Preparation of extended abstracts

A Proceedings book will be published after the International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in Chihuahua, Mexico ( July 14 -16, 2009 ).

Note: Every registered participant may submitt one extended abstract. The deadline for submitting extended abstract is November 30, 2008.

Please follow the instructions below when preparing your extended abstract.

Extended Abstract

Extended abstract should not exceed 2 pages including references, tables and illustrations. Extended abstract should be written in Standard English. Participants from non-English speaking countries are asked to have their manuscripts corrected by native English speakers.

The extended abstract should be typed in single space and margins 3cm. The first part (from title to abstract) should be typewritten in one column, and other parts in two columns.

Font: Times New Roman; Size: 14pt and bold for title and centralized, and 9pt for other parts.

The manuscript should be divided into sections: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions and References.


The Title should provide a concise statement of the contents.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • References

Author(s) and Affiliation(s)

Please just give initials and name(s) of the author(s), no titles such as Prof., Dr., Mrs., etc. are needed. The name of the author who is to attend the congress, should be underlined. Also include the name(s) and address(es) of the institution(s) where the work was carried out, followed by the contact details of the author to whom correspondence should be sent (address, telephone, fax, and e-mail).

Abstract and keywords

The Abstract should contain the aim of the research, the main findings of the research project and a brief conclusion. Authors are asked to suggest no more than six keywords in alphabetical order, and separated by commas. Keywords should be put before the Abstract.

Illustrations, photographs and tables

  • Figures, photographs and tables should be with the text.
  • Figures, photographs and tables that fit in one (of the two) columns may appear inline with the text.
  • Captions to tables should be given at the beginning of each table.
  • Captions to figures should be given at the end of each figure.
  • Line drawings should be in a suitable form for reproductions without modification.
  • Extremely small font should be avoided.
  • Legends and text should be inserted in figures.
  • Photographs should preferably be black-and-white, high contrast glossy prints.
  • Titles of figures and tables should be italics. Example:
    Figure 1. Score plot of principal components
    Table 2 Microbial biomass

Abbreviations and Units

  • Only SI units and abbreviations should be used. Abbreviations should be explained when they first appear in the text. If a non-standard abbreviation is to be used extensively, it should be defined in full at the beginning of the text.
  • For mineral contents the elements (P, N, K, etc.) should be used.
  • Isotopes should be mentioned as 14 C, 32 P, etc.
  • Ions should be mentioned as H+ , Mg2+ , etc.
  • Latin biological names should be italicized.

References citation

Citations in the text should be made in alphabetical order by mentioning author and year; in the case of two authors, both should be mentioned, for example: (García and López, 2006) or García and López (2006). If several papers by the same author in the same year are cited, they should be lettered in sequence (2000 a, b), etc. When papers are by more than two authors they should be cited thus: (López et al, 2006). Do not use in list or text: unpublished results or in preparation. In the list, references must be placed in alphabetical order without serial numbering. Please follow the style shown below:


O.G. Núñez-Montoya, M.T. Alarcón-Herrera, A. Melgoza-Castillo, F.A. Rodríguez-Almeida y MH. Royo Márquez. 2007. Evaluación de tres especies nativas del desierto chihuahuense para uso en fitoremediación. Revista Terra 25:1:35-41.

Books (identical author and editor)

Kabata-Pendias A., 2001. Trace Elements in Soils and Plants. CRC Press, London, United Kingdom.

Article in book

Robinson, B., Bolan N., Mahimairaja S. and Clothier B., 2005. Solubility, Mobility and Bioaccumulation of Trace Elements: Abiotic Processes in the Rhizosphere. In: Taylor & Francis (Ed.). Trace Elements in the Environment: Biogeochemistry, Biotechnology and Bioremediation. CRC Press, London, United Kingdom. pp. 97-110.


You can find an example in this link: Baker-Pierzynski-White Abs-Example.doc.



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