The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for sharing knowledge through presentations. The preliminary schedule for submittal of papers is shown below.

  • February 1, 2016 :: Call for papers
  • May 1, 2016 :: Abstracts due; review begins
  • July 1, 2016 :: Abstract decisions to authors
  • October 1, 2016 :: Draft full papers due
  • January 31, 2017 :: Peer review decisions
  • February 1, 2017 :: Final program posted
  • March 1, 2017 :: Final papers to editor
  • June 19 - 21, 2017 :: Technical sessions

The submittal period for papers has closed. Please contact the Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education at Colorado School of Mines ( if you have any questions.

Presentation Preparation Information

Information that may be helpful in preparation of oral presentations is available for download. (Note: The information contained in the documents listed below is for informational purposes to assist you with your on-site presentation. None of these presentation materials are to be submitted to the Mine Ventilation DMS. Final oral presentation materials will be collected at the Symposium via flash drive.)

Attendance of Symposium

At least one author of each accepted paper shall register for and attend the Symposium and shall present the paper at the Symposium in accordance with the applicable presentation schedule.

Requirements for Papers

Only papers prepared for oral presentation will be accepted; the Symposium will host no poster presentations. An abstract of each paper must be submitted for review and acceptance. Upon acceptance of an abstract, draft and final full papers will be due in accordance with the schedule presented above: first a "camera-ready" draft full version for review and comment followed by the final "camera-ready" version for publication. (Upon review, a draft paper may be determined to be suitable for final publication; therefore, a final submittal may not be required.) Papers are not required to relate to any particular topic.


Abstracts shall be submitted as computer files in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format or in Open Office .odt format. An abstract shall not exceed 200 words in length. No particular structure or appearance of the abstract is required.

Draft and Final Papers

Draft and final papers shall be submitted as PDF (Portable Document Format) computer files. The paper within the file shall be "camera-ready"; that is, it shall be complete, properly formatted, and ready in all respects to be directly included in the printed Symposium proceedings. Each draft/final paper shall be constructed in strict accordance with a defined template that is available for download from the Symposium website. Additional documents are also available for download: 1) an explanation of the notes contained in the template; 2) an example of a properly formatted draft/final submittal as a Microsoft Word document (.doc), which can also be opened in Open Office Writer; and 3) an author's guide that provides information that may be useful in preparing the draft/final paper.

The following links can be used to download the available documents:

Draft or final papers shall not exceed 8 pages in length.

Submittal of Documents

All abstracts, draft full papers, and final papers shall be submitted to the Symposium staff through a web-based Document Management System (DMS) whose address is:

Persons wanting to submit documents for the Symposium should visit the website listed above and create an account. Those who created an account for use in submitting an abstract should use their existing credentials to access the DMS. Do not create more than one account on the DMS.

While it is not required that the person submitting documents is an author of a paper, all communication from the Symposium staff concerning a paper will be directed to the person who submits the documents (the account holder).

For questions about paper submission or for help with the Document Management System, please contact the Symposium staff using the contact information available here.