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Call for Abstracts FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

When can I submit my abstract for presentation at GSA’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting?
The abstract submission site will open mid-December and close March 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.  Submission of all abstracts is through the online form. GSA does not accept abstracts via mail or e-mail.

What is the submission fee?
The abstract submission fee must be paid via credit card at the time of submission. The fees are:
Symposium: $30*
Paper/Poster: $25
Paper/Poster (Students): $15
*Includes required 2–5 individual symposium abstracts

I am having trouble signing in – why doesn’t my password work?
Please make sure you are using your Abstract Central log-in information, not your GSA member log-in information. After you select the button 'click here to submit your abstract' on geron.org/abstracts site, it will take you to Abstract Central's site. If you think you already have an Abstract Central account but don’t have your login information or have forgotten your password, on Abstract Central's site, click the “Forgot your Password” link on the left hand side of the log-in screen.

Can I be a primary/presenting author on an abstract if I am not a member of GSA?
Yes, you do not need to be a member of GSA to submit an abstract.

What is the difference between the primary author and the co-authors on an abstract?
GSA assumes that the primary author will be the presenter if the abstract is accepted. GSA will send all communications regarding the submitted abstract to the primary author. If the abstract is accepted and the primary author is not able to attend and present, it is acceptable for a co-author to take over presentation duties.

Can I request a presentation date/time? Is it possible for my coworkers and me to have sequential presentations?
Unfortunately we are not able to honor requests for specific presentation dates, times, or groupings.

Am I automatically registered for GSA’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting by submitting an abstract?
No. You must register for GSA’s meeting separately.

When will I receive confirmation of receipt of my abstract?
You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your submission. To check on your submission status log into the abstract submission site, click the type of abstract you submitted (program overview, professional paper/poster, etc.), then “Go”. On the next screen click “View Submissions” in the left-hand menu. If your abstract has been successfully submitted it will appear under the “Submissions” table. Any drafts you have been working on, but are not yet submitted, will appear under the “Drafts” Table.

How can I get a receipt for my abstract submission?
To print a receipt for your submission log into the abstract submission site, click the type of abstract you submitted (program overview, professional paper/poster, etc.), then “Go”. On the next screen click “View Submissions” in the left-hand menu. Your submitted abstracts will appear under the “Submissions” table. To see proof of payment, click on the “View Proof” button next to the abstract title.

Can I edit my abstract after it has been submitted?
Your abstract can be edited up until the March 5 submission deadline, but NOT after the deadline. To edit your abstract, log into the abstract submission site, click the type of abstract you submitted (program overview, professional paper/poster, etc.), then “Go”. On the next screen click “View Submissions” in the left-hand menu. Your submitted abstract will appear under the “Submissions” table. To edit, click the “Return to Draft” button next to the abstract title and make any necessary edits. Please note: you MUST resubmit your abstract after making edits in order for it to be considered during the review process. You will not have to pay the submission fee again.

Can I withdraw my abstract after the submission deadline of March 5, 2014?
Yes. To withdraw an abstract submission e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by June 5, 2014. If the request to withdraw is made after this date, GSA cannot ensure removal from the printed Program.

I am primary author of an abstract and I am unable to attend the meeting; what should I do?
Although the primary author is the preferred presenter, any co-author may present without having to notify GSA. If no one can attend the meeting and present the abstract, the primary author must withdraw the abstract in writing by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible.

When can I find out my presentation information?
Presentation information is e-mailed to all primary authors in late July (session information and individual presentation information).  To make sure you receive all GSA correspondence, add This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to your e-mail "safe senders" list.

May I get a refund for my abstract handling fee?
The abstract submission fee is a processing fee and is nonrefundable. Once the abstract has been submitted, it is considered processed.

When and where is GSA’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting?
November 5-9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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USC DavisThe Annual Scientific Meeting website is sponsored by the USC Davis School of Gerontology. For more information on programs, please visit gero.usc.edu.