Author Instructions

Abstract Submissions

  • Abstracts must be submitted online under the link to Abstracts. One abstract may be submitted per attendee as presenting author. Select preferred session topic, preferred presentation type, consideration for young scientist oral session (if age 35 or under), enter presenter and author information, add the text of the abstract, and submit the abstract online.
  • DO NOT include author names, affiliation or self-references within the abstract – this is important to safeguard a double-blind review.
  • Once the abstract is submitted online, you will receive an email confirmation that the abstract has been successfully received. If you do not receive a confirmation, then we did not receive your abstract.
  • If your abstract cannot be accepted as Oral presentation, it will be considered for Poster presentation. In compliance with the essentials of the MSB-Symposium series, only the title and presenting author of the contributed abstract is published in the symposium program book.
  • If you cannot submit the abstract prior to receiving company approvalBy the date the abstract is due (please see the link to Key Dates), please submit as a placeholder online the title, authors and a brief description of the kind of material that you would like to present, and indicate when approval is expected. This material will be kept confidential. It is your responsibility to submit the abstract upon approval.


How to Write Your Abstract

  1. On the online abstract submission form, please select no more than two Session Topics and the preferred presentation type (oral, poster).
  2. All abstracts must be submitted online as text only (no figures, tables, graphics).
  3. The use of CAPITAL LETTERS in the title should be limited to abbreviations.
  4. Keep the abstract concise. Include the following (or similar) sections.

  • Title of your Presentation
  • Introduction
  • Experimental Approach
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • References (optional)
  • Supporting Documents (optional)
  1. Avoid any explicit citation or information that could allow your identification.
  2. Acknowledgements (if any) should only be made with the organization and grant number.
  3. DOI accession numbers should be provided, if available, for each reference in the abstract.
  4. (Supporting document is Optional and must not contain any mention of authors’ names or affiliations or self-references.) When you submit your abstract online, you may elect to attach up to a two-page supporting document as a PDF that contains a figure, table, photo with legend only if you feel additional information about the abstract would be helpful to the reviewers in making a decision on the format of the presentation, and on the inclusion of the work in the Scientific program of the symposium.


Abstract Guidelines

  • Introduction/Background/Aim of the Work: The background should be short, but describe what is already known about the subject, related to the paper in question as well as what is not known about the subject and hence what the study intends to examine. In most cases, the background can be framed in just 2 to 3 sentences, with each sentence describing a different aspect of the information. The purpose of the background is to provide the reviewer with a background to the study which will lead into a description of the methods employed in the investigation.
  • Instrumentation/Methods: This section should contain enough information to enable the reviewer to understand what was done, and how.
  • Results & Discussion: The results section is the most important part of the abstract and should be the longest, containing as much detail about the findings as the word count permits.
  • Conclusions: This section should contain the most important take-home message of the study, expressed in a few precisely worded sentences. Usually, the finding highlighted here relates to the primary outcome measure; however, other important or unexpected findings should also be mentioned. You may also consider expressing an opinion about the theoretical or practical implications of the findings, or the importance of these findings for the field. You may also want to comment on whether the work is unpublished or in press.
  • Abstract Summary: Summarize the aim of the work and its scientific importance, the method(s) used, and the most important or impactful results of the work


Peer Review

Your abstract will be reviewed independently by two peers with expertise in the topic. The review will be blind to your name, institution or position status and will be based solely on the information you provide when you submit your abstract online. Four criteria will be used to score each abstract:

  • Originality of the work
  • Abstract quality/technical description
  • Fit with the symposium themes
  • Significance to the field of microscale separations and bioanalysis

In order to present, the presenting author of each lecture or poster must be registered online as a delegate and must complete the pre-registration process by paying the required fee.

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