Preparing for an On-Line Abstract Submission

The Geological Society of America
2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver: 125th Anniversary of GSA (27-30 October 2013)

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In preparing to submit an abstract to GSA, you should first gather the following information:

  1. Pick the meeting at which you would like to present your paper.

  2. Determine under what topic your paper best fits.

    GSA meetings are usually built in part around some symposia or themes identified in the call for papers. Determine if your paper would fit neatly under one of those topics. (Even if it does not, you can still submit for inclusion in the general discipline sessions.)

  3. Determine under what discipline category your paper best fits.

    You may select up to three other relevant categories.
    The list of discipline categories includes:

    • Archaeological Geology
    • Coal Geology
    • Economic Geology
    • Engineering Geology
    • Environmental Geoscience
    • Geochemistry
    • Geochemistry, Organic
    • Geoinformatics
    • Geology and Health
    • Geology and Public Policy
    • Geomicrobiology
    • Geomorphology
    • Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
    • Geoscience Education
    • Geoscience Information/Communication
    • History and Philosophy of Geology
    • Hydrogeology
    • Karst
    • Limnogeology
    • Marine/Coastal Science
    • Mineralogy/Crystallography
    • Neotectonics/Paleoseismology
    • Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
    • Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
    • Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
    • Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
    • Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
    • Petroleum/Energy
    • Petrology, Experimental
    • Petrology, Igneous
    • Petrology, Metamorphic
    • Planetary Geology
    • Precambrian Geology
    • Quaternary Geology
    • Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
    • Sediments, Carbonates
    • Sediments, Clastic
    • Stratigraphy
    • Structural Geology
    • Tectonics
    • Volcanology
  4. Select your preferred mode of presentation: Oral, Poster, or Either (no preference).

    Please Note: The program organizers will do their best to fit you into your preferred mode. However, they will override your original mode selection if they feel your paper would fit well in a particular session with other compatible abstracts. The decision of the program organizers is final.

  5. Title and Keywords

    1. Pick a title for your paper.
    2. Enter up to five keywords.
  6. Have available the name and contact information for all of the authors.

    (Include their email addresses, please.). No more than 10 authors may be listed on a paper. Group names will not be accepted as an author.

  7. Write the body of your abstract.

    • Please keep it to 2000 characters or less, not counting spaces.  (The online abstract system will not accept it if it exceeds 2000 characters.)
    • If you want to include a table,with your abstract, you can.  But understand that the table might reduce the number of words allowed in your abstract.  Taken together, the words and tables should take up no more space than would be occupied by a simpler abstract of 2000 characters alone.
    • Check the spelling of the abstract�s body and title using your own word processor. 
    • Then read it again and make sure that it is something the whole world should see.  (We won�t check or edit it for you.)
    • Copy and paste your abstract text directly into the text box for the "copy/paste" option. All your formatting will be preserved.
    • For typing and pasting, add an extra line between paragraphs or they will run together when displayed. (You can do this before copying, or after pasting, or while typing).
    • If you're not happy with the way your abstract looks after you've saved the text step, then go back and try editing it in the textbox provided.

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