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12th International Symposium on the Ordovician System

12th ISOS, June 2015

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Central Appalachian Mountains

Thank you to the over 80 Delegates from 15 different countries that made the 12th International Symposium on the Ordovician System hosted on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, June 8-11, 2015 a successful meeting!

The symposium was co-sponsored by SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology and was part of IGCP Project 591.  The Conference Proceedings Volume and Field Trip Guides are available on the public access page for Stratigraphy ( and on the SEPM Sedimentary Record Site (  The Conference Proceedings Volume and three of the Field Trips Guides were globally distributed as Vol.13, No.2-Appendix A of The Sedimentary Record, and will be archived on this SEPM site as well as on the public acccess page for Stratigraphy

Thank you to our friends at Stratigraphy and SEPM for your support in distributing the research activities of the 12th International Symposium on the Ordovician System.

It is now time to submit  papers for full peer review to Stratigraphy for a theme issue that will be published at the end of 2015.

                                                                                     Stephen A.  Leslie, Daniel Goldman, and Randall C. Orndorff

                                                                                     On behalf of the organizing committee


Submitting Papers to the Stratigraphy- Theme Issue Celebrating the 12th ISOS 

(Must be submitted by August 1)

1) Go to When you submitted your abstract or Conference Proceedings Volume paper for the meeting, you created a login.   Use your email address as ID where “user name” is indicated to log in to the manuscript submission page. (If you are a new author, you must first register before you can submit your paper.)
2) Once you have logged in to the "Submit a Manuscript" page  (to do this you click on "Begin" choose the "Authors" and "Submit a Manuscript" tabs)
A.  Select "Stratigraphy – ISOS theme Issue"  from the "Journal or special issue (select one)" drop down box, to link your manuscript to this issue
B.  Follow the instructions to upload your documents.
3)  For the reviewer’s use, we ask that you include a single PDF file with all illustrations and figures included. – but with low-resolution, small versions of illustrations to make the PDF easier to handle. You must also submit the text separately in a Word file, and full size graphics as JPG or TIFF.  
4)  Text shall be written in English.
5)  At least one of the authors must have been formally registered as a participant in the meeting, and you must have indicated that you were planning to submit an paper for this issue (if you have questions email  Only papers that are successful through the first round of peer review will be published in this volume
6)   Papers  have a maximum of 12 journal pages of text, figures, and references when published in stratigraphy (a few exceptions are possible with permission of the editors, email A full page of text in Stratigraphy will contain approximately 1,000 words, or 5,200 characters including spaces; this is between 3 and 4 typescript pages, depending on author's font and spacing. The captions to plates and figures take up more area, equivalent to 600 words per full page.
7)  All submissions must follow the guidelines for Stratigraphy (


Conference Dates

  • Deadline for registration, abstracts, and Payment MARCH 15, 2015
  • Deadline for booking accommodations at JMU APRIL 1, 2015
  • Distribution of 3rd Circular (in Ordovician News)
  • Pre-meeting Field Trips JUNE 3-7, 2015
  • Technical Sessions JUNE 8,9,11, 2015
  • Conference Field Trip JUNE 10
  • Conference Dinner JUNE 11
  • Post-Meeting Field Trips JUNE 12-17
  • Deadline for short papers for the special issue of Stratigraphy AUGUST 1, 2015


Registration Fees

Conference Fee (by March 15)                                                                        $300

Covers the costs of publication,ice breaker, coffee breaks, conference field trip, conference dinner, etc.

Conference Fee for Students (by March 15)                                                   $150

Accompanying Person Fee                                                                             $100

Late Conference Fee                                                                                       $375

Breakfast ticket - Optional (June 8-12)                                                         $35

Lunch Tickets - Optional (June 8, 9, 11)                                                        $30

            Lunch is included on the conference field trip

Pre-conference excursion A (June 3-7)

            Southern Appalachians                                                                       $650

Includes transportation, guidebook, meals and double occupancy lodging. Note that this trip begins in Birmingham, AL and ends in Harrisonburg, VA

Pre-conference excursion B (June 3-7)                                                         $550

            Oklahoma (begins and ends in Dallas, TX)

Includes transportation in Texas/Oklahoma (participants responsible for their own transportation to/from Dallas, TX), guidebook, meals and double occupancy lodging.

Post-conference Excursion A (June 12-17)                                                   $750

            Central and north-central Appalachians

Includes transportation, guidebook, meals and double occupancy lodging.


Refunds of 50% of the conference and excursion fees will be paid if the cancellation is received before May 1st, 2015. No refunds are possible after this date.


The meeting will be on the campus of James Madison University ( in the City of Harrisonburg (  We are located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (  The town of Harrisonburg was officially chartered in the late 18th century, though its settlement began much earlier. Its population is just under 50,000 and growing. The weather in June is moderate, with average monthly temperatures ranging from an average low of about 15 ˚C (59˚F) at night to an average high of 28˚C (83˚F) during the day.

Those who enjoy outdoor activities will find many opportunities nearby given JMU's location between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Valley and Ridge to the west. Shenandoah National Park is 15 miles to the east and offers some of the best scenery in the eastern US along the scenic Skyline Drive.

Reaching Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg is close to major highways (Interstate 81 and Interstate 64) and is serviced by Shenandoah Regional Airport (airport code SHD,

Both Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are approximately two hours away by car.  Charlottesville, Virginia (airport code CHO) is one hour away. 

We will make arrangements for coaches to be available for transportation from Dulles International Airport (Airport Code IAD) to Harrisonburg at two times on June 7th.  We will also provide coaches, if necessary, to Dulles on the morning of June 12thPlease indicate on the registration form if you plan to use the coach service

Lodging & Meals

University Dorm Housing (Per person/per night)

SINGLE OCCUPANCY                          $38.50

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY                        $28.50

* Room rates do not include linen. For optional linen service, a per person charge of $7.50 per will be assessed.

University meal plan  (Available June 8-12)                                                

Breakfast                      $7.00 per day

Lunch                          $10.00 per day

Social Program for Accompanying Partners

The Shenandoah Valley boasts many vineyards, historic sites, and spectacular natural scenery including public caverns (,, ), and Shenandoah National Park ( These may be visited easily by accompanying persons and are most accessible via rental car. If there is sufficient interest trips may also be scheduled for Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States ( and Montpelier, the home of James Madison, father of the US Constitution, fourth President of the United States (  In addition Harrisonburg is located 2 hours from the many attractions of Washington DC.