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Submission Instructions

How Do I Submit?

  1. Login/Sign up for an account. The submission tool does not connect to our database and thus will not recognize your AIC login. If you have an account from a previous year you may used that login. If you do not already have an account, you will need to sign up before logging in for the first time.
  2. Choose a call. You choices are Main for General, Specialty, or Poster Sessions or Special Session for Pre-, Post-, or Lunch Sessions.
  3. Choose up to three sessions in the Main Call. If you are interested in submitting for the General Sessions - Opening, Closing 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.    
  4. Enter your abstract information by the deadline. Submissions should not be more than 500 words with a separate 300-word biography. You can edit your abstracts after submission until the submission deadline but not during the review process. If accepted, you will 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 management system 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 Statement of Authorship regarding co-authors and enter any in the order you would like them to appear. You can also edit the order by dragging and dropping the author blocks. The system asks for biographies for all authors. If you lack bios from some co-authors, put "N/A" in that field.
  • 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. 
  • Sign up for an account and familiarize yourself with the submission tool before the submission deadline.

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 Abstract Review page.