Important deadlines

8 January 2021 – Notification to authors
25 February 2021 – Paper submissions due
8 April 2021 – Notifications to authors
25 April 2021 – Paper revisions due
10 May 2021 – Final decisions to authors

Paper submission

We are no longer accepting papers for the 55th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium. The templates below are provided for information only.

Instructions to authors for paper submission

Authors are required to submit papers by 25 February 2021. Please prepare your full paper and ensure that you upload it onto the submission site. You will also have to consent to the copyright release via the online paper system. Paper template and instructions can be found in the Paper Instruction Templates.

Notifications will be sent to the authors by 8 April 2021; at this point, papers can be (i) accepted, (ii) accepted with revisions, or (iii) rejected depending on technical quality, relevance to rock mechanics/geomechanics, and readability. Readability means understandable English. Papers requiring revisions must be resubmitted by 25 April 2021, and final decisions will be communicated to the authors by 10 May 2021.

Full delegate registration by at least one of the authors must be received by 1 June 2021 – papers for which no delegate payment has been received will not be included in the program or the proceedings. Individuals may register for up to two papers. Other symposium items such as technical tours or field trips may be added to the registration package at any time. A presentation slot – either oral on the podium or poster on the floor – will be assigned after submission and acceptance of the final paper and registration of the author.

Information for authors re virtual symposium

Dear Authors for 55th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium:

ARMA has decided that, due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, the in-person symposium scheduled for 21-23 June 2021 in Houston, Texas, will be replaced by an online virtual symposium. We reached this decision reluctantly after reviewing various international travel restrictions and projections for pandemic conditions in that region of the country. We want to assure the health and safety of all of our friends and colleagues.

We are exploring different platforms that will allow full presentations of accepted papers, as well as posters, exhibits and social meetings. Symposium participants will be required to register for considerably less than an in-person meeting.

As a potential symposium author, please know that all accepted papers will be published in proceedings and posted on the OnePetro library. The upcoming notification dates are:

08 April 2021 – Notifications to authors
30 April 2021 – Paper revisions due
14 May 2021 – Final decisions to authors

We understand that you may wish not to include your paper in a virtual meeting. If you wish to withdraw the paper, please request via email to


Peter Smeallie
Executive Director
American Rock Mechanics Association
600 Woodland Terrace
Alexandria, VA 22302
703-683-1808 (office)
703-801-1088 (cell)


Paper formatting guidelines (PDF)

Paper formatting guidelines (Word)

NOTE: The link to submit the full paper is provided in the abstract acceptance email sent out to authors.