Abstract Center

Abstract Center

The educational program for the 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting will include the presentation of scientific data in general and subspecialty section sessions as Oral Presentations, Rapid-fire Oral Presentations and E-posters.

Abstracts submitted are peer-reviewed and scored on scientific merit, originality and the relevancy to the field of neurosurgery. Although scientific data is important, the quality of the abstract is the primary determinant for acceptance by the AANS Scientific Program Planning Committee.

Submit an Abstract

Submission Deadline
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 5 p.m. CST

Abstract Center FAQs

What are the presentation formats?

  1. Oral Presentations
    The highest-ranked abstracts will be selected for oral presentation in one of our three Plenary Sessions, seven Scientific Sessions, 10 Section Sessions, the Advanced Practice Providers Plenary Session or the Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum. These sessions take place Sunday through Wednesday. When uploading slide presentations, the format should be 16:9.
  2. Rapid-fire Oral Presentations
    The Rapid-fire Oral Presentation is limited to three minutes and 10 slides. The sessions are set up by submission category and scheduled on Wednesday. When uploading slide presentations, the format should be 16:9.
  3. Electronic Posters (E-posters)
    E-posters are visible through the entirety of the 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting on the AANS 360 App and are available through the app for one year after the meeting’s conclusion. There are no physical poster presentations scheduled during the meeting. E-posters will be displayed online only. The presenting authors will have the opportunity to upload a supplemental PDF presentation in either a single poster or slide format (10 slides total) to accompany their original abstract submission.

What information is required to complete a submission?

  • Presenting Author: The individual who is submitting the abstract. All correspondence will be done with the presenting author. To be eligible for abstract awards, the presenting author must fit the award criteria: e.g. a medical student must be the presenting author for the abstract to be eligible for an award designated for medical student abstracts.
  • Title: As an example, a properly formatted title would read: “Neurosurgery Research Principles and Dynamics,” not “Neurosurgery research principles and dynamics.”
  • Abstract Body includes:
    • Introduction – A brief statement regarding the purpose of the study and the current state of research in the field.
    • Methods – The method(s) of study or experimental approach must be briefly defined.
    • Results – A summary of the study results, including sufficient details to support those conclusions must be described.
    • Conclusions – A statement explaining the significance of the work and its implications for further research.
  • List Authors: Up to 11 listed authors can be included. Their full names with credentials, city and state or country must be included.
  • Presentation Preference: Note whether the preferred format is an Oral Presentation, E-poster or both.
  • Additional Information: This includes elements such as study design, award consideration, previous submission of abstract, previous presentation of the abstract, sponsor (required) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
  • Disclosure: This is required for the presenting author, along with agreement to Terms and Conditions.

The submission author should review the submission to ensure all of the above is included before submitting through the Abstract Center. A confirmation letter will be sent after successful submission of the abstract.

Please note: Abstracts selected for the 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting cannot contain advertising, trade names or a product-group message. Include generic names or terms in abstract content. If the abstract includes trade names, names from several companies should be used — not just trade names from a single company — to present all available treatment options. If trade names or company names are included in an abstract, the AANS reserves the right to remove them to ensure all scientific content is free from commercial bias.

Can submissions be edited?

Yes, edits can be made until the Abstract Center submission deadline. Edits may include changing the title, adding or deleting authors or changing the abstract body. Once the review process begins, no changes to the submissions are allowed — no exceptions. Typographical or spelling errors, improperly formatted titles, etc., will not be edited by anyone at the AANS. It is the responsibility of the submitter to review and verify all work submitted. After making changes to an abstract, remember to RESUBMIT the abstract even if submitted.

Note: After making changes to an abstract, remember to RESUBMIT the abstract even if submitted previously. The Abstract Submittal Status must read COMPLETE if it is to be reviewed.

Can charts, graphs or images be included with abstract submission?

No, the AANS does not allow for any of the above in the abstract submission process.

How will the abstract be available to meeting attendees?

All Oral Presentations, Rapid-fire Oral Presentations and E-posters will be available in the AANS App. They will be published exactly as they are submitted, with no exceptions. Proofread the abstract before it is submitted to avoid errors.

If I select that I am a medical student or resident and would like an abstract considered for Oral Presentation in the Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum, does that mean the abstract will not be considered for the Plenary, Scientific or Section Sessions?

No, abstracts are placed in all of the sessions based on the grade they receive from the panel of reviewers. Indicating interest in presenting during the Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum does not exclude research from being considered in the sessions listed above.

What is the review process?

Each submission is blindly reviewed by neurosurgeons whose specialty is within the category of submission. Last year, the committee of reviewers had more than 140 neurosurgeons participate in the review process.

Important: Registration/Attendance Requirement

Presenting Authors who accept the invitation to present either an Oral Presentation or E-poster must register and attend the 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. Registration must be completed by Tuesday, February 25, 2020. If the Presenting Author does not register by this date, all accepted presentations, both Oral and E-posters will be declined.

Important Dates for the 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Center

  • Submission Site Opens: Late May
  • Submission Site Closes: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Registration Deadline for Presenting Authors: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Presenting Author Change Form Deadline: Tuesday, February 25, 2020