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The success of a convention is commonly proportional to the number of papers that are presented. The greater the number of papers presented, the greater the chance that the attendees will find something of interest that will make the convention a success for them. All of us have made little discoveries or reached new insights over the last couple of years that we are pleased with and that would be of help to others in our profession. These things are the fruits of your labors and you need to receive a little recognition for your efforts. Presentation of these discoveries and insights at the PSAAPG Convention this coming May, 2009 in Ventura is just the vehicle by which you can receive that well deserved "pat on the back". Remember that "hiding your light under a bushel basket" accomplishes nothing. For our Convention, we do not want you to "hide your insight in an oil drum". Write it down in an abstract and get it out in the open for everyone to read and hear about.


Okay! So, you've decided to submit an abstract for presentation at the meeting. Your first step is to go to the list of Tentative Technical Sessions and see if your topic might fit into one of the proposed sessions. Should you not find a satisfactory match, there is no need to worry. Our Technical Program Committee will make a place for it. It is also possible that you have been invited by one of the Session Chairs to submit an abstract. Whether your abstract is invited or volunteered makes no difference in the following steps for abstract submittal.

Once you have written and edited your abstract, it will be submitted via email to the Technical Program Chair, Gene Fritsche at Your email must contain not only the abstract in proper format, but also the answer to the following questions.

  1. Who is the corresponding author regarding this abstract? The corresponding author is the one who will assume responsibility for all correspondence pertaining to the abstract. The corresponding author is commonly the first or lead author, but can be any one of the authors in the case of multiple authors.
  2. Is the abstract invited by one of the session chairs, or is it volunteered for inclusion in an appropriate session?
  3. For what session was the abstract invited or, in the case of a volunteered abstract, what session do you think might be appropriate? Or are you leaving it up to the Program Committee to place it where it fits best?
  4. Is the abstract being submitted for presentation in an oral or a poster session?

For inclusion in the Convention Program it is required that all accepted abstracts follow a uniform format. Below is a sample abstract that both illustrates and describes the formatting procedures for your abstract. Please follow them carefully. Some editing will be allowed after submittal, but if your abstract departs significantly from the prescribed format, it may not be accepted.

The Program Committee looks forward to receiving your abstract and including it in what we hope will be a successful program.

CLINE, N. D., Noname Oil Company, Nowhereville, CA,, FOSSIL, I. M., Museum of Paleontology, Outback, UT,, and ROCK, B. A., University of Geology, Goodtimes, CO,


Abstracts submitted for the 2009 PSAAPG convention in Ventura, California should be of an informative nature, rather than descriptive. Descriptive phrases such as, "Analyses will be presented that will reveal the age of the rocks in the area." should be replaced by informative statements such as, "Twelve samples were analyzed and their average U/Pb age was determined to be 756 ± 21 Ma." This kind of informative information in the abstract is much more useful to the reader than is a descriptive phrase that reveals no concluding data.

Abstracts should be composed in Microsoft Word with a Times New Roman, 12-point font. Word limit for the abstract text, not including the space used for authors and title is 300 words. To do a word count, select your abstract text, pull down the Tools menu, and click on Word Count. Use left-justification only, place one line-space between paragraphs, and do not indent the first line of a paragraph. You may use bold, italic, underline, and other font options, but colored fonts or graphics of any kind will not be accepted.

Author names should be all capital letters and bold. Place last name first, followed by a comma, a space, and the author's initials, with a period and a space between initials. After each author's name indicate the author's affiliation, city, and state (province). Follow this with the author's email address underlined, then after a comma proceed on to any additional authors. Abstract title should be all bold and all capitalized.

Please have your abstract edited by colleagues. After any necessary rewriting has been done, proofread it carefully. Attach the completed Word abstract to an email addressed to If you don't receive a reply indicating receipt of the abstract in a few days, call Gene Fritsche at 818-882-8468 to see what the problem might be.

Note that this sample abstract (383 words in length) is longer than the required maximum, but I have used my authority as Technical Program Chair for the Convention to exceed the limit in order to get all the necessary information to you. Please observe the format of the above sample and carefully follow the instructions, so that all of our submitted abstracts will be uniform. I look forward to receiving your abstract before the deadline of February 11, 2009.

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