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Abstract Frequently Asked Questions

When can I submit my abstract?
The abstract submission deadline for the 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo is now closed.

Can I submit my abstract if it has been published somewhere else?
The content must not have been previously published in a copyrighted, peer reviewed journal, such as Clinical Chemistry, by any one or more of the submitting authors. This does not apply to previous publication in an AACC local section or division newsletter or publication in conference proceedings that are distributed to conference attendees.

Is there a fee for submitting an abstract?
No, there is no fee to submit. If your abstract is accepted, however, you must register for the Conference and pay the appropriate fee.

Can I submit multiple abstracts with similar content?
Submission of multiple abstracts with similar content may result in the rejection of one or more of the abstracts. Studies of clinically related subjects (e.g. thyroid function tests, geriatric patients) should be combined into a single abstract. Examples of multiple abstracts with similar content are:

  • Performance characteristics of multiple analytes on the same analyzer.
  • Determination of reference ranges for multiple analytes with the same population and instrument.
  • Use of one technique to characterize multiple disease states.
  • Use of multiple techniques to characterize a single disease state.

Are there other general submission requirements?
The following requirements pertain to all submitted abstracts:

  • Writing must be clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
  • Abstracts and posters may not contain any type of advertising.
  • Relevant technical information cannot be withheld on the grounds that such information is proprietary. Statements such as “results will be discussed” are unacceptable.

When will I hear whether my abstract was accepted or rejected?
Submitting/presenting authors will receive notification of abstract disposition via e-mail in May.

If my abstract is accepted what happens?
You will be notified in May. You will then be expected to attend the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and present a poster during the time period that you are assigned. If you present your work at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting, your abstract will be published in a supplement to the October 2018 issue of Clinical Chemistry. If you do not present your work at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting, your abstract will not be published in Clinical Chemistry.

Who can present the poster?
Any author of an accepted poster can present. However, we ask that you notify the AACC office in advance if the presenting author will not be the person originally designated to present. Whomever presents the poster must be a conference registrant for the meeting.

What happens if I don't present my poster?
Any poster that is not presented at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will be pulled from the Clinical Chemistry publication and you will not be able to be cite it as published in Clinical Chemistry. There will be no publication credit.

Do I have to register for the meeting to present my poster
All poster presenters must register for the Conference and pay the required conference registration fees.  You may not present a poster if you only have an Expo Only badge or an Exhibitor badge. Starting in mid-April 2018, registration material will be available online at https://www.aacc.org/2018AM and will also be mailed to all AACC members.

What are the poster presentation guidelines?
You can view the poster presentation guidelines here.

Can I change/edit my abstract?
Abstracts can be edited (including author changes) up until the abstract submission deadline. No changes of any kind may be made after that date.

How do I withdraw my accepted abstract?
From the time you are notified that your abstract has been accepted until August 2, 2018, your abstract can be withdrawn and will not be published in Clinical Chemistry. If you don't want your abstract published in the Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Titles Guide, you may withdraw it up to May 14, 2018. After that date, it will be published in the Abstract Titles Guide but will not be published in Clinical Chemistry. To withdraw your accepted abstract, please email Kareem D. Jenkins, Director of Meetings.