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Invited Speaker Information

Information on this page is updated in a reverse-chronological posting order so that the most recent update is at the top. If you have any questions, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Thank you for agreeing to speak at SSR 2011; we look forward to welcoming you to Portland!

Abstract Submission Site Open

We expect and must receive abstracts from all speakers. The quality of the meeting depends on your participation and your submission of a provocative abstract. Please submit a brief abstract (~250 words) for posting online and for publication. Please see the general submission guidelines page for complete information on how to submit your abstract using the Bench>Press system. Most of you will recognize the site layout; Biology of Reproduction, and many other journals, uses this submission system. If you are already registered with a Bench>Press journal, you need only to enter your current username and password; if you are not registered, click “Create a new account” and follow the simple instructions to register and submit your abstract. For Topic Category, please choose “SSR Invited Talk Abstract.”

Invited Speaker Abstract Submission Information and Procedures

Invited Speaker Abstract Submission Deadline: 22 April 2011

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  1. Content: Abstracts must be written in clear, concise, and grammatically correct American English. Abstracts must contain the following:
    1. statement of specific objectives, unless given by the title;
    2. brief statement of methods, if pertinent;
    3. summary of results; and
    4. statement of conclusions.
  2. Abstracts may not contain any type of advertising or logos.
    Note regarding Nomenclature: Although not required for abstract submission, the SSR strongly encourages the proper use of gene and protein nomenclature. Please refer to the Instructions for Authors for the Society’s journal, Biology of Reproduction, for specific requirements when formatting gene and protein nomenclature; in particular, Biology of Reproduction’s Gene/Protein Nomenclature Guidelines and Requirements outlines, by species, the formatting of genes and proteins as recommended by the bioinformatics databases.
  1. Format: The abstract—excluding title, authors, and affiliations—should not exceed 3500 characters, including spaces. If your abstract is too long, it will be truncated as needed.
  2. Disclosure of Affiliations: Each author must disclose all financial, personal, or professional relationships with other people or organizations that could reasonably be perceived as conflicts of interest or as potentially influencing or biasing their work. Authors’ disclosures should also appear on the presentation slides.

Submission Process for Abstracts

All abstracts MUST be submitted online. Use the SSR 2011 Online Abstract Submission Site. Please visit the following page for a description of support software and hardware:

To submit an abstract, you must be a registered user in the Bench>Press System. You can do one of the following:

  1. Use the same log-in you used last year for SSR 2010. If you have forgotten your log-in, please use the link on the homepage ( and click on “Password Help.”
  2. If you are a registered author or reviewer for Biology of Reproduction, you may use the same username and password for the SSR 2011 Abstract Submission site.
  3. If you are a registered user for another Bench>Press-hosted journal (e.g., Journal of Andrology, Development, Journal of Biological Chemistry, The FASEB Journal, Genes & Development, etc.), you may use the same username and password for the SSR 2011 Abstract Submission site.
  4. Create a New Account. Please note: if you are using the Bench>Press system for the first time, you must create an account before you can submit an abstract. You are encouraged to do this in advance. To do so, please click on the Home button on the navigation bar (, and click on Create a new account.

For numbers 2 and 3 above, you will need to create a profile for the SSR Abstract Submission site, including your contact information. Each journal site requires different information and only you, the registered user, can add, edit, and link your personal information to each Bench>Press journal site.

Please make a PDF copy of your abstract for upload. The PDF of your abstract will serve as a back-up file for verification of authorship and special characters. It is essential that this PDF file be formatted correctly so that staff may verify your uploaded information. The Sample Abstract Document shows exactly how your PDF should be formatted.

You may begin the submission process, save your abstract, and return to continue working on it. When you have completed the submission process by successfully uploading a PDF of your abstract, a confirmation page will appear that allows you to check the data you have entered, proof your abstract, and approve your submission. After you approve the submission, all authors will receive an acknowledgment by email that the abstract has been submitted successfully.

To Submit an Abstract (from your Author Area at

  1. Click “Submit an Abstract.”
  2. Complete the Abstract Metadata page.
    1. Step 1: Number of Authors.
    2. Step 2: Topic Category.
    3. Step 3: Title.
    4. Step 4: Abstract.
    5. Step 5: Author Affirmations.
    6. Step 6: Conflict of Interest/Disclosure Statement.
    7. Step 7: Presentation Type.
  3. Complete the Keywords page.
  4. Complete the Author Information page.
  5. Complete the Abstract PDF File Upload page.
  6. Approve the Proofing page.

Submission Process Details

The “Abstract Metadata” page

Step 1: Number of Authors.

Enter the total number (use an Arabic numeral) of authors listed on the abstract; include yourself if you are an author on this abstract.

Step 2: Topic Category.

Choose the SSR Invited Talk Abstract topic category from the drop-down list.

Step 3: Title.

Type the title in upper- and lowercase letters (Title case), using italics as necessary; use appropriate ending punctuation (period/full stop or question mark). Please note that special characters may not be retained. Staff will code the title and abstract using the uploaded PDF of your abstract to ensure that all special characters display correctly.

Step 4: Abstract.

After you have composed your Abstract in your word processing program, check the character count. The body of the abstract (excluding title, authors, and affiliations) should not exceed 3500 characters, including spaces. Cut and paste the text of only the body of your abstract directly into the text box provided. Please note that special characters and formatting, although they may appear initially when you copy-and-paste from Word, will not be retained. Staff will format your abstract using the uploaded PDF as a guide.

Funding information may be included at the end of the abstract, and will be included as part of the 3500 character limit.

Step 5: Author Affirmations.

The five statements here are not applicable to the abstracts of Invited Speakers. However, in order to progress through the submission site, each of these statements must be confirmed. Please check each box and continue.

Step 6: "Conflict of Interest" Disclosure Statement.

Please select the response that accurately reflects your status with respect to "conflict of interest."

Step 7: Presentation Type.

All Invited Speakers will deliver oral presentations.

The “Keywords” page

You may choose as many as five keywords from the list that further explain or refine the topic of your submission. You may also add other keywords if the choices provided are not adequately descriptive.

The “Author Information” page

Enter each author’s email address, name, institution, city, state, and country in the order each author appears on the abstract. An email address is required for each author. Note: the first author is always the presenting author. You may add or remove authors on this page.

The “Abstract PDF File Upload” page

This version of your abstract should be formatted correctly and saved as a PDF; staff will use the PDF version to verify your submitted abstract..

The “Proofing” page

Please review your submission carefully. Please print this page for your records, and then Approve the submission. Subsequently, all authors will receive an email acknowledging your submission.

If you see an error post-submission, please contact the SSR Business Office to make a correction (

Contacts for help or more information

Submission Help

Chair, SSR Program Committee

Jodi Flaws, Ph.D.

Executive Director, SSR Business Office

Judith Jansen