Call for Abstracts
Abstract Submission Reminders
- Only current members of SfN are allowed to submit abstracts. Join/renew now to ensure that you are able to submit your abstract.
- Review the abstract submission rules.
- Read the submission instructions for guidance on how to prepare your abstract. The body of the abstract should be no more than 2,300 characters.
- Members are allowed to submit one scientific abstract and one Theme J (History, Education, and Society) abstract.
- Student members may only submit their own abstracts. An abstract submitted by a student must list the student as the first/presenting author.
- The affiliate membership type cannot be used for abstract submission.
- Abstracts finalized by 5 p.m. EDT April 30 can be unlocked and edited until 5 p.m. EDT Monday, May 4.
- Review the Photography and Recording Policy and the Code of Conduct at SfN Events.
Call for Abstracts
Notice of Abstract Acceptance Status
First authors of submitted abstracts will receive notification of their abstract's acceptance status in late June. Communications regarding abstracts will be sent to first authors only. Other co-authors should ask their abstract's first author for information regarding their abstract, or refer to the Neuroscience Meeting Planner, available in mid-August.
During submission, abstract submitters will have the opportunity to express their interest in presenting a dynamic poster. Dynamic posters are poster presentations given on an electronic screen, allowing the presenter to incorporate multimedia elements into their poster. To offset the costs of this presentation format, accepted dynamic poster presenters will be charged a $180 presentation fee, similar to the costs of printing a paper poster. This fee will be assessed for accepted presenters in mid-July.
Accepted abstracts are organized into topically-based scientific poster sessions, Theme J poster sessions, and nanosymposia. Abstracts are grouped together based on the theme and topic that abstract submitters select from the Themes and Topics list during abstract submission. Theme and topic selections help the Program Committee to group abstracts; they do not represent the titles of annual meeting sessions.
Accepted abstract presenters will be expected to transparently report a study’s experimental design and analytical methods in their poster or nanosymposium presentation at the annual meeting. Efforts to ensure scientific rigor include blinding, statistics, sample sizes, and replication. Error bars should be defined. Biological variables such as species, sex, age, strain, or cell line should be noted in the presentation, if applicable.
The abstract handling fee ($140) does not include registration for the annual meeting. First/presenting authors are expected to register for Neuroscience 2020 and present their abstracts. If the presenting author cannot attend, presentation by a co-author is acceptable. Only the author(s) attending the meeting need to register.
Theme J Poster Format
For those who submit a Theme J (History, Education, and Society) abstract, note that Theme J posters will encompass three half-days on the poster floor: Saturday p.m., Sunday a.m., and Sunday p.m. Posters should remain on display for these three half-days for casual viewing and be removed by Sunday, October 25 at 5 p.m. EDT.
Information and data included in abstracts submitted for the SfN annual meeting are embargoed until the conclusion of the SfN presentation or press conference. Abstract presentations may not be presented at another meeting or published in an archival scientific publication before the scheduled SfN presentation date unless it is at a published satellite event or SfN-hosted press conference for Neuroscience 2020. All authors must abide by SfN's embargo policy.
Coverage of an abstract, lay summary, data, or supplemental material is strictly prohibited until the embargo is lifted. Promotion of general topics, speakers, or presentation times is permitted and encouraged within the stated guidelines.