Abstract assignments are now available.

Thank you to the 2015 Abstract Reviewers for their expertise, hard work, and dedication.

Questions: ashgmeetings@ashg.org

Please see the sections below for information on how abstracts were reviewed, programmed, and published.

Abstract Acceptance and Programming

After the June 11 submission deadline, all abstracts were reviewed by the 2015 Program Committee, plus two independent reviewers for each topic category. Abstracts can be programmed into the following session types:

  • Featured Plenary Abstract Talks
  • Concurrent Platform (Oral) Sessions
  • Poster Sessions

The Program Committee completes the following steps to program abstracts for the Annual Meeting:

Step 1. The Shuffle Phase: The Program Committee reviews abstracts to ensure that they have been submitted to the correct topic category. If not, the abstract is moved to a more appropriate topic where it can be reviewed by experts in the field.

Step 2. The Review and Scoring Phase: Each abstract is reviewed by three reviewers. This review step is double-blind; each reviewer scores the abstracts independently, without knowledge of the name(s) and institution(s) of the submitter(s) or the scores given by the other reviewers. Abstract scores range from 1 (highest) to 8 (reject). The best cumulative score that an abstract can obtain from three reviewers is 3 (1+1+1). The average score is approximately 12. Abstract scores are confidential and are not released to authors.

Step 3. The Assignment Phase: The Program Committee assigns abstracts to platform sessions, poster sessions, or plenary sessions. The top-scoring abstracts from each topic category are considered for inclusion in the plenary session (usually 4-6 talks). Selections are based on the cumulative score as well as the impact of the science and the balance of topics across the session. Approximately 8% of the 3000+ abstracts received are selected for platform sessions; the remaining accepted abstracts are assigned to posters. Each topic receives a percentage of platform talks in rough proportion to the number of submitted abstracts in that topic category. Multi-disciplinary cross topics are created when there are not enough abstracts in one topic to create a full session. In 2015, there will be a total of 384 platform presentations (6 platform symposia time slots, with 8 concurrent sessions each and 8 presentations per session).

Confirmations are sent to authors in early August. Once a presentation has been programmed, a first author who is unable to make the presentation in person must notify the ASHG office immediately at ashgmeetings@ashg.org so that a note can be included in the program addendum.

Abstract Publication

Abstracts selected for presentation will be available on the 2015 meeting website in early September and will be published online. At this time, your abstract and all information therein will become a matter of public record and may be referenced by ASHG, media relations staff, and others. Please review the Abstract Licensing Agreement/Copyright Policy for more information. The 2015 meeting website and mobile app will include a searchable program and an individualized meeting itinerary planner after the abstracts have been posted online. Abstract search and printing stations will also be available on site in the registration area of the Baltimore Convention Center.

How to Cite Abstracts

The following is a suggested style for citing ASHG 2015 Meeting abstracts:

Example Only

Simpson R.S., Barnes P., Disruption of the microRNA pathway; (Abstract/Program #XX). Presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics, Date, Location (e.g., October 7, 2015 in Baltimore, MD).

Abstracts from previous ASHG Annual Meetings are available through the Past ASHG Meetings Archive. In your abstract citation, use the appropriate URL for the meeting at which the abstract was presented.