SPE International Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition 16 - 18 Oct 2018 Sheraton Oman Hotel Muscat, Oman

Call for Papers - Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to be an SPE member to submit an abstract?

No, anyone may submit an abstract for an SPE conference. We do, however, encourage you to join SPE for many reasons. Find out the many benefits of becoming an SPE member.

What information are you looking for in an abstract?

An abstract should demonstrate that your paper will:

  1. Contribute technically sound knowledge in a particular area of petroleum technology.
  2. Present new/novel knowledge or experience that has not been published previously.
  3. Not be commercial in nature and will not promote specific companies, products, or services.
  4. The abstract should include the following factual highlights:
    1. Objectives/Scope
    2. Methods, Procedures, Process
    3. Results, Observations, Conclusions
    4. Novel/Additive Information

Is there a word limit for abstracts?

The suggested limit is 225-450 words, which should not be constraining if the paper proposal is limited to the defined, factual highlights.

In what languages can I submit my abstract?


When does the submission system close?

The online submission system will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on the stated deadline date, 18 MARCH 2018.

Did you receive my abstract submission? Where is my confirmation of abstract submission?

The online manuscript system does not send an automated email confirmation.

How do I get a copy of my abstract submission?

SPE doesn’t provide a copy of the submitted abstract. If you require an abstract please ask the main author.

What is the status of my abstract?

SPE will notify all co-authors of the status (accepted or declined) of their abstract after the Programme Committee has completed the review and rating period, and made their programme selections.

Can I include a figure or photo in my abstract?


Can I withdraw my abstract after I have submitted it?

Yes. Please email the Programme Lead for the conference to ask that your abstract be removed from consideration.

Can I submit my abstract to multiple conferences at the same time?

No, per the SPE Conference Dual Submission Policy, authors are allowed to submit the same abstract to only one conference at a time.

Authors will be allowed to submit abstracts to only one conference at a time. An abstract must be declined by a Programme Committee prior to being submitted to another conference for consideration. In the event it is detected that an abstract has been submitted to more than one conference, all versions/copies of that abstract will be removed from consideration. Any paper previously presented at a conference and published in OnePetro may not be re-submitted for publication at another SPE conference. The author may present the subject matter at subsequent conferences at the invitation of the program committee, but the paper will not be included in the conference proceedings.

Important Dates

11 December 2017

Call For Papers Opens

29 March 2018

Call For Papers Closes

December 2017 – Mid-April 2018

Programme Committee Review and Rating

19 April 2018

Author (Acceptance/Rejections) Notification

2 September 2018

Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline

2 September 2018

Manuscript Submission Deadline

16-18 October 2018


Author Resources

Sample Paper Proposal (pdf)
How to Write an Abstract
SPE Conference Policy
Abstract Submittal
Help with the English Language

Note to authors

An agreement to present a paper at this SPE conference carries an obligation to participate in the event.