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Paper Terminology

In a word processing format (i.e. MS Word). DO NOT SUBMIT PDF DOCUMENTS (PDF figures are ok).

• Font size: Name of article-16, main heading-14, sub heading-12 (bold), full paper -12 • Single column
• Double spaced lines
• Adhere to the reference format standard for the journal.
• Figures must be uploaded separately and properly labeled during the submission process.
• Provide a separate list of figure captions and table captions at the end of the text document.

Reference Examples:

For Journal:

Pinnegar, C., Eaton, D.W., 2003. Application of the S-transform to prestack noise attenuation filtering. Journal of Geophysics Research, 108(B9), 2422-2431. doi:10.1029/2002JB002258.

For Books:

Richardson, J.L., Vepraskas, M.J. (Eds.), 2001. Wetland Soils. Genesis, Hydrology, Landscapes and Classification, Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 417pp.

Article Chapter:

McGuinness, D., da Silva, P., 2003. Infrastructure for Web explanations. International Semantic Web Conference 2003, Published in: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2870, Springer, Berlin, pp. 113-129.

Conference Proceeding:

Sandberg, S.K., Corso, W., Levine, J.R., Newhart, G., Powell, G., 2001. Mapping a paleochannel system controlling contaminant migration at a wood-treating facility using electromagnetics. In: Proceedings Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, Denver, CO, paper ASP-2 (on CDROM) pp. 1-12.


Use Thesis when referring to B.Sc. or M.Sc. theses Peternell, M., 2002. Geology of syntectonic granites in the Itapema Regiona SE Brazil – Magmatic structures of the Rio Pequeno Granite SE Brazil and analyses with methods of fractal geometry. Unpublished M.Sc. Thesis, Technische Universität München, Munich, 90pp.

Technical Report:

Reimann, C., 1998. Environmental geochemical atlas of the central Barents region. Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway, 745pp.


Fenneman, N., 1946. Map A46. Physical Divisions of the United States, 1:7000000 Map, United States Geological Survey, Reston, VA.


RockWare, 2008. RockPack III, RockWare - Earth Science and GIS Software, Golden, CO,, [Accessed September 22, 2008].

Software manual:

S-Plus Programmer ‟ s Guide, 1997. Version 4, Data Analysis Products Division, Mathsoft, Seattle, Washington, USA, 582pp.

Internet Reference:

Portele, C. (Ed.), 2007. GeographyMarkupLanguage v3.2.1. OGC 07-036. OpenGeospatialConsortium, Inc., 437pp., [accessed 15 March, 2007].


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