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When can I submit my abstract for presentation at GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting?
The abstract submission site opened February 1 and will close March 15 at 11:59 PM ET. GSA does not accept abstracts via mail or e-mail. It is highly recommended you login early to ensure your credentials are correct.

To submit an abstract: Go to www.geron.org/abstracts

  • Click the white “log in” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Enter your username and password
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “forgot password”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one here
  • Once logged in, click the white “my account” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Click “Abstract Central” to begin the submission process

What is the submission fee?
The abstract submission fee must be paid via credit card through the Abstract Central system at the time of submission. The fees are:

Symposium: $40
Professional Paper or Poster: $30
Student Paper or Poster: $20

I am having trouble signing in – why doesn’t my password work?
Passwords are case sensitive. To re-set your password go to www.geron.org

  • Click the white “log in” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Enter your username and password
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “forgot password”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one here
  • If you still need assistance with logging in, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Once logged in, click the white “my account” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Click “Abstract Central” to begin the submission process

What are the browser requirements for the submission site?
The submission site works best using the browsers Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.

Can I be a first author/presenter on an abstract if I am not a member of GSA?
Yes. You may participate as a non-member.

What is the difference between the abstract submitter, first author and co-authors?

  • The abstract submitter is the individual who logs in to submit the abstract. This is the individual who will receive all notification messages, scheduling information, and presenter instructions. You cannot change this after the submission has been started!
  • The first author will be the presenter if the abstract is accepted. If the abstract is accepted and the first author is not able to attend and present, it is acceptable for a co-author to take over presentation duties. Once the abstract deadline passes, the first author listed will not be able to be changed in the printed materials.

What is the Interdisciplinary Track?
The GSA Annual Meeting program is organized five areas: these include GSA’s four sections- Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biological Sciences; Health Sciences; Social Research, Policy, and Practice, as well as a fifth option—Interdisciplinary (symposium only). During the submission process, you must choose one of these areas to submit your abstract to. Interdisciplinary symposiums should bring together distinctly different conceptual and/or methodological perspectives to address a single overarching question that does not fit into one existing section. You will be required to include a statement that explains why your abstract is interdisciplinary.

How do I submit an individual abstract that is part of a symposium overview?
New this year! The symposium overview must be submitted first. The symposium chair will be required to list you as a participant with the role individual abstract presenter. The chair can input all your abstract details or can send you a customized link via email requesting you to input your details. The email will come from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Abstract Information Requested for GSA 2018- Due March 15" in the subject line. Click the link in the email to input your abstract details.

I am submitting a Symposium Program Overview. How do I add the Individual Symposium Abstracts to my overview?
Within the Symposium submission, add the first authors for the individual symposium abstracts in task 1 participants. Search for the author, select individual abstract presenter role and add author to participant list. On task 3 individual symposium abstract, all participants you identified in task 1 will be listed. You may input the individual abstract details or click the blue bubble to send an email notification to the individual abstract presenter to complete the task.

Do you offer abstract pre-review options for submitters whose first language is not English?
Yes. Students and Emerging Professionals (including postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty) for no cost can send their abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 26 for a peer-to-peer review. This pre-review is limited to identifying grammatical errors, inappropriate word choice, and ensuring that the tone of the language is appropriate for an academic abstract submission. This program will not involve a critique of the scientific content or research methods. This review does not guarantee acceptance of the abstract.

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 Annual Scientific Meeting by submitting an abstract?
No! You must register for GSA’s meeting separately. Registration for the annual meeting will open in late June.

When will I receive confirmation of receipt of my abstract?
All authors will receive an e-mail confirmation of the submission. To check on your submission status, log into the abstract submission site and you can see your submission listed under ABSTRACTS. If your abstract has been successfully submitted a green check mark will appear to the left of the abstract title. Any drafts you have been working on, but have yet to be submitted, will have a pencil icon and state “INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION”.

How can I get a receipt for my abstract submission?
To print a receipt for your submission, log into the abstract submission site. Under the Abstracts Header, your completed submission will by listed with an option to VIEW RECEIPT. Click on VIEW RECEIPT and you can print a copy of your receipt.

Can I edit my abstract after it has been submitted?
Your abstract can be edited up until the March 15 submission deadline, but NOT after the deadline. To edit your abstract, log into the abstract submission site, click on your submitted abstract listed under ABSTRACTS. You MUST click the SAVE SUBMISSION button after making edits for it to be considered during the review process. You will not have to pay the submission fee again. GSA will not make any edits after the submission deadline.

Can I withdraw my abstract after the submission deadline of March 15, 2018?
Yes. To withdraw an abstract submission, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 5, 2018. If the request to withdraw is made after this date, GSA cannot ensure removal from the printed program.

I am first author of an abstract and I am unable to attend the meeting; what should I do?
Although the first author is the preferred presenter, any co-author may present. However, all correspondences will continue to be sent to the individual who submitted the abstract (this CANNOT be changed). If no one can attend the meeting and present the abstract, the first author must withdraw the abstract in writing by e-mailing This email 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 first authors in early July (session information and individual presentation information). To make sure you receive all GSA correspondence, add This email 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 70th Annual Scientific Meeting?
November 14-18: Boston, Massachusetts

How can I get assistance with my abstract submission?

  • For technical support; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Monday-Friday, 9:00am-9:00pm ET.
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Where will the abstracts be published?
All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement issue of Innovation in Aging.

Did the submission site change from the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting?
Yes, please plan ahead to familiarize yourself with the new software. 

For a symposium can a chair also be an individual symposium first author?
Yes. In Task 2 “Participants” double click the name of the person you want to have additional roles. A new screen will appear for information about the person you selected, scroll down until you see "Role" and select the appropriate boxes.

For any other questions not seen above, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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