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The step-by-step instructions on this page guide you through the abstract submission process. Submitters should read them carefully in advance to have the right data on hand for submitting abstracts, applying for awards and choosing the desired mode of presentation and presentation topic area. Average submission may take up to 20 minutes when materials are pre-formatted, as outlined in the Abstract Submission Instructions

Abstract Submission Instructions PDF

Please review the Call for Abstracts, Deadlines, and Fees for general information.
Note that abstracts submitted are screened by the Program Committee to ensure that they meet these standards:

  • Must include substantive results, whether experimental, calculated, or theoretical
  • Clinical case studies will not be considered
  • Promotion of a commercial product or service is not permitted

Failure to comply with these terms constitutes grounds for abstract rejection.

Read our helpful tips for writing a compelling abstract.

Please remember:

  • Edits are allowed until submission deadline
  • Abstracts are not peer-reviewed, but if included in the Program Guide or Abstract Book, are citable
  • Only regular abstracts, not late-breaking abstracts, are evaluated for oral presentations and/or travel, merit, and poster awards
  • No changes to an abstract's presenting author will be accepted after 6 May, 2020. Presenters MUST be registered by 1 June, 2020
  • Abstracts will be made available to registered meeting attendees at least two weeks prior to the meeting
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Abstract Submission Site


  • Must be in all uppercase letters (ALL CAPS)
  • No more than 175 characters (including spaces)
  • If a tissue type is in the title, it should include the species used (e.g. MOUSE RETINA, HUMAN MUSCLE)

Submission Type:

  • Late-Breaking (reopen 27 April through 18 May, 2020) CLOSED
    • Only poster presentations accepted
    • Posters submitted in this time frame are grouped in one area of the Poster and Exhibit Hall
  • Oral (submit 4 December, 2019 through 6 February, 2020) CLOSED
    • To be considered for an eight (8) minute presentation during a concurrent session.  A number of abstracts will be selected to present an 8-minute talk during a plenary session. Submitters must indicate their interest in these plenary talks.
    • If the abstract is not selected for an oral presentation, the accepted abstract is automatically considered for a poster presentation
    • Abstracts selected for an oral presentation are not presented as a poster
  • Poster (submit 4 December, 2019 through 6 February, 2020) CLOSED
    • To be considered for presentation of a poster for one hour during one of the meeting sessions
    • Posters are on display for one meeting day
    • Posters submitted in this time frame are grouped by topic area in the Poster and Exhibit Hall
    • The poster should display text and illustrative material (e.g. photos, tables, charts, etc.)

Presenter Trainee Status:

For each abstract, the submitter must indicate if the presenting author is a trainee (post-doctoral fellow or currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or medical degree program).

Task List for Each Submission

Abstract Submission Agreement:

Presenting Author: 

  • Each abstract must identify one presenting author who will register and attend the meeting using first name, last name, city, state, country, email, gender, institution/company, and career status (select one option):
    • Trainee: post-doctoral fellow, graduate, undergraduate, or medical student
    • Early career investigator: independent group leader for seven (7) years or less
    • Senior investigator: independent group leader for eight (8) or more years
    • Other: technician, staff scientist, etc.
  • A presenting author may present a maximum of three (3) poster presentations and one (1) oral presentation during the meeting
  • The submitter will automatically be listed as the presenter. Verify all in demographic information of the presenter. If the abstract submitter is NOT the presenting author, you must remove the submitter's name and update the correct information
  • A presenting author must register for the meeting by the date indicated on the Call for Abstracts, Deadlines, and Fees page 
  • No changes to an abstract's presenting author will be accepted after 6 May, 2020


Each abstract may have a maximum of 24 co-authors and must list for each individual: first name, last name, city, state, country, email, and institution/company.

Abstract Details:

Submission Topic: Abstracts will be reviewed and considered for oral presentations within the topics below. Choose the best fitting topic for the abstract:

  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues; Education and Outreach
  • New Technologies
  • Germline
  • Early embryo
  • Placenta and Umbilical Cord Derived Cells
  • Neural
  • Eye and Retina

  • Cardiac
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Hematopoietic system
  • Immune system
  • Endothelial Cells and Hemangioblasts
  • Epithelial
  • Endodermal lineage- Pancreas, Liver, Kidney
  • Adipose and Connective Tissue

Submission Sub-Topic: These are the four core themes will be carried out through the annual meeting. Please choose the best fitting subtopic for your abstract:

  • Tissue stem cells and regeneration: includes stem cells and organ development and maintenance, stem cell niches, and stem cells and cancer
  • Understanding and regulating the basis of cellular identity: includes epigenetics and genetic regulation and mechanisms of reprogramming
  • Modeling development and disease: includes organoids
  • Road to the clinic, tissue engineering, and cellular therapy: includes ethical and societal issues not specific to other themes

Additional Abstract Questions:

Be prepared to answer these questions:

  1. Does the research described include a clinical trial or other experimental treatment?  This excludes research using cell lines or tissues obtained using proper consent.
  2. Does this abstract include work with non-mammalian model organisms? This question is for information gathering only, it does not affect abstract review.

Travel Awards (Trainees only):

The ISSCR Travel Awards are meant to help defray the cost of attending the annual meeting but will not cover all of the costs. Travel stipends will be dispersed based on the quality of the abstract submission as well as economic need.

Only trainee ISSCR members (post-doctoral fellow, graduate, undergraduate, or medical students) who submit abstracts during the regular abstract submission timeline are eligible.  The award candidate must be an ISSCR member and have indicated interest during the online abstract submission process.

Abstract Text:

Abstracts must be no more than 2,000 characters, not including spaces and written as one condensed paragraph.

Abstract text should NOT include section titles (e.g., methods, results, etc.), tables, graphs, charts, diagrams, authors, references, or acknowledge funding sources.

Funding Source:

Limited to 200 characters with spaces, submitters may include funding source information that will appear in the print and electronic abstract publication.


Include 3 keywords to describe the research in the abstract. These will be published with the abstract to help attendees navigate the abstracts.

Plenary Oral Consideration (Oral Submissions Only):

A small number of abstract selected speakers will be included in the plenary program. The Program Committee will consider the top reviewed abstracts for plenary talks. Oral submitters must indicate if the abstract should be considered for a plenary oral presentation.


All prices in USD. Non-refundable. 

The ISSCR abstract submission payment is for abstract processing and does not include meeting registration.

  • Payment must be made via credit card
    • Each regular abstract submission is $75
    • Late-Breaking Abstract submission fee is $75 (new virtual meeting rate)


Direct any speaker questions to your session liaison or Liz Weislogel