8th Biennial Emergy Research Conference

Abstract Submission

Please submit your abstracts via email to Sharlynn Sweeney and specify whether you wish to present a poster or talk.

Your abstract submission must include the following:

  • Title of Presentation
  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Poster or Talk
  • Abstract (about 250 words)

All contributors are expected to submit a paper, both for posters and presentations. You can either email us an electronic copy of your paper before the conference begins, or you can bring it with you and submit it on disk at the registration desk the day of the conference.

We will publish the proceedings of the conference as a book. Each paper will be reviewed and returned to authors for changes and final preparation. The proceedings will include a short explanation of emergy and provide definitions of common terms, so each author does not need to explain Emergy and common terms.

If possible, bring an electronic copy of your entire paper (including tables and figures) to the conference. Otherwise, the latest date for submission in three months after the conference, April 21st. We really appreciate your efforts in facilitating the revisions and formatting process. It will be time-saving for both the authors the editors to start formatting your papers right away according to the following guidelines.

Author Guidelines


All papers must be submitted in Microsoft Word format. If you don't have Microsoft Office, you can use Google Docs, which allows you to download your file as a Word file (.docx) which you can then send. Save the paper with the first author's last name followed by a descriptor in the title. (example, Smith_sustainability).

Page Setup

Download and use the Front Page Template, and copy and paste your manuscript in the template. Alternatively, set the margins of your manuscript for an 8.5x11 inches sheet of paper (European authors, beware to select the correct sheet size) to be 1.375 inches on all sides. To do so, go to File, Page setup, and type in 1.375 in the 4 cells next to Top, Bottom, Left, and Right. Then click to paper, and select paper size to be 8.5 inches width and 11 inches height. If your system is in centimeters, the margins are 3.49cm on all sides, and the paper size is 21.6cm width and 27.94cm height.

Font and Paragraph Setup

Use only Times New Roman font, for all the text, and tables and figure captions. All text blocks should be single spaced. Aim for no more than 10-15 pages single-spaced, including your tables and diagrams. Tables and diagrams should be kept as small as possible, while maintaining clarity and legibility.


Use standard scientific paper format:

  • Title (12 point bold font)
  • Authors with affiliation
  • Abstract (< 250 words, 10 point font)
  • MAIN HEADINGS (all caps, left justified)
  • Secondary Headings (caps and lower case, left justified)
  • Third Order Headings (caps lower case/ left justified)
  • References (10 point font as follows)
    • Campbell, D.E. 1998. Emergy analysis of human carrying capacity and regional sustainability: An example using the State of Maine. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 51: 531-569.
    • Odum, H.T. 1996. Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making John Wiley and Sons. New York.

Tables and Figures

For the review process, place tables and figures at the end of the manuscript with the captions on the same page (it is not necessary to have a separate caption page). Make sure all your tables and figures fit within the margins of the paper (1.375 inches on all sides, or 3.49 cm). If they do not fit within the margins, we will not be able to print them, so you may want to rearrange your tables/figures before submitting the paper. Also submit your tables and figures as separate files in the original application you used to make them. Color is okay for the digital version, but make sure it is not necessary to see the colors for the print version.

Calculations, Notes, and Appendices

Follow the format of Chapter 17, "Transformity and Simulation of Microbial Ecosystems," by H.T. Odum, in Emergy Synthesis 2: Proceedings of the Second Biennial Emergy Conference. More specifically:

  • Place calculations, notes and appendices at the end of the paper, after references.
  • Titles should be 12 pt font, UPPERCASE, bold, left justified


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8th Biennial Conference

January 16-18, 2014

University of Florida
J. Wayne Reitz Union
Ballroom A
Gainesville, Florida

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Contact Information

Mark T. Brown
Professor Emeritus
University of Florida
Environmental Engineering Sciences
Phelps Lab
PO Box 116350
Gainesville, FL  32611-6350

(352) 392-2309


Sharlynn Sweeney
Program Coordinator
University of Florida
Environmental Engineering Sciences
Phelps Lab
Gainesville, FL  32611-6350

(352) 392-2424