The GhIG will soon begin to publishe 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 GhIG welcomes submissions to any of the following publications.
The GhIG intends to be organising 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.
The GhIG would produce a series of technical journals that contain papers covering cutting edge science and technology from across the minerals industry.
The GhIG Bulletin
The GhIG Bulletin would be the Institution’s flagship bi-monthly magazine. Reaching key stakeholders in the minerals sector, the Bulletin would be Ghana ‘s largest circulating mining magazine and provide information on the latest technical innovations in mining, developments in key mining regions in Ghana and abroad, industry policy, activities of the GhIG and our members’ diverse working lives. To submit an article to The GhIG Bulletin, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The GhIG’s Monograph series would offer a catalogue of world-class technical reference volumes from 2016. Each monograph would cover a significant topic within the minerals profession, and the publications are intended to remain relevant for a very long time.
The GhIG’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.
If, upon reviewing the proposal guidelines, you find that your proposal is outside GhIG ‘s scope you may wish to consider self-publishing.
GhIG 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 GhIG 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 GhIG 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 GhIG 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.
The GhIG 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 GhIG 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 GhIG . Authors are encouraged to conduct their own searches and select the service that is right for them.
- BioEdit Ltd
- Cambridge Proofreading Ltd
- The Charlesworth Group language-editing service
- Elite Editing
- Science Docs Inc
- SciTechEdit International
- 24×7 Editing