The abstract limit is 2,750 characters, excluding authors and affiliations, spacing, or disclosures. In addition, if you include tables or figures (maximum tables/figures of 2), your character count will decrease by 250 characters from the total limit allowed. Abstract title and author(s) do not count toward the 2,750 character limit.
Your abstract will be considered “incomplete” and not reviewed if the character limit is exceeded or other directions are not followed.
Titles should be brief, clearly indicating the nature of the presentation. When entering your title online, use mixed case (do not use all caps), and do not put a period at the end of the title. Do not enter the title in the body of the abstract.
Example: This is a Properly Formatted Abstract Title
You may list no more than 25 individual authors for each abstract. In addition to the 25 authors, an authoring group may be listed to indicate the remaining authors.
Omit all names and geographical references in the body of the abstract. Organize content as follows:
- Background or Statement of Purpose
- Methods, materials, and analytical procedure used
- Summary of the results in sufficient detail to support conclusion. (For abstracts detailing study design abstracts or research-in-progress, anticipated results or hypothesis to be tested are acceptable.)
- Conclusions reached. (For abstracts detailing study design or research-in-progress, significance and implications are acceptable.)
Use of Product Names
The non-proprietary (generic/scientific) name can be used in the abstract. The proprietary drug name may appear once in parentheses in the title only. However, if a drug has not received FDA approval, only the non-proprietary name may be used in the title and abstract. Failure to follow this rule will result in disqualification of the submission.
Use standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the first time the full word appears. Do not abbreviate compounds in the title of the abstract. Use numerals to indicate numbers, except when beginning sentences.
Tables and Graphics
Specific information regarding acceptable graphic files is included in the online submission program. PowerPoint files are not accepted. A maximum of two tables or figures is allowed (see additional abstract details above).