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Notes for Authors

The Editor of The Australian Gemmologist welcomes original contributions covering all aspects of gemmology, related mineralogy, gemstone set jewellery, lapidary, etc. Contributions, not previously published in English, also will be considered for publication.

Manuscripts should be submitted by email or post CD to:

email: austgem@gem.org.au

The Editor / The Australian Gemmologist
PO Box 419, Nedlands  WA  6909

The manuscript must be accompanied by a signed letter of transmission that states clearly:

  • the full postal address, telephone or fax number, and/or e-mail address of the corresponding contributor; and,
  • a clear statement that the manuscript has not been previously published in English in the gemmological or mineralogical literature.

Manuscript may be submitted as a MS-Word document for PC (or compatible).

Each page of the manuscript or file should be typed, double spaced, and of A4 size. All text should be surrounded by 25 mm margin.

Pages must be numbered sequentially.

The discrete components of each manuscript or file should include:

1. A title page that includes:

  • the paper's title.
  • the name/s and professional qualifications of the author/s.
  • the author/s affiliation/s and/or address/es.
  • acknowledgments.

2. A brief abstract of 50-100 words (on a separate page

3. Text, divided into logical sections by appropriate first level (bold) and second level (italics) headings.

4. References should be cited in the text using the Harvard system of surname, year, and page number (for quotations). At the end of the paper references should be arranged in appropriate alphabetical order using the following recommended style:

Journal article
Geach C.L. (1986) Diamond exploration in WA. Geology Today, 2(1), pp. 16-20.

Schwartz D. (1990) New aspects of the emerald workings in Colombia. The Australian Gemmologist, 17(5), pp. 168-170.

Webster R. (1983) Gems. 4th ed. Revised by B.W. Anderson, Butterworths, London, 1006 p.

Chapter or article in a book or series
Meagher E.P. (1982) Silicate garnets. In RH. Ribbe ed., Mineralogical Society of America Reviews in Mineralogy, 5, pp. 25-63.

Ball R.A. (1984) The structure of some opals and opal simulants, 43 p., Dip. G.R. thesis, Gemmological Association of Australia, Sydney (Unpublished).

5. Tables, numbered consecutively, concisely titled, and with their recommended position in the text indicated by a marginal annotation.

6. Figures/images, numbered consecutively, with figure captions (including magnification and acknowledged source of illustrations when appropriate).

Figure/image quality: Hard copy illustrations should be submitted either as high contrast black and white glossy prints, or clear black line drawings on matt white paper. Digital illustrations should be supplied as .ai or .jpg or .tif files between 300-1200 dpi resolution; digital photographs supplied as .jpg or .tif files of at least 300 dpi resolution.

All manuscripts will be anonymously reviewed by selected members of the Editorial Review Panel of The Australian Gemmologist, or by two independent reviewers nominated by the author/s and approved by the editor.

Author/s will receive page proofs for checking. Changes, other than corrections of type setting errors are discouraged. Authors have seven (7) days from the date of receipt of page proofs to return these to the editor (by air mail, fax, or email).

No payment will be made for papers published in The Australian Gemmologist. However, the author/principal author of each published paper will receive three free copies of the issue in which the paper was published.

The Editor
The Australian Gemmologist