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Submission Instructions

How Do I Submit?

  1. Go the abstracts section of our meeting site. Click the Submit an Abstract button, or go directly to our Submit an Abstract form. Return to My Abstract Submissions page any time to see all your submissions.
  2. Select the type of submission. You may submit a presentation abstract in our Main Conference, or submit a Pre-, Post-, Lunch Session or a Workshop calls. Select the appropriate option to move forward.
  3. Confirm your contact details. We must have a name, phone number, and email for you at the minimum. Please also include a biography here if you are the speaker.
  4. Fill out the submission form.

    Main Call

    1. Choose up to three sessions. If you are interested in submitting for the General Sessions (Opening or Concurrent General Sessions), you must submit to those sessions as a first choice. Select the General Session that best matches your abstract. By submitting to one General Session, we will automatically consider your abstract for all relevant General Sessions. If you prefer a specialty session, select one or more specialty option in all three choices. Posters can be selected in all three choices.
    2. Confirm your in-person and virtual options and add any details as needed.
    3. Add co-authors and co-presenters. Use the drop-down menu to indicate their role. You can add up to 10 people.
    4. Enter your title, keywords (optional), and abstract body.
    5. Review your abstract, then agree to the terms and conditions before submitting.

    Pre-/Post-/Lunch Session and Workshop Proposals

    1. Select the appropriate option, then fill out the details for your proposal.
    2. You can save and return, or review the form before submitting.
    3. Please review the questions and ensure you fill out all sections before submitting.
  5. Remember to submit your abstract or proposal by the deadline. Submissions should not be more than 500 words. You can edit your abstracts and proposals after submission until the submission deadline but not during the review process. If accepted, you should have an opportunity to edit your abstract in the system afterward. We will consider late abstracts on a case-by-case basis.

Helpful Hints

  • Submit your abstract even if you are not sure you will be able to attend an in-person meeting. We are carefully tracking and following public health advice related to COVID-19, but use the comments box in the abstract form to let us know about other potential issues that might keep you from presenting in-person. 
  • List your employer or the name of your private practice when asked for your "Affiliation." Students should list their college or university.
  • Read the Authorship and Abstract Guides page regarding co-authors and enter any in the order you would like them to appear.
  • Select the session you think is the best fit for your abstract, but know that we will automatically consider it for other sessions. For all abstracts submitted to a joint session, we will review them for the joint session and for the separate specialty sessions connected to the joint session. Likewise, we will consider abstracts submitted to individual specialty sessions for a joint session. For example, we will consider an abstract submitted to a joint book and paper and photographic materials session for both the joint session and for the book and paper session and the photographic materials sessions. 
  • You can "save and return later" for one abstract submission at a time. The system will only save one form.

How Will You Evaluate My Abstract?

Learn more about the program committees that evaluate annual meeting abstracts and about the criteria they use on our Authorship and Abstract Guides page.