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2008 Alaska Park Science Symposium in conjunction with
Beringia Days 2008 International Conference

Guidelines for Proceedings

Click the link below to download the Deed of Restricted Transfer form:

Proceedings Form Deed of Restricted Transfer (PDF - 76K)

Proceedings will be produced for the 2008 Arctic Park Science Symposium: Presenters are invited to submit Science Summaries (defined below) for each oral and poster presentation. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed, professionally edited, and posted as an electronic document on the Internet. Printing is contingent on funding. However, a representative selection of Science Summaries will be included in a special Symposium issue of the Alaska Park Science journal.

General Guidelines: Each Science Summary will consist of a concise summary of the work, adhering to the following standard format. The purpose here is to create a proceedings that provides readers (colleagues, park management, resource scientists, interpreters, educators and the interested public) with a comprehensive and succinct summary of research relevant to the parks, with enough detail to get the gist of important research findings, enough information to follow up from the summaries and locate more detailed references, and links to the scientists and institutions involved in the work. Information should be presented in such a way that generalists can grasp their significance and understand their application. Science summaries should be written primarily in the active voice, using both technical and non-technical language that can be understood by those outside the specific field of study. Avoid when possible (or define if necessary) technical terms, including statistical methods. Sexist language, provincialism, jargon, and acronyms should be avoided. All measurements should be reported in English units followed by metric units in parentheses. Authors should include citations in the text using the (author, year) method. Avoid use of footnotes. Style and citations are based on The Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Style Guide for Alaska.

Format for Science Summaries: Final summaries will be a maximum of 1600-2000 words, inclusive of bibliography, for up to 4 printed journal pages, including any text, figures, tables and illustrations . Science Summaries should include a title (concise; 15 words or less), list of authors (with full contact information for each author), a short (<100 word) abstract (a concise statement about your reason for doing the work and your major findings), introduction (background, rationale and purpose, and what you tried to accomplish), methods (briefly give basic idea of how work accomplished, not provide a blueprint for replication of work), results (as succinct as possible; most important or interesting findings, including graphics, i.e., figures, photos, or tables), discussion and conclusions (keep focused, summarize up to 5 main conclusions), management implications (how are the findings relevant or useful to park resource managers?), acknowledgements and bibliography (list of cited references). One or more URLs can also be included to link to other project information on the Internet. Also include URLs with bibliographic references when appropriate.

Examples: The Proceedings of the 2006 Central Alaska Park Science Symposium are posted at:

Tables: Tables should be short and explanatory (remember this is descriptive information!). Tables should be produced in MS Word using minimal formatting, and submitted as a separate file. Example of a table:

Muir Inlet West Arm
Month Birds/km2 SE Birds/km2 SE
June 4.3 2.2 1.0 0.5
July 3.0 5.3 3.5 2.3
August 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1

Figures: Provide at least four high resolution illustrations, showing personnel at work, project equipment, techniques used, maps, data, etc. We can frequently use many more illustrations, especially for shorter summaries. If more illustrations are received than can be accommodated within the available article space, others may be considered for the cover or introductory pages. A review copy of each illustration can be inserted at the end of the text file to facilitate peer review. However, illustrations must also be provided as separate files as indicated below.

Format for and Delivery of Illustrations: Digital photographs taken at 5 megapixels or more (approx. 300 pixels per inch at 8"x10") are best for full-page photos. Figures should be forwarded in their original format. For example, if sending a figure that was created in Excel, please include the Excel file. Do not export images into PowerPoint or Word - embedded illustrations are not usable. GIS maps and other computer-generated illustrations should be exported in a pixel-based file (such as bitmap, tiff or jpeg) at a high resolution (300 pixels per inch [300 dpi] at a size of approximately 8" x 10"). Computer-generated illustrations, such as graphs, and digital drawings, such as GIS maps, should be forwarded in both digital (CD) and hard copy formats. Label printed illustrations (on a sticky note) with article title and placement information. Original color slides, color prints, and black-and-white prints (with negatives) are also acceptable, but please include a self addressed return address label if you want original illustrations returned. DO NOT submit illustrations taken from PowerPoint or PDF formats since the resolution is too low for publication. Please contact the editor for additional information or clarification.

Captions: Provide captions, in the text file, for all illustrations submitted. Also provide full credits for illustrations, listing both the copyright owner (individual, government agency, company, etc.) and the artist or photographer if known (e.g. National Park Service photograph by Bob Winfree). Authors are responsible for securing permission to use any illustrations that they did not personally create. Include written permission for us to use the images with your manuscript (see Deed of Restricted Transfer - available for download on top of page.)

Peer Review: Articles for the proceedings will be peer reviewed by Symposium participants, agency scientists, and others. Final acceptance for publication is contingent on the author’s ability to address reviewer’s comments to the editorial board’s satisfaction.

Duplicate Publication: In general, the text, tables, and figures submitted for these proceedings should not be identical to what you have published or will publish elsewhere, with the exception of papers intended to summarize previous studies. While some journals don’t consider summaries or extended abstracts as duplicate publications, authors planning to publish the same material in other journals should check with those journals regarding their policies.

Registered Symposium Participants: There are no page charges. However, at least one author must be registered as a Symposium participant.

Form of Submission: Submissions should be provided as a digital text and separate image files on a clearly labeled CD-ROM (use IBM/PC formatted discs - not Apple).

Deadline October 16, 2008: Manuscripts should be prepared prior to the symposium and brought to the symposium on a CLEARLY LABELED CD-ROM. Extensions (up to 60 days) may be considered for extenuating circumstances. Questions about the proceedings, or requests for an extension, may be directed to Robert Winfree.

Deliver the CD and other materials to the Symposium Registration Desk from October 14-16, or mail to:

Robert A. Winfree, Ph.D., Science Advisor
National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office
240 W. 5th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Office: 907-644-3516
Cell phone: 907-230-4588
Fax: 907-644-3816