Abstract FAQ's

No. Experience has shown that only a few users have any difficulty in completing the online application. If you do have a problem we suggest that you try another computer. Some combinations of certain computers and browsers on occasion may cause problems.

No, if you exit the program before you click on "submit your abstract", your information will be lost and you will need to start over. You may minimize your screen while you work in another program but do not exit the abstract form.

Your browser does not support wrapped text. Try hitting "enter" on the keyboard at the end of each line to see the text.

This will be determined by your own computer system. We do not recommend using the cut and paste option when it involves special characters (such as super- or subscripts, Greek characters etc.), you will need to confirm and repair any missing characters using the palette or special characters menu on the submission application. You will also need to make sure you put your authors, abstract title and abstract body in the correct fields.

Click on "Check Abstract Size". You will be informed and not permitted to continue with your submission if you have exceeded the maximum number of characters. NOTE: The 3,000 character count includes author names and affiliations, title, abstract text and all spaces.

The submission program's character count pertains to abstract text in its final formatted and sized version. An exact reproduction of which cannot be viewed on the screen. For example, in final form, the last word in a paragraph could fall on a line by itself with blank spaces completing the line. These blank spaces, while not apparent in the submission program, are included in your abstract when it is formatted for publication and must be taken into account when calculating the character count.

Authors often find a discrepancy in the keystroke count on their word processors and the character count in the abstract submission program because these counts are computed differently. To be certain that your abstract is successfully submitted, use the character count on the submission application as your guide.

Each row of a table (regardless of its width) will automatically deduct two entire lines from the total space available for your abstract. Click on "Check Abstract Size" after you have uploaded your table to be certain you have not entered more than the maximum characters allowed.

Tables will be formatted automatically. To further ensure that your table will be presented accurately, email or fax a copy of your table as you want it to appear to , Meeting Manager, at or 301-634-7079. Include the abstract control number and personal ID number, first authors name, telephone and email address.

During the submission process, you entered your title twice (one in the title field and again in the body of the text). You need to revise your abstract and remove the title from the abstract body. You will need your last name, abstract control number and personal ID number to revise your abstract.

All revisions must be completed by 11:59 pm, March 25, 2016 (US ET).

First move the cursor to the position where you want to insert the special character. Then click on the special menu (special characters or special effects menus).

Block and delete these characters otherwise they will be printed as part of your published abstract. If necessary follow instructions in the submission program for special enhancements such as italics, bold etc.

For security purposes, the presenting author's name cannot be changed. To change the presenting author's name, you must withdraw the abstract, then resubmit with the new name. This must be done by the submission deadline of 11:59 pm, March 23, 2016 (US ET).

Yes. Go to the submission site and click on "Revise My Abstract". You will need your last name, abstract control number and personal ID number. Revisions may be submitted now through 11:59 pm, March 25, 2016 (US ET)

After March 25, 2016, no revisions will be permitted.

For security purposes, the presenting author's name on a previously submitted abstract MAY NOT BE CHANGED. To change the presenting author's name you must withdraw the previously submitted abstract and submit a new abstract in the new author's name.

To withdraw an abstract, return to the submission site and select "Withdraw My Abstract". You will need your abstract control number, personal ID number and presenting author's last name. Select the appropriate button to withdraw an abstract. The presenting author and the Meeting Manager will be informed of the withdrawal.

If you are submitting your abstract on the last two days leading up to the deadline, you may experience some slowness because of the number of people using the system on these days. While we have made every effort to ensure efficient receipt of all abstracts, extreme stress on the system may result in a slower submission process. PLEASE SUBMIT EARLY TO AVOID FRUSTRATIONS. We cannot extend the deadline past 11:59 pm, March 23, 2016 (US ET).

Program assignments will be posted on the meeting website on May 5, 2016. Information will not be available before this time. You will not receive an email with your assignment. Please remember to check the website after this date.

Technical Questions: Wujun Zhou - wzhou@genetics-gsa.org All Other Questions: Anne Marie Mahoney mahoney@genetics-gsa.org

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