Helictite publishes refereed papers, reports, abstracts, reviews and news of the scientific study of caves and their contents, including the history of caves and technical aspects of cave study and exploration. The Australasian region is covered: Australia, New Zealand and the near Pacific islands, including Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Borneo and occasional east Asian areas.
Helictite was established in 1962 by Edward A. Lane in Sydney, Australia. The founding editors were Edward A. Lane and Aola M. Richards. In 1974 the Speleological Research Council Limited agreed to support the journal with financial assistance and in 1976 acquired ownership and published Volumes 14 to 35. In 1998 the Speleological Research Council Limited incorporated in New South Wales (Speleological Research Council Inc.) and went on to publish Volume 36, The Speleological Research Council Inc. was wound up in October 2000, and the ownership of Helictite passed to the Australian Speleological Federation Inc. in accordance with a mutually signed agreement. The Helictite Commission of ASF was formed in December 2000
The Helictite Commission is responsible for the publication and distribution of Helictite by:
Managing the soliciting, editing and reviewing of articles, printing (hard copy or electronic format), marketing and distribution of Helictite to subscribers or interested parties;
Mailing (or email) copies of Helictite to appropriate overseas speleological organisations, to Australian libraries as demanded by law, and to such other libraries or research Institutions in Australia as may be appropriate;
Ensuring that copyright is maintained and not infringed and that material is not of a nature to cause offence to persons ie slander.
The Journal has changed its publication method to provide all papers and articles as free PDF files on Internet after the review and editing processes have been completed for each one. The Journal is available in printed form by purchase order. Contributions are welcomed by the editors.
For more information contact the Commissioner, Sue White or visit the Helictite page under publications.