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These guidelines explain the American Mineralogist publication procedures, standardized units, and style. Following these guidelines and any revisions listed on the inside back cover of subsequent issues of the journal will reduce time spent during manuscript revision and will help assure rapid publication at reasonable cost.

It advised to obtain the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is necessary for viewing page proofs and other aspects of the submission and review process.

Submit papers via our web-based system at http://minsocam.allentrack.net. Please note that updates or corrections to your contact information on this web site will NOT be transfered to your MSA membership/subscription data. Or vice versa. If your contact info changes, then both databases will need to be updated. The data will be confidential and not sold or given to other organizations. 

As you probably know, the system of scientific peer review depends on volunteers who contribute their time and resources for the benefit of the worldwide scientific community. Editors, reviewers, and associate editors are vital to maintain our standards of quality; therefore, make the most of their time and yours by following these guidelines.

Submissions must not be already published, in whole or in part, in print or online. If publishing to an open archive is desired for a paper accepted by Am Min, then the open access/archive charge of $250 per PAGE (typeset) will be required before the accepted paper will be published in/on Am Min. MSA is a nonprofit society funding the journal primarily with a subscriber-based economic model. Subscriptions to online versions or the traditional print version are kept as low in cost as possible by offsets from author page charges and other revenue. To keep Am Min viable, if the paper is to be freely available to all readers concurrently or previously to publication, then the author must pay the open access/archive charges (and the paper will also be open to all readers on our online sites). For institutional/funding requirements it is possible that a post-publication "e-link" may suffice, for $60. Any details can be discussed with the managing editor before submission -- and all details are on the "page charge/reprint" form that the accepted authors are sent.

Note that all the information below is about Manuscript Preparation and is VERY IMPORTANT! Failure to adhere to these guidelines may delay submission, review, or production of your paper.

Quick links to info on:
Submission Website Guidelines (including Submission-to-Publication timeline info)
New paper submission essentials checklist: what will get your paper past initial quality control and into peer review?
Full Guide to Figures
All About Characters & Symbols
All About Units
All About References
♦A 1-minute podcast about References (.mov; It is about 12 mgs) (advice: turn your sound up very high): ReferenceInfoPodcastJune28

CIF info *CIF required for materials with crystallographic information to check the self-consistency of the crystallograhic data.*

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Tables and Figures


Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Should I submit my paper to Am Min?

Q2. What should my manuscript look like?

Q3. What are the guidelines for Tables and Figures?

Q4. Is Crystallographic data required for my paper?

Q5. What are the standards for mineral names, nomenclature, and abbreviations? What about meteorites?

Q6. How will I receive my page proofs?

Q7. What's the deal with page charges and reprints/offprints?

Q8. Does American Mineralogist offer "Open Access" or Open Archive publication?

Q1. Should I submit my paper to Am Min?



American Mineralogist, the journal of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), publishes the results of original scientific research in the general fields of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, and petrology. Specific areas of coverage include, but are not restricted to, igneous and metamorphic petrology, experimental mineralogy and petrology, crystal chemistry and crystal-structure determinations, mineral spectroscopy, mineral physics, isotope geochemistry, major and trace element geochemistry, planetary material science, clay minerals, mineral surface science, geochemistry of mineral-fluid systems, environmental mineralogy, biomineralization, geomicrobiology, new minerals and mineral occurrences, petrography and petrogenesis, ore deposits, and mineralogical apparatus and techniques. Any author who is concerned about the suitability of the subject of their paper should contact one of the Editors for advice. (E-mail addresses available here: http://www.minsocam.org/MSA/AmMin/aes/aelist.html.) 

Manuscripts are judged on the basis of significance, originality, appropriateness of subject matter, and clarity of presentation. As befitting a journal with international reach, submitted manuscripts should have high import as well as broad appeal. In cover letters, authors must explain the importance of their research, and why their results would be of interest to an international audience. The decision regarding acceptance or rejection of a manuscript is the responsibility of the Editors and is based in large part on the recommendations of Associate Editors and reviewers. Membership in MSA is not a prerequisite for publication in American Mineralogist

Link to full information on the scope of American Mineralogist, including different paper types, e.g., Regular vs. Letter, etc.


Q2. What should my manuscript look like?


Manuscripts must be typed with double spacing throughout in a size comparable to Times Roman/plain 12 pt type. All pages must be numbered. The parts of the manuscript should appear in this order:
Authors and affiliations
Abstract and keywords
Body of paper with acknowledgments, if desired
NEW: Implications section
References cited list
List of figure captions
Appendix text (if any), Footnote, Deposit Items (text, footnote)

No separate listing of table titles is needed, nor is there a need to begin each main section on a new sheet of paper. Figures and tables must be mentioned in numerical order in the text.Avoid the use of complex symbols in titles. To facilitate web discoverability, it is recommended that authors spell out one of their given names rather than precede surnames with initials only. Write concisely. Unnecessarily long manuscripts will be rejected.   

Please note that it is helpful and conserves paper and time to have title, authors, affilations, and abstract all on the same page whenever possible. Conserve paper by not putting in section breaks, but simply run the sections together.

Also note that a lot of the details below are more necessary for the final version as opposed to the submission version. However, a little extra at the beginning should save you a lot of time at the end plus make everything clearer to the editors and reviewers.

Note: Tex or LaTex files are not acceptable for final versions, and not preferred in general. The author must have the manuscript converted (perhaps via http://sourceforge.net/projects/latex2rtf/ or whatever program you prefer; we do not officially have a conversion recommendation), or retyped into Word/rtf. If we do the conversion for you, there will be a minimum charge of $100.



Capitalize only the first letter of the title and the first letter of the subtitle, if any, as you would in any sentence. Do not begin the title with a number, symbol, or Greek letter. Examples: 

Beryl stability in local hydrothermal and chemical environments in a mineralized granite

Coordination of Ti4+ in silicate glasses: A high-resolution XANES spectroscopy study at the Ti K edge


Names should be typed normally, not with all caps and not in small caps. All names are listed together with commas as appropriate and "and" used before the last author. Addresses should be keyed to the author's name with superscript numbers, with the address typed normally.

Important! Author first names should be spelled out full, rather than simply using intials, to enhance web discoverability and protect authorship identity, e.g. Robert R. Smith; rather than R.R. Smith (unless of course you are known and established in the literature by your initials).


Don Jones1,* and Hilda Smith2

1Department of Earth Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 00000, U.S.A.

2Department of Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 00000, U.S.A.

* Present address: Department of Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 00000, U.S.A. E-mail: jones@uiuc.edu 

(If the second author had a change of address, then the † (dagger) symbol would be used, and so on for multiple authors.) 


The abstract should state concisely what was done and what was concluded in about 250 words if possible, but no more than 800 words. The abstract should be able to capture broad interest and so must indicate why the results are suitable to an international audience. Finally, the abstract should include important numbers (e.g., temperature range, compressibility, thermodynamic data). Literature citations should not appear in the abstract. Immediately following the abstract should be a line of keywords, e.g.: Keyword: rock, mineral, etc. Pick words that will aid a computer-Google-type search of and for your paper.  

In addition, here are more Abstract suggestions to consider seriously. In just a few sentences, very briefly, provide key introduction to your paper; the key data/analysis; and finally the key points and conclusions, the latter of which must show why your paper will be of broad interest and appropriate for a journal with an international audience. You want to entice people who skim abstracts to click on your paper. These are the basic components (adjust these to fit your paper!): (1) Motivation/problem statement: Why do we care about the problem? What practical, scientific, theoretical or other gap is your research filling? (2) Methods/procedure/approach: What did you actually do to get your results? (3) Results/findings/product: As a result of completing the above procedure, what did you learn? (4) Implications: What are the larger implications of your findings, especially for the problem/gap identified in step 1? 


1) Boldface, Italic, Super- and Subscripts. Please use these appropriately, for example variables are italic and vectors are bold. Please be sure to use super- and subscripts, not raised or lowered type. We prefer use of the font "Times" or "Times (New) Roman/plain" and we do not need titles larger than body copy or the references smaller; in fact, everything should be 12 pt type. Note that words and mineral names and numbers are never italic, for example "Ca" would never be italic, nor would the "o" for "observations" or the "c" for "calculations."

2) Special Characters. Special characters include en- and em-dashes, Greek letters, and mathematical symbols. You must use the "Symbol" font for greek letters and symbols as much as possible--not the special characters from the "insert special character" box unless there is no other option. Do not use handmade characters such as lowercase, superscript "o" for the degree sign.

3) Equations. You can use Word equation editor or Mathtype to create display equations. For small expressions with stacked characters DO NOT USE AN EQUATION PROGRAM.  If X0i is your expression, we will know to stack it. Or you can say {note to typesetting} if you are concerned about notation at any point, for example {note to typesetting, these minus signs are overbars on top of the 1}. Presentation of mathematical equations is patterned after Mathematics into Type (Swanson 1979). In general, variables are italicized; numbers, functions, and constants are Roman/plain. Greek letters are already "special" and should not be further italicized.

If simple reactions, equilibria, and mathematical equations do not need to be referred to later by a number, they should be incorporated into the text, as, for example, y = mx + b. If mineral names must be centered under reactants and products or if a space-consuming fraction is involved, however, the item should be set off as a display (i.e., placed on a separate line by itself). Reactions, equilibria, and mathematical equations that are referred to subsequently are displayed and numbered sequentially by using a number in parentheses at the right margin. They should be referred to in the text as Equation 3, reaction 4, or Equilibrium 5 (In parentheses they should be referred to as Eq. 3, reaction 4, or Equilibrium 5). Reactions and equations are punctuated as part of the sentence; for example,

"...the FMQ buffer reaction is 

3Fe2SiO4 + O2 = 2Fe3 O4 +3SiO2

fayalite magnetite quartz" (where these should be neatly under the corresponding formula)

4) Headings. Use headings to break the text into sections. The first word and any proper names are capitalized. Only three orders of headings may be used: main or first-order headings (centered), second-order headings (on a line by itself, flush left), and third-order headings (after a paragraph indention, bold, and followed by a period). View a recent issue for examples. If subheadings are used, there must be at least two subheadings under a heading.

5) Usage and style. American spelling and usage according to Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language are standard in the journal. To promote clarity, American Mineralogist usually follows the recommendations of the Chicago Manual of Style regarding capitalization, hyphenation, and use of commas but our house style will take priority. Please note that we do not hyphenate numbers and units even when used as a modifier (e.g., 5 mm diameter holes). Many items that seem "latin" such as et al. are kept in Roman/plain style and not italic. In general, variables are italicized; numbers, functions, and constants are Roman/plain. Greek letters are already "special" and should not be further italicized. Examples of symbols that should be italicized are listed in All About Units. Bold face type is reserved exclusively for vectors. Polytypes are italicized, but site labels are Roman/plain, with no parentheses around the number (e.g., muscovite-2M1, M1 site). Complex notation, for example subscripts to subscripts (as in fO2) or overbars,  could be explained to the Editorial Office in a letter or marginal note so that the manuscript can typeset correctly, if you have any concern, but we are familiar with such notation. 

6) Other style points. A few of the style points adopted by Am Min to promote consistency and clarity are mentioned here for easy reference.

A sentence should not begin with an Arabic number or a symbol (e.g., "The values for a quartz" rather than beginning with "a-quartz values").

A zero should precede the decimal point for values less than one, e.g., 0.25 rather than .25.

The chemical-element abbreviation is used in reference to atoms, in chemical formulas, and in modifiers (e.g., Fe-rich). The element name is spelled out for substances (e.g., iron bar, crucible of platinum) and in written formulas (e.g., carbon dioxide, iron titanium oxide).

Ionic charge is indicated by a superscript plus sign or minus sign following the symbol of the element; for multiple charges, an Arabic superscript numeral precedes the plus sign or minus sign, e.g., Na+, Cl, Ca2+, S2–.

For designation of coordination numbers, the element symbol is preceded by a superscript Roman/plain number: VIAl.

7) More rules for Estimated Standard Deviation. Precision of measurement may be indicated as 1.781 ± 0.002, if 0.002 represents a subjective estimate of the measurement error. Where sufficient data permit calculation of the estimated standard deviation (e.s.d.), indicate it with parentheses e.g., 1.781(2) and 1.781(11) indicate an e.s.d. of 0.002 and 0.011, respectively. Only significant digits shall be given for the observed value, i.e., e.s.d. values in parentheses should be given as single or double digit integers. American Mineralogist as a policy requests that all measured values have to be accompanied by some indication on the uncertainty. Ideally this should be a properly calculated standard uncertainty. Only in exceptional cases, if scarcity of sample or some other special circumstances prohibit any even subjective estimation of an uncertainty, can this rule be waived.

8) Implications Section [the concluding paragraph(s) of a paper]. Authors should follow their "Discussion" section, with a final section titled "Implications". This section should be forward-looking; it is intended to provide authors with the opportunity to place their results into a broader context. That context should highlight the importance of the work, and emphasize relevance to and beyond the sub-discipline. This section is not to be confused with a "Conclusions" section, which like the abstract only summarizes the paper (such sections will be cut, regardless of how they are titled). The Editors will look to the Implications section to help judge whether a paper should be highlighted, and to judge whether a paper is suitable for the journal. We also advise authors to report Implications within the Abstract.

9) Acknowledgments. The acknowledgments section should be brief but inclusive. Please double check grant numbers and spelling of personal and company names. 


1) Overview. All citations in the text, figures, tables, and other supporting parts of the manuscript must be in the reference list and vice versa; please make sure that the references are accurate and complete.

CSL style may help: We have a brand new listing in CitationStyles.org -- if you keep your references in a citation database and apply styles depending on where you submit, in theory you should now be able to apply our style. (If you don't keep a citation database and have no idea what any of this means, don't worry about.) Here's some links of possible information and help about CSL:

  • http://citationstyles.org
  • Here is the style repository info: http://citationstyles.org/styles/style-repository/
  • Here is our style: http://zotero.org/styles?q=American%20Mineralogist
  • Here is a Zotero youtube info for authors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtcvgL-XFDE
  • Here is a Zotero and Word youtube help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8gaG59rr9M
  • From the CitationStyles library our style should gradually become available via any of those programs; but we can only promise Zotero.
  • Unpublished information, including papers in preparation or submitted but not yet accepted, should be omitted from the reference list. These can be cited in the text as J. Doe (unpublished manuscript) or B. Jones (personal communication). 

    Examples of the common types of references are listed in All About References. Consult a recent issue of the journal for other examples. Follow the guidelines outlined below. Here is a very basic example of our style: Bailey, S.W. (1982) Nomenclature for regular interstratifications. American Mineralogist, 67, 394–398. 

    2) Style and format.

    All authors in the references must be listed by: last name, followed by initials (with a comma between, i.e., Jones, H.). For successive references with identical author(s), the author list is replaced by a series of m-dashes. The first author's first name may be spelled out if there is a chance of confusion.

    Journal names must be spelled out in full.

    No parts of the reference are italicized, boldface, or underlined.

    The reference list is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the first author. If several references have the same first author, list the singly authored papers first in chronological order, then list the papers with two authors in alphabetical (then chronological) order, and then list the papers with three or more authors in chronological order, without regard to second or subsequent authors' names. 

    3) Citations.

    The style of reference citation in the text is illustrated by the following examples: Bailey (1982), Nickel and Mandarino (1987), and Graham et al. (1985).

    Parenthetical citations are may also be used (Swanson 1979) and (Jones et al. 2006). Separate multiple citations in parentheses with a semicolon, i.e., (Bailey 1982; Graham et al. 1985).

    Use lowercase letters to distinguish references that would have identical years: for example, Smith (1993a), or Smith (1993a, 1993b), or (Smith 1993a, 1993b). 


    Supplementary material will be placed in MSA's depository, which is located online. Thus, an electronic copy of deposit information, figures, and tables is required. See Deposit Information section below for details.

    Tables may form part or all of the appendix material. Appendix tables will appear exactly as the author prepared them. Since deposit material is supposed to last for a long time, using plain txt, PDF, or other "universal" format is advised; but any format is accepted. 


    Footnotes, except those in tables, are discouraged; usually the material can be skillfully incorporated in the text (or included in a parenthetical statement offset by parentheses or brackets as appropriate). Nevertheless, certain material does require a footnote; examples include present addresses, directions for obtaining depository materials (hosted by MSA), computer programs, disclaimers regarding commercial product use by governmental agencies, etc. All footnotes should be indicated by a superscript number except those for present addresses, which carry an asterisk (or other appropriate symbol as described for Tables). All footnotes should be double spaced.


    Please put these items in a separate file, one for each deposit item. This material will be added to the web site. Formats such as txt, Word, PDF, or html documents are strongly preferred; ASCII, Excel, and other files are acceptable. The material can be ftp-ed to the server; contact the managing editor for more information. 

    Tables, figures, and supplementary data may be deposited at the Society's web site and do not have to comply with the official Am Min style guidelines. The material is made available on the journal web site and may consist of color images or Quicktime movies in addition to tables, figures, and text. Contact the managing editor for instructions regarding special format files or for transmitting the files by ftp.  


    Q3. What are the guidelines for Tables and Figures?

    A3(i). Tables

    First and most important, we must have your tables in an electronic (editable) format! Ideally that format is Microsoft Word or Excel, but we'll even take txt or ascii to keep re-keying to a minimum. If you use Word's automatic "table" feature or a spreadsheet with individual cells, do not enter an entire list of data into one cell. That will necessitate re-keying data when we go to layout. Be sure the data reads from left to right, with one value per cell. For example, tables that have a whole column of data in one "cell" block does not work in the layout process. The cells should read left to right; or simply separate data with tabs and lines by hard returns. The table submitted for review should be double spaced if it is short, but not if it is very long. No particular typescript width or style of type is required, because we reformat everything during layout. A current issue of the journal will provide examples of approaches to complex tables. 

    Table titles should be brief. The column headings have any appropriate units (in parentheses). Any headings that occur within the body and apply to a block of data should be centered. Footnotes end with periods. You do not need to actually insert the rules because we do that here, although your hard copy would probably be clearer if you do use the basic top and bottom rules. See a recent issue of the journal for examples of tables. 

    No vertical or diagonal rules may be used in tables. Column headings must be upright, not turned sideways. Brackets to delineate groups of data may be used only if necessary; the groups should be clearly marked on the manuscript copy! There are no horizontal rules in the body of the table to separate sections, please use white space instead. 

    Footnote symbols are used to explain or expand upon data in the table. Put any general notes before the first footnote symbol (preceded by "Note(s):"). Am Min style is to use superscript lowercase letters in alphabetical order, as follows (superscript) a,b,c,... They may be doubled and tripled as necessary, but that should be rare since you have 26 letters to start from!

    There are two goals: getting the paper peer reviewed and then, if accepted, getting the figures to print very nicely. Following are some suggestions about figure appearance and technical specifications, as well as figure captions.

    Overview.In the web-based submission system, figures uploaded for peer review and editing may (or may not) be of print quality. If and when your paper is accepted and gets sent to Production, then we work one-by-one with authors on figures and if needed provide FTP instructions to quickly transmit files of any size to us directly.

    Details about specific dpi are below. If the artwork was submitted as a part of the manuscript file, in Word for example, then .tif or .pdf files will be requested if available. It might be possible for us to create workable art here in the Production office, but that is not preferred. Worst case scenario: the author might need to be prepared to mail us sharp, dark, neat, clean hardcopies. We attempt to avoid these last two possibilities if we can as they create more work for everyone. Do not worry about this procedure unless it is needed.

    Note that TEM artwork needs special care because of the fine detail and repeating patterns that are difficult to capture on paper with ink in printing. Please use high-resolution images. If accepted, the proofs should be a guideline as to what authors will see and you can re-supply at that point if need be.


    Copyright Permissions:

    All figures (tables, video, anything) requiring permission ought to have its copyright information acknowledged in the caption of that figure/table (even if the permission granted is pending this step). Use the following format: [Used by permission of Publishing Company, from Rambo and Pinko (20XX), Journal, vol. x, Fig. Y, p. z.]

    A copy of the copyright permission letter is due to the Editorial office as soon as your paper is accepted (or when the letter is obtained, if after acceptance). Failure to send us this letter will delay publication of your article.

    Figure information:

    Formats that can be uploaded for Figure file types are .tif, .eps, .jpg, and .pdf. If your artwork is in a Word file (.doc) then either put it at the end of the manuscript file, or upload another article file type and give it a title of Figures x-y. In general, .doc art will work for peer review. It will NOT for print/web versions of accepted papers. Be prepared to send high-quality art if accepted!

    Large file sizes might take more than 10 minutes to transmit or might take more than a few minutes to convert to the PDF automatic format. You can use LZW compression on Tiff images to reduce file size. If you need help, please contact the editorial office and include your system information including what computer, OS, program(s), and version(s) you are using. Most reviewers will view your figures on the screen so a lower resolution image may work at that time.

    Remember, you should be able to use other programs or tabs, while the system is converting and merging your figure files. Do not contact the editorial office about how long your file conversion is taking unless it has exceeded 12 hours.


    Figure captions should be brief and explanatory; they should not duplicate information in the figure. Each caption begins with a paragraph indentation and the whole word "Figure" followed by the figure number and a period, i.e., "Figure 1."

    Multiple parts of figures should be indicated by lowercase letters (a) and (b), (left) and (right), or (upper) and (lower). Note: If letter designations are used for the parts, the figures should actually be labeled with those letters.

    Items labeled within the figure should use capital letters A, B, C, and so on to key them to the meaning in the caption or in a legend within the figure.

    Labels and text in the figures must be consistent with the manuscript AND follow Am Min style. Please note our abbreviation style in figures; especially wt% for weight percent, T for temperature, and P for pressure. Close up % symbols to the number: 10%.


    Note that there are 3 types of figures: plain line art, photographs, and combination art (a mixture of photographic and line art elements).

    Ideal resolutions for Raster art (.tif): 1200 ppi/dpi for line art; 300 to 600 ppi/dpi for grayscale (shaded) art; 300 ppi/dpi for grayscale-photographic and color artwork. While PDFs and .eps artwork are vector (meaning they expand/contract and keep their set resolution), they will still have too low a resolution if low-resolution raster images are embedded inside.

    For accepted papers, to prepare for print/web, we prefer .tif and .pdf files, although .eps files are fine, too.

    Click here for the full guide to figures.


    Q4. Is Crystallographic data required for my paper?

    A4. CIF requirement for crystal structure refinements

    The CIF (crystallographic information file) format is the de facto standard for communicating all sorts of crystallographic information. In particular it is used to archive crystal structure data, combined with experimental and refinement details.

    Manuscripts reporting results of crystal structure refinements must be accompanied by a CIF providing the structural data. To ensure quality and integrity of the crystallographic data, the submitted CIF will be reviewed by the American Mineralogist technical editing team. After publication of the manuscript, the CIFs will be made available as supplementary material on the American Mineralogist webpages. They may also be deposited into databases, such as the AMCSD (American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database) and the COD (Crystallography Open Database).

    Only one CIF should be submitted with a manuscript. If more than one structure refinement is reported in a manuscript, each structure refinement must be a separate data block in the CIF. Do not compress or otherwise modify the CIF for submission. The filename extension must be ‘.cif’. Detailed information about cif requirements for manuscripts submitted to American Mineralogist, help and advice, are here.


    Q5. What are the standards for mineral names, nomenclature, and abbreviations? What about meteorites?

    A5. Mineral names and abbreviations. Use a consistent set of mineral abbreviations throughout text, tables, and figures. Abbreviations are recommended for subscripts, superscripts, reactions, assemblages (connected with plus signs), and normative mineral symbols with subscript weight percentages; however, abbreviations should not be used for mineral names that stand alone in the text. Whitney and Evans (2010) has recently suggested a set of abbreviations that may be used. However, you may choose another consistent set. 

    Mineral nomenclature. New mineral names and redefinitions of existing names must be approved by the Commission on New Minerals Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC) of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) (Fleischer 1970) before publication. For this purpose, consult the published reports of the Commission on New Minerals Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC) of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA). The MSA website hosts many of the IMA Reports.

    A Special Note About Nomenclature: Remember it is the author's responsibility to make sure the text, tables and other materials consistently follow the nomenclature recommended by the IMA. Reports detailing the CMNNC approved style for nomenclature for minerals and mineral groups are available.

    • Some Links to Nomenclature reports (IMA and non-IMA):
    • The Nomenclature of Minerals: A Compilation of IMA Reports -- A booklet compiling many different reports has been compiled by the Mineralogical Association of Canada and the Canadian Mineralogist (IMA 17th General Meeting, Toronto, August 1998). [electronic format]

    New mineral names. Authors must provide the Editorial Office with evidence of IMA approval of any new mineral names. Whenever naming new minerals, authors must conform to the rules and principles set forth in Nickel and Mandarino (1987) (excerpt, pdf, 180 K) or Nickel and Grice (1998) (pdf, 332 K). The paper by the Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names (1982) should be consulted for a suggested outline for new mineral descriptions. The abstract of a new mineral description should completely list the properties of the mineral in a manner consistent with the "New Mineral Names" section of the journal. The paper by Nickel and Grice (1998) (pdf, 332 K) gives more information on procedures. Additional information is given by Dunn (1977). Naming of regular interstratifications of clay minerals is discussed by Bailey (1982). In general, manuscripts proposing new names for imperfectly or incompletely described minerals cannot be accepted. 

    Obsolete, discredited, or superfluous mineral names may not be used. A helpful guide is Glossary of Mineral Species (Fleischer and Mandarino 1995). This glossary is taken as the standard for the spelling of mineral names. However, the editors now allow use of element symbols as prefixes to the approved name of a mineral (e.g., Mg-chlorite, K-feldspar). A list of discredited mineral names and examples of acceptable and unacceptable usages of mineral names appear in Nickel and Mandarino (1987) (excerpt, pdf, 180 K) and Nickel and Grice (1998) (pdf, 332 K)

    Meteorite nomenclature. New meteorite names must be approved by the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society [Dr. A.L. Graham, Secretary, British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, U.K.]. Other meteorite names must conform to the spelling given in the Catalogue of Meteorites (4th edition) by Graham et al. (1985) or in subsequent numbers of the Meteoritical Bulletin (published in Meteoritics).


    Q6. How will I receive my page proofs?

    A6. Overview. Proofs are sent to authors via e-mail as PDF files and authors will need the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Authors can e-mail changes and corrections or print out hard copies to write on, then scan/e-mail, fax, or mail back. The electronic proofs system has greatly increased the speed of publication time and improved communication with authors.

    Changes in proofs. Changes made at the page-proof stage are time consuming, expensive, and are logically discouraged. An author who makes extensive changes in text (such as rewriting passages or changing data on tables) may be billed for all lines that must be reset and all additional lines in the paragraph that must be reset as a result of the additions or deletions. Any changes to data in Tables or to Equations in the text will be cleared with the Editor. Re-doing of figures because of an author's changes can also be charged to the author. However, there is no charge for answering Editor queries or correcting scientific mistakes.

    Returning page proofs. Authors will be advised of the time frame in which page proofs are due to arrive when their manuscript is accepted. If they expect to be away during that time, it is their responsibility to provide the Editorial Office with an alternative e-mail address, if necessary, to which the page proofs may be sent or to make other arrangements for the proofs to be checked and returned. Authors have 5 business days from the date the proofs arrive to return them to the Editorial Office. All proof procedures are explained with the proof.


    Q7. What's the deal with page charges and reprints/offprints?


    Authors are requested to pay page charges of $75 per printed page (subject to change), although current publication costs are about $250/page, considerably higher than the requested amount. Payment of page charges is not a condition of acceptance for manuscript publication; however, MSA depends largely on the revenue generated from page charges and reprint orders to keep journal subscription costs low. For this reason, authors are asked to make every effort to obtain funds for page charges or reprints from their granting agency or institution.

    Authors who pay $75 per typeset page will receive up to 100 offprints and an "e-link" of their paper with this option if desired. Authors can also purchase additional offprints and covers. (An "e-link" is a url code you can e-mail or post on a website that allows anyone access to the full text of your paper on GeoScienceWorld with no expiration.) Authors may also order offprints, without paying page charges, if funds do not allow.

    If the first author is an MSA member (join here), but cannot pay page charges or order offprints, they are eligible for a complementary "e-link" as a member benefit.

    Orders shipped to non-U.S. addresses are by surface delivery at no extra charge; airmail first class service for faster service costs extra.

    Agreed upon figure related costs (full color and online color) can also be addressed on the offprint/page charge form.

    Authors of memorials, review papers, and official MSA presentations are exempt from page charges, but may opt to receive complementary reprints and/or the "e-link" of their paper.

    The page charge/offprint form with the page-charge order and billing instructions is now available on the web. Please do not fill out the form until you have your page proofs (and hence know your issue info and number of pages of your article). The form must be processed by the MSA Business Office at the same time page proofs are returned to the Editorial Office; any purchase order forms required by the author's institution may be sent at a later time to the MSA Business Office, 3635 Concorde Parkway, Suite 500, Chantilly, VA 20151-1125. 


    Q8. Does American Mineralogist offer "Open Access" or Open Archive publication?

    A8. MSA can provide Open Access (all readers can read the article at no charge) to your article posted on the MSA and GeoScienceWorld web sites for a mandatory (pre-paid) fee of $250 per typeset page. Open access (manuscript processing fees) help reduce the subscription costs to libraries. Open access, free supplementary data repository, preprints, reprints, and e-links are all available -- we have the full array of the latest publishing options to help you comply with your funding agency's requirements. Click here for more information.


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