Instructions for Authors

Contributions are due by 16 December 2001


The conference proceedings will be edited by R. Bender and A. Renzini and will be published in the Springer-Verlag series "ESO Astrophysics Symposia".

Obtaining the LaTeX macros:

Contributions must be formatted with LaTeX using the LaTeX macros which are available from the ESO ftp host via the URL:

If you retrieve these files via a Web browser, please note that you need to use the browser's "Save As..." facility.

If you are not using a Web browser to obtain the files, please do the following:

Anonymous ftp to:

login in as anonymous and change to directory:


then "get" all of the files in this directory.

Remember to change to binary mode before transferring files with the extensions .PDF, .doc, .dvi.

Preparing your contribution:

The files 1readme.PDF (pdf format) and 1readme.doc (MS Word format) contain detailed instructions for authors.

The file author.tex contains a sample contribution, which can be used as a template for your own text. The files author.dvi and are the .dvi and .ps files generated from the author.tex file by running LaTeX and dvips, and the file figure.eps is a sample figure.

If you include your own LaTeX command definitions, please keep these to an absolute minimum, and DO NOT change the macros, as this can cause unpredictable effects when the individual contributions are compiled together to produce the final book manuscript.

Figures must be provided as PostScript files and should be incorporated in your contribution using the "graphicx" package as demonstrated in the demo file author.tex.

Please use the following naming convention for your files: The Latex file of your text should be called myname.tex, where "myname" (all in lower-case) is the name of the first author. Any figures should be named "" (or .eps), "" etc, for figure 1, figure 2a, etc.

Page limits:

The page limits are:

    Oral presentations: up to 6 pages
    Poster papers: up to 2 pages

Please try to observe these limits. It is anticipated that some editorial overview will be exercised and authors may be requested to make changes to their papers.

Colour illustrations:

Due to the high cost of printing colour plates, only a very limited number of colour illustrations will be accepted, and only if there is a strong scientific justification.

Submitting your contribution:

Please submit the LaTeX source file of your contribution, and PostScript files of any figures, via ftp as follows:

Anonymous ftp to:

login in as anonymous and change to directory:


and "put" all your files in this directory using the naming convention explained above. Finally, let us know by sending a short message to Pamela Bristow (


The deadline for receipt of contributions is 16 December 2001.