Preface. Part I: Reviews: Geochemistry & Characterization. 1. Organic petrography: principles and techniques; A. Hutton. 2. Organic petrography of oil shales; A. Hutton. 3. Demineralisation and kerogen maceral separation and chemistry; T.L. Robl, D.N. Taulbee. 3. Alkane biomarkers. Geochemical significance and application in oil shale geochemistry; F.J. Gonzalez-Vila. 5. Solid state 13C NMR in oil shale research: an introduction with selected applications; F.P. Miknis. 6. Introduction to mass spectrometric techniques for fossil fuel analysis; G.A. Veloski, C.M. White. 7. An introduction to open-tubular gas chromatography: analysis of fossil and synthetic fuels; C.M. White. 8. Speciation of organic sulphur forms in solid fuels and heavy oils; C.E. Snape, I. Ismail, S. Mitchell, K.D. Bartl. 9. Detailed structural characterization of the organic material in Rundle Ramsay Crossing and Green River oil shales; M. Siskin, C.G. Scouten, K.D. Rose, T. Aczel, S.G. Colgrove, R.E. Pabst. Part II: Reviews: Conversion: Processing, Mechanisms and Products. 1. Economic considerations of the oil shale and related conversion processes; E. Ekinci. 2. Oil shale beneficiation for processing; J.G. Groppo. 3. Methods of oil shale analysis; F.P. Miknis. 4. Relationship between hydrous and ordinary pyrolysis; A.K. Burnham. 5. Fluidized bed retorting of oil shale; S.D. Carter, U.M. Graham, A.M. Rubel, T.L. Robl. 6. Steam and co-processing of oil shales; E. Ekinci, Y. Yurum. 7. Chemical kinetics and oil shale process design; A.K. Burnham. 8. Hydropyrolysis: fundamentals, two-stage processing and PDU operation; M.J. Roberts, C.E. Snape, S.C. Mitchell. 9. The bitumen intermediate in isothermal and non-isothermal decomposition of oil shales; F.P. Miknis. 10. Aqueous organic chemistry: geochemical aspects; M. Siskin, A.R. Katritzky. 11. Asphaltites composition and conversion; E. Ekinci, Y. Yurum. 12. Oil shale residues as a feedstock for carbon materials; F. Derbyshire, U.M. Graham, Y.Q. Fei, M. Jagtoyen. 13. Combustion reactivity of chars; Z. Uysal. Part III: Research Contributions. 1. A probe for the rapid analysis of vanadium: An Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and theoretical perspective; S.M. Mattar, R. Sammynaiken, I. Unger. 2. Characterization of Jurassic black shales from Asturias (Northern Spain): evolution and petroleum potential; I. Suarez Ruiz, J.G. Prado. 3. n-Alkanoic compounds in sulphur-rich macromolecular substances: a detailed investigation of sulphur incorporation and cross-linking; J. Hefter, H.H. Richnow, R. Seifert, W. Michaelis. 4. Biodegradation of hydrocarbons by sulphate reducing bacteria in the Cretaceous Bahloul Formation (Tunisia); M. Pervaz, W. Puttman. 5. Origin, evolution and petroleum potential of a Cambrian source rock: implications of pyrolysate and bitumen composition; S. Bharati. 6. Carbon isotopic compositions of individual alkanes/alkenes in leaf fossils and sediments from the P-33 site of the Miocene Clarkia deposit; Y. Huang, M.J. Lockheart, J.W. Collister, G. Englinton. 7.