Submitting Your Abstract Online
Click on the Abstract Submission Site. This will take you directly to the submission site.
*Please note Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for the submission site.
Log onto the abstract submission site by entering a login name and password.
If you are a first-time user, you must create a new profile.
On the first submission screen, under "2018 ABRCMS," select either "Submit your ORAL abstract" or "Submit your POSTER abstract." Only one abstract, poster or oral, can be submitted per student.Please keep in mind that only community college students and undergraduates, who have not previously won a presentation award, are eligible to submit an oral abstract.
Proceed through the following screens:
Acknowledge the affirmation statements and enter your title as instructed. Note that this is the only time you will need to enter your title.
- Author Block
Enter all authors associated with the abstract in the following order: presenting student, research mentor, and then additional coauthors. An abstract must contain at least two authors in the author block.
- Program Director/Advisor
Complete this section regarding your program director and/or mentor. Please note that all postbaccalaureate and master's students will be required to complete this section. On Sept. 10 the listed individual will be emailed a form to confirm the education level of postbaccalaureates and master's students (no other education levels will be asked to complete this form). The form must be submitted by Sept. 13.
- Additional Information
Complete this section regarding your educational level, research project, and previous participation.
- Scientific Discipline
Select one of the 12 scientific disciplines and a corresponding subdiscipline that best describes the research in your abstract.
Enter only your abstract, which should be a short description of your work. The abstract is limited to 2,500 characters, not including spaces. There are two methods of entering an abstract. You may select your previously prepared abstract file and "upload" it to the submission site, or you may enter your text into the area provided. Note that if you copy and paste text, a loss of all special formatting and symbols may occur.
- Review My Work
Review your abstract carefully because if accepted, it will appear in the conference materials exactly as you entered it. To make changes, select the appropriate step on the left-hand margin to return to that portion of the submission site that contains the text you want to change. All changes must be made before Sept. 7, 2018.
As each step is completed, click on the "Save and Continue" button to save your work. You will automatically be moved to the next step. You can return to a previous step by selecting that step on the left-hand margin of the submission site.
Print a copy of the submission page. This will serve as confirmation of your abstract submission. We cannot honor requests for copies of submitted abstracts. Please note that submission of an abstract does not guarantee acceptance to the conference.
Abstract Selection: Poster Presentation
Three main criteria will be considered by the review committee when reviewing abstracts for acceptance.
- A minimum of two authors in the author block (a submission with one author will result in an automatic rejection)
- Demonstration of a scientific problem (submissions must contain hypothesis and/or statement of problem, methods/methodology used, the results, and a conclusion)
- Quality of written content
Abstracts must contain the required components and abide by the guidelines in order to be considered for acceptance.
Tips for submitting a competitive abstract can be found here and by attending the webinar series "Writing a Compelling Abstract."
Abstract Selection: Oral Presentation
Of the abstracts submitted for oral presentation, only the top 120 oral abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. If an abstract is accepted into the conference, but not selected for oral presentation, that abstract will be automatically assigned to a poster presentation.
All abstracts submitted for oral presentation will first be reviewed for acceptance into the conference using the criteria for poster presentations. If accepted into the conference, the abstract will be reviewed for oral presentation using the following criteria:
- Originality and innovation
- Validity of scientific project
- Approach to problem solving
- Organization and clarity
Tips for submitting a competitive abstract can be found here.
All review decisions are final. There is no appeals process or opportunity to resubmit once an abstract is rejected.