Abstract Submission

GSA members receive a discount on abstract submission and registration fees! After joining GSA, you will need to wait 20 minutes for your member record to update and receive the member price for abstract fees. You will also need to refresh your abstract submission screen before logging in.
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You will need to create a new account or sign in to an existing account to start your abstract submission.

If you were a GSA member or attended a GSA conference in the last five years, you already have a GSA account and should use the “forgot your password” option.

If you join GSA during the submission process, you will need to refresh your submission screen after joining in order to receive the member price.

If someone will be paying your abstract fee on your behalf and you do not have the credit card information, please stop when you get to the payment page and send that link, along with your login information, to the person with the credit card to finish your submission. You will receive an immediate email confirmation once your abstract has been submitted.

Submission Checklist

Before you start the submission process, ensure you have the following:

  • Co-author names and institutions
  • Abstract title
  • Abstract text (must be fewer than 2500 characters, including line breaks and spaces)
  • Your selection for the abstract’s research area topic and keyword.
  • Credit card for non-refundable abstract submission fee ($40 GSA member/$80 non-member).
Poster-only abstract submission will be open until April 30.
Questions? You may find your answer in the Abstract Submission FAQs.

Abstract fee waivers are available for authors residing in low and middle income countries. Please complete a fee waiver application.  


Publication of Abstracts

Abstracts selected for presentation will be available online by June 8, 2021, which will be considered the official publication date. The full abstract text will only be available online and as a printable PDF.

Abstract Submission Rules

  1. By submitting an abstract, you agree to attend the meeting and present your work, regardless of the format assigned (oral or poster). We understand that plans sometimes change for unavoidable reasons, but we ask that if you cannot attend, you designate a co-author to present in your place. Abstracts cannot be withdrawn after the revision deadline of March 26, 2021.
  2. Presenting authors must register for the meeting by May 5, 2021. If you do not register by this date, your presentation may be canceled. For special circumstances (e.g., funding issues), please contact mahoney@genetics-gsa.org.
  3. Abstracts will appear online exactly as submitted; GSA staff cannot make corrections, additions, revisions, or deletions. The submitting author may make revisions and corrections via the revision program. All revisions must be made no later than the revision deadline of March 26, 2021. Please proofread your text carefully before submitting.
  4. All accepted abstracts will be scheduled either as an oral or poster presentation at the discretion of the Organizing Committee. Because oral presentation requests far exceed oral presentation slots, authors should be prepared to present a poster if their abstract is not selected for an oral presentation.
  5. You must submit each abstract online and pay the non-refundable, per-abstract fee of $40 Members/$80 Non-Members. To receive the discounted member fee, the submitting author must be a 2021 GSA member. The same person may submit multiple abstracts, but a separate fee is payable for each submission.
  6. The Organizers reserve the right to decline any submitted abstracts that lack scientific content or merit, or submitted abstracts that merely announce the availability of a resource or service.
  7. By attending the conference, you grant GSA the right to use your photograph, name, and likeness for use in GSA educational, news, or promotional materials.
  8. The use of cameras and other recording devices to record oral or poster presentations is strictly prohibited without express permission from the presenter or an authorized GSA representative.

Abstract Submission FAQs

What is the abstract fee?

Why do I need to create an account?

How do I create an account?

I joined/rejoined while I was submitting my abstract but am still being charged the non-member abstract submission fee.

How do I pay the abstract fee?

My accounting department needs to pay the abstract fee. What should I do?

How will I know that you received my abstract submission?

Can I exit the program after partially completing the submission and return later to complete the process?

Can I cut and paste my abstract text from a word processor into the submission system?

Why doesn’t the submission program character count match the count from my word processing program or exactly reflect changes when I edit the text?

Can I revise my abstract?

Can I withdraw my abstract?

Why do I need to register by May 5, 2021?

Why is my abstract title listed twice?

How do I change the presenting author’s name on my abstract?

The system is very slow. Why?

When will I be notified of my program assignment?

My question was not answered by the FAQs. Who can help?