Submission Deadline May 26, 2021, at 11:59 PM CDT.

Instructions for Abstract Submission

Please read all instructions below before submitting your abstract.


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 instructions before submitting your abstract.

Submit Abstract Here

The abstract submission deadline is May 26, 2021, at 11:59 PM CDT. 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. Only one abstract per presenting author will be allowed. Multiple abstracts may be submitted but a different presenting author must be chosen.

Abstracts are required for all submitted posters, invited presentations, workshop presentations, and poster competitions. 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, in the "Quality Standards for Abstracts" (given below), 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 May 26, 2021, at 11:59 PM CDT.
  • 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 2021 Scientific Committee. We therefore recommend that submitters of abstracts register for the conference as soon as registration opens.
  • Choose the session/workshop carefully. From the dropdown list, select 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 whether it will be chosen for an oral presentation. By default, all abstracts are submitted as poster presentations.
  • Refer to the list of key words found here when deciding on the key words for your abstract. Restrict 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 whether your abstract is of interest to a session/workshop other than the one you choose above. You will be advised if your abstract 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.
  • Abstracts accepted for presentation will require the presenting author to upload a 6-minute video of their presentation to be made available to meeting attendees. The presenting author MUST register for the conference for the accepted abstract to be presented and included in the proceedings. Failure to register for the conference or upload a poster presentation video will result in withdrawal of the abstract.

If you need to withdraw your abstract, a written statement indicating the reasons for the decision must be sent to the ISAG Overall Program Committee via the ISAG Business Office (isag@assochq.org) no later than June 15, 2021.


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

Author Notification

Authors will be sent an email by June 9, 2021, indicating the status (accept or reject) of their abstract. The status can also be seen online via the same website used to submit your abstract. As soon as the program is finalized with dates and times, it will be posted to the ISAG 2021 meeting website and authors will be sent an email 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, 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, and data collection, and data analysis) to define the scope of the work.
  • Details that directly influence the interpretation or enhance the understanding of the results or methodologies presented.
  • Results compiled, condensed, and presented with great care. Only information that is discussed should 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; or
  • 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 business office.

Technical Support

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