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AMP Rules for Abstract Submissions

You can begin and edit your abstract an unlimited number of times prior to the deadline by clicking “Save and Next” on the bottom of the submission pages. After you finalize your abstract prior to the deadline, click on the “Save and Finalize” button on the last page of the entry forms to complete your submission for review. After “Save and Finalize” is clicked, no changes can be made.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET.  NO EXCEPTIONSThe final abstract submission step is not complete until you have clicked the "Save and Finalize" button. The Corresponding Author will receive a confirmation email, but only after the abstract has been successfully finalized and submitted. Abstracts that are in process but not finalized after the deadline will not be considered for acceptance and/or awards.

Abstracts may be withdrawn until 11:59 pm ET on  August 1, 2018.

Rules for Abstract Submissions

Note: Abstracts that are not submitted properly will receive an administrative reject and will not be reviewed.

  1. Abstracts must be submitted properly. The online system is a database, with data fields (title, author 1, author 2, author 3, etc) that are used to generate the published abstracts. Therefore, pay careful attention to the submission instructions and to the submission process, including spelling, capitalization, author names, etc.

  2. All abstracts must include the required headers listed below; each header must be included in your text:

    • Introduction: a brief discussion of the background or rationale of the study and/or the question addressed
    • Methods: the experimental approach, materials, and methods used in the study
    • Results: the data and results obtained in the study
    • Conclusions: the conclusions and/or implications of the results

  3. Abstract Limits:

    • Number of authors: 30
    • Abstract Title: 200 characters (including spaces)
    • Abstract Content: 2800 characters (with spaces and including section headers)

  4. You may include formatting (e.g. italicizing genes), Greek letters and special symbols, e.g. °C (degree sign), superscripts, etc. Data must be reported in narrative format in the abstract submission; tables may be included in your poster.

  5. Only AMP Regular Members are eligible to submit abstracts. Associate Members and non-members must have a Regular Member sponsor their abstract. If you are not a Regular member of AMP, join now to submit your abstract today. You may submit an abstract and apply to join AMP on the same day, up to and through the submission deadline. However, we encourage you to join AMP in advance of the deadline!

  6. Your abstract must be eligible for publication in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics (JMD):

    • The same abstract submitted to the AMP Annual Meeting & Expo must not have been published elsewhere (including the web), submitted to another publication, or submitted to another meeting that occurs prior to the AMP Annual Meeting.
    • Abstracts that have been submitted to other meetings that occur earlier in the year should be revised, e.g., with additional data, before submitting to the AMP Annual Meeting & Expo.

  7. Your abstract will be rated using four criteria:

    • Originality and Clarity
    • Novelty
    • Scientific Merit/Rigor
    • Appropriate Conclusions

  8. Summary: Grounds for abstract rejection are:

    • Failure to follow directions in 1-6
    • Abstracts that are not eligible for publication in JMD.
    • Abstract contains no scientific data and/or has only a promise of future data.
    • Duplicate abstracts are submitted.
    • Sponsor is not an AMP Regular member.
    • Sponsor or any author violated any of the AMP rules for presentation at a previous meeting, e.g., the authors failed to present a poster without notifying AMP prior to the meeting.

The five most common reasons for rejection are:

  • Previously presented/published
  • Poor organization/clarity
  • No novel information provided
  • Insufficient scientific quality
  • Insufficient data

Additional reasons for administrative abstract rejection without review include:

  • The use of all capital letters in the title
  • Improper use of italics (i.e., genes should be italicized, not proteins)
  • Excessive violations of other guidelines in the style guide (coming soon)
  • Overt endorsement and/or promotion of a product or service
  • Submission of duplicate or highly replicative abstracts under different first author names

Upon entering the abstract submission system, do not use your Internet browser’s back button. Instead, click on the “Prev” button next to the “Save and Next” button at the bottom right of each form page.

Additional Information

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