Abstract Guidelines

Length of Abstract
Your abstract may have a maximum limit of 2,000 characters which includes abstract text (spaces not counted).  Tables, graphics, titles, authors and institution are not included in the count. A Times New Roman font is recommended.

Please note that an additional entry line has been added to the electronic submission to accommodate credits, footnotes, etc., a character limit of 100 is applied to this field but does not count towards the character count of the abstract body.


Organization of Research in the Abstract
Your abstract may be written without the use of the following bolded headers (Background, Materials, Results, Conclusion). However, your abstract should include a one to two sentence introduction, the description of the methods used, the results obtained, and a conclusion with inclusion of its significance.

The abstract title, authors, and affiliations should not be included in the body of the abstract. These will be picked up from other entries you made during the submission process.


Font and Point Size
A Times New Roman Font is recommended. Avoid use of fonts specific to the word processing program you use. This is particularly true for symbols as some character sets do not translate well resulting in lost information. Point size is not critical since all submissions will be similarly formatted for publication.


Poster Size
The Poster Board used at asm2014 has a maximum usable surface that is 40 inches (1.0 meters) tall by 88 inches (2.2 meters) wide. Posters can be any size up to this maximum.


Presenting Author
Whenever possible the presenting author should be the submitter of the abstract. Contact information is collected for the submitter and the presenting author. ASM prefers to correspond with the individual who will actually be presenting the abstract, if accepted. This policy ensures that the presenter knows when and where to present the abstract.

The General Meeting Program Committee has ruled that each presenter may present only one abstract at asm2014. An individual should never be listed as the presenting author on more than one abstract.


In Addition to the Abstract Guidelines there are Abstract Guidelines for Divisions C, F, L, V, Y and AA (Divisional Group I)

Writing abstracts is a significant effort on your part; reviewing them is a lot of work too. These guidelines are intended to help you decide whether your abstract is suitable for submission to Divisions included in Divisional Group I for the ASM General Meeting.

  1. The abstract must contain data from a specific, discrete study. Abstracts that are general descriptions of new products, managerial innovations, etc., will not be accepted.
  2. The data will, in almost every case, be quantitative. Even historical and epidemiological abstracts will typically contain numbers, rates, and trends. Subjective end-points should be quantified with survey data; multiple independent assessments of results compared on a Likert scale, or similar mode of analysis.
  3. For Divisional Group I, data are almost always from clinical samples. Assessment of the limit of detection of a new diagnostic technology with cloned, recombinant or synthetic material is unlikely to be accepted unless the technology is truly revolutionary. It rarely is.
  4. Data must be objectively gathered, inclusive of the data in the study, and objectively analyzed and reported. Abstracts that read like advertisements will be rejected.
  5. The major exception to the above rules is case reports. Case reports must be truly remarkable for acceptance.
  6. If you’re wondering whether to submit an abstract to Division C or another Division; ask: “Does this abstract concern a diagnostic test or procedure?” If so, send it to Division C; if not, send to another division.