Guidelines for Authors in Preparing Abstracts (Content and Formatting)

  • Include in your abstract a sentence stating the study's objective (unless given in the title); a brief statement of methods, if pertinent; a summary of the results obtained; and a statement of conclusions. (It is not acceptable to state, "the results will be discussed.") 
  • Use a short, specific title.
  • Capitalize initial letters of trade names.
  • Use standard abbreviations for units of measure; other abbreviations should be spelled out in full at first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses (exceptions: RNA, DNA, etc.).
  • Special Characters: In most cases, Greek letters and other special characters will transfer from your word processing software. A special character palette is available if you need a special character that you are unable to find in your word processor.
  • Do NOT include tables, charts, or other figures.
  • Be sure to proofread your work carefully before submitting.

Two Ways to Help Ensure Abstract Acceptance

1. Make Certain Your Abstract Includes Results

  • Whether new findings presented in an abstract are experimental or theoretical, specific results MUST be included.
  • The results, whether experimental or calculated, must be stated in the abstract. An author is free to include her or his latest data in the final poster presented at the meeting, but the results included in the original abstract must be substantive.

2. Avoid Promotion of a Commercial Product or Service

  • The Abstract Program Committee tries to ensure that ISSCR poster sessions are not used as venues for commercial promotion. Statements like "We show that X product works better than Y product" are clear indicators of promotion, and will be cause for rejection. In contrast, an abstract that presents methods or findings of interest to stem cell researchers, but mentions that the work was done with a proprietary and copyrighted product, and co-authors include those at the company that made the product, may be deemed acceptable.

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