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Annual Meeting Program: AFS Style
Long Abstracts

Long (500-word) abstracts are read only by the review committee to determine which proposals will be included in the program. Because they are not published, they do not have to conform to any particular style beyond the norms of readability. Because they are subject to blind review, they should not include any information that will identify the presenter of a paper.


Short Abstracts: Individual Presentation

Short (100-word) abstracts for individual presentations are published alphabetically in the Annual Meeting program book. In its final form, each program book abstract includes the name of the presenter(s), institutional affiliation, presentation title, and the text of the abstract.

  • Co-authors should not be listed unless they are co-presenters.
  • Institutional affiliations name a university or organization; they do not include departmental information. Names should be written out; no acronyms. Multiple affiliations may be listed, separated by a slash (/). Retired participants are encouraged to name their former organization, followed by the designation "retired." Other commonly used options: "Independent," or place of residence.
  • The title is in title case: only "important" words are capitalized. AFS follows The Chicago Manual of Style in any question of capitalization. Generally, capitalize the first and last word, and all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and subordinating conjunctions (if, because, as, that, etc.). Articles, coordinating conjunctions and prepositions are in lowercase, regardless of length.

Annual meeting proposal forms will ask for each component separately: i.e., a text box each for name, affiliation, title, long and short abstracts. Do not put authors or titles in the abstract text boxes. (Note: Co-presenters may be named at the start of the short abstract text if there is no room on the form: eg, in the short abstract text box, "co-presenter Jane Doe, State University. Abstract text.")


Short Abstracts: Sessions

Short (100-word) abstracts for pre-organized sessions are published together in the program book in order by slot-ids, which are assigned after all sessions have been scheduled. The slot-id essentially designates the time and place of the session. The program book abstract will include only the slot-id, presentation title, and short abstract text.

  • The title is in title case: only "important" words are capitalized. AFS follows The Chicago Manual of Style in any question of capitalization. Generally, capitalize the first and last word, and all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and subordinating conjunctions (if, because, as, that, etc.). Articles, coordinating conjunctions and prepositions are in lowercase, regardless of length.

Annual meeting proposal forms will ask for each component separately: i.e., a text box each for title, long and short abstracts. Do not put the title in the abstract text boxes.



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