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2012 ASCB Annual Meeting

Abstract Submission Instructions

Step-by-Step Submission Guide

View a step-by-step guide on how to submit your abstract using our online abstract submission system.

View Abstract Submission Guide

Preparing your Abstract (Includes Content and Formatting)


  • Include in your abstract a sentence stating the study’s objective (unless given in the title); a brief statement of methods, if pertinent; a summary of the results obtained; and a statement of conclusions. (It is not acceptable to state, “the results will be discussed.”)


  • Use a short, specific title. The title should be entered in sentence-style capitalization (i.e. Modeling cytoskeletal structures with Cytosim). Do not use a period, or place your title in quotes or use ALL CAPS.
  • Capitalize initial letters of trade names.
  • Do NOT write names, titles, or abstracts in ALL CAPS. An error message will appear if this occurs.
  • Use standard abbreviations for units of measure; other abbreviations should be spelled out in full at first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis (exceptions: RNA, DNA, etc.).
  • Special Characters: Please use the special character palate if you need to use a special character. If you copy and paste your abstract, please be sure to enter special characters using the palette EVEN IF they seem to appear okay after pasting. If you do NOT use the special palette, your special characters will not appear properly in publication. Please be sure to double check during the “Proofreading” step to ensure all special characters converted properly.
  • Do NOT include tables, charts, or other figures.
  • Be sure to PROOFREAD your work carefully before submission. No changes can be made to any portion of the abstract after the abstract deadline.

Character Limit/Word Count

  • The abstract text is limited to 2800 characters (~400 words). This limit includes the title and author information. If your abstract exceeds this limit, you will be prompted to correct it before being allowed to continue.

Presentation Type and Topic Selection

For the first deadline (July 30) ONLY there are three presentation types to choose from. You will be asked to select the appropriate presentation type and topic category for your submission. The three presentation types are:

  • Minisymposium Talk: If you select this, your abstract will ONLY be considered for a Minisymposium talk. If your abstract is not selected for a talk, it will be rejected. Abstract submission fees are non-refunable.
  • Minisymposium Talk OR Poster: If you select this, your abstract will be considered first for a Minisymposium talk; if it is not selected for a talk, it will automatically be considered for a poster presentation.
  • Minisymposium Talk AND Poster: If you select this, your abstract will be considered for a Minisymposium talk as well as for a poster. If your abstract is selected for a talk, you will still be considered to present a poster. If you are not selected for a talk, you will also still be considered to present a poster.


The submitting author MUST provide Conflict of Interest Disclosure information for all authors when submitting an abstract on the appropriate disclosure step. Please be sure to include any and all Conflicts of Interest.

Abstract License and Publication Agreement

The submitting author and all co-authors MUST read the License and Publication Agreement and the Policy on Research Misconduct by Authors. To confirm agreement of the terms of in those documents and that you (as the submitting author) are authorized by your co-authors (if any) to submit this abstract.

Abstract Proof

Carefully check the proof of your abstract before making payment and submitting. Make sure all special characters and formatting display correctly in your PDF proof. To make corrections, return to the appropriate page by selecting the proper tab at the top. Note: ALL abstracts will be printed and published as submitted by the author. The ASCB is not responsible for and will not copy edit abstract submissions.

Editing and Withdrawing an Existing Abstract

To edit or withdraw an abstract, please see these instructions.
Edit or Withdraw and Abstract

Note: Abstracts that have been submitted successfully and paid for will NOT be refunded, even if they are withdrawn.

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