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Rules for Abstract Submissions
Carefully read the following rules for submitting and presenting scientific abstracts. Abstracts that do not adhere to the below rules may be rejected or withdrawn. Only abstracts with scientific or educational merit are accepted.
- Report original research.
- At the time of abstract submission, the study should not have been previously published verbatim as a scientific article or meeting abstract. Note that interim research products, including manuscripts deposited to a preprint server, are eligible for abstract submission.
- The abstract may not be presented verbatim at another meeting prior to the scheduled SfN presentation, unless it is at a published satellite event of Neuroscience 2018. Some aspect of the abstract must be original in the current SfN submission to reflect new progress.
- Scientific rigor is the structured and controlled application of the scientific method using the highest standards in the field, including considerations in experimental design, data analysis, and reproducibility.
- Visit Neuronline to view multiple resources on scientific rigor. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
- An SfN member must sign the abstract as the submitting author.
- The submitting author electronically signs the abstract by using his/her SfN.org unique username and password to log in to the abstract submission system.
- The submitting author must be listed as an author of the abstract.
- Abstracts may be signed/submitted only by a member of SfN. Affiliate members may not submit abstracts. Membership in other neuroscience societies does not allow you to sign/submit an abstract.
- By signing an abstract, the submitting author certifies that the work described in the abstract complies with guiding policies and principles endorsed by SfN (see below).
- The submitting author is responsible for: ensuring that each author has legitimately contributed to the study; guaranteeing the final version of the abstract; and securing consent from all authors to be listed in annual meeting publications, including the online Neuroscience Meeting Planner.
- Once submitted, an abstract cannot be transferred to another author's SfN membership.
Abstract Submission & Attestations
- Abstracts must conform to applicable SfN policies and principles. During abstract submission, authors must attest that they have read, understand, and confirm that the work presented in the abstract accords with SfN policies. The submitting author may be contacted for clarification or review board approval prior to the Program Committee's acceptance of the abstract. These policies include:
- Policies on the Use of Animals and Humans in Neuroscience Research;
- Declaration of Helsinki;
- Abstract Licensing Agreement;
- Policy on Ethics; and
- Guidelines for Responsible Conduct Regarding Scientific Communication, including statements concerning honorary authorship and duplicate publication.
- Author (or first-degree relative) holds an equity position in a company that produces a product or service related to the work being reported;
- Author has a consultative relationship (including as a member of a scientific advisory board) with a company that produces a product or service related to the work being reported;
- Author's research is funded by a company that produces a product or service related to the work being reported;
- Author founded a company that produces a product or service related to the work being reported;
- Author receives royalties from a company that produces a product or service related to the work being reported;
- Patent or license related to the work being reported is held by the author and/or a university without direct corporate involvement at the time;
- Author (or first-degree relative) derives a real or potential royalty stream through university arrangements and/or directly from a company that produces a product or service related to the work being reported; or
- Real or potential royalty streams generated from multiple sources.
- Research presented at the annual meeting is embargoed until the time of presentation. The exception is abstracts involved in an SfN-hosted activity, such as a press conference during the annual meeting, which are embargoed until after the time of the SfN press conference.
- Research that has been published or posted on a Web page (excluding preprint archives) prior to the meeting runs the risk of being prematurely reported by the general interest news media. This could disqualify the abstract from annual meeting press activities because it will be "old news" by the time of the meeting.
- Payment must be rendered by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express only). Double-check credit card information for accuracy. Purchase orders are not accepted.
- Abstract submission does not include registration for the annual meeting; presenting authors must register to attend the annual meeting. Get more information about meeting registration.
- Material presented at the meeting must be substantively identical to that described in the abstract. The title, authorship, and scientific content of the presentation at the meeting must match that in the abstract.
- Report efforts to ensure the transparency, rigor, and reproducibility of your research.
- Present the research question, rationale, and whether the study is exploratory or confirmatory.
- To ensure scientific rigor, annual meeting presenters are expected to transparently report a study's experimental design and analytical methods in their presentation. When relevant, state the sex of experimental subjects and whether sex differences were assessed.
- State efforts to ensure scientific rigor and reduce bias, including blinding, statistics, sample sizes, and replication. Report which controls were used.
- Note biological variables such as species, sex, age, strain, or cell line, when applicable.
- Present sufficient raw data for others to judge the quality of experiments. Define error bars when used.
- Presenter resources, including presentation guidelines, tips, and templates, are available on the SfN website.
- Live exhibits cannot be accommodated at the meeting.