Instructions for Abstract Submission

Please read all instructions below before submitting your abstract.

Submit Abstract

DUE DATE: MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59PM CST, February 28, 2019

General Information

Members are encouraged to submit abstracts describing original, completed basic or applied research of relevance to the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) that has not been accepted for publication in a journal.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically using the link below. Please read all instruction prior to submitting your abstract.

Submit Abstract Here (Abstract submission will open on January 15, 2019).

The abstract submission deadline is February 28, 2019. When you submit an abstract, you will be given a five-digit abstract tracking number. You will be able to revise your submitted abstract at any time before the deadline. After the deadline, it will not be possible to submit or revise abstracts.

Due to space restrictions, submission length is limited to a maximum of 2,300 characters including spaces. Abstracts that are too long will be rejected automatically by the system. It is recommended that all abstract components (title and body) be copied directly from a word processing file. The formatting and special characters will carry over directly into the abstract system.

Abstract Requirements

The author submitting the abstract is responsible for the content and the quality of the preparation, and for ensuring that all co-authors are properly listed on the abstract.

Abstracts are required for all submitted posters, invited presentations, workshop presentations, poster competitions, and travel bursaries.

Abstracts to be considered for ISAG/IFAG travel bursaries and early career awards will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee appointed by the ISAG Executive Committee. The Overall Program Committee has the responsibility of accepting or rejecting all other abstracts. Criteria for acceptance or rejection include those outlined in these instructions as well as the "Quality Standards for Abstracts," as well as originality, clarity, and merit.

Submission Instructions

  • Abstracts may contain a maximum of 2,300 characters including spaces. The character count excludes authors and institutions but includes the abstract title.
  • Abstracts can be edited until the submission deadline on February 28, 2019, 11:59PM CST.
  • It is recommended that all abstract components (title and body) be copied directly from a word processing file. The formatting and special characters will carry over directly into the abstract system. No additional coding will be necessary.
  • Please ensure that your abstract does not contain spelling, grammatical, or scientific errors, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. No proofreading will be done.
  • The submission of an abstract constitutes a formal commitment by the presenting author to present the abstract (if accepted) as an oral or poster presentation in the session assigned and at the time assigned by the ISAG 2019 Scientific Committee. We therefore recommend that submitters of abstracts register for the conference as soon as registration opens.
  • Choose the session/workshop carefully. Select from the drop-down list the session/workshop that you think is most appropriate for your abstract. Your abstract will be made available to the chairperson of the session/workshop you choose, who will decide if it will be chosen for an oral presentation.
  • Refer to the list of key words found here when deciding on the key words for your abstract. Keep the number of key words to the minimum required to clearly communicate the topic of your abstract. You should have no more than five key words. The key words will be used to determine if your abstract is of interest to any other session/workshop than the one you chose above. You will be advised if it is chosen for oral presentation in another session/workshop.
  • Abstracts not adhering to these guidelines will be rejected. If you do not agree with any of these rules, you should not submit an abstract.

If you need to withdraw your abstract, a written statement reflecting the reasons for this decision must be sent to the ISAG Overall Program Committee via the ISAG Business Office (isag@assochq.org) no later than April 1, 2019.


After reading these instructions, if you have any questions regarding submission, contact the ISAG Business Office (isag@assochq.org).

Author Notification

Authors will be sent an email by April 1, 2019, indicating the status (accept or reject) of their abstract. As soon as the program is finalized with dates, times, and locations, it will be posted to the ISAG 2019 meeting website (expected May 2019) and authors will be emailed with their presentation information.

Quality Standards for Abstracts

Abstract Definition

An abstract is a communication of restricted length that permits informed readers to evaluate significant contributions of a scientific study, method, or technique of teaching or extension. An abstract becomes a part of the permanent literature. Therefore, clearly stated, simple sentences with exact wording must be used to ensure clarity and brevity.

An Abstract Should Include

  • The objective(s) of the presentation is to be clearly and concisely stated at the beginning of the abstract.
  • Pertinent methodological conditions (such as population and sample, design, instrumentation, methodology used, assessment of methodology, data collection, and data analysis) are to be included to define the scope of the work.
  • The information in the abstract is to include those details that directly influence the interpretation or enhance the understanding of the results or methodologies presented.
  • The results are to be compiled, condensed, and presented with great care. Only information that is discussed is to be presented. Only data relating to the objectives are to be reported. Any statistical inferences shall be sufficiently detailed to authenticate interpretation of the data.

An Abstract Is Unacceptable If It

  • Contains grammatical errors or meaningless statements such as, “The results will be presented.”
  • Presents data without appropriate statistical analyses or measurements of data variability.
  • Includes no data or statements relating to the objective(s).
  • Does not use the metric system.
  • Contains typing errors.
  • Fails to comply with submission requirements.
  • Presents opinion/speculation with no demonstrated use in a teaching/extension experience.

Abstract Quality

The quality of an abstract for presentation is a direct reflection on the image of the author(s) and the International Society for Animal Genetics. If you need clarification or additional information on abstract quality or submission, please contact the ISAG 2019 LOC Chairperson or the ISAG business office.

Technical Support

For help submitting an abstract online, please contact the ISAG business office at isag@assochq.org.