils.

Peer Reviewed Papers represent significant contributions to the study of soils, but may deviate from the traditional research paper to discuss a big-picture issue to be addressed by soil science, illustrate an emerging trend in research, or capture a unique field experience. Paper types for submission for peer review include:

  • Reviews
  • Research articles
  • Research notes
  • Opinion and policy
  • Special submissions as requested via calls for papers
  • Comments on previously published papers

Editorial Board

Student Essay Contest

Soil Survey Horizons hosts an annual essay contest for students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The winner of each category will receive a one-year student membership to Soil Science Society of America, which includes a year of access to Soil Horizons, and the paper will be published in Soil Horizons.

Article Index

Browse and search an index of past articles published in Soil Survey Horizons. This entire archive will be scanned and available online soon.

Author Resources

Submissions for peer review must be submitted online.

Instructions to Authors | Publications Handbook and Style Manual

Additional Language and Writing Help for Authors

Editor/Reviewer Resources



SSSA Executive Committee
Carolyn G. Olson, President
Harold M. van Es, President-Elect
Jan W. Hopmans, Past President

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Chief Executive Officer: Ellen G.M. Bergfeld

Business and editorial offices at ASA-CSSA-SSSA, 5585 Guilford Rd., Madison, WI 53711-5801. Phone: 608-273-8080; fax: 608-273-2021. http://www.soils.org/


Copyright © 2015 by the Soil Science Society of America, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Opinions and conclusions expressed by authors are their own and are not considered as those of the Soil Science Society of America, its staff, its members, or its advertisers. Advertisements in this publication do not constitute an endorsement of the product. Trade names are sometimes mentioned in papers published in this journal. No endorsement of those products by the publisher is intended, nor is any criticism implied of similar products not mentioned.