Abstract Submission (Extended to May 20, 2017)

Abstract Deadline (Extended): Monday, May 20, 2017

Participants of the conference who are interested in giving a contributed talk or presenting a poster should submit a one-page abstract. (Download Word Template)

The conference will follow its traditional single-session format of 15-minute oral contributed presentations followed by lively 5-minute discussion periods. The three-day format of the conference limits the total number of speakers to about 50. All submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the program committee. The accepted abstracts will be assigned to oral or poster presentations.

Please indicate your preference (oral or poster) at the bottom of your abstract.

Each abstract should be submitted as a one-page Word document using the abstract template for the PEC 2017 meeting. Please be sure that the abstract file name is identified by your last name followed by your first initial, underscore, PEC2017_Abstract (e.g., doej_PEC2017_Abstract). Attach and send the abstract to the following email address zhiqiang”at”pdx.edu using PEC2017 Abstract for the email subject line.

Nottingham Prize Contestants

Students interested in competed for the Nottingham prize should follow these special abstract submission instructions.

Poster Presentation

We strongly recommend that posters be prepared on a single sheet, approximately 40 inches (100 cm) wide and 32 inches (80 cm) high. Mounting materials including pins and adhesive tape will be provided.


Full Paper 

Manuscript deadline: September 1, 2017

Papers presented at the 77th PEC 2017 shall be submitted for publication in the Jan/Feb JVST B 2018 issue of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B (JVST-B). The papers will be peer reviewed.  Accepted papers appear online immediately after proof processing.


Papers will be reviewed according to criteria set by the JVST and must meet JVST standards for both technical content and written English. All manuscripts are reviewed to the same standards as regular JVST submissions.

Submit your manuscripts to the JVST journal, chosen for your specific conference, using the journals’ online manuscript submission system, the JVST Peer X-Press site:


In preparing your article, you should follow the instructions for contributors, which may be found on the Information for Contributors link at


Authors are encouraged to use the JVST templates. Please use the JVST Article Template for Word found on the above author information link. The easiest way to prepare your manuscript is to use the available JVST Article Template to delete and replace text as necessary.

Note that acceptance to present at the conference does not guarantee the acceptance of the manuscript. To be published in JVST, the manuscript must:

(1) present original findings, conclusions or analysis that have not been published previously by the authors or others,

(2) be free of errors and ambiguities,

(3) support conclusions with data and analysis,

(4) be written clearly, and

(5) have high impact in its field, which must be within the scope of topics covered by the journal.

Note: Authors should select “Regular Article” as the type of paper within the conference special issue (not Letter, Shop Note, etc.)

It is very IMPORTANT that authors indicate to which conference the paper is submitted. Online, you will have an opportunity to tell us that your paper is a part of a conference by choosing “Conference/Special Issue” under the article type and then the conference name from a list.

Acceptable manuscript file types are MSWord, LaTeX, and PDF. For the initial submission/review process, a single PDF or MSWord file including the figures is sufficient. However, once a paper is accepted, MSWord or TeX file of the text, any tables and the list of figure captions along with the separate figure files will be required for final production. Use of color in figures is encouraged.

Figures appear online in color for free. Prepare illustrations in the final published size, not oversized or undersized.

For any other details about manuscript preparation, please refer to the JVST B journal web page, Author tab, Information for Contributors


Note: Please observe the deadline to allow for timely processing. JVST will try to include papers submitted after this deadline with the conference special issue, but these papers may appear in a later issue.

SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT to: http://jvstb.peerx-press.org