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Abstract submission now open!

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Abstract submission site close:
Extended deadline: July 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm ET

Early bird registration deadline: 
August 16, 2018

Hotel reservation closes:
September 3, 2018


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Jennifer Gardy, BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duncan MacCannell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

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Now accepting abstracts!

Submit your abstract that describes your original research results. Accepted abstracts will be presented in poster or oral sessions. Invited speakers will lead each session, complemented by additional speakers selected from the abstracts.

ASM Student and Postdoc Travel Grants will be awarded
Apply for a student travel grant during the abstract submission process. Travel grants are competitive and tied to abstract submission. 


 Submit Your Abstract!


Important Dates

Abstract submission opens: May 3, 2018

Abstract submission closes: June 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm ET

Submission Steps

Step One: Login

Step Two: Submission

Step Three: Title

Step Four: Author(s)

Step Five: Presentation Preference

Step Six: Abstract

Step Seven: Additional Information

Step Eight: Review Your Work

Step One: Login

Please use your ASM Single Sign On (SSO) login credentials. If you forgot your username/password or to confirm that you have a Single Sign On (SSO) account, press the "Password Reminder" link on the homepage of the submission site. If you do not have an ASM Single Sign On account, you may create one by following the link on the homepage of the submission site.

Step Two: Submission 

Click the "New Abstract" button to begin the abstract submission process.

Step Three: Title 

Please provide a short and concise title that indicates the content of your abstract. Your title will be turned into all CAPS to conform with ASM publication standards. Do not place a period at the end of your title. Do not place hard returns in your title. Italicize scientific names of organisms, highlighting the scientific name by selecting the italics button. (example: Staphylococcus aureus results in "Staphylococcus aureus").

Click the "Save and Continue" button.

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Step Four: Author(s) (not included in the 2500 character limit)

Approval of all co-authors must be obtained before placing their names on the abstract.
Author's names will be displayed using first initial(s) and full last name. Presenting authors will be displayed in bold type (e.g. J. Smith, W. S. Brown, and R. A. Jones).

Add co-authors and their affiliations. Each institution and author will be referenced with superscript numbers and include the institution’s city, two-letter state/province abbreviation and country.

You may change the order of how the authors are listed by clicking the button on this page.
ASM will correspond with the presenting author only. Changes in the presenting author must be communicated to ASM. It is the responsibility of the presenting author to contact all co-authors with the disposition and scheduling of the abstract. The complete address of the presenting author is required in order to assure that correspondence arrives promptly and easily.

Click on the “Save and Continue” button.

Step Five: Presentation Preference

Select “Poster or oral presentation” in order to be considered for either a talk or a poster. Select “Poster Only” if you do not want to be considered for an oral presentation. There is no option to be considered only for oral presentation.

Please note: By submitting the abstract, you are agreeing to present in the format assigned on the date assigned.

Click on the “Save and Continue” button.

Step Six: Abstract (included in the 2,500 character limit - spaces are not counted)

Your abstract may have up to 2,500 characters. Spaces are not counted. Do NOT include abstract title, authors or keywords in abstract text. Abstract text may be submitted using either of the following methods: Copy/paste, direct entry keystrokes, or file upload. ASM also recommends that the abstract is divided into four (4) sections and bold each section as follows: “Background,” “Methods,” “Results,” and “Conclusions.”

Please note (Apple Macintosh Users Only): To preserve formatting and scientific characters embedded in your abstract text, please use the Upload a File Containing Your Abstract.

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Step Seven: Additional Information

Level of Education
Select your current level of education. If you are a postdoctoral fellow, select Postdoc. If you have earned your Ph.D. and are no longer considered a postdoctoral fellow, select Ph.D,

Travel Grants
ASM provides travel grants of $500 per person to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have earned their Ph.D. less than four years ago. The grants are competitive, based on quality of abstract. Gender and geographic balance are also considered. To apply, select ‘Yes” from the drop-down menu. No further application is required. If selected, awardees must provide proof of eligibility and are required to be ASM members at the time of the conference. Membership status is not considered during the selection process.

Select your gender. ASM Conferences strive to achieve a balanced program when selecting speakers. This information is provided to reviewers to aid in achieving this goal.

Step Eight: Review Your Work

It is very important that you review your work to proof accuracy of all elements of the submitted abstract including spelling and figures. Ensure that the character count is within the 2500 character limit to guarantee that the abstract submission process is complete.

Technical Support

If you have any questions regarding use of the abstract submission site please contact technical support:

Phone: +1 (217) 398-1792
Fax: +1 (217) 355-0101