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GRC Annual Meeting 2019 - Call for Papers Issued (PDF) (January 16)

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) invites you to present your latest technical work in geothermal research, exploration, development and utilization at GRC’s 42nd Annual Meeting September 15-18, 2019 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California. Our theme this year is Geothermal: Green Energy for the Long Run.

Successful selection to present at the GRC 2019 Annual Meeting is prestigious and recognizes the presenter as a top industry expert. International participation is an important part of the success of the GRC Annual Meeting technical programs and we encourage geothermal researchers and experts from the USA and around the world to submit their work for consideration to be presented at the GRC 2019 Annual Meeting.

Anyone Who Wants To Present At The GRC Annual Meeting Must Submit A Paper!

Authors may submit a poster and/or oral technical presentation at the GRC’s 2019 Annual Meeting. 

The Paper submission deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019. 

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2019 Special Session Topics


  • Advancements in Resource Development, Wellbore Construction & Completion
  • Diversity within the Geothermal Industry
  • EGS Collab Project
  • Experimental & Modeling Techniques for Geology, Geophysics & Hydrology
  • Geothermal Growth in East Africa
  • Geothermal Policy
  • Geothermal Well Integrity Technologies
  • Harnessing Energy & Water in the Salton Sea
  • Mineral Extraction From Geothermal Fluids
  • Modernizing Steam Controls
  • Production Well Automation Upgrades
  • Remote Sensing for Exploration & Resource Assessment
  • Spanish Language (Papers will be written & presented in Spanish)
  • Statistics in Geothermal Exploration
  • Technology Transfer Between Oil & Gas and Geothermal Applications
  • Uncertainty & Risk Analysis to Inform Geothermal Project Decisions
  • Wellhead Assembly Equipment, Maintenance & Best Practices

2019 General Paper Topics

  • Business Development / Finance/ Market Analysis
  • Drilling
  • Direct Use / Heat Pumps
  • Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Exploration / Resource Assessment
  • Field Operations / Production Technologies
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geothermal Education and Community Engagement
  • Geothermal Energy Associated with Oil and Gas Operations
  • Geothermal Project Case Studies
  • Geophysics
  • Power Operations / Flexible Generation / Maintenance
  • Regulatory / Environmental Compliance / Policy Issues
  • Reservoir Engineering/ Reservoir Management/ Modeling
  • Sedimentary Basins
  • Utilities and Transmission
  • Country Updates (example: East African Rift / Philippines)
  • Regional Updates (example: Salton Sea / Basin & Range / Cascades)

Instructions To Submit Your Draft Paper

(Must submit online only)

  1. Create a login and profile on the CMT website (if you submitted a paper last year, please use the same login or click on "Reset Password" tab ).
  2. Click on "Create new submission" button
  3. Enter the required information, upload your documents, and answer the questions.
    • Upload your completed draft paper(s) and License to Use and Reproduce form(s):
      • A completed draft paper with all illustrations (including tables, figures, charts, photos, and maps) embedded within the text.
        1. You must use the GRC Paper Template to format your paper(s) and the file must be in word format. A Paper Style Key can be found on the GRC website to explain the styles, fonts and format we use for the GRC Paper Template.
        2. Papers must be at least 1,000 words in length and not exceed 7,000 words, including references, charts, maps, graphs, figures, diagrams, tables, and other illustrations.
        3. Please include a minimum of 5-10 keywords below the title and author(s) on the first page of your paper(s).
        4. References to published literature must be fully cited at the end of the paper. Unreliable sources such as Wikipedia must never be cited.
      • A copy of the License to Use and Reproduce form signed by all authors and co-authors (no exception, ALL authors and co-authors must sign).
  4. Please make sure to click on the "Submit" Button to save and submit entry. You should receive an email notification regarding your submissions as well as you will see it on your CMT main author console page.

CMT Website: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/User/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FGRC2019

Draft papers will be reviewed March 18 - April 19 and authors will be notified of their status (accepted/rejected) during the week of May 6-10, 2019. All accepted authors will be given further instructions upon notification. The Final Paper format and submission instructions can be found in the GRC Author’s Instructions. If your draft paper is accepted, then you will be required to submit a Final Draft of your technical paper regardless if you are presenting a poster and/or an oral presentation. We require a completed technical paper for both poster and oral presentations because all papers are published in the GRC’s Transactions Volume Flash Drive unless otherwise specified. Papers are expected to be presented in person at the 2019 GRC Annual Meeting. Failure to do so may result in the paper being removed from the Transactions and/or not included in the GRC online library. For more information, please visit our The GRC website at www.geothermal.org.

GRC 2019 Annual Meeting Deadlines

March 15th                       
Deadline for submission of Draft Papers.              

March 18th – April 19th   
Draft Papers will be reviewed by 2019 Annual Meeting Technical Committee

May 6th – 10th                   
Authors will be notified of their draft paper status (accepted or rejected). All accepted authors will receive further instructions on how to submit and format their final draft.

May 31st                           
Deadline for submission of Final Technical Papers and confirming your attendance to the Annual Meeting. By submitting your Final Draft, you are confirming you or a speaker will be attending and presenting your paper at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Authors must submit a final corrected and formatted copy of their paper specified by the Author Instructions. Adherence to this deadline is a necessary condition of final paper acceptance.

June 28th                         
Deadline for authors to withdraw their paper without penalty. If you do not withdraw your paper and no one shows up to present your paper during the Annual Meeting, all authors involved with that paper will not be allowed to publish or present at the GRC Annual Meeting for 2 years. Papers are expected to be presented in person at the 2019 GRC Annual Meeting. Failure to do so will also result in the paper being removed from the Transactions (if possible) and/or not be included in the GRC online library.

Paper Submission Acceptance Standards & Requirements

Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meetings provide an international forum for the exchange of new and significant research information on all aspects of geothermal resource characterization, exploration, development and utilization. The official language of the GRC Annual Meetings is English.

All papers submitted for presentation at GRC Annual Meetings are reviewed by our Technical Program Committee with respect to topic, content, originality and overall quality. Annual Meeting presentations may be oral (usually limited to 15 - 20 minutes, including discussion), and/or in Poster Session format. Final assignment of papers to oral and/or poster presentation format (or publication only) will be made by the Technical Program Committee.

Acceptance Standards

Technical papers can be submitted to the GRC for oral or poster presentation, or a combination of both or for publication only. Unless specified otherwise by the author(s), all accepted papers will be published in the GRC Transactions. Each paper offered for initial and final consideration by the Technical Program Committee must be accompanied by the License to Use & Reproduce Form. The GRC reserves the right to reject any submissions that do not meet minimum acceptance requirements. Papers submitted for oral and/or poster presentations will undergo peer review by the Technical Program Committee, which will examine all submissions for technical accuracy and adherence to the following standards:

  • All papers for submission to the GRC must be written in English, with text that is grammatically correct and free of typographical errors. The Technical Program Committee will provide limited assistance to authors whose second language is English to bring their papers up to basic grammatical standards.
  • All papers must be formatted using the GRC Paper Template. Failure to do so can result in the rejection or removal of your paper.
  • Illustrations and other graphics must be concise, well organized and clearly readable. Tables and figures must be sequentially numbered and referenced in the text. Captions should provide adequate descriptive information. Do not group several independent figures together under one caption. References to published literature must be fully cited at the end of the paper.
  • All papers should provide appropriate credit for any technical or editorial contribution and when appropriate should credit funding sources.

Acceptance Requirements

The GRC Annual Meeting technical committee is made up of geothermal industry experts. This committee is charged with creating a highly educational and informative Annual Meeting program consisting of technical and poster presentations and panels that address topical and timely geothermal industry issues.

The primary criteria to be used in the selection process are:

  • Papers are relevant to the Annual Meeting theme.
  • Papers demonstrate one or more actions needed to secure a sustainable energy future through geothermal projects
  • Papers identify major issues and challenges and discuss solutions for advancing the geothermal industry.
  • Papers avoid sales pitches or commercials.
  • Work is relevant and of interest to annual meeting attendees.
  • Work is new or presents a new perspective on previously published or presented material.
    • It is essential that reviewers be told by the authors when any portion of a paper is based heavily on previous work, even if this work has been written by one or more of the authors of the paper. It is the responsibility of the author not only to cite the previous work, including their own, but to provide an indication of the extent to which a paper depends on this work. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
    • In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper (peer reviewed or not). Exceptions may be made, at the publisher’s discretion, in certain conditions. Examples of such conditions include:
      • The audiences targeted by the publications are different.
      • The paper presents a new perspective on previously published material.
      • The paper is an update of the previously published material, focusing mainly on the new research and data found since the published material.
  • Papers are well-organized and clearly describe their relevance to the industry, i.e., offer practical applications and uses for the information presented. Applicants are encouraged to use case studies, offer solutions and include specifics.
  • Papers offer a degree of in-depth content, even though the audience ranges from beginners to experts.

Consultants and manufacturers may submit papers of a non-commercial nature, but obvious commercial sales pitches will not be accepted for a presentation. Being selected to present at the Geothermal Resources Council 2019 Annual Meeting is a privilege and recognizes the presenter as a top industry expert.