Instructions to Contributors

The Society for Sedimentary Geology SEPM invites electronic submissions to the SEPM strata website on a variety of topics including:
  • State-of-the-art instructional materials for conventional classes to cutting edge materials like setting up a Lidar Survey or Ground penetrating radar.
  • Materials that deal with concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology of interest to undergraduates or post-graduates.
  • Results of symposia, conferences, and meetings
  • Compilations of maps, sedimentary structures, petrographic and diagenetic features, facies, etc.
  • Field Trip Guides
  • Miscellaneous Publications - formats that don't fit above categories

Who to Approach

SEPM will consider submissions that investigate any and all aspects of sedimentary geology, in particular topics that are of current interest to the geoscience community. We encourage you to peruse the list of Special Publications and Sedimentary Geology to gain a sense of where the subject matter of your submission lies with respect to the character of the other SEPM publication materials. Once your ideas have been formulated you can send them to the STRATA website Publications Co-Editors, or any member of the SEPM Council.

What to include in a proposal

Indicate the topic of publication and whether the publication reflects or extends some current portion of the strata SEPM web site or represents something different. An outline of the intended subject matter and its relevance to the geoscience community should be provided. If the submission and publication on line is the outcome of a research conference or other technical meeting, indicate what other sponsor organizations are involved and what the range of topics covered is?

The SEPM Co-Editors will review, and frequently will seek external advice from experts to ensure fair treatment of all submissions. If strata SEPM approval is given, one of the SEPM SP Co-Editors will become the main point of contact with the  web site submission. The primary role of the SEPM Co-Editor is outlined below. The SEPM Co-Editor's role at this stage is to keep track of the publication, via the AllenTrack system, as it progresses through web site submission, the review process, web site acceptance/rejection, and technical editing. The SEPM Co-Editor can also assist the author at any stage of the web site publication process if this is necessary.

SEPM is determined to reduce the SEPM strata web site publication time to acceptable levels.  For this web site contributors and reviewers will adhere as closely as possible to time lines defined at the beginning of the project. The SEPM Co-Editors can assist in this, particularly at the 'arm-twisting' stage of web site review and author revision; the Co-Editors are mindful of the delays that have haunted SEPM projects and are determined to avoid similar delays.

All SEPM Web Site Publications will progress through the (digital) AllenTrack system. Web Site Editors will have access to submitted digital manuscripts, and will be able to direct and monitor the progress of the volume contributions from submission, through the review and revision process, to acceptance/rejection, and the final technical editing stage.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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