How to Submit
Preparing the Abstract
Abstract submission is now closed. Access the OASIS Presenter Portal to view a read-only copy of your abstract, print a receipt for the $145 abstract handling fee, and for updates on your submission by selecting the button below.
To submit your abstract, you will need the following information readily available:
- Title and body of your abstract
- Name, affiliation, and conflict of interest information for all authors
- Linking group information, if applicable
- Support/grant information
The submission process is very detailed and requires the entry of specific information (including email addresses of co-authors and conflict of interest information). The primary cause of error in abstract submission occurs when the user is unfamiliar with the submission site and rushes to submit work at the last minute. Enter the submission site and begin submissions well in advance of the July 15 deadline to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly.
The body of the abstract should be no more than 2,300 characters, including punctuation but not spaces. Use this range as a frame of reference, then count characters and revise accordingly.
Use standard abbreviations. When using abbreviations for chemical compounds, spell it out in full for the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate compounds in the abstract title.
Deadlines and Payment
Submit and finalize your abstract by the extended submission deadline of noon EDT on Friday, July 16, 2021, including payment of the nonrefundable $145 abstract handling fee. Abstracts submitted and finalized by the extended submission deadline may be "unlocked" for editing through Friday, July 16, 5 p.m. EDT. After this date, the abstract is locked and no further changes can be made.
If you are planning to create a linking group, the selected theme and topic must be the same for all members of your group. Any deviation may result in members of your group being sessioned separately.
Titles are limited to 1,200 characters, including spaces. The title of the abstract should incorporate all words critical for the subject of the abstract. Write your title in sentence case (first word is capitalized; remaining words are lower case). Do not bold or italicize your full title.
Keywords help users of the Neuroscience Meeting Planner and the annual meeting mobile app to find abstracts. Select up to three words from the list provided. Submitters may also opt to create their own keywords.
New for Neuroscience 2021! Abstract presenters at Neuroscience 2021 will be invited to take part in virtual discussion groups. Discussion groups will be made up of 7-10 presenters who will be able to discuss their research in a video chatroom with each other and with meeting attendees. More information on discussion groups is available on SfN.org.
Linking groups can be used to self-organize your virtual discussion group. To propose that your abstract be grouped with others, create or join a linking group. The Program Committee will consider grouping requests during the abstract review process, however, requests are not guaranteed. Group size is limited to 10 abstracts.
To create a group, one submitter must request a linking group name and share the name with each submitter that wishes to be a part of the group. Each submitter must join the linking group within their individual abstract submission via the Linking Group step. Submitters may also use the Special Linking Group Report, available within the abstract submission site, to search and join linking groups that have already been created.
Selection of a theme, subtheme, and topic for the abstract allows submitters to "self-identify" the area of neuroscience in which the abstract fits. This identification is the first step in sorting abstracts for the Program Committee, who will take this identification into consideration and place related abstracts with similar topics into the same session. Selection of a primary theme and topic is required. Selection of a secondary theme and topic is optional, but often helpful to the program committee.
If you have joined a linking group, your first-choice theme and topic selection must be the same for all linking group members. Any variance will result in expulsion from the group.
Linking Group Information
The Linking Group Information step is optional and should only be used by submitters who are a part of a linking group. Use this step to explain why your abstract should be grouped with others in your linking group. Additional information will help the Program Committee to decide if your proposed group should be a part of the annual meeting program. This section is limited to 500 characters, including spaces.
List all authors who contributed to the work discussed in the abstract. The presenting author will receive correspondence regarding the abstract. Be prepared to submit contact information as well as conflict of interest information for each author listed.
Submitters will also be asked to identify their abstract's senior author(s). The senior author(s) represent the principal investigator(s) of the lab where the work described in the abstract was completed. Senior author(s) should be listed towards the end of the author block.
Enter the source(s) of research support. Grant numbers may be listed here.
- Indicate if the abstract presenter plans to attend the annual meeting virtually-only or virtually and in-person
- Specify scheduling conflicts
- Designate the submitting author as a senior author
- Designate the presenting author as a high school or undergraduate student
- Indicate religious conflicts
- Indicate if the abstract would be of interest to the press
Confirmation of Session Information
Only the presenting author will receive notifications, via email, of the abstract's status. This information is sent in two emails:
- The first notification in August will include the assigned session title and session date/time for accepted abstracts.
- A second email sent in mid-September will include a reminder of the abstract's assigned session and more specific information about the presentation.
If no email address is supplied or if an incorrect email address is listed, information will not reach the first/presenting author. Contact SfN staff at email@example.com to change contact information.
To ensure that you receive all SfN correspondence, add firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, SfN_Program@abstractsonline.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org to your email "safe senders" list.