Abstract Submission Guide

EAST Abstract Submission System

The EAST Abstract Submission System is fully integrated with the EAST website allowing you to create, edit, and submit abstracts over multiple sessions until the posted deadline.  Your abstracts may be accessed from your user profile at any time.

Abstract submission for the 32nd EAST Annual Scientific Assembly will open April 2018. The submission deadline is July 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm your local time. Notifications of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent to the Corresponding Author via email in August, 2018. Please direct any questions regarding abstract submission to Christine Eme at ceme@east.org

  • Features of the Abstract Submission System are available in all modern browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari 6+, and Internet Explorer 8+. Note: JavaScript and cookies must be enabled in your browser settings and your system should be using the latest Flash Player version.
  • To enter an abstract you will be required to sign in to the EAST website.  Active members or others with an existing user profile (ex: scholarship applicants, member applicants) should use your existing sign in credentials.  Others will be required to create a new abstract submission account.  This will allow you to access your abstracts. When you enter your author list, you will also be able to search for names.  To avoid establishing multiple records for co-authors, please be sure to use the search feature when entering your author list. 
  • Types of abstracts you may submit - EAST is accepting traditional scientific abstracts for consideration for podium and quick shot presentation and scientific video abstracts.  You must select Scientific Abstract or Video Abstract. Once you select the type of abstract (i.e. Scientific Abstract or Video Abstract) you may not change the type.
  • As you enter your abstract, you will be able to step through the process with the option to 'skip for now' any content you are not yet ready to enter.
  • At any point in the submission process you may choose to save and finish later.  This records your work and allows you to return later to make changes or additions and complete your submission.
  • An overview page for each abstract tracks your progress and the review page will alert you to any outstanding items required for submission.
  • Once you are completely satisfied with your abstract and have met all requirements for entry, you may submit your abstract by clicking the 'submit abstract' button on the review page. You will receive a confirmation email when your abstract has been successfully submitted.  
  • Is your abstract completed?  You may check the status of your abstracts at any time from your user profile.  
  • Corresponding Author "Owns" the Abstract. You must be signed in to a profile to submit an abstract. By default, the system identifies the profile that is "signed in" as the Corresponding Author; this cannot be changed.  The Corresponding Author (i.e. profile under which the abstract is being submitted) "owns" the abstract. The Corresponding Author “owns” the abstract which means the abstract is directly tied to the Corresponding Author’s profile record.  All communications will be sent to the Corresponding Author. All required actions related to abstract submission as well as abstract acceptance are the responsibility of the Corresponding Author and must be completed by the Corresponding Author.  The Corresponding Author is the individual with whom EAST will communicate for all matters related to abstract submission and abstract acceptance.

Top 10 Tips for Successful Abstract Submission

Following are some important tips and guidelines to help with your abstract submission.

1) Don’t Wait to Submit – This is probably the most important tip! You should allow time to become familiar with how the system works. Start the submission process early to ensure that your abstract is submitted correctly and by the deadline so that it will be reviewed by the Annual Scientific Assembly Committee. The abstract submission deadline is July 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm your local time. 

2) Author Disclosure – If the abstract is accepted, the Corresponding (on behalf of all authors) and the Presenting Author (separately) will be required to complete an online disclosure form. Failure to complete the online disclosure form from both the Corresponding and Presenting Authors will result in removal from the program.    

Note: When you enter your author list, you will also be able to search for names.  To avoid establishing multiple records for co-authors, please be sure to use the search feature when entering your author list. Enter names completely (include credentials). How an author's name is entered is how it will appear on the abstract and in printed materials if the abstract is selected for the program.

3) Abstract Details - The details of your abstract for oral podium/quick shot submissions must be entered in the following pre-determined fields: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion.  For video abstract submissions, the details should be entered in the following pre-determined fields: Background, Content, Conclusions. You may copy and paste text from another source, however it must be done for each field and you must remove any headings. Please DO NOT copy and paste scientific symbols as they will not transfer correctly. Click on the Omega symbol within each field for a full listing of common scientific symbols and special characters you may insert.

4) Character Count Restrictions – The text portion of your abstract (Title, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion) must be no more than 2,000 characters in total (characters, not words, and includes spaces). This will keep the text of your abstract limited to one page as required by EAST.

5) Figures and graphs – You may include two image files in your abstract with a caption for each. These will be displayed on the second page of the abstract. Image files do not count toward character count restrictions.  Figures, graphs, and tables may only be uploaded in JPG, PNG or GIF file formats and will be displayed at no more than 450x350 pixels - please ensure your images are readable at these dimensions.  Larger images will be proportionately resized.

6) Presenting Author – A Presenting Author must be named for each abstract (if the Corresponding Author is the Presenting Author you will be able to indicate this). Search for presenting author by last name and select from results.  If you can't find someone in search results, you may add a new author with name and email address.  The presenting author will be automatically listed as the first author.  Do not add the presenting author to the co-author list. See note above regarding Corresponding Author and abstract "ownership."

7) Co-Authors - To add co-authors to the abstract search on last name and select from results.  If you can't find someone in search results, you may add a new author with name and email address. If adding a co-author(s), be sure to include his/her credentials or they will not be included in the author block if the abstract is selected for the program.  Co-authors on your abstract will be listed in the order you enter them in this section of the submission system. Be sure to enter in the desired order of display or drag and drop after adding all co-authors to adjust order, as desired.  Note: Corresponding author (if different from the Presenting author) will need to be added to the co-author list to be included on the abstract author information. 

Note: To avoid establishing multiple records for co-authors, please be sure to use the search feature first when entering your author list.

8) Non-member sponsor -  If an EAST member is not included as an author, an EAST member sponsor must be identified for your abstract.  Search for your sponsor by last name and select from results.  Note: upon submission of your abstract your sponsor will be contacted by email and asked to verify sponsorship.  It is the responsibility of the abstract submitter (i.e. Corresponding Author) to identify an EAST member to sponsor the abstract. The EAST Administrative Office cannot assist with identifying spnsors for abstracts that do not include a current EAST member among the co-authors. 

9) CME and State Mandated Credit - EAST is planning to offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM and Self-Assessment Credit toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery Self-Assessment Credit Program  (as determined by the American Board of Surgery), for select presentations. In addition, EAST will be providing information on the CME certificate related to State Mandated Credit.  When submitting your abstract, you will be required to provide one (1) question (with answers) with your abstract submission and identify the State Mandated Credit Category under which your abstract falls. If your abstract is selected, this question may be used to develop a post-test for purposes of awarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM and Self-Assessment Credit toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery Self-Assessment Credit Program. The state mandated credit information will be used for the CME certificate.

10) Don’t Wait to Submit – This tip is worth repeating! You should allow time to become familiar with how the system works. Start the submission process early to ensure that your abstract is submitted correctly and by the deadline so that it will be reviewed by the Annual Scientific Assembly Committee. As a reminder, the Corresponding Author "owns" the abstract. The abstract can only be accessed through the Corresponding Author's profile.  The abstract submission deadline is July 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm your local time.

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