Abstract Submission Guidelines
Extension Deadline: January 5, 2024 11:59pm PT
Adherence to AMMP Ethics Guidelines
Author submission policy
Title and Content
2024 Host Committee
Adolfo Cuetara, Chair
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
We are accepting extended abstracts and short papers. If you only want to submit an abstract as before, then that is fine, but there is no tight space requirements for them as in previous years. The extended format is less worried about numbers of characters and spaces as per prior conferences; roughly up to 2500 words, which can result in a short, citable, paper of up to 4 pages long, single-spaced. Please send the manuscript in Word only, Times New Roman, 12 font for main text, double-spaced; no pdf formats please. The editors of the final abstract/extended abstract/short paper volume will worry about the final formatting of your manuscript.
Below is an example of an AMMP extended abstract/short paper. This version is entirely fictitious. No longer the need to cram information into an abstract with tight space limitations. Be free! Here you can write freely in standard, casual prose as if you are speaking to someone face-to-face.
The format has three main parts. The first, “The project” is where you outline what the basic project entails. The where, when, why, and who. The second section “Health and Safety (H&S)” details what you did to do the project safely. What H&S items or protocols were used? The third and final section “Procedures/results” is where you describe what you did to conduct or complete the project.
Two images for your extended abstract/short paper are welcome as long as they are in focus, cropped as needed, on topic and instructive. Please include a metric scale and specimen number if possible. Concise figure captions will need to be provided. Jpeg’s and tiffs only please. Please ensure the filename of submitted figures include your surname and figure number, i.e. G. Brown, fig. 1. Or, G. Brown et al., fig. 1). You can add a short acknowledgements section.
Citations are welcome too. They would be cited in the text like the following examples: (Smith, 1990) or (Jones, 1934; Smith, 1990) following this format:
Smith, A.S. 1990. Digging up dinosaur bones. Parker Press: Trenton, ON. 211 pp.
Jones, B. 1934. A new dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Montana. Jour. Paleo., 6(5): 112-127.
____ and Johnson, D.C. 1937. Latest discoveries of dinosaurs in Montana. pp. 89-137. In: Dinosaurs of Montana. Edited by T.M. Darby. University of Montana Press: Bozeman, MT. 213 pp.
Brown, F.G.J. and White, I.K. 2017. Novel new technique to prepare dinosaur bones using hydrofluoric acid. p. 17. In: Assoc. Mater. Meth. Paleo. (AMMP) abstract volume. Annual conference, April 14-18, 2017. Boise, Idaho. Edited by C. Green and R. Moore. 39 pp.
Green, G. 2019. Health and safety recommendations for paleontology preparation labs. www.paleolabsafety.com/attention_reader_this_is_a_phony_website
Have colleagues read your abstract; if it is not clear to them it will not be clear to a wider audience.
Use spelling and grammar check.
Italicize genus and species designations throughout your title and text.
Font style and size formatting is not important. All abstracts will be standardized to the same font style and size for publication in the Annual Meeting Abstract Booklet.
A good abstract contains the following elements:
The abstract should contain as much information as possible. Unless you publish elsewhere (and you should), the published abstract is all that may be available about your work.
Be specific about products and methods. For example, you could say that the specimen was molded, but you should say that the specimen was molded with a layered mold using Silicones, Inc., GI 1000, backed by a mother mold of FGR-95 and fiberglass. This is not just important in terms of the abstract but as a written record of what has happened to particular specimens.
You can mention products in your abstract and in the presentation, but the AMMP meeting is not a forum for a sales pitch of your product. Be accurate as to how a product was used. For example: Paraloid B-72 at 50/50 w/w in acetone was used as an adhesive.
Abstracts outside of these topics and/or outside the goals and objectives of AMMP may be rejected.
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Basic do's and don'ts for shooting video with your phone:
To edit video on your desktop, Macs come equipped with iMovie. Windows 10 also has video editing capabilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6yQwLuoO3w&feature=emb_rel_pause
There are many other applications for editing video, from simpler apps like above, all the way to professional software like Adobe Premiere.
YouTube's Creator Academy has many tutorials on making video under the "Production" heading: https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/learning-toolkits
How to turn Powerpoint presentations into video:
Abstract Review Process
The Abstract Review Committee consists of AMMP members who are experienced in all aspects of fossil preparation and conservation, fieldwork, and collection management. Every abstract is reviewed blindly; the reviewers do not know the author of the abstract. In this way, each abstract is judged solely on its own merits, whether or not it conforms to AMMP standards and meets the Abstract Guidelines.
Authors will be notified by email of acceptance or rejection. If there are any suggested or required edits, authors will be given time to submit updated abstracts.
Please note: The Abstract Subcommittee and AMMP Board reserve the right to reject any submission that does not meet AMMP standards of best practices in preparation and conservation and/or does depict and utilize correct health and safety materials and practices. For more information on best practices, please see the Preparator Core Competencies.
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