Submit Online

The Canadian Mineralogist uses an online manuscript submission system to conduct the review process and track article progress.

If you have submitted a manuscript before, or if you have served as a reviewer, you will already have an account. If you are new to The Canadian Mineralogist submission system, you will need to use the “Register Now” link to create an account before submitting your article.

Before submitting, please read the Submission Instructions and Style Guides & Templates below.

Click here to submit online using Editorial Manager.

The website will walk you through the process. You will likely find it helpful to have the title page and abstract of your article file open during submission. If you have any difficulties, you may use the help menu, or exit the system and contact the Managing Editor for assistance, without losing your work; the system will automatically save your submission-in-progress.

Editorial Manager will send you notification e-mails at designated points in the process. You may also login to the system to check the status of your submission at any time.

Submitting online through the manuscript submission system (See "Submit Online") is the preferred method. However, we will also accept articles submitted via e-mail or post. Before submitting, please consult the Submission Instructions and Style Guides and Templates on this page.

Submitting via E-mail

Articles submitted via e-mail should be sent to Mackenzie Parker, Managing Editor []. When submitted by e-mail, we find it easiest to work with a PDF document containing text, tables, and figures. Please keep tables and figures to the end of the document, rather than distributing them through the text. If present, supplementary data, structure factors, and CIF files should be in separate documents.

Submitting via Post

Please Note: Submissions via post (i.e., in hard copy) are extremely likely to be delayed, due to the vagaries of the postal system and the difficulty of creating electronic documents for use in editing and printing from these materials. Please submit electronically whenever possible.

However, understanding that some authors may not be able to submit electronically, we will accept submissions in hard copy at the following address:

Mackenzie Parker
c/o Lee Groat
Dept. of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
University of British Columbia
6339 Stores Road
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4

Include ALL materials. If possible, also include a CD or USB drive with electronic versions.

This page explains submission requirements, the submission process, the documents that are required at the time of submission, and the handling of supplementary data.

Submission Requirements

Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published, must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else, and must have the approval of all co-authors.

Submission Process

Whether a manuscript is submitted online (preferred), by e-mail, or by post, the overall process is the same:
  • Receipt of the submission is acknowledged.
  • The submission is assigned to an Associate Editor.
  • Two referees familiar with the theme of the paper are consulted by the Associate Editor.
  • The referees evaluate the manuscript and return their comments to the Associate Editor.
  • The Associate Editor considers the comments of the referees and makes a recommendation to the Editor.
  • The Editor makes the final decision on the manuscript.
  • The Editor contacts the authors to deliver the final decision.
  • Papers that contain the results of a crystal-structure investigation will be scrutinized by our Technical Editor for Crystal Structures, currently Prof. Ronald C. Peterson.
  • Manuscripts accepted for publication typically must be revised by the authors to address referee comments.
  • Revised manuscripts, along with high resolution figures and supplementary data, are either uploaded to the manuscript submission system, or are returned to the Managing Editor in an editable format to permit formatting for publication.
  • Approximately at the time proofs are produced, authors will be required to sign a Transfer of Copyright. Authors will also be requested to pay page charges at this time. Page charges are not required, but they are much appreciated For more information, see Page Charges, later on this page.

Required Documents

The format in which you submit your manuscript depends on which option for submission (online, e-mail, or post) you choose, but all of the following must be included: Regular manuscripts:
  • Manuscript text with continuous line numbers and page numbers
    Please include figure captions in the text. Most formats accepted, but .DOC and .DOCX are preferred.
  • Figures (if present)
    Most formats accepted, but high resolution (300 dpi or greater) .TIF or .EPS are preferred. Note that .CDR files are not compatible with typesetting.
  • Tables (if present)
    Most formats accepted, but .DOC, .DOCX, .XLS, or .XLSX are preferred.
  • Supplementary Data (if present)
    Any format. Since supplementary data is not typeset, you may arrange it in any way you please in any format you choose.
Manuscripts with crystallographic data must also include:
  • Table of structure factors
  • CIF file
Manuscripts on a new mineral species should also include:
  • A copy of the official communication received from the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification. Documentation on whether the new species has already been encountered can be obtained from the IMA website, which includes an IMA-approved list of unnamed minerals. The unnamed mineral code should be included in the text when the mineral is subsequently described in detail. This will not only enable the appropriate modifications of the IMA lists to be made in a timely fashion, but also ensure that both the name and the IMA code appear, where appropriate, in journal indices.

Supplementary Data

Large volumes of data, or data likely to interest only a few readers, are placed in the Depository of Unpublished Data, maintained on the MAC website. For example, this might include reams of compositional data on which a paper is based, a table of structure factors, or a digital version of IR and Raman spectra.

A code is defined once the pagination is finalized, of the form [document keyword CM##, xxx], where ## is the volume number and xxx is the DOI, and is inserted in the text.

Although not mandatory for acceptance, an article or revision submitted in The Canadian Mineralogist formatting style demonstrates that you are familiar with the journal and reduces production time after acceptance.

Below we provide some basic templates and style notes. We encourage you to download them and refer to them when formatting your manuscript. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Basic Manuscript Template

This template provides the formatting of the title page, abstract, main text, references, and figure captions, as well as indicating where Table should be provided. Please note that Figures should be provided as separate, high resolution image files, and not as part of the text file. [Download as a Word file] [Download as a PDF]

Table Formatting Instructions and Examples

Reformatting tables for the typesetter can add several days to your production time, if your tables are abundant. Providing them already in Canadian Mineralogist style can cut that time down significantly. [Download as a Word file] [Download as a PDF]

List of Symbols for Rock- and Ore-Forming Minerals (Updated March 9, 2018)

This list provides the approved symbols for minerals. Please use these symbols in all of figures, text, and tables. [Download as a PDF]

Non-Comprehensive List of Word and Symbol Styling

This list provides a few of the style preferences we use regarding details like modifiers for mineral names, hyphens and en-dashes, abbreviations, lists, symbols, and more. [Download as a Word file] [Download as a PDF]

Because The Canadian Mineralogist is a society-run journal, and because the MAC is a non-profit organization registered as an official charity, authors are asked to contribute financially to the publication of their article.

Page charges are assessed at $50 per page for non-MAC members and $40 per page for MAC members. Color pages are included at no additional cost.

These page charges are considered a legitimate expense by granting agencies, and should be budgeted for in writing a research proposal. Such charges are not to be construed as a condition for publication. In return for a contribution, authors can expect an official electronic copy of their article, approved for distribution in the same way as reprints (which they can also order), and as it appears on the GeoScience World site.

We have developed a comprehensive Open Access policy. However, implementation of this policy is waiting on final approval of legal paperwork.

In the meantime, if your institution requires Open Access, individual arrangements can usually be made.

If this is necessary, please advise the Managing Editor ( as early as possible in the publication process, as enabling Open Access becomes extremely difficult after certain publication milestones.