Abstract Submission Rules and Policies


In submitting an abstract for consideration for the ISSCR Annual Meeting, the primary author is responsible for ensuring that work described in the abstract was conducted in accord with the following rules and policies. All abstracts submitted are evaluated by the Program Committee to ensure that they meet submission standards:


  • Substantive results, whether experimental, calculated or theoretical, must be included
  • Case studies will not be considered
  • Promotion of a commercial product or service is not permitted

On occasion, the Program Committee may solicit additional information from submitters to ensure that the work reported in an abstract complies with the ISSCR Research Conduct Policy. Failure to reply satisfactorily to a request for additional information constitutes grounds for abstract rejection.

While abstracts are evaluated for scientific interest and are citable, the brevity of the presentation precludes rigorous peer review. Thus, abstract acceptance by ISSCR should not be taken as endorsement of the validity or safety of research by ISSCR.

1.     ISSCR Research Conduct Policy

Submission of an abstract constitutes a formal agreement and statement by the authors that they have conducted the reported research in accordance with relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations regarding experiments on human subjects, live vertebrates or higher invertebrates and ISSCR policies on Guidelines for the Conduct of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells. Abstracts reporting any experimental work that was not conducted in accordance with these guidelines will be rejected by the Program Committee.

The Program Committee may solicit additional information from submitters to further evaluate compliance with the above guidelines. Failure to reply satisfactorily to a request for additional information constitutes grounds for abstract rejection.

2.     Not Published Elsewhere

Abstracts must be based on results that have not been published in their entirety in any journal nationally or internationally, before submission to ISSCR 2015.

3.     Identical Policy

Presentation material presented at the meeting must be substantively identical to that described in the abstract. In particular, the title, authorship, and scientific content of the presentation at the meeting must match that in the abstract.

4.     Presentation Limits

An individual may appear as the first (presenting) author on only one accepted oral abstract. The first author should be designated as the presenting author and present the work at the meeting. No presentation may be given by an individual who is not an author on the abstract.

5.      Author Consent

Authors may not be listed on an abstract unless they have given their consent to the presenting author. All material must be the work of authors listed. 

6.      Full Disclosure of Information

Transparency is vital for the open sharing of information. ISSCR requires the full disclosure of identities of genes, proteins, chemicals, active agents etc. in your presentations, both oral and poster.

7.     Presentation Agreement Remuneration

Abstract submission implies an understanding that the authors will receive no remuneration from ISSCR for their participation other than that specified in writing by the Society.

8.     Permission for Use of Name and Likeness

Authors give the International Society for Stem Cell Research, its agents and representatives the right to use their names and likeness in promotional and other material published in relation to the meeting.

9.     Permission for Publication of Material

Authors grant the International Society for Stem Cell Research one-time copyright for publication of material they may provide for inclusion in the proceedings for the conference. The copyright consists of any and all rights allowed by the copyright laws of the United States and all foreign countries. Authors understand that the proceedings, including my contribution, will be made available in printed and/or electronic form to the attendees of the conference, members of ISSCR, and other interested parties pursuant to policies established by the ISSCR Board. Authors understand that ISSCR will hold the copyright for the proceedings and its contents. Authors understand that the copyright of the compilation of materials in the proceedings is not the same as the copyright of an individual item of material included in the proceedings. Authors understand that authors are encouraged to include copyright notices as appropriate on all the materials submitted to ISSCR for publication. Authors understand that ISSCR takes no responsibility for registering my copyright and advises me to take all appropriate steps to do so. Authors authorize ISSCR to sell or otherwise distribute said proceedings to the membership and general public. In return, Authors understand that ISSCR grants the right to reprint their contribution in any publication. Authors affirm that their contribution contains no matter that is defamatory or is otherwise unlawful or invades individual privacy, or infringes on any proprietary right or statutory copyright. Authors affirm that their contribution is original with them or that they have obtained permission at their own expense from the copyright holder for publication and will submit documentation, showing permission for use, to ISSCR at the time of submission of the materials to be distributed.

10.Indemnification Agreement

Authors agree to indemnify and hold harmless the International Society for Stem Cell Research, its agents and its representatives should the material presented or provided for publication be determined to defame, libel or slander an individual or organization, violate the confidentiality of any individual or organization, or infringe on another's copyright.