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Following the normal review process, the journal Astrobiology will consider papers with potentially high impact for publication in a special collection (like the one being released in the October 2021 issue). Jim Garvin, Oleg Kotsyurbenko, and Sanjay Limaye will be guest co-editors for the collection.

Call for Abstracts


Abstract Deadline — September 30, 2021, 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (GMT -5)

  • No late abstracts will be accepted, regardless of the reason.
  • Abstracts sent by e-mail will not be considered.
  • Abstracts are limited to three pages.
  • All abstracts must be submitted as PDF files.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in U.S. letter size format (8.5” × 11”) and include a one-inch margin on all four sides; A4 submissions will be rejected by the system.
  • Abstract file sizes must be no larger than 3 MB; larger files will be automatically rejected by the system.
  • If not using the template provided, leave a one-inch margin on all four sides of your document.


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, contact Debbie Mitchell (281-486-2106), or send an e-mail to publish@hou.usra.edu.

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 September 23, 2021. A PDF file will be created and returned to the author, but it is the author’s responsibility to submit the PDF file by the time of the abstract deadline. Source files should be sent to publish@hou.usra.edu.

Abstract Revisions (prior to the deadline only): 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.

Preparation and Submission of Abstracts

Step 1: Download the appropriate template.
Step 2: Write the abstract (no more than three 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.
Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access our electronic forms (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only a few minutes of your time).