Research paper examples (2023 & 2024)

"Any actions actively supporting the expansion of fossil fuel development are indeed inconsistent” with the UN SDGs.

Sherri Aldis

Acting deputy director for the
UN Department of Global Communications
(The Guardian, February 2022)

"There can be no new oil and gas fields or coal projects for the world  to reach even the goal of global net zero by mid-century,  which is not ambitious enough. Yet Elsevier/RELX continues to support the goals of the fossil fuel industry, which are antithetical to a livable planet."

Dr. Peter Kalmus

NASA climate scientist
In May 2024, an Elsevier climate leader claimed the company no longer "facilitate[s] new fossil fuel assets" and it has "reviewed our journals to ensure their missions reflect and advance the UN SDGs and promote a pathway to a net zero future." 

Below are some examples of Elsevier materials from 2023 and 2024 that clearly contribute to informing the continued unrestricted expansion of new fossil fuel projects. Elsevier journals welcome
"contributions that support and advance the UN’s sustainable development goals" and promote a pathway to a net zero future, but do not prohibit content that removes realistic IPCC and IEA pathways to that future. Despite the existence of sustainability and human rights pledges and statements, the company informed the Guardian in 2022 that the company isn't willing to draw a line at supporting the expansion of oil and gas extraction and it "wouldn’t want to tell journal editors what they can and can’t publish."

Further, Elsevier remains willing to publish misleading
content that claims “there is no compelling evidence of an impending global disaster caused by manmade greenhouse gas emissions" and concludes that “the officially presented impact of anthropogenic CO2 increase on Earth's climate is merely a hypothesis rather than a substantiated fact."
2024 paper examples
Applied Energy
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

A shale gas production prediction model based on masked convolutional neural network (1/24): "Shale gas production prediction is of great significance for shale gas exploration and development… This paper presents a novel masked convolutional neural network (M-CNN) based on masked autoencoder for shale gas production prediction.” 

A novel method for predicting shallow hydrocarbon accumulation based on source-fault-sand (S-F-Sd) evaluation and ensemble neural network (ENN) (4/24): "This contribution provides a reliable method for SHA prediction and corresponding predrilling volume evaluation, which can help avoid costly drilling mistakes and advance intelligent exploration techniques."

Spatial correlation-based machine learning framework for evaluating shale gas production potential: A case study in southern Sichuan Basin, China (3/24): "A machine-learning prediction model based on spatial correlation (SC-MLPM) is proposed for evaluating shale gas potential production based on well data..."

Arabian Journal of Chemistry
Advancement in heavy oil upgrading and sustainable exploration emerging technologies (4/24): "The advancement in upgrading heavy oil becomes of immense important to the fossil fuel industry....special attention should be paid to lowering the cost of developing heavy oil to ensure economic feasibility." Financial supporters for this paper include the "Government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Geochemical characteristics of the shale gas reservoirs in Guizhou Province, South China (3/24): "The spots with siliceous rock floor on the western edge of the Xuefeng uplift is a favorable area for future exploration of shale gas in the Niutitang organic-rich shale."

Chemical Engineering Journal
Laser-induced electro-response of oil shale: Principles and applications (7/24):
"These results show that LIER has great significance for the precise evaluation and effective development of oil shale reservoirs, which will drive the advances in the exploration for oil shale."

Computers & Geosciences
Enhanced wave modeling & optimal plane-wave destruction (OPWD) method for diffraction separation and imaging (5/24): "By integrating diffraction-based imaging into hydrocarbon exploration workflows, the industry can enhance the accuracy of reservoir characterization, optimize drilling strategies, and ultimately increase the success rate of exploration efforts. The primary aim of this research is to enhance the comprehensive wave modeling technique in order to mitigate dispersion in the data."

Computers & Operations Research
An approximated dynamic programming model for the supply vessel fleet sizing problem (3/24): “Consequently, our proposed method exhibits promising potential for practical implementation, allowing companies like Petrobras to accurately assess and determine the ideal fleet composition [for oil and gas exploration and production activities.]” 

Earth-Science Reviews
"This journal welcomes review-type papers within its scope that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

Cratonic strike-slip fault systems in the central Sichuan Basin, China (7/24):
"Our methods and results can help guide petroleum exploration along strike-slip fault system in other ancient cratonic basins in similar tectonic settings worldwide."

"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

In-situ pressure-preserved coring for deep oil and gas exploration: Design scheme for a coring tool and research on the in-situ pressure-preserving mechanism (1/24): “In this paper, the design scheme of a new IPP-Coring tool was introduced for deep onshore oil and gas exploration…The presented coring tool has a higher designed pressure-preserving capacity (70 MPa) and better mechanical reliability than previous tools and thus has broad application prospects in onshore deep oil and gas exploration.” 

A novel method for quantifying hydrocarbon micromigration in heterogeneous shale and the controlling mechanism (2/24): This method has a worldwide application for shale oil evaluation, and the findings will help to uncover shale oil differential enrichment mechanisms....There is a consensus that shale contains abundant oil resources [1]. To compensate for the weak growth of green energy, the efficient use of shale oil resources will guarantee the alleviation of global energy shortages."

Comprehensive evaluation of the organic-rich saline lacustrine shale in the Lucaogou Formation, Jimusar sag, Junggar Basin, NW China (5/24): "The siltstone and type III3 carbonate felsic shale ...[are] attractive for shale oil exploration."

Energy Geoscience
"A a quarterly, international, open access journal with a multidisciplinary focus, particularly on energy transition and achieving net-zero emission targets."

Geochemical characteristics and exploration significance of ultra-deep Sinian oil and gas from Well Tashen 5, Tarim Basin, NW China (1/24): “The deep pre-salt Cambrian strata in the northern Tarim Basin still have prospects for volatile oil and condensate exploration. Furthermore, the oil & gas discovery in the Well TS5 provided important insights for the exploration for oil & gas in the ultra-deep, high-temperature and high-pressure Neoproterozoic reservoirs.” 

Organic geochemical, petrographic and palynological characterization of claystones of the Palaeogene Toraja Formation, and oil seeps in the Enrekang Sub-basin, south Sulawesi, Indonesia: Implications for hydrocarbon source rock potential (7/24): "The results of this study are expected to be beneficial for the hydrocarbon exploration in the south arm of Sulawesi"

Fluid property identification of the Lower Cretaceous reservoirs with complex oil-water contacts in Deseo Basin, Chad (1/24): “The application in the Doseo Basin achieved great success, improving interpretation ability of fluid property in the reservoir with complex oil-water contact, and also provided technical reference for the efficient exploration and development of similar reservoirs.”

Improved reservoir characterization by means of supervised machine learning and model-based seismic impedance inversion in the Penobscot field, Scotian Basin (4/24): "The present research advocates the integrated analysis of multi-attributes estimated using different methods to minimize the risk involved in hydrocarbon exploration."

Reservoir quality of the Late Cretaceous Volador Formation of the Latrobe group, Gippsland Basin, Australia: Implications from integrated analytical techniques (1/24): “The results obtained from this study have shown that the Volador Formation in the Gippsland Basin is worth for hydrocarbon exploration."

The Lower Cambrian Xiaoerbulake Formation in the Tarim Basin as a potential carbonate source rock (4/24): “The source rocks of the Xiaoerbulake Formation may play a greater role in hydrocarbon generation, thus their significance of oil and gas exploration deserves attention.”

Gas source of the Middle Jurassic Shaximiao Formation in the Zhongjiang large gas field of Western Sichuan Depression: Constraints from geochemical characteristics of light hydrocarbons (4/24): “This study will assist in revealing the accumulation process and enrichment mechanism of natural gas from terrigenous strata in the Western Sichuan Depression, thus providing a scientific basis for expanding exploration targets in the terrigenous strata in the depression.”

Facies-controlled prediction of dolomite reservoirs in the Middle Permian Qixia Formation in Shuangyushi, northwestern Sichuan Basin (4/24): “The plane and spatial distributions of high-graded reservoirs in the Qixia Formation were accurately delineated, hopefully providing theoretical support to extensive and beneficial exploration and development of the Qixia Formation gas reservoirs in the Sichuan Basin.”

Ordovician reservoirs in Fuxian area: Gas accumulation patterns and their implications for the exploration of lower Paleozoic carbonates in the southern Ordos Basin (1/24): “This study will serve as a geological basis for future [gas] exploration deployment in the Fuxian area.”

Application of fluid modulus inversion to complex lithology reservoirs in deep-water areas (1/24): “Our findings confirm the value of the fluid modulus in fluid identification and demonstrate that the tri-parameter direct inversion method can significantly enhance hydrocarbon exploration in deep-water areas.”

Dynamic evaluation on sealing capacity of caprocks of the Meso-Neoproterozoic reservoirs in Ordos Basin, China (1/24): “The Meso-Neoproterozoic reservoirs in the Ordos Basin are well preserved and probabally of better potential for exploration in terms of the caprock-source rock combination.”

The formation and evolutionary characteristics of organic matter and pyrites in the continental shales of the 3rd submember of Chang 7 Member, Yanchang formation, Ordos Basin, China (4/24): “This study systematically analyzes the organic matter and pyrites in the continental shales in the Triassic Chang 73 submember, Ordos Basin to ascertain their types, as well as formation and evolutionary characteristics, so as to provide a basis for further understanding of continental shale oil in the basin…an important strategic successor for future exploration and development in the Ordos Basin.” 

Fluid identification and tight oil layer classification for the southwestern Mahu Sag, Junggar Basin using NMR logging-based spectrum decomposition (4/24): “This well exhibits a stable production of about 40 t/d, indicating that this area has great potential for tight oil exploration.”

Reservoir characteristics and controlling factor of tight sandstone in Shuixigou Group in Taibei depression, Turpan-Hami basin (4/24): “The research findings will provide valuable guidance for the exploration and development of lithological oil and gas reservoirs within the Taibei Sag.” 

Sedimentary systems of the Oligocene Huagang Formation in the central anticline zone of the Xihu Depression, East China Sea Shelf Basin (1/24): "The study will provide a basis for well placement and serve as guidance for the selection of favorable hydrocarbon exploration areas in the Xihu Depression."

A log-based method for fine-scale evaluation of lithofacies and its applications to the Gulong shale in the Songliao Basin, Northeast China (7/24): "The methodology and insights in this study will provide a valuable guide for sweet spot identification and horizontal well-based exploitation of the Gulong shale."

Hydrocarbon generation potential of Campano-Maastrichtian to Paleogene shales in the Benin Flank of the Anambra Basin, SW Nigeria (7/24): "An assessment of the hydrocarbon generation potential of this frontier area from subsurface samples."

Energy Strategy Reviews
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

Scenario analysis to evaluate the economic benefits of tight oil resource development in China (1/24): "Foreign oil dependency may restrict rapid social and economic development in China. To solve its energy security problem, China needs to accelerate the exploration and development of domestic alternative oil and gas resources, such as tight oil."

Unveiling the Oldest Industrial Shale Gas Reservoir: Insights for the Enrichment Pattern and Exploration Direction of Lower Cambrian Shale Gas in the Sichuan Basin (4/24): "...two additional reservoirs were identified with significant potential...This model provides a predictive tool for identifying prospective shale gas reservoirs in similar geological settings globally...minimizes risks and costs associated with exploration and production activities in the Sichuan Basin."

Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Estimating hydrocarbon recovery factor at reservoir scale via machine learning: Database-dependent accuracy and reliability (2/24): “This study aims to estimate recovery factor (RF), a key property for exploration…to determine whether [a reservoir] has high potential to produce substantial amount of hydrocarbon and subsequently yield enough profit.” 

Expert Systems With Applications
Classification with noisy labels through tree-based models and semi-supervised learning: A case study of lithology identification (4/24): "In this paper, hybrid noise label filtering and correction framework for lithology identification (HNFCL) is proposed... Lithology identification is the fundamental task in hydrocarbon exploration and reservoir research"

"The scope is broad and includes many topics of increasing interest such as environmental aspects and pollution."

Oil content and mobility in a shale reservoir in Songliao Basin, Northeast China: Insights from combined solvent extraction and NMR methods (2/24): “Our results improve understanding of hydrocarbon content, saturation, and mobility in organic-rich shale; as shale oil has become a globally important source of fossil-fuel energy, such understanding is important in shale oil exploration and development.”

Molecular and stable carbon isotopic compositions of crude oils from Shengbei Sag, Tuha Basin: Implications for hydrocarbon Sources, migration and mixing (9/24): "This study provides an improved understanding of hydrocarbon sources, migration and mixing in the Cretaceous and Jurassic reservoirs of Shengbei Sag, Tuha Basin and should be helpful in making reasonable strategy for petroleum exploration in this region."

Gas Science and Engineering
"The journal aims to advance the environmentally sustainable exploration, processing, and utilization of gas resources to support energy transition and net-zero carbon goals."

Evolution of organic pores in Permian low maturity shales from the Dalong Formation in the Sichuan Basin: Insights from a thermal simulation experiment (1/24): “This knowledge contributes to our understanding of shale resevoir characteristics and can inform exploration and production strategies for shale gas and oil resources.”

Hydraulic Fracturing Potential of Tight Gas Reservoirs: A Case Study from a Gas Field in the Bredasdorp Basin, South Africa. (6/24): "This study has shown that the F-O gas field is a promising candidate for hydraulic fracturing."

Geoenergy Science and Engineering
(Formerly known as Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering) "The journal aims to publish articles with a particular focus on energy transition and achieving net-zero emission targets."

Application of machine learning in wellbore stability prediction: A review (1/24): “Ensuring wellbore stability is vital for safe drilling and production in the process of oil exploration and development… therefore, this paper systematically investigates and summarizes the research progress in intelligent prediction of wellbore stability.” 

A novel evaluation method of dolomite reservoir using electrical image logs: The Cambrian dolomites in Tarim Basin, China (2/24): "The Cambrian dolomites in Tarim basin are important hydrocarbon exploration targets...This novel technology adopts the idea of classification and identification before quantitative evaluation and establishes a new bridge from qualitative analysis to quantitative evaluation...a reference for the comprehensive evaluation of ultra-deep dolomite reservoirs in the Tarim basin and worldwide."

Microbial coalbed gas and its geological formation process in the Jimsar region of the southern Junggar Basin, NW China (2/24): “This study enriches the geological theory of CBG accumulation in the Jimsar region and provides guidance for the subsequent exploration and development of the CBG [Coalbed gas].”

Effect of lithofacies assemblages on multi-scale fractures in the transitional shale and its implications for shale gas exploration (2/24): “Here we show the non-structural factors controlling the development of natural fractures and their implications for shale gas exploration in the Longtan Formation transitional shale, southeastern Sichuan Basin.”

Integrated controls of tectonics, diagenesis and sedimentation on sandstone densification in the Cretaceous paleo-uplift settings, north Tarim Basin (2/24): “This study can serve as a valuable reference for exploration and development of clastic reservoirs in the Tabei Uplift and analogous reservoirs with a paleo-uplift context.”

Understanding pore space and oil content of liquid-rich shale in the southern Bohai Sea, China (2/24): “This study provides data and suggestions for the exploration of shale oil resources in the southern Bohai Sea.” 

Overpressure origin and evolution during burial in the shale gas plays of the Wufeng-Longmaxi formations of southern Sichuan basin (5/24): "Valuable insights to guide the further exploration and development of marine shale gas within the intricate tectonic setting of the Sichuan Basin."

Constraining faults and stratigraphic zones in shale and tight oil basins via 3D geocellular models (9/24) "The horizontal well trend analysis techniques and workflows in this study will aid researchers attempting to build large, regional geocellular models for unconventional plays in improving the accuracy and precision of their 3D geocellular models through the improved constraint of faults and stratigraphic zones."

Subsurface structures and nature of seafloor mounds in the northern South China Sea margin: Implications for Mesozoic hydrocarbon exploration (1/24): “To reveal the nature of these mounds and the Mesozoic hydrocarbon potential in the Chaoshan Depression, multi-channel seismic (MCS) and ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) data along line CS-L1 across three seafloor mounds are processed and analyzed…it is crucial to identify the nature and sources of seafloor edifices in sedimentary basins for effective hydrocarbon exploration.” 

Geoscience Frontiers
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals."

A novel method for quantitatively identifying driving forces and evaluating their contributions to oil and gas accumulation (7/24): "Quantitatively identifying the driving forces and evaluating their relative contributions, which are our research objectives and critical issues in the research and exploration of oil and gas accumulations."

Gondwana Research
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals."

A world-class source rock in southern China formed during the periods from Katian to Rhuddanian: Biostratigraphic distribution, depositional model and shale gas potential (2/24): “This study characterises the organic-rich shale distribution in the Sichuan Basin and helps in assessing organic-rich shale and identifying sweet spots of shale gas potential.” 

Appraisal of reservoir quality for hydrocarbon-bearing deep-water Miocene sandstones incised valley, south-east Asian offshore Indus: An application of seismic attributes and instantaneous spectral porosity quantitative reservoir simulations (5/24): "This process has the potential to facilitate the exploration and exploitation of untapped oil and gas reservoirs in this setting, as well as in other geological basins worldwide."

Organic geochemistry of the middle Paleozoic Ora Formation in Iraq: Implications for source rock assessment and hydrocarbon potentiality (4/24): "The study aims to explore the petroleum source rocks and assess the source rock potential of the Ora Formation, particularly in one of the economically significant regions of the Middle East."

Unlocking the hydrocarbon potential: Formation evaluation and petrophysical properties of the upper Triassic Kurra Chine Formation in Sarta Oil Field, Kurdistan Region, Northern Iraq (2/24): "This study furnishes comprehensive descriptions and analyses of the formation evaluation and petrophysical properties of the Kurra Chine Formation in Northern Iraq, shedding light on the characteristics and potential of this oil-bearing formation."

International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Monitoring surface deformation dynamics in the mining subsidence area using LT-1 InSAR interferometry: A case study of Datong, China (7/24): "These findings offer valuable scientific data that can aid local government in more effectively overseeing coal exploration activities."

International Journal of Coal Geology
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

Shale oil potential and mobility in low- to medium-maturity lacustrine shales: A case study of the Yanchang Formation shale in southeast Ordos Basin, China (2/24): “The Chang 73 shale has a high TOC content and GP, showing considerable hydrocarbon potential.”

Hyperspectral imaging of coal core: A focus on the visible-near-shortwave infrared (VN-SWIR) region (3/24): "Several factors were established for consideration when using HSI in coal exploration."

Automated graptolite identification at high taxonomic resolution using residual networks (1/24): “This AI-based method, capable of recognizing minute morphological details better than taxonomists, can be integrated into web and mobile apps, extending graptolite identification beyond research institutes and enhancing shale gas exploration efficiency.” 

Journal of African Earth Sciences
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

Implementations core properties and Sedimentary facies on the reservoir quality of the Lower Cenomanian Upper Bahariya Member in East Abu El-Gharadig basin, Western Desert, Egypt (1/24): “This research enhances reservoir characterization, which is vital for successful hydrocarbon exploration, development, and production efforts in the area.”

Integration of geochemical data, well logs and seismic sections for source rock characterization of the Albian Kazhdumi Formation in the central Persian Gulf basin, South Iran (2/24): “Source rock characterization is the fundamental part of petroleum system studies to decrease the risk of hydrocarbon exploration…The results showed that the applied methods based on rock physics templates (AI versus Sw) and multi-attribute analysis are helpful in exploration and characterization of source rocks.”

Geophysical appraisal and hydrocarbon potential of the Pre-Cenomanian and Miocene reservoirs in the onshore and offshore Gulf of Suez Basin (6/24): "The purpose of this study is to geophysically assess the petroleum potential of the Pre-Cenomanian (Nubia sandstones) as well as the Miocene oil reservoirs in the Rabeh field and Edfu-Saqqara field, located in the Gulf of Suez Basin."

Shale gas play of the Silurian hot shale, Ghadames Basin, North Africa: Insights from integrated geochemistry and basin modeling (2/24): "The lower Silurian hot shale in the Ghadames Basin was investigated to provide a regional assessment of the future prospects of shale gas play as an important unconventional resource system."

Integrated 3D geological analysis of hydrocarbon maturation and migration in rift basins: Insights from the Niger Chad Basin (2/24): “This research advances informed decision-making in hydrocarbon exploration and production."

Sedimentary age and paleoenvironment restoration of Paleogene and Cretaceous oil and gas reservoirs in the Termit Basin, Niger (5/24): "These findings provide valuable data support for future hydrocarbon discoveries in the region."

Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
The implication of kinetics characteristics of modern organisms for the hydrocarbon generation evolution of organic matter components in the lacustrine source rocks: A case study of the Dongying Formation from the Bozhong Sag, Bohai Bay Basin (1/24): "Bozhong Sag near the source kitchen of the Dongying Formation offers promising prospects for oil and gas exploration."

Journal of Applied Geophysics
A hybrid model based on unsupervised learning for seismic response feature extraction and gas-bearing reservoir prediction using longitudinal and transverse waves seismic data in low-degree exploration areas: A case study (6/24): "In low exploration areas (areas with few or no wells), this method is important as a guide to hydrocarbon exploration."

Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

Basin-range coupling relationship and prediction of favorable targets for ultra-deep subsalt exploration in the Tarim Basin, Northwest China (2/24): “The findings of this study carry significant implications for unveiling the basin-range coupling relationship, understanding the geodynamic setting of the basin's evolution, and advancing oil and gas exploration activities in the ultra-deep regions of the Tarim Basin.”

Control of complex lithofacies on the shale oil potential in saline lacustrine basins of the Jimsar Sag, NW China: Coupling mechanisms and conceptual models (5/24): "The study’s outcomes can offer enhanced guidance for accurately assessing shale oil resources, particularly in the identification of crucial “sweet spots.”

Tectono-thermal evolution of the northern Tarim Basin, Central Asia: New insights from apatite low-temperature thermochronometers (1/24): “Overall, this study provides valuable insights into the tectono-thermal histories of the eastern KFTB. It enhances our understanding of the tectonic evolution of Central Asia and holds great significance for further hydrocarbon exploration and development in the northern Tarim Basin.”

A novel approach for evaluating the transport capacity of sandstone carriers and determining effective hydrocarbon migration channels: Application to the Pinghu Slope Belt of the Xihu Depression, East China Sea Basin (1/24): “The quantitative method in this study can be used to predict preferential hydrocarbon migration pathways and reduce exploration risks.”

Role of magmatism in efficient gas accumulation in Upper Ordovician-Lower Silurian shales in the Yangtze plate, South China: Evidence from the calcite U-Pb ages and gas C-N isotopes (1/24): “Our findings underscore the pivotal role of magmatism in various stages of shale gas accumulation and are critical for exploration strategies.”

Generation and expulsion of Lower Jurassic hydrocarbon in different source rocks in the Taibei Sag, Turpan-Hami Basin, northwest China (1/24): “These findings are valuable for objectively assessing the tight oil potential of J1s source rocks and establishing a theoretical foundation for exploration…for evaluating the
hydrocarbon resource quantity and predicting promising exploration area.”

Paleodepositional environment and hydrocarbon generation potential of the Paleogene lignite in the Barmer Basin, Rajasthan, India (1/24): "The Barmer ortholignite has a good hydrocarbon generation potential from type-III (Giral) and types II-III kerogens (Kapurdi) pointing to gaseous hydrocarbon prospects; however, the source rock is immature."

In-situ calcite U-Pb ages and absolute timing of oil charge events: A case study of ultra-deep carbonate reservoirs in the Shunbei oilfield, Tarim basin, Northwest China (1/24) "...potential implications for deeper exploration and similar deep petroleum systems worldwide."

Journal of Geochemical Exploration
Fractal modeling of oil and gas geochemical data in the Taiwan Strait Basin (2/24): “This study provides a theoretical foundation for future oil and gas exploration and evaluation in the Taiwan Strait.”

Journal of King Saud University - Science
Integrated analysis of wireline logs analysis, seismic interpretation, and machine learning for reservoir characterisation: Insights from the late Eocene McKee Formation, onshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand (7/24): "An integrated study...was conducted, crucial for accurately evaluating and characterizing hydrocarbon reservoirs, enhancing the likelihood of successful exploration and development projects."

Journal of Natural Gas Geoscience
"An academic bimonthly journal focused on natural gas exploration and exploitation"

The dominant three-element model of oil and gas accumulation in basement buried hills: A discussion on new exploration frontiers in the deepwater area of the northern South China Sea (4/24):
"...crucial exploration targets in the deepwater areas of the northern South China Sea."

Pore structure and fractal characteristics of coal-bearing Cretaceous Nenjiang shales from Songliao Basin, Northeast China (4/24): "This work will provide a scientific theoretical basis for the comprehensive evaluation of coal-bearing shale reservoirs and research on shale gas reservoir formation theory." Study funded in part by the Open Fund Project of Sinopec Key Laboratory of Shale Oil/Gas Exploration and Production Technology.

Seismic geological characteristics and gas reservoir distribution of Changxing Formation biological bio-reef reservoir in the Longhuichang-Tieshan area, northeastern Sichuan Basin, China (4/24): The enrichment mode and failure mode of favorable gas reservoirs in the study area have been analyzed and established, providing crucial technical support to facilitate further exploration of Changxing Formation bio-reef gas reservoirs in the northeastern Sichuan Basin."

Geochemical evaluation of Sarvak oil reservoir using biomarkers, carbon isotope and trace element: A case study from Southwest Iran (6/24) " excellent novel tool for better understanding the basic concepts in petroleum basins and for solving a wide range of problems during petroleum exploration."

Journal of Paleogeography
Characteristics and origin of low-organic-matter carbonate source rocks in the Middle–Upper Ordovician, Tarim Basin, northwestern China (4/24): "This research method is theoretically significant for oil and gas exploration in the same type of highly-mature carbonate paleobasins."

The reservoir characteristics and their controlling factors of the sublacustrine fan in the Paleogene Dongying Formation, Bohai Sea, China (1/24): "The results of this study are significant for the exploration and development of the sublacustrine fan sandstone reservoirs in the Bohai Sea and analogous sandstone reservoirs elsewhere."

Journal of South American Earth Sciences
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

Characterization of onshore hydrocarbon reservoirs in the Amazonas Basin using well logging data (3/24): "In this work, the analysis of geophysical logging data from exploratory wells drilled in the Amazonas Basin is conducted to characterize the hydrocarbon reservoirs in the basin."

Marine and Petroleum Geology
"The journal aims to advance the environmentally sustainable exploration and utilization of natural resources of petroleum and gas hydrate...This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

Comprehensive analysis of stress magnitude and orientations and natural fractures in complex structural regimes oil reservoir: Implications for tectonic and oil field development in the Zagros suture zone (2/24): “This study will provide valuable insights into the exploration, development, and management of hydrocarbon resources in complex structure regions.”

Characteristics and an accumulation model of a bauxite gas reservoir in the southwestern Ordos Basin (8/24): "These findings have significant implications for natural gas exploration in Al-bearing rocks in North China and other regions."

Determination of multistage oil charge processes in the Ediacaran Dengying gas reservoirs of the southwestern Sichuan basin, SW China (6/24): "This research reveals the timing of multistage oil charging events in the southwest Sichuan basin...determining the timing of hydrocarbon charge is critical to understand the regular pattern of hydrocarbon accumulation, providing important guidance for deep and ultra-deep exploration."

Deciphering the origin and secondary alteration of deep natural gas in the Tarim basin through paired methane clumped isotopes (2/24): “This novel approach may aid hydrocarbon exploration in deeply buried petroleum systems worldwide.”

Geochemical properties, mechanism of formation, and source of solid bitumen in the Ediacaran Dengying Formation from the central to northern Sichuan Basin, China (1/24): “This research successfully obtained insights into the source and genetic mechanism of paleo-oil reservoirs by analyzing the properties of high-maturity solid bitumens, which can guide further exploration and development of deep petroleum resources.”

A new method of the hydrocarbon secondary migration research: Numerical simulation (2/24): “The proposed method introduces a powerful approach to analyzing and predicting hydrocarbon migration and accumulation, fostering improved decision-making in exploration endeavors.”

Determination of in situ hydrocarbon contents in shale oil plays: Part 3: Quantification of light hydrocarbon evaporative loss in old cores based on preserved shales (2/24): “This research has great implication for estimating in situ hydrocarbon potential using conventional coring samples.”

Influence of basement high and detachment on the kinematics of a fold-and-thrust belt in the central South Yellow Sea Basin, China: Insights from analog modeling (2/24): “This study is of significant importance to guide future petroleum exploration in the central South Yellow Sea Basin.”

Stratigraphic architecture of the synrift interval in the northern Pletmos Basin, offshore South Africa (2/24): “This research enhances our understanding of the potential for hydrocarbon reserves in the northern Pletmos Basin.”

Seismic data, cross-section balancing, and hydrocarbon prospectivity of the western Sulaiman fold belt, northwest Pakistan (2/24): “We have applied the line-length balancing technique to construct the cross-section to resolve the overall geometry of the frontal duplex for assessment of the play and hydrocarbon exploration.”

Tectonism and fracture-related dissolution induced the formation of the large-scale metamorphic granite reservoir: Implications from Bozhong 26–6 Precambrian bedrock trap, offshore Bohai Bay basin, Northern China (2/24): “These research results can deepen scientific understanding surrounding the formation mechanism of buried-hill reservoirs and provide a geological model for reservoir prediction.”

Evaluation of sweet spots for a tight sandstone reservoir: A quantitative study of diagenesis in the fourth member of the Oligocene Huagang Formation, Xihu Depression, East China Sea Shelf Basin (5/24): "Reservoir sweet spot evaluation is very important for tight sandstone gas exploration and development. Due to the characteristics of large burial depth, strong diagenesis heterogeneity, and prominent importance of diagenetic facies, sweet spot evaluation is the focus and difficulty of unconventional oil and gas exploration and development."

Hydrothermal alteration mechanisms of an Archaean metamorphic buried hill and the models for reservoir zonation, Bozhong depression, Bohai Bay Basin, China (6/24): "This study may serve as a reference for the hydrocarbon exploration in metamorphic buried-hill reservoirs."

Gas-in-place content and occurrence state of deep shale gas in the Luzhou area, Sichuan Basin, China (2/24): "The results are of great significance in evaluating the resource quantity of deep shale gas, predicting "sweet spots" and formulating development plans."

Volcanic lithofacies control the space in unconventional, rhyolitic hydrocarbon reservoirs: The Hailar Basin, NE China (7/24): "...promising targets for oil and gas exploration. The facies model we obtain from the Hailar Basin may be extended to similar rhyolitic rocks in other basins hosting unconventional reservoirs.

Petroleum system analysis of the komombo basin, southern Egypt: Insights from basin modeling and hydrocarbon geochemistry (9/24): "This study integrates seismic, borehole, and geochemical data, coupled with 1D and 2D basin models, to evaluate the hydrocarbon potential and analyze the petroleum system within the Komombo Basin."

Preliminary analysis of the indicators and accumulation models of gas hydrates in the central Zhongjiannan Basin, western South China Sea (6/24): "The geophysical indicators of gas hydrates are found for the first time in the central Zhongjiannan Basin of the SCS, yielding an important reference for further exploration and development."

Distribution of Permian and Triassic strata in the Laoshan Uplift, Southern Yellow Sea, using seismic attributes (6/24): "Our findings will aid in the exploration and evaluation of early hydrocarbon resources in the LSU."

Measurement: Sensors
Optimization of coal seam pressure fracturing fluid system in the eastern edge of the Ordos Basin based on IoT sensors (4/24): "By using ionic surfactants as fracturing fluids, the surface tension of the fracturing fluid can be effectively reduced, the porosity of coal samples can be increased, and the flow and extraction of coalbed methane can be promoted."

Organic Geochemistry
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

Source and significance of Cretaceous oil seepage in the northern Ordos Basin, China (1/24): “The zone between the Dongsheng gas field and the Wulangar Uplift is therefore likely to have very good accumulation and preservation conditions and may offer a promising exploration prospect for natural gas.” 

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Organic matter enrichment in shale deposited proximal to paleo-uplifts and its impact on shale gas exploration (1/24): “Results of the present study contribute supplementary information regarding the mechanism of organic matter enrichment in shale and can provide guidance for shale gas exploration and development in geologically similar regions.” 

Sedimentary characteristics and lithofacies paleogeography of the Cambrian in Sichuan basin, Southwest China (6/24): "Research on the Cambrian in Sichuan basin has important theoretical significance and practical application value in guiding hydrocarbon exploration.This study focuses on sedimentary characteristics and lithofacies paleogeography in the Cambrian in Sichuan basin."

Petroleum Exploration and Development
Enrichment model and major controlling factors of below-source tight oil in Lower Cretaceous Fuyu reservoirs in northern Songliao Basin, NE China (4/24): "Comprehensive analysis suggests that the Fuyu reservoir in the Qijia–Gulong Sag has good conditions for tight oil enrichment and has been less explored, and it is an important new zone for tight oil exploration in the future."

Whole petroleum system in Jurassic coal measures of Taibei Sag in Tuha Basin, NW China (6/24): "The new understanding of the whole petroleum system in the coal measures could further enrich and improve the geological theory of the whole petroleum system, and provide new ideas for the overall exploration of oil and gas resources in the Tuha Basin."

Hydrocarbon accumulation characteristics in basement reservoirs and exploration targets of deep basement reservoirs in onshore China (2/24): "...have favorable conditions for hydrocarbon accumulation, and thus they are considered as the main targets for future exploration of deep basement reservoirs."

Natural gas exploration potential and favorable targets of Permian Fengcheng Formation in the western Central Depression of Junggar Basin, NW China (6/24): "...the gas-generating potential of the Fengcheng source rock is evaluated, the distribution of large-scale effective source kitchen is described, the genetic types of natural gas are clarified, and four types of favorable exploration targets are selected."

Hydrocarbon accumulation in deep ancient carbonate–evaporite assemblages (2/24): "As a result, the Cambrian strata in the Tazhong Uplift North Slope, Maigaiti Slope and Mazatag Front Uplift Zone of the Tarim Basin, the Cambrian strata in the eastern-southern area of the Sichuan Basin, and the inter-evaporite Ma-4 Member of Ordovician in the Ordos Basin, China, are defined as favorable targets for future exploration."

Igneous intrusion contact metamorphic system and its reservoir characteristics: A case study of Paleogene Shahejie Formation in Nanpu sag of Bohai Bay Basin, China (4/24): "The proposal and application of the geological model of the intrusion contact metamorphic system are expected to promote the discovery of exploration targets"

Main controlling factors and exploration enlightenment of aluminous rock series gas reservoirs in Ordos Basin, NW China (6/24): "The gas reservoirs of aluminous rock series, which are clustered at multiple points in lenticular shape, are important new natural gas exploration fields with great potential in the Upper Paleozoic of North China Craton."

Episodic hydrothermal alteration on Middle Permian carbonate reservoirs and its geological significance in southwestern Sichuan Basin, SW China (2/24): "Hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs with local connected pore/vugs and fractures have exploration potential."

Discovery and petroleum geological significance of delta in the third member of Oligocene Lingshui Formation in southern Baodao Sag, Qiongdongnan Basin, South China Sea (4/24): "The delta of the Ling 3 Member is coupled with fault blocks to form diverse traps, which are critical exploration targets in southern Baodao Sag."

Three-dimensional structural models, evolutions and petroleum geological significances of transtensional faults in the Ziyang area, central Sichuan Basin, SW China (6/24): "The major reservoirs in this area are expected to achieve breakthroughs in oil and gas exploration."

Petroleum Research
Characteristics and genesis of tuffaceous shale oil lithofacies:A case study of Lucaogou Formation in Santanghu Basin (3/24): "...of great significance for selection of shale oil exploration zones."

Identification and Tracing of Near-Source Petroleum Transport System Based on Reservoir Bitumen Index (RBI) Method: A Case Study of the Lower Cambrian in the Tazhong-Bachu Area, Tarim Basin, China (6/20): "The Lower Cambrian carbonate reservoir is considered a near-source discrete petroleum transport system, providing great potential for further oil and gas exploration in the Lower Paleozoic in the Tazhong-Bachu area."

Petroleum Science
Quantitative prediction model for the depth limit of oil accumulation in the deep carbonate rocks: A case study of Lower Ordovician in Tazhong area of Tarim Basin (2/24): "The maximum burial depth of the Lower Ordovician carbonate reservoir in the Tazhong area does not exceed this depth, which indicates the feasibility and prospect of deep carbonate oil exploration in this field."

Geometry and formation mechanism of tension gashes and their implication on the hydrocarbon accumulation in the deep-seated strata of sedimentary basin: A case from Shunnan area of Tarim Basin (2/24): "This study not only provides seismic evidence for the formation and evolution of super large STGs, but also provides certain guidance for oil and gas exploration in this area."

Paleoenvironmental reconstruction and organic matter accumulation of the paleogene shahejie oil shale in the Zhanhua Sag, Bohai Bay Basin, Eastern China (3/24): "The research results may have implications for the genetic mechanisms of organic matter accumulation. They will provide theoretical and technical insights into the exploration and development of shale oil."

New progresses of fine-grained sediment gravity-flow deposits and their importance for unconventional shale oil and gas plays (5/24): "These insights may broaden the exploration scope of shale oil and gas, which have important geological significances for unconventional shale oil and gas."

Microfacies and diagenetic alteration in a semi-deep to deep lacustrine shale: The Yanchang Formation in the Ordos Basin, China (1/24): "These findings contribute to a comprehensive understanding of shale properties, aiding in the prediction of shale oil exploration potential in the studied area."

Quantitative effect of kerogen type on the hydrocarbon generation potential of Paleogene lacustrine source rocks, Liaohe Western Depression, China (2/24): "This study can quantitatively characterize the hydrocarbon generation potential of source rocks with different kerogen types, and facilitate a quick and accurate assessment of hydrocarbon resources, providing strategies for future oil and gas exploration."

Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C
"This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

A comprehensive study on optimizing reservoir potential: Advanced geophysical log analysis of zamzama gas field, southern indus basin, Pakistan (10/24): "This research provides a detailed and comprehensive understanding of reservoir characteristics, thereby increasing the potential for further hydrocarbon exploration and production in the study area."

Powder Technology
Study on the mechanical properties of sandstone-shale composite continental shale gas based on the discrete element method (1/24): "China has abundant continental shale oil resources, and multiple shale oil exploration and development demonstration zones have been established, making it a key field for oil and gas exploration and is of great significance to study the rock mechanics characteristics of sandstone-shale composite....This further deepens the understanding of the mechanical properties of sandstone-shale samples."

Results in Earth Sciences
Petroleum systems of the Iranian Zagros Fold and Thrust Belt (12/24): "Petroleum systems of the Zagros basin are reviewed in a regional context...Asymmetric folds provide the most important type of hydrocarbon traps in the ZFTB and stratigraphic traps remain to be explored in the future."

Results in Engineering
Research on the relationship between hydrocarbon source-reservoir assemblage system and lacustrine level changes in Triassic period of Lunnan area (3/24): "The results provide a relatively reliable means for oil and gas exploration."

Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy
Elemental quantitation and evaluation of hydrocarbon in shale using fiber-optic laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (6/24): "Reliable and rapid evaluation methods to determine the hydrocarbon properties and composition of shale are urgently needed...The abundance and hydrocarbon generation potential were evaluated based on predicted pyrolytic parameters."

Unconventional Resources
"An open access journal with a particular focus on energy transition and achieving net-zero emission targets...This journal welcomes contributions that support and advance the UN's sustainable development goals"

The Early Cretaceous structural features and its influence on hydrocarbon accumulation in the southern Hurenbuqi depression, Erlian Basin (2024): “This study is of great significance for analyzing the enrichment regulations of hydrocarbon and guiding the next oil and gas exploration."

Organic petrography and geochemistry of the Fu 2 member of the Paleocene Funing formation, Gaoyou Depression, Subei Basin, Eastern China: Implications for shale oil potential (2024): “The lower Shale 4 and upper Shale 5 interval (3650–3700 m), with high TOC and high oil saturation index, is identified as the sweet-spot interval of the Fu 2 Member for shale oil exploration.”

A novel method for quantitative evaluation of oil content and mobility in shale oil reservoirs by NMR logging: a case study of the inter-salt shale oil in the Jianghan Basin (2024): “Based on the evaluation results, it can be clearly distinguished that this well has higher total oil content and movable free oil content in the 6th rhythmic layer compared with the other two rhythmic layers, indicating that this reservoir has better exploration and development potential.”

Detailed analysis of seismic reflection characteristics of tight sandstone reservoirs in the upper paleozoic of the ordos basin: A case study of block X (2024): "Tight sandstone gas represents a crucial domain for augmenting reserves and boosting oil and gas production in the Ordos Basin....we achieved high-precision identification of tight sandstone reservoirs in Block X. This approach can be applied to similar reservoirs both at China and abroad."
Early 2023 paper examples
Alexandria Engineering Journal
Exploration of new hydrocarbon leads in the eastern flank of Abu Gharadig Basin, North Western Desert, Egypt
(3/23): “To understand better the structural elements controlling the hydrocarbon potentiality and productivity for the upper Cretaceous reservoirs…to determine nine promising structural traps for future exploration with high certainty.”

Applied Energy
An advanced prediction model of shale oil production profile based on source-reservoir assemblages and artificial neural networks (3/23): “…successful shale oil exploration and development depends significantly on the accurate evaluation of the sweet spots…predict shale oil production through machine learning…This research provides ideas for intelligent prediction of the distribution of sweet spots in unconventional resources, and is also important for the development of intelligent hydrocarbon exploration technology.”

China Geology
The accumulation characteristics and exploration potential of oil and gas in the back-arc basin of Japan under the background of high heat flow
10/23“​​The pre-Neogene bedrock oil and gas reservoirs also show a good exploration prospect. The resource prospecting indicates that Niigata Basin, Ulleung Basin and kitakami Basin are the main target areas for future exploration and development.”

Computers and Geosciences
Intelligent seismic stratigraphic modeling using temporal convolutional network (2/23):Deep learning (DL) has stimulated the intelligent processing and interpretation of seismic big data for oil and gas exploration in the past decade…Here, we proposed a novel scheme for intelligent seismic stratigraphic interpretation based on temporal convolution network (TCN).

Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers
Bacterial anomalies associated with deep sea hydrocarbon seepage along the Scotian Slope (3/23): “Deep sea hydrocarbon seep detection relies predominantly on geochemical analyses of seabed marine sediment cores to identify the presence of gas or oil…Bioassays based on these indicators may therefore have utility in different offshore energy sectors that need to assess operational risks and hazards associated with hydrocarbon seepage.”

Energy Geoscience
Exploration progress of the Paleogene in Jiyang Depression, Bohai Bay Basin (1/23): “…petroleum exploration in this region has been challenged by unclear remaining petroleum resources distribution, complex reservoir and hydrocarbon enrichment patterns, and lacking of suitable exploration techniques. Aiming at resolving these problems, studies on source rocks, reservoirs, hydrocarbon accumulation and geophysical prospection were carried out by laboratory analysis, reservoir anatomy, and seismic analysis… The research result plays a leading and demonstrative role in the fine and efficient exploration of faulted basins in eastern China.”

Hydrocarbon accumulation conditions and exploration targets of the Sinian Dengying Formation in the Southeastern Sichuan Basin (7/23): “Lithologic traps at the platform margin and pre-salt structural traps within the platform are favorable targets for natural gas exploration… Therefore, there are two favorable targets for oil and gas exploration in the Dengying Formation in the southeastern Sichuan Basin.”

Energy Reports
Mud loss behavior in fractured formation with high temperature and pressure (12/23):The increasing global demand for energy is driving oil companies to explore and drill for oil in deeper and more challenging reservoirs that have more complex formations, higher pressures, and temperatures. This necessitates more stringent requirements for safe and efficient drilling…mud loss has become a major obstacle to low-cost oil and gas resource development. Understanding mud loss behavior is critical for assessing loss risk and devising loss control plans in advance.

Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Oil Logging Reservoir Recognition Based on TCN and SA-BiLSTM Deep Learning Method (5/23): “The experimental results show that TCN-SA-BiLSTM exhibits excellent performance in comparison with seven competing models on all performance evaluation metrics. It overcomes the deficiencies in capability exhibited by traditional logging interpretation techniques to improve the efficiency and success rate of oil and gas exploration.”

Engineering Fracture Mechanics
Exploring hydraulic fracture behavior in glutenite formation with strong heterogeneity and variable lithology based on DEM simulation (2/23): “This study can provide key technical support and theoretical guidance for oil and gas development in tight glutenite reservoir.”

Expert Systems with Applications
Detection of potential gas accumulations in 2D seismic images using spatio-temporal, PSO, and convolutional LSTM approaches (4/23): “Seismic reflection is one of the most widely used geophysical methods in the oil and gas (O&G) industry for hydrocarbon prospecting...To help geoscientists with these tasks, computational tools based on machine learning have been proposed.”

Prediction of vitrinite reflectance of shale oil reservoirs using nuclear magnetic resonance and conventional log data (5/23): “With the change of oil and gas exploration and development focus to shale reservoirs, the source rock has become a research hotspot in well logging. It is of great significance to obtain continuous organic geochemical parameters based on log data.”

Gas Science and Engineering
Amplitude variation with angle and azimuth inversion to estimate fracture properties in shale-gas reservoirs (3/23): “…[geological information] for the exploration and development of hydrocarbons”

Geoenergy Science and Engineering
Petroleum systems and hydrocarbon potential of the Ruvuma Basin, Tanzania (4/23): “The hydrocarbon generation potential of the Ruvuma Basin…little is known about the basin's source rock's hydrocarbon generation potential, including the distribution of significant petroleum systems…These results indicate that the Cenozoic play system incorporates hydrocarbons from diverse sources/reservoirs, making it a potential exploration target for future discoveries. These findings necessitate more research to determine migratory patterns, which will result in new ground-breaking discoveries in the basin.”

Seismic interpretation and geological evaluation of hydrocarbon source rocks in volcanic-rich continental lacustrine rift basins: A case study of the Lower Cretaceous Yingcheng Formation from the Changling Fault Depression in the Songliao Basin, NE China (2/23): “This study offers guidance and direction for deep hydrocarbon exploration in the Changling Fault Depression, and also provides a reference for methods and ideas to predict hydrocarbon source rock distribution in other lacustrine rift basins.”

Tight gas accumulation caused by overpressure: Insights from three-dimensional seismic data in the western Sichuan Basin, southwest China (4/23): “We suggest that the areas with relatively low pressure around faults and fractures are the most favourable targets for hydrocarbon exploration in tight sandstones.”

Lithofacies identification of shale reservoirs using a tree augmented Bayesian network: A case study of the lower Silurian Longmaxi formation in the changning block, South Sichuan basin, China (2/23): “…help promote the development of lithofacies identification of unconventional oil and gas geology and provides a new method for shale gas reservoir evaluation.”

Experimental investigation of the shear bond strength between HGM cement and shallow formation in deepwater environments (2/23)Most importantly, considering that deepwater oil and gas resources have considerable exploitation potential and the particularity of deepwater shallow rock and soil, it is valuable to explore the SBS between cement and a shallow formation in deepwater.

Geoscience Frontiers
Construction and application of an ontology-based domain-specific knowledge graph for petroleum exploration and development (7/23)This paper proposes an engineering-based method that can improve upon traditional natural language processing to construct the domain knowledge graph based on a petroleum exploration and development ontology…The two applications based on the constructed knowledge graph are developed and validated for effectiveness and advantages in providing better knowledge services for the oil and gas industry.

Yanshanian–Himalayan geodynamic transformation of the northwestern Junggar Basin, southwestern Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), and its significance for petroleum accumulation (7/23): “...highlights the potential for petroleum exploration at intermediate–shallow depths.”

Organic matter enrichment mechanism of Youganwo Formation oil shale in the Maoming Basin (2/23): “In the present study, the reservoir characteristics and key influencing factors of OM enrichment in the Youganwo Formation were investigated, which is beneficial for deeply understanding high-quality oil shale formation mechanism, and providing a basis for effective evaluation and exploitation of oil shale resources as well as potential biogenic shale gas in the Maoming Basin…The differences between different sub-members and their main influencing factors have been clarified, which can provide scientific guidance for further geological exploration and theory research of oil shale resources in the Maoming Basin. ”

International Journal of Coal Geology
Intelligent classification of coal structure using multinomial logistic regression, random forest and fully connected neural network with multisource geophysical logging data (3/23): “Machine learning methods” to aid “the exploration and development of coal bed methane (CBM)”

International Journal of Intelligent Networks
Unsupervised machine learning technique for classifying production zones in unconventional reservoirs (2023): “Using standard approaches, such as data from cores and commercial software, it is difficult and costly to locate productive zones. Furthermore, it is difficult to apply these techniques to wells that do not have cores. This study presents a less costly way for the systematic and objective detection of productive and non-productive zones via well-log data using clustering unsupervised and supervised machine learning algorithms.”

International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
Effect of different acidic media on the corrosion behaviour of hardmetals with Ni-based binders (1/23): “Highly corrosive agents, such as saltwater, hydrogen sulphide, hydrofluoric or hydrochloric acids, are frequently found in oil and gas exploration… In this work, the corrosion behaviour of cemented carbides with different Ni-based binders in highly corrosive environments (HCl and HF) was studied…presented a corrosion resistance superior to WC-Co in all environments.”

International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences
Characteristics of SH-wave propagation during oil reservoir excitation using BEM formulation in half-plane model representation (2/23): “...the industries are now looking for new technologies for recovering more-and-more oil…Seismic excitation can improve oil production either on the ground surface (vibroseismic) or below the surface (down-hole), and also integrate with the other EOR technologies.”

Investigation into shale softening induced by water/CO2-rock interaction (1/23): “With the worldwide increasing demand for fossil energy resources, shale oil has become a hot field of exploration and development of unconventional oil and gas resources... This paper aims to investigate the influence of water/CO2-rock interaction on softening behavior of shale.”

International Journal of Thermal Sciences
Rapid detection of the vacuum failure of logging tools based on the variation in equivalent thermal conductivity (6/23): “The logging tool is the key downhole facility used for oil and gas exploration…During transport, assembly, or working processes, vacuum flask failure can lead to the destruction of the logging tool. The existing test methods are unable to detect vacuum failure quickly and accurately. To solve this problem, a rapid test method based on the variation in equivalent thermal conductivity before and after vacuum failure was proposed.”

Journal of African Earth Sciences
A new insight on sedimentary facies of the Miocene to Pliocene Agbada Formation, offshore Niger Delta Basin, Nigeria (4/23): “Further research on the sequence stratigraphy and sedimentary facies is particularly significant in hydrocarbon exploration. In this study, the sequence stratigraphic structure and sedimentary facies of the Miocene and Pliocene Agbada Formation in the southeastern part of the Niger Delta were studied…To fully tap the hydrocarbon potential of this area, it is essential to further research the sedimentary facies characteristics.”

Structural and petroleum system analysis using seismic data interpretation techniques to Upper Cretaceous rock units: A case study, West Abu-Sennan oil field, Northern Western Desert, Egypt (2/23): “analyzing the petroleum system elements to uplift the hydrocarbon potentiality figure…The conducted workflow in this study can be utilized to better understand similar reservoirs in neighboring areas.”

Geophysical assessment for the oil potentiality of the Abu Roash “G” reservoir in West Beni Suef Basin, Western Desert, Egypt (3/23): “The current study evaluates the hydrocarbon potentiality of the sandstone intervals of the Abu Roash “G” Member in Beni Suef Basin, Egypt.”

Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
Influence of the Emeishan basalt eruption on hydrocarbon generation and expulsion characteristics of Sinian (Ediacaran) algal dolomite in Sichuan Basin (1/23): “Deep marine carbonate oil and gas resources in the Sichuan Basin are currently key exploration areas...the better understanding of the effect of Emeishan basalt eruption on source rock is vital for the exploration of marine oil and gas resources.”

Journal of Applied Geophysics
3-D quantitative seismic imaging of tectonically-influenced Middle-Eocene carbonates stratigraphic traps of SE-Asian basins using spectral decomposition: Implications for hydrocarbon exploration (1/23): “This workflow can act as an analogue stratigraphic exploration ofremaining gas fields within Asian Basins and similar geological settings.”

Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
Deep shale gas in the Ordovician-Silurian Wufeng–Longmaxi formations of the Sichuan Basin, SW China: Insights from reservoir characteristics, preservation conditions and development strategies (4/23): “Shale gas at a burial depth greater than 3500 m is an important potential strategic target for exploration and development in China. …realizing the commercial development of deep shale gas.”

Stratigraphic correlation and sedimentology of the Ediacaran succession in the Tarim Basin, NW China: Implications for paleogeographic reconstruction and hydrocarbon exploration (5/23): “Our research findings, combining with previous geological results, suggest that the Ediacaran succession in Tarim Basin has great potential for hydrocarbon exploration.”

Journal of King Saud University - Science
Favorable reservoir prediction and connection model biulting of thick glutenite sediment in basin steep slope zone (2/23): “In parallel, we will keep improving the algorithm to improve the precision of predicting suitable reservoirs using machine learning.”

Journal of Natural Gas Geoscience
Geochemical characteristics of source rocks and gas exploration direction in Shawan Sag, Junggar Basin, China
(3/23): “This allowed for clarification of the product characteristics of source rocks in different strata and pointing out the direction for future natural gas exploration… This area also has favorable geological conditions for the formation of large lithologic reservoirs, making it a key field for gas exploration in the study area moving forward.

Formation conditions and the main controlling factors for the enrichment of shale gas of Shanxi Formation in the southeast of Ordos Basin, China (2/23): “This makes the shale gas of the Shanxi Formation in the southeast of the Ordos Basin have certain potential for exploration and development, and delineates the enrichment targets of shale gas in the Zichang-Yan'an-Fuxian and Yichuan areas.”

Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
New insights into Upper Cretaceous hydrocarbon traps of platform-basin flanks in the Sahel Eastern Tunisian petroleum province: Inferred optimal hydrocarbon reserves accumulations (1/23): “These volumes could be trapped along the faults seal branches, unconformities, pinchouts as well as in the evidenced progradational and reefal system tracts sequences in the flank borders of the platforms. These traps could represent new exploration targets as potential structural and stratigraphic plays.”
Journal of South Amercian Earth Sciences
Neogene-Quaternary evolution of the La Baja Guajira basin, Colombia: Burial and thermal history with implications on petroleum systems (1/23): “This allows us to describe the Neogene-Quaternary evolution of the basin, and understand the possible implications for the hydrocarbon potential.”

Journal of Structural Geology
Factors influencing fault-propagation folding in the Kuqa Depression: Insights from geomechanical models (3/23): “The results are also expected to provide clues for the exploration and development of oil and gas in regions with similar geological conditions.”

Knowledge Based Systems
Flexible learning tree augmented naïve classifier and its application (1/23): “The FTAN is used to solve the problem of favourable distribution area prediction for the remaining oil and gas resources of the Jurassic Sangonghe Formation in the Junggar Basin. The application results show the effectiveness and superiority of the FTAN method, favourable areas of oil and gas resources are selected based on the FTAN prediction results. This provides a decision-making basis for optimising drilling strategies and oil and gas exploration targets.”

PM-ARNN: 2D-TO-3D reconstruction paradigm for microstructure of porous media via adversarial recurrent neural network (3/23): “Such numerical simulation analysis can provide basic data for oil and gas exploration and thus improve the extraction efficiency of reservoirs. Considering the deficiencies of 3D microscopy imaging, including its high cost, complicated operation, and the contradiction between resolution and field of view, a new method to obtain a large number of synthetic 3D structures from the knowledge of 2D images cheaply and efficiently is required.”

Marine and Petroleum Geology
Imaging Lowstand prograding stratigraphic pinch-out traps of a Lower Cretaceous clastic system using inverted seismic-based porosity simulation of SE-Asian Basin: Implications for petroleum exploration (4/23): "This research is intended to predict the porosity and thickness of incised valleys …The porous incised valley stratigraphic reservoirs are embedded inside the non-porous shales, which validates the presence of a pure stratigraphic petroleum play inside the Indus Basin, Pakistan."

Quantitative characterization and formation mechanism of the pore system heterogeneity: Examples from organic-rich laminated and organic-poor layered shales of the upper triassic chang 7 member in the southern Ordos Basin, China (1/23): “The heterogeneity of shale pore structure is a vital problem that cannot be ignored in the process of shale oil exploration and development.”

Structure and petroleum systems of the Eastern Carpathians, Romania (5/23): “While we believe significant exploration potential remains, evaluation of that potential and the associated exploration risks of individual prospects require a regional assessment of the entire trend.”

Basin-scale estimates of thermal stress and expelled petroleum from Mesozoic-Cenozoic potential source rocks, southern Gulf of Mexico (2/23): “We predict that deeply-buried, salt-related minibasins along the outer marginal trough are mature for petroleum expulsion with deeply-buried Mesozoic source rocks within the oil window from late Paleogene to early Neogene time. The ‘lag time’ required for vertical oil migration explains why oil maturation occurred during the late Paleogene to early Neogene but active oil seeps are observed today at the sea surface. We predict that oil is present in subsurface traps in the deepest part of the outer marginal trough and we calculate that the Oxfordian source interval has expelled a cumulative 20 million bbl of oil equivalent [BOE]/km2 and that the Tithonian-centered source interval has expelled 67 million bbl of oil equivalent [BOE]/km2.”

Characterization of ultra-deeply buried middle Triassic Leikoupo marine carbonate petroleum system (!) in the Western Sichuan depression, China (4/23): “The predicted estimated reserves reached ∼300 × 109 m3. The results provide excellent scientific implications for similar sedimentary basin studies, it is believed that abundant analogous deeply buried marine carbonate hydrocarbon resources yet to be discovered in China and elsewhere worldwide in the near future.”

Identification of fluid types and their implications for petroleum exploration in the shale oil reservoir: A case study of the Fengcheng Formation in the Mahu Sag, Junggar Basin, Northwest China (1/23): “…the oil test results imply that the reservoirs with fluid combination Type 4 and Type 3 have relatively high oil production. Therefore, the subsequent orientation for petroleum exploration in shale oil reservoirs targets the sandstone and felsic shale interlayers in the Fengcheng Formation.”

Petroleum source rocks in the Bight Basin, Australia: An updated view (2/23): “The most prospective petroleum systems are currently believed to occur in the eastern part of the basin and associated with thick mid-to late-Cretaceous deltaic and marine sedimentary sections… These insights permit an updated assessment of the source rock potential across the basin.”

Distribution and occurrence of pore water and retained oil in nanopores of marine-terrestrial transitional shales during oil generation and expulsion: Implications from a thermal simulation experiment on shale plug samples (4/23): “The distribution and occurrence of pore water and retained oil in shale nanopores is a key scientific issue confronting the evaluation, exploration and development of shale hydrocarbon resources…These results have significances for understanding the accumulation mechanism of shale oil and gas resources under geological conditions and evaluating their resource potential.”

Marine Structures
Hysteretic damping of soils for well conductor fatigue analysis (5/23): “The fatigue assessment of a well conductor is a critical design task during offshore exploration and development of hydrocarbons.”

Natural Gas Industry B
Deep shale gas exploration and development in the southern Sichuan Basin: New progress and challenges (2/23): “This paper analyzes the difficulties and challenges in deep shale gas exploration and development and puts forward the next research directions… In conclusion, after years of continuous researches and pilot tests, a series of main exploration and development technologies suitable for the working conditions of deep shale gas in the southern Sichuan Basin have been basically formed, the first deep shale gas reserves of trillion cubic meters has been submitted, and the first deep shale gas production increase block of ten billion cubic meters has been selected. Thus, great progresses have been made in the exploration and development of deep shale gas, which confirms the confidence and determination in exploring and developing deep shale gas and is of great guiding significance to the rapid development of shale gas industry in China.”

Exploration and development in the Zhaotong national shale gas demonstration area: Progress and prospects (2/23): “…predicts their development prospect and direction…clean, green and efficient exploration and development of mountain shale gas. …it is recommended to carry out the double-layer stereoscopic horizontal well pattern deployment of “Leping Formation CBM (coal measure gas) + Longmaxi Formation shale gas” appropriately in a large scale, so as to establish a new integrated development model for the three-dimensional efficient development of mountain shale gas and CBM.”

Exploration, development, and construction in the Fuling national shale gas demonstration area in Chongqing: Progress and prospects (2/23): “… this demonstration area is the earliest one of four national shale gas demonstration areas, and its achievements will provide continuous guidance for the shale gas exploration and development in China and play a demonstrative and guiding role in promoting the development of shale gas geological theories and exploration and development technologies in China.”

Principal characteristics of marine shale gas, and the theory and technology of its exploration and development in China (2/23): “In order to continuously promote the exploration and development of shale gas in China

Profitable development technology of the Changning-Weiyuan National Shale Gas Demonstration Area in the Sichuan Basin and its enlightenment (2/23): “…an important area for shale gas exploration and development in China…In this paper, the “three-control” shale gas enrichment and high-production theory and the “six major” technologies for shale gas exploration and development are first reviewed.”

Ore Geology Reviews
Depositional environment and hydrocarbon potential of Early Permian coals deposit in the Huanghua Depression, Bohai Bay Basin (3/23): “The formation model of high-quality coaly source rocks was established. This model can be used to predict the distribution of coal mines and coaly source rocks in the Huanghua Depression and Bohai Bay Basin.”

Organic Geochemistry
Evaluation of the tight oil “sweet spot” in the Middle Permian Lucaogou Formation (Jimusaer Sag, Junggar Basin, NW China): Insights from organic petrology and geochemistry (3/23): “The Middle Permian Lucaogou Formation in the Jimusaer Sag is a hotspot for exploring and developing lacustrine tight oil in the Junggar Basin, NW China. In this study, we evaluated the tight oil potential…”

Petroleum Exploration and Development
Theory and practice of unconventional gas exploration in carrier beds: Insight from the breakthrough of new type of shale gas and tight gas in Sichuan Basin, SW China (2/23): “First, great breakthrough was made in exploration of the silty shale with low organic matter abundance in the Qiongzhusi Formation…Second, exploration breakthrough and high-efficient development were realized for difficult-to-produce tight sandstone gas reserves in the Xujiahe Formation, which helps address the challenges of low production and unstable production of fracture zones in the Xujiahe Formation, promote the transformation of tight sandstone gas from reserves without production to effective production, and enhance the exploration and development potential of tight sandstone gas.”

Petroleum Research
Pilot test of polymer microsphere alternate surfactant flood (PMAS) with mixtures of anionic-cationic surfactants under harsh conditions in a sandstone reservoir (1/23): “Only approximately one-third of crude oil is economically recovered from known reservoirs with established technology. An objective of the industry is to develop improved processes to increase overall recovery. Chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR) is a very important and large-scale technology used to increase ultimate recovery…A pilot test of PMAS was performed in the upper Sha 22+3 block after 2014, and confirmed that PMAS is a highly efficient CEOR technology for reservoirs with harsh conditions.”

Petroleum Science
In-situ pressure-preserved coring for deep exploration: Insight into the rotation behavior of the valve cover of a pressure controller (2/23): “With the ongoing resources transitioning to the deep earth, the exploration and evaluation of deep resources have become the main approach for realizing the strategic replacement of oil and gas resources…Based on the results, control schemes for the rotation behavior of the valve cover during IPP-Coring in different layers and geological conditions were proposed.”

Physical A
Acoustic Full Waveform Inversion with Hamiltonian Monte Carlo method (2/23): Full-Waveform Inversion (FWI) is a high-resolution technique used in geophysics to evaluate the physical parameters and construct subsurface models in a noisy and limited data scenario…We investigate the feasibility of applying the Hamiltonian Monte Carlo (HMC) method in the acoustic FWI by a reflection setup containing different noise level data… quantifying the uncertainty of results, i.e. how believable they are, is a fundamental task in FWI, mainly in oil and gas exploration.”

Precambrian Research
Dolomite porosity related to peritidal microbialites textures and facies succession in Mesoproterozoic Wumishan Formation, North China (6/23): “...the relationship between Mesoproterozoic peritidal microbialite textures, facies succession and porosity formation mechanism in North China has been discussed in order to enhance the understanding of the Mesoproterozoic paleoenvironment and promote hydrocarbon exploration activities.”

Procedia Computer Science
Local mean imputation for handling missing value to provide more accurate facies classification (2023): “The search for oil and gas reserves is an ongoing challenge.”

Reactive and Functional Polymers
Anionic amphiphilic copolymers as potential agents for enhanced oil recovery (3/23): “To develop “smart fluids” for enhanced oil recovery from reservoir rocks, comb-type amphiphilic copolymers were synthesized…”

Reliability Engineering and System Safety
Field data analysis and risk assessment of shallow gas hazards based on neural networks during industrial deep-water drilling (4/23): “This article employed multiple neural networks and machine learning techniques to identify shallow gas in the South China Sea based on field data and seismic attributes.”

Sedimentary Geology
Impact of depositional and diagenetic controls on reservoir quality of syn-rift sedimentary systems: An example from Oligocene-Miocene Al Wajh Formation, northwest Saudi Arabia (3/23): “The findings of the study can be utilized for modelling reservoir quality in the subsurface analogue of the Al Wajh Formation in the Red Sea or elsewhere, thereby improving reservoir quality prediction.

Scientific African
Potential petroleum prospects in the middle Benue trough, central Nigeria: Inferences from integrated applications of geological, geophysical and geochemical studies (3/23): “a first step approach to petroleum exploration in the central portion (MBT) of the Benue Trough, Nigeria…The paper has recommended selected prospect areas favorable for further detail hydrocarbon exploration.”

Evolution of pull-apart basins with overlapping NE-trending strike-slip fault systems in the northern South China Sea margin: Insight from numerical modeling (1/23): “...this research will provide theoretical research value and may have strong practical significance for exploring and exploiting oil and gas resources.”

Ultrasonic Lamb wave detection of a channel in a double-casing well (4/23): “In hydrocarbon exploration and production, steel casings are bonded by cement in the downhole to strengthen the borehole wall and isolate different production zones. The possible presence of fluid-filled channels in the casing–cement and cement–formation interfaces during oil field development can seriously affect hydrocarbon production. Therefore, detecting fluid-filled channels, also called cement-bonding evaluation, is essential in hydrocarbon development…this study presents a method to detect the channels at all interfaces in a double-casing well.”

Unconventional Resources
Source rock and reservoir qualities of middle Jurassic Lianggaoshan lacustrine shale at fuxing area, Sichuan Basin: Implication for shale-oil enrichment (2023): “The medium-carbon argillaceous shale facies at the Lianggaoshan Formation is high-quality source rocks and reservoirs and is thus a potential target for lacustrine shale oil exploration in the Fuxing area of the Sichuan Basin.”

Fluid mobility calculation based on improved window parameters optimized S-transform for reservoir delineation (2023): “Improved methods for “high-precision reservoir prediction.”

Vibrational Spectroscopy
Improved SVR based on CARS and BAS for hydrocarbon concentration detection (3/23): “As one of the main means of discovering and evaluating oil and gas reservoirs, gas logging technology plays an irreplaceable role in oil and gas reservoir exploration… How to ensure that infrared spectroscopy can accurately measure the content of hydrocarbon gases is an urgent problem to be solved. To solve this problem, this paper proposes the beetle antennae search algorithm (BAS) combined with the competitive adaptive reweighted sampling (CARS) to improve the SVR for modeling.”