Author Resources

Click on the above link to the Speakers' Portal to submit your abstract

Conference Themes

The conference themes include:

  • Geometallurgy, mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, biometallurgy, & pyrometallurgy
  • Design of metallurgical plants – greenfield, brownfield, and expansions
  • Feasibility studies
  • Project management
  • Process and equipment selection
  • Construction and commissioning
  • Whole of life planning and operations
  • Control and instrumentation
  • Case studies of optimised operations
  • Management strategies
  • Green processing case studies
  • Water and tailings management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Emissions management
  • Care and maintenance case studies
  • Closure and rehabilitation

Case studies and discussion of world best practice in plant design and plant operations are actively encouraged. Collaborative papers by engineering, operations and consulting personnel are encouraged.

Online Abstract Submission

Click on the above link to the Speakers' Portal to submit your abstract.

Abstracts that are accepted by the conference convenors will be subject to peer review. The selection criteria include relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation. All accepted abstracts will be published as full papers in the conference proceedings and presented in the conference technical sessions. All presenting authors are required to register, pay and attend the conference to present their abstracts.

Download the MetPlant 2017 Guide to Authors.

Click here to view the guide to writing an abstract.

Critical Dates

Call for abstracts closed
Notification to authors of abstract acceptance completed
First draft papers due 27 March 2017
Notification of paper acceptance mid-May 2017
Registration, final papers and copyrights due 12 June 2017
MetPlant 2017 11-12 September 2017

Recognition of high-quality technical papers

After this event, selected high-quality papers may be submitted for publication in one of the prestigious AusIMM/IOM3 Transactions journals: Mining Technology, Applied Earth Science, or Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy. These papers will also qualify for consideration for the AusIMM Best Paper Prize, which is awarded annually at the AusIMM Awards Dinner.

Review Process

All submissions must go through all stages of the review process in order to be approved for publication in the proceedings and presentation at the conference.

Stage 1: Abstract Selection

All abstracts will be reviewed by the conference convenors, and authors of approved abstracts will be invited to submit a full-length paper (8000 words or less). Approval of an abstract at this stage does not guarantee that the full paper will automatically be accepted and included in the proceedings and the program. Papers must pass through two more reviewing stages for final approval.

By submitting your abstract you agree to the MetPlant Conference Series terms and conditions. Including that if your final paper is selected into the technical program at least one author of the paper registers and pays the discounted author registration fee with full intention of presenting the paper at the conference. Papers of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and program. Refer to the full terms and conditions.

Stage 2: Paper Selection

Papers that fully comply with the format requirements will be peer-reviewed, and authors of approved papers will be requested to submit a final paper. At this stage, papers will be recommended for a presentation and publication in the proceedings. Papers that have severe language flaws or those that are not written in accordance with the established format and style requirements of the MetPlant 2017 Guide to Authors will not be accepted for review and will be returned to authors for further editing.

Stage 3: Final Paper Approval

Papers will be reviewed by the conference convenors to ensure that all modifications have been made as per the technical reviewers' comments at stage 2. At this stage, final papers will be confirmed for a presentation and publication. Final papers approved for publication will be published in the conference proceedings.


Author Registration

Published proceedings will only contain papers from authors/presenters attending the conference. To confirm publication of a paper, as well as inclusion in the technical program of the conference, authors must ensure that at least one author per paper is registered and has paid the discounted author rate. Papers of authors who are not registered by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and the program.

Author Terms and Conditions for Paper Submission

Download the MetPlant Author Terms and Conditions for your records.

By submitting your abstract and/or paper you hereby agree to the following MetPlant Conference Series terms and conditions.

  1. Prior to submitting an abstract or paper that contains information that relates to, or reports on, a particular company or organisation, the appropriate level of approval must have been granted.
  2. Abstracts and papers submitted are of original quality (not previously published).
  3. Submissions of abstracts and first draft papers are loaded electronically via the MetPlant Speakers’ Portal.
  4. Abstracts submitted are in accordance with the MetPlant Guide to Authors* and should not exceed 300 words. Papers submitted are in accordance with the MetPlant Guide to Authors* and should not exceed 8000 words (less a word equivalent for tables and figures). The MetPlant paper template* must be used.
  5. The paper does not infringe on the copyright* of any other third party and copyright for said paper will be assigned to the AusIMM.
  6. Authors with accepted final papers agree to register, pay and attend the conference. At least one author/presenter must be registered and paid by the nominated deadline** in order for the paper to be published and presented. Any author who has not registered and paid by the nominated deadline will be automatically removed from the proceedings and program.
  7. Late withdrawals of final papers will incur penalties if withdrawn by the author at any time following the final submission date:
    • Authors will incur a A$400 desktop publishing fee.
    • The paper will be removed from the published proceedings and technical program.
    • In the instance that the author is not available to present the paper a suitable replacement may be found to present and pay the registration fee.

* The MetPlant 2017 Guide to Authors, paper template and copyright form can be downloaded from the Forms/Additional Information Required page on the MetPlant Speakers’ Portal.
**Refer to the Forms/Additional Information Required page.

For further information, please contact:

Belle Doley, Senior Coordinator, Publishing
Telephone: +61 3 9658 6153