Abstract Guidelines & FAQs

The educational program for the 2023 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting includes the presentation of scientific data in general and subspecialty section sessions as Oral Presentations and E-posters. Abstracts 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 Subcommittee.

When will abstract submissions close?

The abstract center closed for submissions on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 5 pm CT.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Visit abstractscorecard.com and log in using your MyAANS username and password to submit an abstract.

Abstract Title — Titles should read as you want it to appear in meeting publications. Use title case capitalization, do not use all CAPITAL LETTERS and do not put a period at the end of the title. Example: This is a Properly Formatted Abstract Title

Presentation Preference — Please note whether the preferred format is an oral presentation, poster or both. Note: Selecting “Oral Only” is indicating your preferred choice and is not a guarantee.

Presenting Author (First Author) — The presenting author is the individual who is submitting the abstract and is required to register and attend the meeting.

  • The presenting author must submit under their own account. The presenting author is expected to present, if chosen. At the time of submission, presenting author account information/status is used to determine award eligibility.
    All correspondence is done via email with the presenting author.

Co-authors — List full names with credentials and email addresses.

Primary and Secondary Subject Categories

Abstract Body — Include introduction, methods, results and conclusion sections. Text is limited to 300 words.

Additional Information — This includes elements such as previous presentation of abstract, FDA approval, industry employment status, medical student/resident designation, senior author information, funding/database questions and award consideration. Note: Check the appropriate box(es) to be considered for awards.

Disclosure — Disclosure is required for each presenting author, as well as agreement with Terms and Conditions.

Review Work — There is a “Preview Abstract” option to review your abstract.

Please proofread — before submission to avoid errors. The AANS will not make any edits.

Submit — All tasks must be completed and the abstract status must read “COMPLETE” on the submission site home screen for the abstract to be included in grading. A confirmation email will be sent.

Note — Abstracts cannot contain advertising, trade names or a product-group messaging. Include generic names or terms in your 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 your abstract, the AANS reserves the right to remove them to ensure all scientific content is free from commercial bias.

Yes, you can make edits until the submission deadline.

Once the review process begins, no changes to the submitted abstracts are allowed — no exceptions. Any typographical or spelling errors, improperly formatted titles, missing co-authors, etc., will not be edited by anyone at the AANS.

It is the responsibility of the submitter to review and verify all work submitted. Please remember, after making any changes to your abstract, you must save and resubmit the abstract, even if it was previously submitted. The abstract status must read “COMPLETE” on the submission site home screen for the abstract to be included in grading. A confirmation email will be sent for every resubmission.

Oral Presentations — The highest-ranked abstracts are selected for presentation in one of the plenary, scientific or section sessions. These sessions take place Saturday and Sunday of the meeting. When uploading slide presentations, the aspect ratio should be 16:9.

The Oral Presentation upload site opens Monday, March 20, 2023.

E-posters — E-posters are a digital presentation of an abstract and can be viewed through the entirety of the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting on the meeting app, at app kiosks in the designated E-poster area at the convention center and on the virtual platform. Presenting authors have the opportunity to upload a one-page supplemental PDF poster or a prerecorded video slide presentation to accompany their original abstract submission.

The E-poster upload site opens Friday, February 24 and closes Monday, March 13, 2023. Late uploads are not accepted – no exceptions.

No, previously presented or published material should not be submitted. It is acceptable if material has been submitted for publication but not actually published prior to the time it is scheduled to be presented at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

All abstract submitters will be notified by email in mid-January 2023 regarding their abstract status.

  • With acceptance to present an Oral Presentation, the presenting author must register and attend the 2023 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles.
  • With acceptance to present an E-poster Presentation, the presenting author must register and attend the 2023 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles.
  • Registration must be completed by Monday, February 20, 2023. If the presenting author does not complete registration by this date, all accepted abstracts submitted by the presenting author will be declined.

No. The AANS does not allow for any charts, graphs or images in the abstract submission process.

  • All Oral Presentations are available live and in the meeting app.
  • E-poster abstracts are available on the virtual platform and in the meeting app. Kiosks displaying the app are located in a designated area at the convention center
  • All abstracts will be published in the meeting app and virtual platform exactly as they are submitted, no exceptions – proofread before it is submitted to avoid errors.

Each submission is blindly reviewed by neurosurgeons whose specialty is within the category of submission. Last year, the committee of reviewers had more than 125 neurosurgeons participate in the review process.

The Late-Breaking Abstract Center will open in January 2023.

  • Submissions will open for the 2024 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in May 2023.

    Contact Information

    American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    5550 Meadowbrook Drive
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3852

    Phone: 847.378.0500 or 888.566.AANS (2267)
    For questions regarding an abstract submission, contact abstracts@aans.org