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The Online Abstract System divides the abstract submittal process into steps so that authors can enter information and confirm it is correct before moving to the next step. By following the buttons at the bottom of each page in the submittal process, you will automatically proceed through every step needed to submit an abstract. One page will follow another in the right frame of your screen until you are finished. After clicking the submit button at each stage, you will see a growing set of information that you have entered. You should proof it each time it appears, clicking the "Next step" button at the bottom of the page if the information is correct. Once you have decided to which program you will submit your abstract, the essential steps for abstract submittal are:
The functions that are available to you at any phase in the submittal process are shown to the left of these instructions, as links on the Abstract Control Panel. These links let you easily return and make corrections at any step along the way. If, for example, you realize after entering the 7th author that you made a mistake in the abstract title, just click on the ENTER TITLE link and change the title. If you made a mistake in an author's name, just click on the author's name in the Abstract Control Panel; the author information form will reappear in this space with the author's name on it, and you can change it right there. Select from the Abstract Control Panel when you want to go back to make revisions and don't want to back up all the way there, or if you encountered an "invalid record number" or "corrupt data" error after backing up.
When making corrections DO NOT Reload This Window or Use Back Button On Your Browser. Use the hyperlinked steps in the Abstract Control Panel instead.
On the Topic Selection page, select the appropriate symposium or topic. Then click the button at the bottom of that page.
Within 10 seconds a confirmation page will appear in this frame, showing the information that you just entered or prompting you to provide missing information. Look over that information carefully. Then follow the instructions at the bottom of that page.
Note that the Abstract Control Panel, to the left of these instructions, is updated each time you submit new information. New links will appear in that panel, allowing you to return to a previous submission form at any time without backing up through every page.
Does nothing happen? If you wait for a full minute and nothing happens after clicking a button or hyperlink, then either:
Enter the title of your proposal, the preferred method of presentation (oral or poster), and your email address. If necessary you can send along comments or requests in the box provided for that purpose. You might also want to supply a URL (web page) where the reviewers or the public might find more information about the subject of your presentation.
Then click the button at the bottom of that page.
Within a few seconds you will receive confirmation of the information submitted and Abstract Control Panel in the left frame will be updated so that you can hyperlink back to step 1 or step 2 if necessary.
If you don't see a confirmation appear in your web browser, then you might have lost your connection to the Internet. Take note of your ID number and password. (They are at the top of the Abstract Control Panel.) Re-establish your connection, and try again.
Rarely, authors will see a "Server Error" message after submitting information to us. This usually occurs because some of the information has been corrupted in transit. Just hit your browser's "Back" button, and try submitting again. If you still get an error message, please let us know. If you encounter an "invalid record number" or "corrupt data" error after backing up, try the links in the Abstract Control Panel instead.
If you are satisfied with the confirmation of the abstract title, click the "Next Step" button at the bottom of the page. Or click the Author link in the Abstract Control Panel. There is a good chance that we already have the name and contact information you would enter in our database. So type in the last name of the author and let us search for it. Select the right name and contact information if we find it for you, or fill it in yourself in the form provided. Then click the button at the bottom of the page.
You will be given an opportunity to repeat the process if there is more than a single author. If you have multiple authors from the same institution, after entering the first author notice the special link offered for that purpose.
After the last author has been entered, click the button that appears at the bottom of the confirmation page, or click the "ABSTRACT TEXT" link in the Abstract Control Panel.
Answer Question 1: "Does your abstract contain an image?"
Answer Question 2 with Type/Paste text if you want to:
Answer Question 2 with Upload HTML file if:
Click on "Open Abstract Submission Form Now" at the bottom of page.
You will now either be able to enter your text into the Web form (if you chose Type/Paste text) or upload a file.
For text that you enter directly into the Web form:
If you need to upload an HTML file:
You will be given one more chance to review your abstract. Please correct any errors that you see. Then click the button at the bottom of that page.
Once you click the "Confirmation" button, your abstract with all the information you entered will display. At this point you can close your browser or edit and make changes as you see fit. In fact, your proposal has been captured in the abstract system database at each step along the way. If you have any question about what you submitted, click the "View Submission" link in the Abstract Control Panel and check it over. You can use the hyperlinked steps in the control panel to make any corrections or additions at any time (until the submission deadline).
You only need to click once the button on that last confirming page. Any changes that you make to the submission afterwards will automatically be captured at that time.
You will receive confirmation of your submission at each step. Take note of the abstract ID number and password assigned to your submission. With that information you can return to this page if you lose your Internet connection, or if you must interrupt the submission process, or if you would like to modify your submission at any time prior to the deadline.
Look at the confirmations carefully. Most authors (and all editors) can find mistakes in the first submission of an abstract. If you see an error, just click the appropriate link in the Abstract Control Panel and correct it. After you have submitted all required information, including the text and any images, you should see all of that information in the confirmation on your screen; if you don't, it means that that the information was not received and you should try again.
Abstracts that are too large will not be accepted or stored. If you receive an error message telling you to reduce the word count or the image size(s), please do so; otherwise, no text or images will be stored.
If the text was submitted as an HTML file and must be edited:
To retrieve and view or modify an existing abstract: