The one-time abstract submission fee is $50, payable by credit card during the abstract submission process.
By presenting at the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, you will:
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.
By submitting an abstract and having that abstract accepted, the author is expected and obligated to pay the meeting registration fee and present the abstract during the assigned Poster or Platform Session. Acceptance notification and session timing/instructions will be sent by email in early January, before the early-bird registration deadline.
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.
The approved sponsoring organizations are:
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:
Including the title, body, author last name, and institutions. Spaces ARE included in the character count.
Save tables, figures, illustrations, etc., for the poster.
When in doubt, spell it out.
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.
For acceptance, abstracts must address the following while refraining from adding section headers:
Additionally, authors should consider the following when developing the abstract:
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:
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.
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.
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.
The one-time abstract submission fee is $50, payable by credit card during the abstract submission process.
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.
There will be a late-breaking abstract submission period January 3–11, 2023.
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.
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.
At this time, SOT can only accept payment by credit card. Accepted credit cards include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday through Wednesday, authors may enter the Exhibit Hall as early as 7:30 am to mount their posters.
Poster “tear-down” will occur between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm Monday through Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.