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Manuscript Sizing


Highlight title, authors, affiliations, and text, and do a character count. This count must include spaces. If spaces are not counted by your word processor (you can check by highlighting two words and checking your count against the computer), add the word count. Add 900 characters to text total (leeway needed for larger type for title and headings, space around figures and tables, etc.).

1. Text character count ______    
2. Word count (if spaces are not counted) ______    
3. Add 900 + 900    
4. Total (add 1, 2, and 3) ______    
5. Divide total by 7500 (no. of characters per printed Geology page) ______ p.

Acknowledgments, References Cited, and Figure Captions

6. Character count ______    
7. Word count (if spaces are not counted) ______    
8. Total (add 6 and 7) ______    
9. Divide total by 9500 ______ p.
10. Subtotal (add lines 5 and 9) ______ p.

Figures and Tables

11. Figures: Add the amount of space needed for each figure and table.
Rule of thumb: The smallest letter or symbol, at publication size, should be at least 1.5 mm tall.
12. TOTAL ______ p.

If you have any questions about the sizing of your manuscript, check with managing editor Lyne Yohe, at GSA, P.O. Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301, phone (303) 357-1091, fax 303-357-1070.