Call for Review Chapter Proposal

Deadline April May 1, 2020 

Protostars & Planets VII (PP7)

1 – 7 April 2021, Kyoto, Japan

The Protostars & Planets series has served the community for more than three decades with state-of-the-art compilations of the current knowledge in the fields of star and planet formation. The previous volume PPVI was published in 2014. Since then, the field of Protostars & Planets has advanced significantly. The next Protostars & Planets conference will take place in Kyoto, Japan, April 1-7, 2021. For more details about the schedule and location, please visit the conference website.

A primary outcome of the conference will be a book of review articles as Protostars and Planets VII. This announcement is a call for proposals for review chapters in the book and associated talks. Since the organizers would like to have sufficient time to evaluate the proposals, we ask you to submit proposals by April May 1, 2020. The respective deadlines and dates are the following:

Dec. 13, 2019 (this announcement): Call for review chapters and talk proposals
Apr. 1, 2020  (15:00JST): Deadline for the submission of proposals
May. 1, 2020 (15:00JST): New Deadline for the submission of proposals 
(See also here.)

Oct. 1, 2020: Decision on review chapters and talks
Oct. 1, 2020: Start of registration
Dec. 1, 2020: End of early registration
Feb. 1, 2021: Submission of extended skeleton papers
Mar. 1, 2021: Submission of the final review article
Apr. 1, 2021: Start of PP7 meeting

We encourage different groups to collaborate and present comprehensive reviews where the competing schools of thoughts are discussed in context and where common ground as well as controversies are explored in an unbiased and objective way. We see this as a very important aspect of the scientific value of the conference and the resulting book. We aim for about 30 chapters of about 25 pages each, but the actual numbers and lengths of the review chapters may vary depending on decisions by the SAC. We invite everybody in the community (including the SAC members but excluding the PPVII Editors) to propose a chapter and associated talk for Protostars & Planets VII. As in previous meetings of Protostars & Planets, each review chapter will be represented by a talk during the conference. The speaker may be the first author of the chapter but it may also be one of co-authors to increase the visibility of various members of the teams. The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) encourages such a split approach.


Submissions should include: the short summary of proposal, the list of authors, list of sections, and description of the subjects. The length should be no more than 4 pages including figures and tables but excluding references. All the files should be in a single pdf format and should not exceed 5MB in size.

[New Rules]

In PPVII we have decided on the rule that *any author cannot be in multiple proposals*. This “one proposal per person” rule applies irrespective of being the first author or co-author. In addition, it is our goal that each chapter will not be a loosely connected collection of subsections written by individuals, but a comprehensive and coherent whole. Therefore, a proposal with too many co-authors is not recommended. *Proposals with 3-6 authors that provide a broad perspective are encouraged*. In this way, we hope a small number of authors are responsible for their own single review proposal.

[Note that “3-6” for the number of authors is a suggestion from editors and SAC and we do not strictly limit the maximum number of authors. It is possible to submit a proposal with more than 6 co-authors. However, if you propose a chapter with many authors, we recommend you to justify the necessity. (added on Feb. 1, 2020) ]


Submission of a chapter proposal is now open at the conference website until 15:00 JST (= 6:00 UTC) of April May 1st, 2020.

The submission system is constructed using Google Form, and one can update the submitted proposal until the deadline using the re-edit link provided at the first submission. However, it is strongly advised to complete submission well before the deadline in order to avoid too many accesses at one time.

If you encounter any problems during the submission process (we are aware that it is problematic in certain countries), feel free to contact the organizers at

As a guideline for the structure of the conference and book, the Editors and SAC provide a list of topics to be covered below. We note that this list is not binding and further suggestions and proposals are welcome.

The templates for submitting documents are available here.

Go to Submission

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC):
Joao Alves (Austria), Philippe Andre (France), Isabelle Baraffe (UK), John Carpenter (Chile), Paola Caselli (Germany), Wen-Ping Chen (Taiwan), Kees Dullemond (Germany), Tristan Guillot (France), Alyssa Goodman (USA), Lynne Hillenbrand (USA), Thomas Henning (Germany), Shigeru Ida (Japan), Doug Johnstone (Canada), Inga Kamp (Netherlands), Mark Krumholz (Australia), Jeong-Eun Lee (Korea), Victoria Meadows (USA), Michael Meyer (USA), Richard Nelson (UK), Toshikazu Onishi (Japan), Eve Ostriker (USA), Ilaria Pascucci (USA), Yasuhito Sekine (Japan), Shogo Tachibana (Japan), Mario Tafalla (Spain), Ewine van Dishoeck (Netherland), and Jonathan Williams (USA)

PP7 Editors:
Shu-ichiro Inutsuka (Nagoya University), Motohide Tamura (University of Tokyo), Yuri Aikawa (University of Tokyo), Takayuki Muto (Kogakuin University), and Kengo Tomida (Tohoku University)

Example List of Topics

Star Formation

  • Formation of molecular clouds in the Local Universe
  •  Formation of individual stars and clusters
  •  Evolution of protostars and circumstellar structures
  •  Formation and early evolution of protoplanetary disks
  •  ISM in star forming regions and astrochemistry
  •  and more…

Planet Formation and Evolution

  • Gas and solids in disks
  • From dust to planetary embryos and to planets
  •  Disk dynamics, evolution, and dispersal
  •  System architecture of exoplanetary systems and Solar system
  •  Planetary internal structures and atmospheres
  •  From ISM to planetary materials
  •  and more…

Astrophysical conditions for life

  • Observations of exoplanets in habitable zones
  • Planetary and Other Habitabilities
  • Biosignatures for exoplanets
  • Geochemical landscape for the formation of life
  • and more…