The Education Scientific Assembly is soliciting quality abstract submissions for poster presentations at the 2021 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference. Registrants (including poster presenters) will have the option to attend virtually or in-person in Denver, CO. Please review the following information and guidelines carefully.
- Abstracts must be submitted according to the instructions provided and be received no later than November 1, 2020. Failure to follow format instructions will result in rejection of the abstract.
- Abstract may be original research, description of a teaching tool or other project that benefited/improved instruction or program administration. Teaching tool or project must include outcome measurement and conclusions/applications or implications.
- A nonmember may submit an abstract for presentation if an ASCLS member coauthors the abstract. All presenting authors must register for the meeting.
Abstract Format Guidelines
All abstracts must be typed single-spaced with one-inch margins. Recommended typeface is Times New Roman, 12-point type. Abstract text format is flush left. Text length (not including title and author information) must be 100 to 250 words, not to exceed 250 words. A single space return should be used to separate title and author information, and a double space return should be used to separate this information from the abstract content.
- Title: Use a concise title (five or six words, if possible) that reflects abstract content. Capitalize the first letter of each word except for prepositions, conjunctions, and articles. Underline or italicize scientific genus and species names of organisms. Do not use acronyms, abbreviations, or initials in the title.
- Author/Institution: Type authors' names, first name first. When multiple authors are present, place an asterisk (*) in front of the name of the presenting author. Academic degrees are limited to the highest degree earned. Authors should use the MLS credential (when applicable). On the next line type the institutional affiliation of the authors. Do not include any other information (i.e. department, division, etc.). On the next line, list the city and the state of the institution (no zip code).
- Abstract: Line spacing of abstract must be double-spaced. Recommended font and size is Times New Roman 12 pt. in Word format. Abstract text format is flush left. Text length (not including title and author information) must be at least 100 but not to exceed 250 words. Use a single-space-return to separate title and author information. Do not use headers, charts, figures, tables or references in the abstract.The abstract should be a one paragraph concise summary of the: 1) problem, 2) method/design/intervention used, 3) results/outcomes measurements, and 4) conclusions/applications/implications.
- P.A.C.E. Credit Questions: In order to be granted continuing education contact hours, participants attending the poster sessions must submit answers to questions related to the problem, methods, and outcomes presented in the respective poster. For this purpose, poster authors are required to also submit two multiple-choice questions with answers. These questions should be included in the submitted word document (after the abstract text). Questions submitted should address information that can only be gained by viewing the poster; this is a way to reinforce the objectives or conclusions of the presentation. Each question must have 4 responses (A-D) with 1 correct response submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point type font. Indicate correct answer with an asterisk.
- File Format: Authors will need to upload their abstract (and multiple choice questions) within the submission portal. This file should be a Microsoft Word file. The file name cannot include the author's name. It is recommended that the file name includes at least two keywords from the title.
→Example of Acceptable Abstract Formatting: Sample Submission
- Abstracts must be submitted according to instructions (failure to do so will result in rejection).
- Abstracts must be submitted by November 1, 2020.
- Accepted abstracts are eligible to be published in Clinical Laboratory Science*.
- All abstracts must be original. Please perform appropriate literature searches to avoid issues with plagiarism. No abstract should be submitted for presentation at any other meeting(s) or submitted for publication in any format prior to November 1, 2020. (Abstract reviewers will perform literature searches to confirm that a submitted abstract has not been previously published.) This exclusion includes abstracts that have been presented at previous ASCLS meetings. The only exception is for those posters that have been presented at ASCLS constituent society or regional meetings; these are acceptable to submit. The author must include this information on the abstract submission.
- All presenting authors must register for and attend the meeting.
- Notification is by email only so a valid email address is a requirement for communication. Notify ASCLS of any email changes.
Review, Acceptance and Notification
Members of the ASCLS Education Scientific Assembly will perform a blind review all abstract submissions. Authors will receive email notification of abstract acceptance/rejection by December 4. The letter of acceptance will include information on the date and time of the poster presentations. A registration discount is included for accepted abstract presentations (lead author only).
Abstract submissions will be made electronically, via the portal accessible below. Once accessing the portal, submitters will need to create an account (by providing your full name and email address). Once the account has been created, authors will be able to create their submissions. Submissions may be edited and saved prior to submission. All submissions must be made by November 1, 2020.
Authors are required to attach a Microsoft Word version of their abstract (title, author and abstract) within the submission portal. Remember - the file name must not include the author's name (to preserve the integrity of the blind review process). Submissions made with the author's name(s) on the abstract file will be disqualified.
The submission portal also includes a financial disclosure section (required).
During the submission process, authors will be asked to identify up to 3 topics/disciplines from the list below. If additional keywords are needed, submitters may access the NIH US National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings.
After the submission has been made, the author will receive a confirmation number and email (from firstname.lastname@example.org). The author may check on the status of their submission(s) by logging into the submission portal.