Abstract Submission Instructions

Abstract Deadline:  January 7, 2020
(5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, GMT –6)

Abstract Policies

  • New for this Year:  Print-only abstracts are no longer an option. Abstracts submitted for oral presentation will be scheduled for poster presentation if an oral timeslot is not appropriate. The decision of the Program Committee on the mode of presentation is final.
  • First authors can submit two abstracts, but only one will be considered for oral presentation.  No exceptions will be made for presentations given in special sessions.
  • Late abstracts will not be accepted, regardless of the reason.
  • Abstracts are limited to two pages, and must be submitted in PDF format.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in U.S. letter-sized format (8.5" × 11")
  • Abstract file sizes are limited to 3.0 MB.
  • NOTE — Remember that speakers must be one of the first five authors listed, and brief abstract summaries are limited to 160 characters.
  • NOTE — Replacement files will not be accepted under any circumstances after the deadline has passed. Make sure you read your abstract carefully before submitting and allow sufficient time to have your abstract approved by your institutional review process, your advisor, etc. If you notice after the deadline that you left off an author, or have a typo in one of your data points, or any other error, your abstract will be published as is. Authors are able to replace their own submissions up until the time of the deadline but not after.


Please review the topic selections carefully since some of them have changed in response to the evolution of research fields combined with suggestions from the community. Remember that many of the topic selections emphasize planetary processes rather than planetary bodies. Also, be aware that these submission topics are intended as broad guidelines, and that detailed and more specific themes and topics will be identified by the program committee. As you select the appropriate topic for your abstract, keep in mind an important objective of the conference:  fresh, interesting, and informative sessions.

Authors are strongly encouraged to choose a primary and secondary topic in order to help the Program Committee construct compelling topical session themes.

Topics available on this year’s submission form are:

Astrobiology and Exobiology
Ceres and Vesta
Chondrite and Their Components:  Solar Nebular and Asteroidal Processes
Differentiated Meteorites
Education and Public Engagement [posters only]
Environmental Analogs (including terrestrial operational analogs) [posters only]
Giant Planets and Ring Systems
Instruments and Payload Concepts [posters only]
Kuiper Belt Objects
Martian Geochemistry and Petrology
Martian Geomorphology
Material Analogs (including both physical and chemical) [posters only]
Moon:  Surface and Interior
Moon:  Volatiles and Exosphere
Outer Planets Satellites and Pluto
Planetary Atmospheres
Planetary Differentiation
Planetary Mission Concepts [poster only]
Planetary Polar Processes and/or Cryospheres
Planetary Spatial Data Infrastructure [posters only]
Planetary Tectonics and Interior Dynamics
Planetary Volcanism and Igneous Processes
Presolar Grain and Interplanetary Dust Particles (including Stardust and Genesis)
Protoplanetary Disk Evolution and Chronology
Small Bodies (including comets, asteroids, and near-Earth objects)
Space Weathering
Workforce Development (posters only)
Special Session:  Asteroids Ryugu and Bennu: Siblings, Cousins, or ?
Special Session:  Current Lunar Exploration: Chandrayaan 2 and Chang’E 4
Special Session:  MSL Curiosity at Vera Rubin Ridge and Glen Torridon: The Promised Land
Special Session:  Scientific Exploration of the Lunar South Pole
Special Session:  50 Years of Planetary Research in Antarctica: Meteorites, Morphology, and Missions

Writing and Submitting Your Abstract

Step 1:   Download the appropriate template
Step 2:   Write the abstract (no more than two pages) 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

Authors are encouraged to start the submission process early so the USRA staff will have time to provide assistance in the event of technical problems. For technical assistance, contact Linda Garcia (281-486-2142) or Renée Dotson (281-486-2188), or send an e-mail message to

Authors who are unable to produce a PDF file may send their source files (must be in Word or PostScript format) to USRA no later than January 2, 2020. 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

If you discover an error and need to replace your abstract file, or correct the information submitted on the form, return to the abstract submission portion of the meeting portal and click on the “Update” link that appears next to the title of the abstract you submitted. Note that replacements can only be made up until the time of the abstract deadline.

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 December 3 in order 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

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 LPSC abstracts must be listed on the abstract submission form. A representative of the Meteorite Nomenclature Committee will be reviewing the abstracts to make certain that all authors are in compliance with the policies stated above. The Program Committee reserves the right to reject any abstract found to be in violation of these rules.

Acknowledgment of PDS Data

If you have used Planetary Data System (PDS) data to generate the results shown in your abstract, you are strongly encouraged to cite the PDS data source and/or provide an acknowledgment. For additional information, please refer to