All abstract submission deadlines have now passed. The ASCB is unable to accept additional abstracts at this time.

Unfortunately, the size of the meeting and the number of presentations do not allow submitters to make special requests regarding abstract presentation.
No. The fee is a processing fee and once payment is made, it is nonrefundable. The only exception to this is if you accidentally submitted the same abstract twice. If this occurred, you should contact abstracts@ascb.org with the submission ID numbers of each abstract and we will assist you.
Yes. Makesigns.com will be the ASCB’s poster printing service for the 2016 ASCB Meeting. Those who wish to order their poster and pick it up in the registration area, North Lobby of the Moscone Center, can do so beginning in late October/early November. Information about the Poster Printing Service will be emailed to all poster presenters in their notification emails and information will be placed on the 2015 Annual Meeting website. Click here for more information.
A PDF file of abstracts from the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting will be published in the December 15, 2015, issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell. Subsequently they can be cited in this format: Smith AB, Jones CD (2016). Abstract title. Mol. Biol. Cell 27, page # (Abstract #XXXX). XXXX = the PRESENTATION number assigned to your abstract in early November – NOT the abstract ID number you received when you first submitted your abstract. View the Abstract License and Publication Agreement.
All abstracts must be submitted electronically. Click here to submit your abstract. Submissions are
Abstracts will be available on the 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting website in a searchable PDF and via an itinerary planner in mid-November. They will also be accessible via our mobile app three to four weeks prior to the meeting.

The ASCB has member and nonmember pricing for abstracts. Please note abstract submission fees are nonrefundable

The fees for regular abstracts submitted by the August 2 (talk or poster) or September 1 (poster only)deadlines are:

  • $80 for members
  • $110 for nonmembers*
The fees for final abstracts submitted by the October 13 (poster only) deadline are:
  • $100 for members
  • $130 for nonmembers*
Click here for more information about abstract submission fees and deadlines.
*Nonmembers should strongly consider becoming an ASCB member since you can save on registration fees as well. Please click here and visit the “Join ASCB and Save!” tab on the left for member vs. nonmember savings.
Although the first author is the preferred presenter, any co-author on the abstract may present without having to notify the ASCB. The presenter must be a co-author on the abstract. If none of the co-authors can attend the ASCB meeting, please notify the ASCB at abstracts@ascb.org as soon as possible. If you notify us before October 21, we can remove it from the Meeting Program and all publications. If we are notified after this deadline, we may not be able to remove it from our publications or web site, but will do our best to accommodate you.
No, you still have to pay for meeting registration separately. Submission of an abstract and payment of an abstract submission fee does not include 2016 ASCB Annual Meeting registration. For more information about registration click here.
A confirmation with payment information will be automatically emailed to the submitter following successful submission and payment. If you misplace this receipt at any time, you can print a receipt from the “PRESENT” menu by selecting the “Print Abstract Receipt” option. You can also click here. You will need to login as the submitter (if you are not already logged in) to access your receipt(s).
Poster presenters and speakers will have the opportunity to upload an electronic version of their poster or slides to a password-protected Website. This site will be provided to you in your abstract assignment notification that is sent in early November. It will allow you to upload your poster for other attendees to view in case an attendee is unable to visit your poster, or hear your talk, during your designated session. It will also give them the ability to contact you if they have any questions (your email address will not be provided to them, but they can send an email via our system for you to reply to). You can add a watermark to your posters or slides prior to upload if you wish. These posters will only be available for viewing by registered ASCB meeting attendees from Thursday, December 1 through Wednesday, December 7. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this if you are presenting a poster, although it is not mandatory. It is a great way to increase visibility of your research among the attendees. Once again, the website to upload posters will open in mid to late November.
To view the abstract submission topics for Minisymposia, Microsymposia, and Posters, please click here. Please note: August 2 is the only deadline where you can submit for a Minisymposium or Microsymposium talk.
There are three deadlines for abstract submission. Click here for abstract submission deadlines and rates.

The only difference is the fee to submit and the date of acceptance notification. Notifications for the September 1 deadline are sent by the end of September and notifications for the October 13 deadline are sent by the end of October.

All abstracts submitted by any deadline and accepted for poster presentation will be grouped together in the ASCB Learning Center (formerly known as the Exhibit Hall) by topic area. Final abstracts are no longer presented in a separate section of the ASCB Learning Center. All abstract titles and authors will be published together in a separate publication available onsite called the Poster Guide.

All abstracts will be available to search and review online at least 3-4 weeks prior to the meeting. An online PDF of the Poster Guide, will be available as well. All abstracts will also be published as a supplement in the December 15, 2016 Molecular Biology of the Cell.

Approximately 30% of abstracts submitted by the first deadline, August 2, for talk consideration will be selected for a Minisymposium talk (12 min + 3 min Q&A) or Microsymposium talk (5 min + 2 min Q&A). 99.9% of all abstracts submitted for the meeting, who select a poster review option (Talk and Poster, Talk or Poster, or Poster Only) will be accepted to present a poster. Please click here and select “Tips to Ensure Acceptance” on the left tabs to ensure your abstract will be accepted.
This is happening because you most likely had a previous record in our database but created a new account using the same email address as the older account. When this occurs, the ASCB merges the new account with the old account and your password becomes the ID number associated with the old account. We send out emails to people whose accounts we merge to let them know their password/ID number has changed. If you did not receive this email, please contact ascbinfo@ascb.org, or abstracts@ascb.org to request your password/ID number.
No, you do not have to be a member to submit an abstract. However, if you are not a member, you will pay a higher rate for abstract submission and registration.
You can submit as many abstracts as you wish.
Whenever possible, yes. Contact information is collected for all the authors, including the submitting and the presenting author. The ASCB sends information and notifications to the submitter of the abstract only. We prefer to correspond with the individual who will actually be presenting the abstract, if accepted. This policy ensures the presenter knows when and where to present the abstract.

Abstracts are welcome from scientists and students in all sectors including academia, industry, government, and education.

Both members and nonmembers of the Society are able to submit abstracts, however, there is a higher fee for nonmember submission.

We encourage you to become a member of the Society to save on abstract and registration fees. Click here and select the tab “Join ASCB and Save!” for member vs. nonmember savings. You can join the Society during the abstract submission process, and pay for your membership dues and abstract at the same time.

No, your abstract can only include text, and formatted text (super- and subscript, bold, italics, etc.)
No. An individual who wishes to promote a particular product or service is encouraged to participate as an exhibitor. The ASCB will not accept abstracts that promote a specific product without providing new biological insight. Please click here and select “Tips to Ensure Acceptance” on the left tabs to ensure your abstract will be accepted.
A confirmation with payment information will be automatically emailed to the submitter following successful submission and payment. If you misplace this receipt at any time, you can print a receipt from the “PRESENT” menu by selecting the “Print Abstract Receipt” option. You can also click here. You will need to login as the submitter (if you are not already logged in) to access your receipt(s).

Once your submission is completed and successfully submitted, you will receive two emails to the email address you entered during submission.

The first email will confirm that your abstract was successfully submitted and will be emailed to you for your records upon completion of submission.

The second email will contain a receipt for payment information.

If you do not receive an either of these email confirmations, please contact the ASCB office as soon as possible at abstracts@ascb.org.

When entering your title, only capitalize the first letter of the sentence. You should also capitalize any proper nouns or words that need to be capitalized, e.g., trade names.

Please do not bold the entire title or use all UPPERCASE letters, and do not put your title in quotation marks. Be sure to italicize scientific names of organisms.

p>For the first deadline only there are four presentation types to choose from. You will be asked to select the appropriate presentation type and topic category for your submission. All other deadlines have only one option which is Poster Only.

You will also be asked if you are interested in giving a Microsymposium talk (5 min + 2 min Q&A) if you are not selected for a standard length oral presentation in a Minisymposium (12 min +3 min Q&A). If you do NOT check this box, you will not be considered for this format.

The four presentation preference types are:
  • Minisymposium Talk: Your abstract will only be considered for a Minisymposium Talk or Microsymposium Talk. If your abstract is not selected for a talk, we will attempt to contact you about the option of presenting a poster. Selecting Talk only does not increase your chances of being selected for a talk.
  • Minisymposium Talk OR Poster: Your abstract will be considered for a Minisymposium Talk, Microsymposium Talk, or a poster. If you are selected for a talk, you will not present a poster.
  • Minisymposium Talk AND Poster: Your abstract will be considered for a Minisymposium Talk, Microsymposium Talk, and a poster. If your abstract is selected for a talk, you will present a poster.
  • Poster Only Consideration: Your abstract will be considered for a poster presentation only. It will not be reviewed for a talk.
To view the abstract submission topics for Minisymposia, Microsymposia, and Posters, please click here. Please note: August 2 is the only deadline where you can submit for a Minisymposium or Microsymposium talk.
Minisymposium talk or poster means you will either be presenting a talk (Minisymposium, or Microsymposium) or a poster. You will first be considered for a talk, and if you are selected, you will present a talk only. If you are not selected for a talk, then your abstract will be accepted for a poster presentation as long as you meet our minimum standards for submission. Minisymposium talk and poster means that you will be considered for a talk first. Even if you are selected to present a talk, you will present a poster too. If you are not selected to present a talk, you will still present a poster as long as you meet our minimum standards for submission.

The abstract text is limited to 2,800 characters, including spaces (~400 words). This limit includes the body of the abstract only. If your abstract exceeds this limit, you will be prompted to shorten it before being allowed to continue.

The abstract title is limited to 200 characters, including spaces.

A word counter will appear for both the title and the body of the abstract to show you how many characters you have entered.

Please do not include the title and author information in the abstract text box. They must be entered separately in the title and author sections only.
The ASCB requires that audiences be informed of speakers’, authors’, and contributors’ academic and professional affiliations, and disclosures of the existence of any significant financial interest or other relationship presenters have with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in a presentation. This policy allows the listener/attendee to be fully informed when evaluating the information being presented. It is the submitting author’s (who may also be the presenting author) responsibility to disclose any conflicts of interest for the authors on his/her abstract.
The abstract title, authors, text, and presentation preferences/topic selection can be edited after a submission is complete, as long as it is before the review begins for the abstract deadline you are submitting for. Here is a list of editing deadlines for each abstract deadline:
  • If you submit by the August 2 deadline, you will have until August 4 to edit your abstract.
  • If you submit by the September 1 deadline, you will have until September 6 to edit your abstract.
  • If you submit by the October 13 deadline, you will have until October 14 to edit your abstract.
To edit your abstract title, authors, text, and/or presentation preferences/topic selection prior to the submission deadline, please log into the submission site and select the blue pencil icon next to the abstract you wish to edit. Make and preview your changes, and be sure to select Save and Exit at the bottom.’
Abstracts cannot be edited after the dates listed above. If it must urgently be edited, and is before the notification date associated with your submission deadline (click here for notification dates), contact abstracts@ascb.org to see if we can assist you. The ASCB cannot guarantee an abstract can be edited after the submission deadlines, but we will do our best to assist you.
The abstract title, authors, text, and presentation preferences/topic selection can be edited after a submission is complete, as long as it is before the review begins for the abstract deadline you are submitting for. Here is a list of editing deadlines for each abstract deadline:
  • If you submit by the August 2 deadline, you will have until August 4 to edit your abstract.
  • If you submit by the September 1 deadline, you will have until September 6 to edit your abstract.
  • If you submit by the October 13 deadline, you will have until October 14 to edit your abstract.
To edit your abstract title, authors, text, and/or presentation preferences/topic selection prior to the submission deadline, please log into the submission site and select the blue pencil icon next to the abstract you wish to edit. Make and preview your changes, and be sure to select Save and Exit at the bottom.’
Abstracts cannot be edited after the dates listed above. If it must urgently be edited, and is before the notification date associated with your submission deadline (click herefor notification dates), contact abstracts@ascb.org to see if we can assist you. The ASCB cannot guarantee an abstract can be edited after the submission deadlines, but we will do our best to assist you.
Yes, however, the ASCB will not provide a refund for your abstract submission fee. Please click here for more information.
This is happening because you most likely had a previous record in our database but created a new account using the same email address as the older account. When this occurs, the ASCB merges the new account with the old account and your password becomes the ID number associated with the old account. We send out emails to people whose accounts we merge to let them know their password/ID number has changed. If you did not receive this email, please contact ascbinfo@ascb.org, or abstracts@ascb.org to request your password/ID number.
Although the first author is the preferred presenter, any co-author on the abstract may present without having to notify the ASCB. The presenter must be a co-author on the abstract. If none of the co-authors can attend the ASCB meeting, please notify the ASCB at abstracts@ascb.org as soon as possible. If you notify us before October 21, we can remove it from the Meeting Program and all publications. If we are notified after this deadline, we may not be able to remove it from our publications or web site, but will do our best to accommodate you.

While abstracts are screened to ensure minimum submission standards as outlined in the abstract guidelines, they are not peer-reviewed.

All abstracts submitted are accepted unless they do not meeting the minimum submission standards as outlined in the guidelines.

If you submit for talk only and your abstract is not selected, we will try to offer the option to present your work as a poster as long as it meets the minimum submission standards.

Yes, for those who submit their abstract by the August 2 deadline. After August 2, expedited abstract review for visa applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information regarding expedited abstract review, please click here. Please note if you select a talk only presentation option, we will not be able to provide an expedited review.
In most instances, abstract rejections are final. If you prepare an abstract that follows the rules and guidelines for submission, then your abstract stands an excellent chance of being accepted. If you do not follow the rules and guidelines, it will be rejected and no submission fee refunds will be provided. If your abstract is rejected during the Regular Abstract Submission review (if you submitted your abstract by the August 2 or September 1 deadlines), you will still have time to make modifications and re-submit your abstract by the October 13 deadline. You will have to pay the abstract submission fee for the resubmission of your abstract. Click here for tips to ensure acceptance.
A PDF file of abstracts from the 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting will be published in the December 15, 2015, issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell. Subsequently they can be cited in this format: Smith AB, Jones CD (2016). Abstract title. Mol. Biol. Cell 27, page # (Abstract #XXXX). XXXX = the PRESENTATION number assigned to your abstract in early November – NOT the abstract ID number you received when you first submitted your abstract. View the Abstract License and Publication Agreement.

All abstracts selected for presentation will be available to view online, on our mobile app, and in the December 15 issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell.

Abstracts will be available on the ASCB meeting website on or around November 21, 2016. At that time, all information is considered public.

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