INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS


Electronic Abstract Deadlines:

Non-PDF Electronic Files
TUESDAY, January 3, 2006, 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time
(i.e., the time in Houston, Texas)

PDF Electronic Files
TUESDAY, January 10, 2006, 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time
(i.e., the time in Houston, Texas)


Abstract Submission Policies:  There are TWO separate deadlines for submission of abstracts. The first deadline (January 3) is for authors submitting hard-copy abstracts or electronic abstracts in a format other than PDF. The second deadline (January 10) is for those authors submitting in PDF format. Remember that first authors are limited in the number of abstracts they can submit to the conference. No more than TWO abstracts are allowed for oral OR poster presentation, and no more than ONE abstract is allowed for print-only presentation. In addition, authors submitting abstracts for print only may not submit an abstract for any other type of presentation.


File Size Restriction:  Abstract files (regardless of file type) cannot be larger than 1 MB. If you attempt to submit a larger file, you will receive an error message, and your attempted submission will be rejected by the system.


General Instructions
Abstracts are limited to two pages, and must be submitted in one of the following formats: PDF (preferred); PostScript; Microsoft Word (PC); Microsoft Word (Mac); or RTF.

Note:  Abstract files MUST include the title, authors, and affiliations, as shown in the templates. This information will NOT be extracted from the electronic submission form.

Download the appropriate template from the list provided. Using the format provided in the template, prepare your abstract for submission. YOU are responsible for the formatting and appearance of your abstract. Figures and tables must be placed in the file and therefore must be in digital format. We recommend that you use image file formats that provide acceptable resolution without being HUGE (for example, don't use a 1-MB TIFF file when a 250-K GIF file will do). Please read the note above regarding file size restrictions.

Paper Size
If you are submitting a PDF or PostScript file, and normally use A4 paper, you should set up your source file so that the resulting submitted abstract is formatted for U.S. letter size (8.5 by 11 inches).

Fonts
You are urged to use fonts common to Macintosh and PC platforms, i.e., Times, Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial for text; Symbol for mathematical symbols and Greek letters.


Use of Meteorite Names
New meteorite names must be approved by the Meteorite Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society (contact Dr. Harold C. Connolly Jr., Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Kingsborough College of the City University of New York, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn NY 11235, USA; phone:  718-368-5776; fax:  718-368-4876; e-mail:   hconnolly@kbcc.cuny.edu; or visit the Meteoritical Bulletin). Existing meteorite names should conform to the spelling given in the Catalogue of Meteorites, fifth edition (M. M. Grady, 2000, Cambridge University Press), or in subsequent issues of the Meteoritical Bulletin (available online or in the summer supplement to Meteoritics & Planetary Science). The full names of meteorites should be used in titles, subheadings, and at first mention in the text. Abbreviations, including those published in the Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter and the Meteoritical Bulletin, may be used in tables and elsewhere. Note that in the abbreviated form, there should be a space between the place name and the number. In addition, Antarctic meteorites recovered prior to 1981 may have an A after the blank space. In the abbreviated form, the Yamato meteorites should have a dash between "Y" and the number. Please, see the list of standard abbreviations and examples of their proper usage.

A representative of the Meteorite Nomenclature Committee will be reviewing the LPSC abstracts to make certain that all authors are in compliance with these policies. The program committee reserves the right to reject any abstract found to be in violation of these rules.


OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE


PDF Files
We strongly encourage you to submit your abstract in PDF format. Submitting in PDF format will allow you to have more control over the quality of your published abstract. As an added bonus, the deadline for PDF submissions is not until January 10.

PostScript Files
LaTeX users can may use any macros or templates they desire, as long as the finished abstract fits within the two-page limit. For formatting suggestions refer to the sample abstract.)

Asian Authors
We have experienced difficulty in translating files from Word for Asian format. After much testing and trial and error, we have determined that RTF files are the best solution to the problem. Go ahead and download the appropriate template for your machine, but when you're through with your abstract you should save it as an RTF (rich text format) file and submit that version.

Submitting Your Abstract
After you have prepared the file containing your abstract, you are ready to submit it. Your file MUST be on the same machine as your Web browser, and you cannot leave the file open or the data will not transfer successfully. Go to the electronic abstract submission form and follow the instructions. Once you have completed the form, click the "Submit to LPI" button ONCE, and the system will respond with a screen that informs you that your abstract has been successfully submitted and assigns you an abstract number. WRITE DOWN this abstract number and refer to it in any correspondence with us regarding your abstract. If you don't see the confirmation screen within a reasonable amount of time (no more than 5 minutes), or if you have any questions or need further assistance, please phone the LPI at 281-486-2142 or -2188, or send an e-mail message to publish@lpi.usra.edu.

NO REVISIONS ACCEPTED! Proof your abstract file VERY carefully before submitting it. We will NOT accept revisions or make corrections to abstracts submitted to this conference. If you submit duplicate versions of the same abstract, the subsequent submissions will be discarded. If there are any technical problems with the content of your abstract (for example, your file was corrupted), our staff will be desperately trying to contact you immediately, so it is CRITICAL that you provide us with up-to-date contact information on the submission form. If you know that you will not be available to answer possible questions regarding your submission, please give us (in the comments box on the abstract submission form) the name of someone who can (and how we can reach them).


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