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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The purpose of the journal is to disseminate technical articles on all aspects of Utah geology and surrounding areas that are of interest to geoscientists as well as more popular-style articles that are of interest to informed laypersons. Manuscripts are welcomed from industry personnel, government geoscientists, and college researchers, including students at all levels. Because articles are electronically published and made available, we will accept manuscripts of any size with color figures and oversized plates. All topics of Utah geology are welcomed including:

  1. Stratigraphic nomenclature
  2. Case studies
  3. Oil and gas field descriptions
  4. Mineral resource summaries
  5. Paleontology
  6. Update of an article previously published by the Utah Geological Association
  7. Geologic field guides
  8. Archaeological studies where geology is an important aspect of the study
  9. Biological studies where geology is important factor in habitat distribution

The editors will not consider:

  1. Policy papers
  2. Editorial papers
  3. Opinion papers
  4. Promotional papers

The Geology of the Intermountain West follows the style outlined in Utah Geological Survey Circular 105, which generally follows the U.S. Geologic Survey Suggestion to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey by Wallace R. Hansen.

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