Author Information

The AusIMM publishes a wide variety of highly respected publications that cover all aspects of the global minerals sector. With a large stable of conference proceedings, technical publications and periodicals, the AusIMM welcomes submissions to any of the following publications.

Conference proceedings

The AusIMM organises several high-profile conferences each year on a range of topics from across the minerals sector. Authors are invited to submit an abstract for a conference, and if accepted will have the opportunity to present their findings to their industry peers. For a list of conferences currently calling for papers, please click here.

Technical journals

The IOM3 and the AusIMM collaboratively produce a series of technical journals that contain papers covering cutting edge science and technology from across the minerals industry. The ‘Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy' journals provide a highly credible avenue for the publication of peer reviewed, technical literature for use by minerals professionals. To submit a paper to one of our technical journals, please click here.

The AusIMM Bulletin

The AusIMM Bulletin is the Institute's flagship bi-monthly magazine. Reaching over 10,000 key stakeholders in the minerals sector, the Bulletin is Australia's largest circulating mining magazine and provides information on the latest technical innovations in mining, developments in key mining regions in Australia and abroad, industry policy, activities of the AusIMM and our members' diverse working lives. To submit an article to The AusIMM Bulletin, please contact

Technical publications

The AusIMM's Monograph series offers a catalogue of world-class technical reference volumes. Each monograph covers a significant topic within the minerals profession, and the publications are intended to remain relevant for a very long time.
The AusIMM's Spectrum series offers high-quality technical or special-interest volumes that cover either a specialised technical topic or a topic of regional or historic interest.

To submit a proposal for a new Monograph or Spectrum project, please complete the proposal form and submit to

If, upon reviewing the proposal guidelines, you find that your proposal is outside AusIMM's scope you may wish to consider self-publishing. AusIMM member Tony Hope, author of The Hope Factor, has put together some useful tips for those who may be interested in pursuing this option, available here.

The AusIMM Guide to Authors

PD hours

AusIMM Members can claim the following PD hours for authoring conference or journal papers:

  • up to 40 hours for a technical conference paper
  • up to 50 hours for a peer-reviewed paper in an AusIMM technical publication or journal.

Guide to writing an abstract

Generally, an abstract for a technical (science and engineering) paper is informative (as distinct from a descriptive abstract often seen in humanities papers). While normally it should be written after the completion of the paper, in order to assess the paper for inclusion in an AusIMM conference we ask that the initial abstract be written in advance (based on the work to date and the intended actions to be covered in the paper). The abstract should then be reviewed after the paper has been completed and modified appropriately. The following general principles apply to both the initial and final abstracts.

The length of the abstract should be the minimum number of words required to adequately describe the work. It should be somewhere in the order of 200 to 400 words.

The principal aim of the abstract is to summarise the work (intended work in the case of an initial abstract) and entice the reader to read the full paper.

The abstract should include:

  • A brief description of what is broken and needs to be fixed. For example, an account of a problem or issue that needs to be resolved, a summary of an existing condition that needs to be reviewed or a description of a substandard situation encountered.
  • A brief description of what you did (or in the case of an initial abstract 'what is planned'). For example, an outline of the steps taken to fix the problem or a summary of the actions or situations reviewed in order to qualify the problem.
  • A brief description of what you found, determined or uncovered.
  • The outcomes from the study. What do you conclude or recommend as a result of this action or study. How does this affect the problem or issue? What application of this can be applied to the problem or similar problems?

The AusIMM also requires that the authors' name/s, title/s, position/s, organisation/s and contact details be included with the abstract.

Remember to review and if necessary rewrite the abstract at the completion of the study and the paper. The ultimate aim of the abstract is to entice the reader to read the full paper.

English-language editing

The AusIMM recommends that authors for whom English is a second language seek the assistance of an English-language editorial service prior to submitting their paper for peer review. This process is not mandatory but it can help to improve the quality of your written submission and is therefore encouraged. Papers published by The AusIMM must be written in clear, concise English.
Some examples of organisations that offer this service are given below. This list is not comprehensive, nor are these organisations endorsed by The AusIMM. Authors are encouraged to conduct their own searches and select the service that is right for them.