Instructions for Preparing Contributions for the Proceedings

In order to make the creation of the proceedings from the workshop as easy as possible for the editors, all contributions must adhere to these instructions. Deviations from these instructions will only cause delays and may cause material to be presented in a manner other than that intended by the authors. These instructions are based upon formats used for the proceedings from previous International Workshops on Laser Ranging and modified as appropriate.

Invitation to Submit Papers

The local organizing and program committees have decided that the proceedings from the 20th International Workshop on Laser Ranging, held October 10-14, 2016 in Potsdam, Germany, will be issued in an online publication only. All participants who provided an oral or poster presentation at the workshop are invited to submit a paper compiled in the style, layout, and format as described below. Papers should not exceed six pages (figures, tables and references included).

The proceedings from this workshop will not be published in hardcopy form. To cite a paper from the workshop, an example format is provided:

J. Smith, A. White, New Instrumentation for Satellite Laser Ranging, 20th International Workshop on Laser Ranging, Potsdam, Germany, October 2016, <>.

Format for Submissions

Contributors are kindly requested to send their papers in electronic format using Microsoft Word; plain ASCII text will be accepted if necessary.

Papers should be clear, concise and written in English. Mathematical symbols and equations must be typed in, and metric/SI units should be used. Figures may be in color. Please ensure that units and axes are identified legibly on graphs and figures. Similarly, please ensure that symbols and wording within diagrams can be read.

All authors' names and affiliations should be included along with the email address of the primary author. References should appear at the end of each paper.

paper sizeDocument Specifications

All submissions should follow these specifications:

  • The page size should be U.S. standard 8 1/2 by 11 inches.
  • Body text should be formatted in a single column, 6 1/2 inches wide.
  • Top and bottom margins should be 1 inch.
  • Body text should be justified.
  • Body text should be Times New Roman 12 point.
  • Headings should be in Times New Roman 12 point bold.

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit papers via email to Carey Noll ( The deadline for contributions is JANUARY 31, 2017.

The editors will verify that the format and content are suitable for publication and will then convert all submissions to PDF format prior to putting the papers online in the correct sequence within the appropriate session. They have the authority to return files that need attention, in which case authors are asked to make the required corrections promptly. They may also make minor alterations, especially with respect to formatting, spelling, grammar and style, without referring back to the author. Please do not submit a copy of the presentation; papers should be in the form used by scientific journals.

Any questions regarding submission of contributions for the proceedings from the 20th International Workshop on Laser Ranging should be directed to: Carey Noll (

Copyright Transfer

All copyrights of the manuscript, including rights for publishing in any media, are transferred to ILRS/NASA CDDIS. The authors retain the following rights:

  1. All proprietary rights other than copyrights.
  2. Re-use of all or part of the manuscript in their work.
  3. Reproduction of the manuscript for author's personal use or for company/institution use provided that (a) the permission of the 20th International workshop on Laser Ranging is obtained prior to reproduction, (b) the source and ILRS/NASA CDDIS are indicated, and (c) the copies are not offered for sale.
  4. The consent of the author (or one of the authors) is sought as a condition in granting republication permission to others.