Abstract Submissions

Abstracts are no longer being accepted for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The abstract site for the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo will open on August 15, 2023.


Why Submit an Abstract?

By presenting at the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, you will:

  • Share your research during the leading international forum for toxicologists
  • Engage in open dialogues with some of the 5,000+ attendees for future collaborative opportunities
  • Gain recognition among your peers by having your research published in The Toxicologist, a digital-only publication and an official supplement to Toxicological Sciences, the Society’s journal
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About Abstract Presentations

Poster Sessions occur Monday through Wednesday during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Authors are assigned to a specific Poster Session, and on the day of their assigned session, their posters are displayed all day during ToxExpo hours (9:00 am–4:30 pm), allowing attendees to visit the posters at their convenience. Authors will attend their posters only during the assigned Poster Session time frame. Please consult the Poster Sessions FAQs for additional information.

Abstracts are no longer being accepted for the 2023 Annual Meeting. The abstract site for the 2024 Annual Meeting will open on August 15, 2023.

Authorship and Sponsorship Requirements

Authors are permitted as the presenting author on only one abstract for the meeting, including presentations for Scientific Sessions. There is no restriction on the number of co-authorships. The SOT Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to require consolidation of multiple abstracts submitted from a single study. Each abstract selected for the program must be presented by the presenting author.

SOT membership or sponsorship by an SOT member is required for all abstracts. If an SOT member is unavailable to sponsor the abstract and at least one author is a member of an organization approved for offering sponsorship, the author can indicate a sponsoring organization instead of an SOT member in the Abstract Submission System. By sponsoring the abstract, the sponsor acknowledges that the research has been done according to the SOT Code of Ethics. SOT member sponsorship is limited to Full and Associate members, who may sponsor an unlimited number of abstracts.

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The approved sponsoring organizations are:

  • American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American College of Toxicology
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • American Society for Investigative Pathology
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Drug Information Association
  • Endocrine Society
  • Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society
  • International Society for Computational Biology
  • International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics
  • Japanese Society of Toxicology
  • Safety Pharmacology Society
  • Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Society for Redox Biology and Medicine
  • Society for Risk Analysis
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Society of Toxicologic Pathology

What the Abstract Should (and Should Not!) Include

The Scientific Program Committee reviews each abstract that is submitted. The scientific quality of the abstracts presented contributes substantially toward making the SOT Annual Meeting a leading international forum for new toxicologic research. Therefore, there is a standard for abstract acceptance. The following guidelines apply to each abstract:

<3,500 Total Characters

Including the title, body, author last name, and institutions. Spaces are not included in the character count.

No Tables, Figures, or Chemical Structures

Save tables, figures, illustrations, etc., for the poster.

All Nonstandard Acronyms Are Defined

When in doubt, spell it out.

Write in Paragraphs without Headers

Do not include headers or subheads, such as “Introduction” or “Results,” in your abstract.

Abstracts may report on experimental studies (e.g., laboratory, field, or epidemiology); systematic reviews; computational toxicology; methods development; application of models, tools, and approaches of data analysis; or educational, ethics, legal, or social initiatives.

Required Content

For acceptance, abstracts must address the following while refraining from adding section headers:

  • What was done?
  • How was it done?
  • What was found?
  • What is the impact or significance in the context of toxicology?

Details to Describe

Additionally, authors should consider the following when developing the abstract:

  • Test compounds utilized in the study should be identified in the abstract as much as possible. In cases where the length of the proper chemical name precludes its use, a manufacturer’s identification number, etc., may be acceptable, provided the structure and chemical identity of the compound are included in the presentation. Abstracts may not be accepted if the authors are unable to disclose the chemical identity of the compound(s) used in the study.
  • It can be challenging to describe results of “big data” studies within the confines of a 3,500-character abstract. Instead, include specific examples of findings to help meet the requirement for description of data.
  • All animal experimentation must be carried out in accordance with the Society’s Guiding Principles in the Use of Animals in Toxicology.
  • All abstracts submitted with human testing require that IRB protocol has been followed and approval obtained. References are not required in the body of the abstract, but the Scientific Program Committee may request authors to provide the IRB protocol followed.

Tips for Non-laboratory or Non-field Studies

In the case of studies that do not describe laboratory or field experiments, such as reports on educational, ethics, legal, or social initiatives, authors should:

  • Describe the research or assessment approach instead of experimental procedures.
  • Summarize the study’s results or findings explicitly.
  • Clearly articulate the implications for stakeholders.

In addition, abstracts describing new initiatives or science policy in the regulatory community must clearly describe the impact on the practice of toxicology and/or risk assessment. Care should be taken to clearly distinguish between statements based on documented facts versus opinions. Regarding literature surveys or reviews and background materials, simple overviews or unstructured assessments of a topic, without novel advances in either approach or interpretation of a topic that leads to new conclusions, are discouraged. However, systematic reviews and/or advances in systematic review methods are acceptable abstract submissions.

Abstract Scheduling

When abstract acceptances are sent in early January, the notifications contain the assigned Poster or Platform Session, including date and time, for each abstract. Once poster and platform presentations have been scheduled, the complexity of the program planning process prevents any changes in the type of session, time, or location of any presentation. There are no exceptions.

Abstract Withdrawals

Written notification of withdrawal of an abstract must be received by SOT Headquarters by January 13 if the abstract cannot be included in the Annual Meeting materials. Any withdrawal requests made after January 13 will be honored by SOT Headquarters; however, based on the date of the request, the abstract may be included in the materials, and a “Withdrawn by Author” sign will appear on the poster board.

Abstract Submission FAQs


  • What is the cost to submit an abstract?

    The one-time abstract submission fee is $50, payable by credit card during the abstract submission process. The late-breaking abstract submission fee is $75.

  • What are the topic submission categories used for programming Poster and Platform Sessions?
    • Air Pollution Toxicology
    • Air Pollution: Biomass
    • Air Pollution: Ozone
    • Air Pollution: Particulate Matter
    • Alternatives to Mammalian Models
    • Animal Models
    • Autoimmunity/Hypersensitivity
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biological Modeling
    • Biomarkers
    • Biotransformation/Cytochrome P450
    • Carcinogenesis
    • Cardiovascular Toxicology/Hemodynamics
    • Cell Death/Apoptosis
    • Chemical Threats and Bioterrorism
    • Climate Change and Effects
    • Clinical and Translational Toxicology
    • Computational Toxicology and Data Integration
    • Developmental and Juvenile Toxicology
    • Developmental Basis of Adult Disease
    • Disposition/Pharmacokinetics
    • Drugs of Abuse
    • Ecotoxicology
    • Education, Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Endocrine Toxicology
    • Epidemiology and Public Health
    • Epigenetics
    • Exposure Assessment/Biomonitoring
    • Food Safety/Nutrition
    • Gene Regulation/Signal Transduction
    • Genotoxicity/DNA Repair
    • Immunotoxicity
    • Inflammation
    • Kidney
    • Liver
    • Medical Devices
    • Metals
    • Mixtures
    • Nanotoxicology, General
    • Nanotoxicology, In Vitro
    • Nanotoxicology, In Vivo
    • Natural Disasters
    • Natural Products
    • Neurodegenerative Disease
    • Neurodegenerative Disease: Parkinson’s Disease
    • Neurotoxicity, Developmental
    • Neurotoxicity, General
    • Neurotoxicity, Metals
    • Neurotoxicity, Pesticides
    • Nonchemical Stressors and Cumulative Risk Assessment
    • Ocular Toxicology
    • Oxidative Injury and Redox Biology
    • Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS)
    • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
    • Pesticides
    • Receptors
    • Regulation/Policy
    • Reproductive Toxicology
    • Respiratory Toxicology
    • Risk Assessment
    • Safety Assessment: Nonpharmaceutical
    • Safety Assessment: Pharmaceutical—Drug Development
    • Safety Assessment: Pharmaceutical—Drug Discovery
    • Skin
    • Skin Sensitization
    • Stem Cell Biology and Toxicology
    • Systems Biology and Toxicology
    • Tobacco and ENDS Toxicology
  • I would like to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. How do I do that?

    Abstracts that are selected to be presented orally, as opposed to as a poster, are scheduled into Platform Sessions, where speakers have 15 minutes each to deliver a PowerPoint presentation of their abstract.

    You may indicate your interest in this type of presentation at the beginning of the submission process by selecting the option for “Platform or Poster” on the “Presentation Preference” screen. The programming of your abstract into a particular session type will be at the discretion of the Scientific Program Committee.

  • Will SOT accept late-breaking abstracts?

    There will be a late-breaking abstract submission period January 3–18, 2023. The late-breaking abstract submission fee is $75.

    An important criterion for the late-breaking submission period is that the research must be new and of sufficient scientific importance to merit special consideration after the standard abstract deadline. Abstracts should describe high-impact, original research that could not be completed before the original deadline. All late-breaking abstracts will be presented during Poster Sessions on Thursday morning.

  • Because I am not an SOT member, how can I submit an abstract for consideration for the SOT Annual Meeting?

    If none of the authors on your abstract is an SOT member, sponsorship by a Full or Associate member is required. By sponsoring the abstract, the sponsor acknowledges that the research has been completed in adherence with the SOT Code of Ethics. If there is no Full or Associate SOT member available, if at least one author is a member of an approved sponsoring organization, you may indicate that in the Abstract Submission System. A full list of approved sponsoring organizations can be found the “Authorship and Sponsorship” section on this web page.

  • Can I, or my company, be invoiced for abstract submission(s)?

    At this time, SOT can only accept payment by credit card. Accepted credit cards include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

  • How can I obtain a receipt for my abstract submission?

    A “Print Receipt” option will appear in the Abstract Submission System once the abstract fee payment has been approved. Receipts also are emailed to the submitting author. Check your Junk or Spam folder if you do not receive an emailed receipt within 30 minutes of submitting an abstract.

  • If I am unable to attend the SOT Annual Meeting, can I receive a refund for my abstract submission?

    Refunds are not offered for any abstracts that have been submitted for the SOT Annual Meeting. The submission fee covers the costs associated with processing and reviewing the abstracts.

Using the Abstract Submission System

  • How much time do I have to enter my abstract in the abstract system?

    The system has a 120-minute time-out feature. After 120 minutes of inactivity, the system will automatically log you out. If this happens, your entries up to that point WILL BE SAVED, and you will be returned to the place where you left off when you log back in. If you get a “Page Cannot Be Displayed” error, you have probably been logged out.

  • How can I get special characters to copy over if I am using a word-processing application to type my abstract?

    This depends on your browser. For most browsers, you may copy and paste your full title and abstract into the appropriate fields in the abstract system from an MS Word document, and the special characters will be preserved in the abstract system. However, if there is hidden coding embedded in the document you are copying from, the special characters may be replaced with a question mark or other symbols when the abstract is loaded into the Abstract Submission System. Be sure to review the summary page of your abstract submission in the system and check the special characters to make sure they are intact.

  • If I have a conflict of interest to disclose with my abstract, how do I indicate that?

    If you have any conflicts of interest that you need to disclose, please indicate them in the author step. If your abstract is accepted, you must include those conflicts on a disclosure slide in your platform presentation or make the disclosure on your poster.

  • I am logged in to the SOT website using my membership information, but the submission site reveals the following message: “Unknown username/password.” Why?

    The submission site does not recognize your SOT membership login information and requires a separate login. However, when you create your Abstract Submission System login, you may use your SOT credentials.

  • If I have to contact SOT Headquarters or the Tech Support team, what information should I have on hand?

    Upon starting the process to submit an abstract, you will be automatically assigned a control ID number. Once you have completed the abstract submission process, please keep a copy of the submission confirmation for your records, including your control ID number. You will need your control ID number to communicate with SOT Headquarters and/or the Tech Support team about a specific abstract.

Poster Session FAQs

  • Will authors be asked to attend their posters all day?

    No. Presenting authors will attend their posters during their assigned Poster Session time frame, but the poster will remain displayed during ToxExpo hours.

    The presenting authors are encouraged to include an email address or other contact information on their poster so attendees who view the poster when the author is not in attendance can contact the authors with questions or other information. Uploading an ePoster provides additional viewing opportunities for attendees.

    Poster Sessions and their corresponding time blocks are defined by topic (e.g., neurotoxicology, metals) so that attendees interested in that topic have access to all authors at the same time. In addition, the Scientific Program Committee will make every effort to ensure that no Scientific Sessions, including Platform Sessions, related to a specific topic occur during the same time period as the Poster Session for that topic.

  • What if a sudden time conflict arises and I—or any co-author—cannot attend my poster during the designated Poster Session time frame?

    SOT understands that sudden scheduling conflicts can arise. All presenting authors are encouraged to include an email address or other contact information on their poster so attendees who view the poster when the author is not in attendance can contact the authors with questions or other information. Presenting authors also are highly encouraged to upload an ePoster to provide additional viewing opportunities for attendees.

  • How are Poster Session times and locations in the ToxExpo Exhibit Hall assigned by the Scientific Program Committee?

    Poster Sessions and their corresponding time blocks are defined by topic (e.g., neurotoxicology, metals) so that attendees interested in that topic have access to all authors at the same time. In addition, considerable effort is made to group similar topic Poster Sessions together in the same color-coded area in the ToxExpo Exhibit Hall. Finally, the Scientific Program Committee makes every effort to ensure that no Scientific Sessions, including Platform Sessions, related to a specific topic occur during the same time period as the Poster Session(s) for that topic.

  • If authors are not standing by their posters all day, how can photography be monitored?

    SOT policy is to not allow any photography of posters unless permission is expressed by the author. SOT staff and security staff will be enforcing the “no photography” policy on-site to curtail concerns about the all-day display format. “No Photography” signs will be displayed on all poster boards. Attendees who violate the no photography policy risk ejection from the Annual Meeting.

  • How will the Poster Session times be defined in the Annual Meeting materials?

    The SOT Event App and other materials will include annotations to indicate the Poster Session time, which corresponds to the author-attended time. In addition, signs will be placed on the ToxExpo floor to explain and define the session times.

  • What time in the morning should authors mount their posters?

    On Monday through Wednesday, authors may enter the Exhibit Hall as early as 7:30 am to mount their posters.

  • What time in the afternoon should authors remove their posters?

    Poster “tear-down” will occur between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm Monday through Wednesday.

  • What if an author forgets to remove the poster in the afternoon?

    Poster presenters should remove their posters by 5:00 pm each day. Posters left on boards after 5:00 pm will be removed and placed on retrieval tables.

    The exhibit hall closes on Wednesday, March 30 at 4:30 pm. Remaining posters will be gathered and available for pick up at the front of the exhibit hall. Any posters unclaimed by 11:00 am on Thursday will be destroyed.

  • How will author compliance to the all-day poster policy be monitored?

    Authors are required to have their poster mounted on the board for the full duration of the ToxExpo hours (9:00 am–4:30 pm). Poster Session Chairs will be assigned to assist authors during the Poster Sessions, to note any empty boards, and to check compliance with the all-day poster display requirement.

  • I am presenting a poster in a Poster Session that I am chairing. How should I handle this?

    It is very common for Poster Session Chairs to present a poster in the session that they are chairing; this is why SOT assigns two Chairs per Poster Session. You may split the poster Chair duties with the other Chair. If the other Chair also is presenting posters during your Poster Session, you are authorized to leave your poster for a few minutes during the session to fulfill the Chair duties as explained in the Poster Session Chair Guidelines.

  • What rationale goes into programming Poster Sessions in a particular order?

    The SOT Scientific Program Committee traditionally groups Poster Sessions into daily slots based on topic. For example, the Arsenic Toxicity, Toxicity of Metal Mixtures, and Metal Toxicity Poster Sessions would occur on the ToxExpo floor at the same time. Keep in mind that all accepted posters must be displayed all day during ToxExpo hours, but authors will attend their posters only during the assigned Poster Session time frame.

  • Why do Poster Sessions begin in one cluster of poster boards on the ToxExpo floor and then continue in another cluster several feet away?

    Not all poster board clusters on the ToxExpo floor contain the same number of boards, and not all Poster Sessions contain the same number of posters. Therefore, ensuring that all Poster Sessions begin and end in the same poster board cluster is extremely difficult.

    To resolve this issue, the SOT Scientific Program Committee would need to set a minimum and maximum number of poster abstracts accepted per Poster Session so the sessions would contain an equal number of boards within the same cluster, which would limit the number of poster abstracts accepted. The current policy is to assign no more than 40 posters to a Poster Session, while the minimum is five posters for a Poster Session.

    Signs are used throughout the poster board areas to help attendees and poster presenters locate sessions and specific poster presentations. Poster board clusters also are color coded (blue, green, orange, purple) to assist attendees with locating the clusters on the maps located in the ToxExpo Exhibit Hall.

  • Why are the poster board clusters scattered throughout the ToxExpo Exhibit Hall instead of all together?

    Poster boards are strategically placed throughout the ToxExpo Exhibit Hall to optimize the experience of attendees and exhibitors by creating an ease of movement throughout the hall.