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[Revised May 2012]

Information for Authors:


Submissions are uploaded via our web-based system at http://minsocam.allentrack.net. The web-based system, started in 2002, has improved submission to publication times, allowed a small staff to handle more work, and keeps authors in touch with their paper better. A few things author should know are detailed here.

Tracking. As an author, you will be able to log back in and monitor the progress of your paper. However once you have approved your submission you cannot delete it or substitute a new table or something. If some rare situation like this arises, contact the Managing editor for help.

E-mails. Authors get an e-mail confirming their submission, and then an e-mail when an AE has agreed to handle the paper. If that e-mail does not have the AE name, contact the managing editor because it is important for authors to be able to contact their AE. Authors can also send email via the web-based system to the editorial office and the associate editor.

Revisions, if and when requested, will also be uploaded via the online web-submission system by using the Replace tab and replacing old files with revised ones. Note that all revisions have the original manuscript number followed by an "R". All the old files will be available for the editors should any reason arise. Do not keep old files on the revision page. If another revision is requested, that upload will be R1 and so on (a rare situation).

Timeframes for Am Min

In general, an editor is assigned and an associate editor invited to handle the paper within a few days of submission. Within about five days, depending on the time of year, an associate editor has been found. Our goal is for associate editors to find reviewers in a couple weeks for overall review time to be about six weeks. However, as everyone knows, it can be challenging finding reviewers. Our goal is between three and four months revision info should be with authors (unless there are complex circumstances or other considerations, of course). The most important factor to having a speedy submission-to-publication experience is for the AUTHOR to handle the revision instructions very promptly. We remind the author at 60 days and again at 120 days and then, unless there are special circumstances, it is considered withdrawn. Resubmissions are encouraged when the time becomes available. In general, once the revision is in, the AE may request further review, another revision, a discussion or make a recommendation to the editor. If accepted, production of the paper tends to take about three months. Our average submission-to-publication time currently is under 10 months; many papers are faster. These timelines should guide you as to when to contact the associate editor or the editorial office for information on your paper, in a gentle fashion and understanding that all the editors are volunteers.

Please go to http://minsocam.allentrack.net and submit over the web, which has complete instructions and help files.

Here are quick instructions in PDF format.

Contact us with your questions at editorial@minsocam.org .


Authors for whom English is not a native language must have their manuscript reviewed by a colleague who is fluent in English before submitting it to American Mineralogist. Manuscripts that require extensive editing for grammar and spelling will be summarily rejected. Another option is to consult our list of editing services and professionals -- we do not vet for quality, do not guarantee acceptance, and payment is between the author and the service only. In other words, this list is for your convenience only. You can find the list here

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