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When can I submit my abstract for presentation at the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting?
The abstract submission site opens February 1, 2019, and closes March 14, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT. GSA does not accept abstracts via mail or email. It is highly recommended you log in well before the submission deadline to ensure your GSA Account is complete and you are familiar with all abstract submission requirements.

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

  • Click the white “LOGIN” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Enter your username and password
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot your 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

May I submit more than one abstract?
Yes.

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

  • Symposium (includes 2 to 5 individual abstracts): $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 “LOGIN” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Enter your username and password
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot your 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 Program Area?
The program is organized around the four sections of GSA―Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biological
Sciences; Health Sciences; Social Research, Policy, and Practice―as well as the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education and Interdisciplinary area (symposium only). When you submit an abstract, you are applying to one of these six areas. Interdisciplinary symposium submissions are abstracts that bring together perspectives from multiple distinctly different fields―such as medicine, social science, and the humanities―to address a single overarching question. Authors should note that while many topics in gerontology are interdisciplinary to some degree, most submissions can find a best fit within one of the other existing sections. Therefore, symposium submissions that request consideration in the Interdisciplinary category must aim to address a theme of interest to members of two or more existing sections. You will be required to include a statement that explains why your abstract is interdisciplinary.

How do I submit an Individual Symposium Abstract that is part of a Symposium Overview?
The symposium chair must submit the Symposium Overview before you can submit your Individual Symposium Abstract. The symposium chair will be required to list you as a participant with the role of 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 2019–Due March 14 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 Step 3, Participants. Search for the author, select individual abstract presenter role, and add author to the participant list. In Step 4 Individual Symposium Abstract, all participants that you identified in Step 1 will be listed. You may input the individual abstract details or click the blue button 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 and junior faculty) can send their abstracts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 15, 2019, for a no-cost 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 the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting by submitting an abstract?
No! You must register for GSA’s meeting separately. Registration for the meeting will open in late June.

When will I receive confirmation of receipt of my abstract?
The submitter will receive an email confirmation of the abstract submission. To check on submission status, the submitter should log in to 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 state “INCOMPLETE.”

How can I get a receipt for my abstract submission?
To print a receipt for your submission, log in to 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 11:59 PM EDT of the March 14, 2019, submission deadline, but not after the deadline. To edit your abstract, log in to 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 14, 2019?
Yes. To withdraw an abstract submission, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 31, 2019. 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 none of the authors can attend the meeting and present the abstract, the first author must withdraw the abstract in writing by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

When will I find out my presentation information?
Presentation information is emailed to all submitters during mid-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 "safe senders" list of email addresses.

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

When and where is GSA’s 71st Annual Scientific Meeting?
November 13–17, 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday), in Austin, Texas.
You can find more information here.

How can I get assistance with my abstract submission?

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Where will the abstracts be published?
All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement issue of Innovation in Aging.

Any other questions?
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