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Submission Instructions

How Do I Submit?

  1. Go to the Submission Tool, which is powered by the same system we used last year.
  2. Sign up for an account. The submission tool is not connected to our database and thus will not recognize your AIC login. If you do not already have an account, you will need to sign up before logging in for the first time. After logging in, the site will take you to the home page for all the call.
  3. Choose a call. You choices are Main fo Specialty/Concurrent General/Poster/Opening General, Pre-session and Lunch Session, or Workshop.
  4. Choose up to three sessions. If you are interested in submitting for the Opening or Concurrent General Sessions, you must submit to those sessions as first choice.   
  5. Enter your abstract information. Submissions should not be more than 500 words with a separate 300-word biography.
  6. Submit by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 5, 2020

Late abstracts will be reviewed and considered on a case by case basis. Please click the submit button below to submit a late abstract. Abstracts for the Poster Session will be considered and reviewed until October 19 without being considered "late"    

Abstracts can't be edited when they are under review. If accepted you will have an opportunity to edit your abstract. Please contact Ruth Seyler at with any questions.

Helpful Hints

  • If you are unsure if you will be able to attend an in-person meeting in Jacksonville, Fl, please go ahead and submit your abstract. Times are uncertain. AIC will be carefully tracking and following public health advice related to COVID-19, but please use the comments box below to let us know about other potential issues that might keep you from attending and presenting in-person (e.g. an institutional ban on travel or professional development spending). 
  • "Affiliation" means the institution or private practice firm you work for. Students should list their college or university as their Affiliation.
  • The system asks for biographies for all authors. If you lack bios from some co-authors, put "N/A" in that field.
  • Enter co-authors in the order you would like them to appear, or edit the order by dragging and dropping the author blocks.
  • 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 the joint session. For example, we will consider an abstract submitted to a joint book and paper and photographic materials session for the joint session and for each of the book and paper session and the photographic materials sessions. Select the session you think is the best fit for your abstract. 
  • Sign up for an account and familiarize yourself with the submission tool before the submission deadline.

How Are Abstracts Evaluated and Who Does It?

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