SSRHome > Meetings > 2012 Meeting > Invited Speaker Information

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 2012; we look forward to welcoming you to State College!

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. For Topic Category, please choose “SSR Invited Talk Abstract.”

Invited Speaker Abstract Submission Information and Procedures

Invited Speaker Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 May 2012

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 2012 Online Abstract Submission Site.

To submit an abstract, you must Register:

  1. Go to the submission site and under “Register (New Users)” on the left, enter e-mail address and click “Create Account.”
  2. User Account and Login Information: complete the fields on this page to complete your user information including your password; click "Save and Continue" at the bottom.
  3. Once logged in, enter in the code "INVCODE12" and then click on "Check Code."

You may begin the submission process, save your abstract, and return to continue working on it. When you have completed the submission process, 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

  1. If you do not yet have a presentation slideshow to upload, please skip this section by clicking “Save and Continue.” You can return to this page at a later date in order to upload your presentation.
  2. The affirmation 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 click “Save and Continue” when ready.
  3. Complete the Presenting Author Page.
    1. Complete additional information for the presenting (first) author.
    2. Skip Eligibility/Consideration for Trainee Merit Award(s).
    3. Complete Author Affirmations for Presenting Author.
  4. Click “Save and Continue” when ready.
  5. Additional Co-Author Information. Click on “Click here to add a new Author” and add each author in the order he/she appears on the abstract. Each author must provide a unqiue email address.
  6. Click “Save and Continue” when ready.
  7. Abstract Information. You may cut and paste from your document file for the Title and Abstract. If you have font formatting such as bold or italics, you must use standard HTML codes around the content:
    1. Paste in the Title.
    2. Paste in the Abstract. The abstract body is limited to 3500 characters, including spaces. The system will show your remaining characters to make it easier to edit if necessary.
    3. Choose the SSR Invited Talk Topic Category from the drop-down list provided.
    4. Indicate your Presentation Type preference.
    5. Indicate 1–5 Keywords from the drop-down list provided or type in the Keywords if not available in the drop-down list.
  8. Click “Save and Continue” when ready.
  9. Submit Summary Page. Proof each section; click on the section “Edit” link to correct or change any section content. Click “Save and Complete” when ready to submit the Abstract.

You may print the Confirmation page and you will receive a confirmation email. Please make a note of your submission confirmation number for future reference and correspondence with the Business Office.

Submission Process Details

The ‘Presentation Upload” Page

You are not yet required to upload a presentation slideshow. Skip this page by clicking "Save and Continue" and continue to the Deadlines and Procedures page. You will be able to return to this page to upload your slideshow at a later date.

The “Deadlines and Procedures” Page

The affirmation 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 click "Save and Continue" when ready.

The “Presenting Author” Page

Step 1: Presenting Author Information.

Enter Presenting (First) Author information. Additional Co-Authors will be entered on the next page.

Step 2: SSR Trainee Merit Awards.

Skip this section.

Step 3: Author Affirmations.

Please read and confirm the five statements summarizing the conditions for submitting an abstract for presentation at the 2012 SSR Annual Meeting. Confirmation of the five statements is mandatory.

The “Additional Authors” 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. You may add or remove authors on this page.

The “Abstract Information” Page

Step 1: 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). Special characters and Greek letters cut and pasted from Microsoft Word will be retained.

Text formatting such as superscripts, subscripts, italics, and boldface will not be retained unless the following HTML tagging is used:

Formatting Start Code End Code
Italics <i> </i>
Boldface <b> </b>
Underline <u> </u>
Superscript <sup> </sup>
Subscript <sub> </sub>

Example 1

Example 2

Step 2: Abstract.

After you have composed your Abstract in your word processing program, check the word and character count. The body of the abstract (excluding title, authors, and affiliations) may not exceed 3500 characters, including spaces. If your abstract is too long, it will be truncated. Cut and paste the text of only the body of your abstract directly into the text box provided. Special characters and Greek letters cut and pasted from Microsoft Word will be retained. This is the version that will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Click here for examples of correctly formatted abstracts.

Three Important Notes about Abstracts:

  1. Do not use the phrases “will be presented” or “will be discussed.”
  2. Do not cite references.
  3. Avoid abbreviations and acronyms.

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

Step 3: Topic Category.

Choose the SSR Invited Talk Abstract topic category.

Step 4: Presentation Type.

Indicate “Either platform or poster.”

Step 5: Keywords.

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 “Submit Summary” page

Please review your submission carefully. Check all special characters and symbols in the title and body of your abstract to make sure that all have been rendered correctly. If the characters appear to be correct on this page, the characters have been entered correctly and will appear correctly in the final program. 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, you may edit the abstract until the submission deadline. After that, you will need to contact the SSR Business Office to make a correction (

Contacts for help or more information

Submission Help