Guidelines for Abstracts

Contributions from all fields of clay science are welcome. They will be classified into suitable oral and poster sessions, or will be included in special symposia (oral and poster as well). Special symposia organized by the convenors are intended to present overviews of specific topics. Participants are kindly requested to submit only original scientific papers that have not been published before.

Abstract submission deadline is July 1, 2008

Acceptance of contributions

All abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific board. Revisions may be requested. Notice of acceptance (as oral or poster) or rejection will be sent by June 15, 2008. More preferable for oral presentation are review contributions. Depending on the authors' wishes and the number of submitted papers, the Scientific Committee keeps the right to decide on the method of presentation (oral or poster) in compliance with the time frame planned for presentation of papers.

All presenters must have paid their registration fees by June 30, 2008, for their presentation to be included in the conference. If not registered by this date, it is assumed that the paper is withdrawn.

Accepted abstracts will be published in Mineralogia Polonica - Special Papers before the beginning of the Conference.

Instruction for preparation and submission of abstracts

Here you can download a sample prepared according to this instruction.

Abstracts should be written by word processor MS Word (or compatible). The page should be set on A4 portrait format (210x297 mm). The margins should be set as follows: left and right 4.0 cm, top 6.5 cm and bottom 5.5 cm. Use Times New Roman font. The total length of an Abstract (including title, authors, figures, tables, references) is limited to one page only.

The title should be typed in small letters (unless capital letters are required), bold style, 12 points and centred. Leave one empty line and then give the full name(s) and surname(s) of the author(s). Use small letters, unless capital letters are required, bold style, 11 points, and also centred. The name of the author who will present the paper should be underlined. Leave one line empty and then give the address(es) also in small letters, unless capital letters are required, normal style, 10 points, and again centred. For the communicating author add e-mail address in parenthesis.

Leave one empty line before the text (11 points, normal style). The text should be justified, without hyphenation, single spaced. Indent the first line of each paragraph by 0.5 cm. The abstract can be divided into sections. Leave one blank line between the last line of one section and the title of next, but do not leave blank lines after the section title. Titles should be indented and printed in bold. References in the body of the text should be cited as follows: one author - (SMITH, 2000), two authors - (SMITH & TAYLOR, 1996), more than two authors - (JONES et al., 1996).

If it is essential for the understanding of the text, add a table or figure respecting page margins and the total length of the abstract. Figures should be of high-quality (black and white or greyscale), should be numbered and referred to in the text. The figures should be in electronic format, JPEG or TIFF, should be submitted as separate files from the text with a file name that allows identification, e.g. jonesefig1.jpg. Scale bars in figures should be incorporated into the photographs to avoid re-scaling problems during layout preparation. All references mentioned in the text should be cited in alphabetical order, as in the following examples:

JONES, E., SMITH, J. & TAYLOR, G. (1996): Clays in Columbus Neogene Basin. Clay Minerals, 45, 165-175.
SMITH, J. (2000): Clay Minerals. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 444 p.
SMITH, J. & TAYLOR, G. (1996): Characterisation of the layer charge. In: BROWN, D.F. (ed.): Smectites. Clay Soc., 33-58.

All abstracts should be saved in Rich Text format (rtf file), using a file name consisting of the surname and initial of the communicating author, e.g. jonese.rtf (without diacritical marks). The authors are fully responsible for the contents of their abstracts.

Authors should submit their abstracts as an e-mail attachment to address not later than July 1, 2008. Papers arriving after this deadline will not be included in the Book of Abstracts.

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