Sunday, January 20, 2013

2013 Abstract Guidelines



ASM 2013 Intermountain Branch Meeting

Presentation and Abstract Information
Poster dimensions are 3’ h X 4’ w (maximum size).  Please bring pushpins for setup.
Oral presentations should be in Power Point and will be limited to 12 min with 3 min for questions.

Abstracts should include the following guidelines with no more than 1850 characters
Abstract Rules: Intermountain Branch - ASM Abstract Rules.

Abstracts that do not state the following should be rejected (but the Branch will not):
·         No Hypothesis - The abstract does not clearly indicate the reason for conducting the research and the questions being tested by the experiments performed.
·         Inadequate Experimental Methods - The investigators failed to describe procedures used or neglected to include important or essential controls.
·         Insufficient Data Presented - The investigators failed to show the outcome(s) of their research.  Insufficient data are presented to support the author’s conclusions(s).
·         No Summary Form of Essential Results - The investigators failed to concisely summarize the result(s) of their research.
·         No Conclusion - The investigators failed to describe the conclusions of their research with regard to the hypothesis being tested.
·         Duplicate Abstract - The abstract contents substantively overlap with contents of another submitted abstract by the same author or co-author.
·         Promotional in Nature - The abstract was written to promote a specific product or procedure on behalf of a specific company or organization.  However, an invited company may describe its procedures or services in a neutral, non-competitive context.
·         Poorly Written - Improper use of the English language renders the abstract incomprehensible.

Key Submission Elements
Title - The title should clearly identify the contents of the abstract. Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names. Italicize scientific names of organisms (e.g., Candida albicans).

Authors and Affiliations - Each author is listed separately.  Each name should include first (given), middle initial(s) and last (family) name. You should provide information on each author’s institution/affiliation.  Do not give department, division, branch, street address, etc. when completing the institution information. Enter the City and State/Province (if from the United States or Canada) and zip/postal code.  If an author is from a country other than the United States, be sure to provide this information. Use abbreviations whenever possible.  Designate the presenting author.  Please note that it is a General Meeting policy to list authors using all initials and last name.  A sample author/affiliation listing for publication would be:
G. E. F. Brown, Jr.1, P. J. Smith2, and R. B. Jones1,2, 1CDC, Atlanta, GA and 2Bournemouth Univ., Poole, UNITED KINGDOM

Abstract Text - The text of each abstract should consist of no more than 1850 characters (excluding spaces). Do not include your title and author information as part of the abstract body. The abstract text may be typed in any standard word processing program.  Insert sub or superscripts, boldface, italics, or other required symbols as necessary. Tables, if presented, should be as simple as possible since they will be reduced in size in the final product to fit in a column approximately 2.5" (6.3 cm) in width. Graphics (graphs, pictures, etc.) are not recommended as (1) they are very difficult to properly size in the space available and (2) will be printed in black and white.  Files should be saved as a standard word-processed file.

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