Call for Abstracts

Oral and poster contributions on any aspect of meteoritics and planetary science are invited. Abstracts should be submitted using the instructions below. First authors are limited to TWO submissions, but ONLY ONE will be considered for oral presentation. The deadline for abstracts is June 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (GMT -5).


NOTE:  Abstracts are limited to one page. A one-page template with text dimensions of 6.5 inches (~16.5 cm) wide by 9 inches (~23 cm) long is available below. Due to the relatively small size of the abstracts, figures and tables should only be included when they provide essential critical information in support of the text.


Abstracts will be published in electronic format as a supplement to Meteoritics & Planetary Science.


Contributors are requested to indicate which one of the following topics most closely describes their work:



Achondrites, Iron and Stony-Iron Meteorites      


Carbonaceous Chondrites          




Early Solar System         

Education and Outreach            




Micrometeorites and IDPs         



Presolar grains  

Sample-Return Missions            

Other Missions

Small Bodies     

Space Weathering         


Submission Policies

  • No late abstracts will be accepted, regardless of the reason.

  • Abstracts sent by e-mail will NOT be considered.

  • Abstracts are limited to one page with text dimensions of 6.5 inches (~16.5 cm) wide by 9 inches (~23 cm) long.

  • All abstracts must be submitted in PDF format. 

  • The page size for all abstract files must be U.S. letter size (8.5" × 11"); the system automatically rejects A4 submissions.

  • Abstract file sizes must be no larger than 3 MB; the system will automatically reject larger files.


Use of Meteorite Names

All abstracts should follow the Best Practices for the Use of Meteorite Names in Publications (Heck et al, 2019). All meteorites that are cited in abstracts must have official names approved by the Nomenclature Committee. Authors can use the Meteoritical Bulletin Database to check the status of a meteorite name. Meteorite names must be approved by the Nomenclature Committee, not pending and not provisional names. New meteorites not yet approved by the Nomenclature Committee must be submitted by no later than May 10, 2021, to be considered in time for the abstract submission deadline. To submit a meteorite classification and name for approval, please contact the Editor of the Meteorite Bulletin at metbulleditor@gmail.com


The full names of meteorites should be used in titles, subheadings, and at first mention in the text. Abbreviations, including those published in the Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter and the Meteoritical Bulletin, may be used in tables and elsewhere. Note that in the abbreviated form, there should be a space between the place name and the number. In addition, Antarctic meteorites recovered prior to 1981 may have an A after the blank space. 


All meteorite names included in abstracts must be listed on the abstract submission form. Submitters are asked to carefully check the spelling and compliance of meteorite names within both their submitted abstract(s) and form(s). A representative of the Meteorite Nomenclature Committee will be reviewing the abstracts to ensure that all authors are in compliance with the rules stated above. The program committee reserves the right to reject any abstract found to be in violation of these rules.


Unable to Produce PDF Files?  Authors who are unable to produce a PDF file may send their source files (must be in Word or PostScript format) to the LPI no later than May 27, 2021. A PDF file will be created and returned to the author, but it is the author’s responsibility to submit that PDF file by the time of the abstract deadline. Source files should be sent to publish@lpi.usra.edu.


Authors are encouraged to start the submission process early so the LPI staff will have time to provide assistance in the event of technical problems. For technical assistance, call Linda Garcia (281-486-2142), or send an e-mail message to publish@lpi.usra.edu.


Preparation and Submission of Abstracts


Step 1:  Download the appropriate template

Step 2:  Write the abstract (no more than one page) using the format shown in the template

Step 3:  Create a PDF file (no larger than 3 MB)

Step 4:  Fill out the electronic abstract submission form and upload the abstract file