Abstract Instructions

Abstract submission deadline has been extended until February 15, 2019.

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Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended to February 15, 2019
Poster Abstract Submissions for Waters Award Due: January 25, 2019
Pre-selected Waters Award Finalist Notified: February 7, 2019
Selected Waters Award Nominees PDF Poster Submission Deadline: February 21, 2019
Official Waters Award Finalist Notified: February 22, 2019


In order to be considered for the Waters Poster Award, you must submit your abstract by January 25, 2019.

All abstracts submitted will be reviewed by the Education Committee and will be considered for poster presentation. All accepted abstracts will be published in the meeting app.

Please read through the following instructions and guidelines thoroughly prior to submitting an abstract.

(1) Things to Remember

  • All abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission website using the online text submission form (Attachments are not permitted).
  • The presenter should be listed as the first author on the abstract.
  • Individuals may submit multiple abstracts; however, you will not be permitted to replace or update an existing abstract.
  • The first author acknowledges: (1) adherence to the rules and scientific validity of the presentation, and (2) that all reported investigations involving humans and animals have been reported in the abstracts and has been conducted in conformance with guidelines for experimental procedures as set forth in the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki and NIH "Guidelines for the Care and Use of Animals".
  • Complete all the information requested on the online abstract form.  Be sure to indicate whether you want your poster to be considered for the ABRF Poster Award, and select your poster category from the drop down menu.  A list of categories will be available on the meeting website soon.
  • Please be sure to review your submission before you hit "Submit".  You will not be able to log-in and change your submission once you hit "Submit".
  • Please contact ABRF's Education Committee at EdComm@my.abrf.org if you need to make edits to your submission.

(2) Abstract Content & Formatting

All abstracts should have the following:

  • A brief statement of the study's objective (unless given in the title).
  • A brief statement of methods, if pertinent.
  • A summary of the results obtained.
  • A statement of the conclusions.  It is not satisfactory to say "the results will be discussed."

A well written and correctly formatted example of an abstract, presented by Johnson et al in J Biomol Tech v.24(2); Jul 2013 (doi:  10.7171/jbt.13-2402-003), can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3605922/.

Other formatting guidelines:

  • Abstract text is limited to 300 words.  If your abstract exceeds this limit, a message will appear indicating that your abstract has gone over the maximum word limit.  Please correct this error before you hit "Submit".
  • Do not include the title and author(s) in the abstract text box on the online form or in your word file.  They must be entered separately in the title and author fields of the abstract submission form.
  • Type or copy and paste your abstract text into the text field.  Copy from a simple text file instead of a word processing document, to avoid problems with hidden formatting characters.
  • Use a short, specific title.
  • Do Not bold letters in the title, unless necessary.
  • Capitalize initial letters of trade names.
  • Use standard abbreviations for units of measurement.  Other abbreviations should be spelled out in full at first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.  Exceptions: DNA, RNA, etc.
  • Please note that abstracts should only contain text.  Do not include tables, graphs or pictures.
  • To associate authors and their institutional affiliations, please place number in parenthesis after each author’s name (if more than one author) and the corresponding number before each affiliated institution’s name (if more than one institution).
  • Please proofread carefully (abstracts submitted with errors may be published as submitted).  It is suggested that you use a word processing program to assist with checking for grammar and spelling errors, as well as word count.