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Academy of Surgical Research :: Abstract Guidelines

OCT 4-6, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV

The 33rd Annual Meeting of ASR will be held October 4-6, 2017 at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV. This will provide an excellent opportunity for Investigators, Technicians, Residents, Veterinarians and Graduate students to share their original research and technical expertise in the area of surgical research.

Accepting abstract submissions: February 2017

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2017

Scientific sessions will be presented on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6. Here are some guidelines to help in your preparation of Abstracts for platform or poster presentations. Abstracts must be limited to the space on the Abstract form. Abstracts may be published in the Journal of Investigative Surgery if abstract meets the specified criteria defined below.

Publishable Abstract Submission Form
Short Abstract Submission Form

ASR Abstract Guidelines

The purpose of an abstract is to provide a clear and concise summary of the information to be presented in greater detail in a paper, oral presentation, or poster session. An abstract usually contains some of the major components of a research paper, but presents the information in approximately 490 words. The acceptance of the abstract for presentation is dependent upon the novelty of the work and the clarity of the message it conveys, as well as its relevance to surgical research.

The title should convey as concisely as possible the subject to be discussed. The title should not exceed 250 characters and should not be overly general, nor provide such excessive detail that it becomes unwieldy or confusing. The body of the abstract is made up of three or four components addressing specific points, depending on whether the subject is a traditional scientific investigation or on whether it addresses a clinical, technical, or management problem.

Each sentence in the abstract should be examined out of context for clarity and economy of words. The abstract should be unified, coherent, and logical in its progression from one section to the next. Have grammar, punctuation, and spelling checked by more than one reviewer before final submission. A person unfamiliar with the work may be helpful in pinpointing problems in content. If you have questions, contact the ASR Program Committee to review your abstract prior to final submission. This should be done 2-3 weeks in advance of the final submission date of June 30, 2017.

Abstracts should contain the following elements: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. If appropriate, references/citations may be included. The body of the abstract begins with the hypothesis (Introduction). This can usually be stated in one or two declarative sentences that address the study’s purpose or background.

Next, the abstract should describe the principal methods used to conduct the study. Information regarding the number of animals in the study, analytical techniques, sampling frequencies or times, and statistical analyses should be presented in a concise manner to convey to the reader a sense of how the study was designed and conducted. For example, were chemical analyses done? Were histological examinations performed? Were physical measurements made? Were steps taken to exclude variables that could influence results? What experimental variables were studied, and what controls were used?

The results should be summarized and major trends in the results described. It is not the goal of the abstract to provide all the results of the study, but to state the most important ones. Data may be given to emphasize the results. If available, group size, p-values, or other statistical results should be summarized, state why it is not included if not possible.

The function of the Discussion is to interpret your results in light of what was already known about the subject of the investigation, and to explain any new understanding of the problem after taking your results into consideration.

The scientific abstract should end with a concise statement of the conclusions that can be drawn from the study. Results should not be restated. One may wish to place the work in perspective, for example, by stating whether the report confirms or extends the findings of previous studies. The conclusion should be no more than three sentences.

Submission Instructions. Before submitting your abstract, ensure you have provided the following information:
  • Abstracts may be published in the Journal of Investigative Surgery (JIS) if the abstract meets the specified criteria. Please make sure to select ahead of time if you are interested in having you’re abstract reviewed for inclusion. The abstract submission process for consideration in JIS will include a more detailed submission form.
  • Complete contact information for presenting author: name, email, phone numbers, fax and mailing address.
  • A statement indicating whether the study has been approved by your Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  • Preferred format: oral presentation or poster session.
  • A limit of two posters may be presented by one author. Please be sure to have a presenting author register for the meeting.
Once you’ve gathered all required information, submit your completed abstract by following the instructions on the ASR website (Meeting Information ->Abstract Submission). Direct any submission questions to Tracy Ziegelhofer at tracy.ziegelhoffer@envigo.com – 732-873-2550 ext. 3156.

Notification of Acceptance
The ASR program committee will review the submissions. Authors will be notified of the committee’s decision no later than July 7, 2017.
2017 ASR Program Committee (click to email):

Abstracts may be submitted beginning on February 1, 2017.

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