Abstracts FAQ


Note: Now that the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will be a virtual event, more information will be coming soon about next steps for abstract presenters. In the meantime, AACC appreciates your flexibility and patience during this uncertain time.

When can I submit my abstract?
Abstracts can be submitted from November 18, 2019 until February 12, 2020 for the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

Can I submit my abstract if it has been published somewhere else?
The content must not have been previously published in a copyrighted, peer reviewed journal, such as Clinical Chemistry, by any one or more of the submitting authors. This does not apply to previous publication in an AACC Local Section or Division newsletter or publication in conference proceedings that are distributed to conference attendees.

Is there a fee for submitting an abstract?
No, there is no fee to submit. If your abstract is accepted, however, you must register for the Conference and pay the appropriate fee for registration.

Can I submit multiple abstracts with similar content?
Submission of multiple abstracts with similar content may result in the rejection of one or more of the abstracts. Studies of clinically related subjects (e.g. thyroid function tests, geriatric patients) should be combined into a single abstract. Examples of multiple abstracts with similar content are:

  • Performance characteristics of multiple analytes on the same analyzer.
  • Determination of reference ranges for multiple analytes with the same population and instrument.
  • Use of one technique to characterize multiple disease states.
  • Use of multiple techniques to characterize a single disease state.

Are there other general submission requirements?

The following requirements pertain to all submitted abstracts:

  • Writing must be clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
  • Abstracts and posters may not contain any type of advertising.
  • Relevant technical information cannot be withheld on the grounds that such information is proprietary. Statements such as “results will be discussed” are unacceptable.

When will I hear whether my abstract was accepted or rejected?
Submitting/presenting authors will receive notification of abstract disposition via e-mail in April 3, 2020.

If my abstract is accepted what happens?
You will be notified in April 3, 2020. You will then be expected to attend the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and present a poster during the time period that you are assigned.

Who can present the poster?
Any author of an accepted poster can present. However, we ask that you notify the AACC office in advance if the presenting author will not be the person originally designated to present. Whoever presents the poster must be a conference registrant for the meeting.

What happens if I don't present my poster?
Any poster that is not presented at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will not be published in the digital Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Titles Guide that is posted online after the meeting.

Do I have to register for the meeting to present my poster?
All poster presenters must register for the Conference and pay the required conference registration fees. You may not present a poster if you only have an Expo Only badge or an Exhibitor badge. At the end of April 2020, registration material will be available online at meeting.aacc.org and will also be mailed to all AACC members.

What are the poster presentation guidelines?
The poster preparation guidelines and requirements will be made available soon.

Can I change/edit my abstract?
Abstracts can be edited (including author changes) up until the abstract submission deadline (February 12). No changes of any kind may be made after that date.

How do I withdraw my accepted abstract?
From the time you are notified that your abstract has been accepted until June 1, 2020, your abstract can be withdrawn and will not be published in the print Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Titles Guide that is given to meeting attendees. After June 1, your abstract will be published in the print Abstract Titles Guide. To withdraw your accepted abstract, please email Sheri Johnson, AACC Meetings Specialist.

Thank You for Making 2020 AACC a Success

Thank you to all of the top-notch speakers, abstract authors, and exhibitors who have shared their innovations and insights at this year’s meeting—as well as the attendees, whose camaraderie and engagement have made this meeting such a success.

New Dates for 2021 AACC

AACC has moved the dates for the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Anaheim, California to September 19-23, 2021.