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American Mineralogist: Journal of Earth and Planetary Materials

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Article TypeNotesPage LimitbInvite Only
Can be part of a Special CollectionaNo set size limits.c No
LettersRapid publication option for short manuscripts; Can be part of a Special Collectiona; must require little or no revisionLimited to 4 typeset pages; tends to be less than 15 double-spaced pages, including refs, counting each fig. and table as 1 page.No
Outlooks in Earth and Planetary MaterialsA brief review of an emerging field of study, or a review of an existing field, emphasis on recent developments, forward-lookingLimited to 6 typeset pages or so; this tends to be less than 22 double-spaced pages counting each fig. and table as 1 page.No
Crossroads in Earth and Planetary MaterialsInterdisciplinary papers: a topic that falls at the boundary of the Earth Sciences, where it intersects other disciplinesShould be less than 50 double-spaced pages including refs, counting each fig. and table as 1 page.No
Review ArticlesAssemble previously published information and then analyze and reinterpret it in such a way so as to provide new insights30 pages typeset; less than 100 double-spaced pages, counting each fig. and table as 1 page. No
Highlights and BreakthroughsSummaries that provide additional perspective on new articles that appear in Am Minlimited to one or two typeset pages (or less); tends to be under 4 manuscript pagesYes
Mineral MattersShort (one page) articles that review a foundational or transformative aspect of any journal-related theme. Targeted to students or researchers outside the discipline, and may be distributed by the society for educational or informative purposes. This article type is inaugurated to celebrate American Mineralogist's Centennial. A brief abstract of no more than 5 lines is required; attractive, compelling figures are highly encouraged.1 page typesetYes; MSA Members Only
Discussion/Reply Brief commentaries ("Discussion") on an Article, the author can respond ("Reply"). Only one round of exchange is allowed. Title your Discussion with the original title of the publication in question, and add "--Discussion" to the end. Title your Reply article with the original title and add "--Reply" to the end. Discussion must be submitted with 12 months of the appearance of a paper in the print version of the journal. 2 typeset pages, or 5 double-spaced, 12 pt font manuscript pages. Tables and artwork should be absolutely minimal No
Book Reviews View list of the titles available or contact the Book Review editor to suggest a title you wish to review. preferably 1 page typeset Yes / contact us to volunteer
Memorials Click for more info No

a Special Collection info

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c While they have no rigid size minimum or maximum, Articles tend to have a typeset length of eight to twelve typeset pages. We expect papers to be written concisely, and even elegantly, to communicate the new and essential information in the most effective way possible. If the manuscript exceeds 50 pages (text, figures, tables), authors are encouraged to consider using the (free to authors and readers) electronic depository for some portion of the work (e.g., tables, figures, methods or part of methods, etc.), if appropriate. Contact the Editors with any questions.