Speaker Abstract Requirements

Submissions due by December 1, 2023 –
6:00PM CST


An abstract (must include alcohol research) for each oral presentation is required for Symposia and Workshops, but will not be accepted for Roundtables.  These abstracts become part of the overall Program used for Program Committee review, as well as the final Online Program and Web App.  Abstracts MUST be submitted by proposed speaker through their RSA profile.

Oral Presentation Limitations:
Individuals are allowed only one (talk) oral presentation (including Roundtable panelist), but may be the organizer, chair, introducer and/or discussant on a second proposal.  If someone is listed as a speaker on more than one (1) proposal, a replacement speaker will be requested prior to Program Committee review.

Participation Limitations:
Presenting an introduction or being a discussant does not count as an oral presentation; however this is also limited to one per person (i.e., Dr. Jones can present an oral presentation in one session and any other role(s) in one session). No individual may participate in more than two sessions (any format).

Industry Sponsorship - prohibited:
For-profit Corporations (or foundations of for-profit corporations) are not permitted to sponsor any symposia, workshops or roundtables or networking events.

Meeting Registration:
RSA does not provide funds or waive registration for individuals giving an oral presentation (Speakers).  All Speakers are required to register for the meeting.  Speakers may register for the entire meeting at the RSA Member’s rate or choose the Daily Registration option for up to two (consecutive) days.

Program Category:
The program category is primarily used to assign reviewers.  The list is divided into three areas (Biological/Preclinical, Psychosocial/Medical/Clinical, Other) with various research categories under each area. (Proposal Categories)

Diversity in Topic:
Abstracts that highlight diversity in topic including (i.e., cultural, stereotypes, gender, ethnicity, URMs, generational) are strongly encouraged and will be noted during the review process.

Membership Status:
Non-member Speaker Abstracts must be endorsed by a member.

Poster Consideration:
Speakers may elect to have their abstract considered for poster presentation if the Program Proposal is not accepted.

Principal Author Affirmation:
Speaker must affirm the abstract represents PRIMARILY unpublished findings and communicates novel findings that pertain to alcohol research.  Also, if accepted, the proposed speaker will register for the meeting and present it as an oral presentation.

All Author Affirmation:
Speaker must affirm that ALL authors listed have reviewed and given approval for the submission and publication of the abstract.

Author Affirmation of Addiction Terminology:
STATEMENTS and GUIDELINES RE: ADDICTION TERMINOLOGY: The Research Society on Alcohol and the journal Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research recommends against the use of terminology that can stigmatize people who use alcohol, drugs, other addictive substances or who have an addictive behavior. Click for more details: http://www.rsoa.org/rsaacerstatementsandguidelinesreaddictionterminology

Recent Publications:
Proposed Speakers are required to list three (3) recent publications.  Students can put N/A if less than 3 or none.

Three (3) Keywords

Learning Objectives:
Three (3) Learning Objectives, in list form, be thorough

Disclosure Form Requirements:
All speakers are required to complete a Conflict of Interest Disclosure form.  A link to the form will be sent upon acceptance of the program proposal.

Abstract Format Requirements:

ABSTRACT FORMAT: Abstracts should be complete abstracts including purpose, methods, data, results, conclusions.
Title – should be entered in all CAPS (22 max word count).
Authors – should be entered as first initial(s) and full last name. (35 max word count).
Affiliation(s) – should be entered as Affiliation, Department, City, State, Zip and Country.  (35 max word count).
Body of Abstract (360 max word count).
NOTE: If you paste text more than the MAX 360 words, your text will be truncated.
  a. state purpose of the study, if not given in the title
  b. give a brief statement of methods used, if pertinent
  c. summarize the results obtained
  d. include a statement about the conclusion reached.


It is not acceptable to write: "results will be discussed".  Tables, graphs and/or charts are not allowed. Also, avoid citing sources in your abstract. There are two reasons for this: The abstract should focus on your original research, not on the work of others. The abstract should be self-contained and fully understandable without reference to other sources.

Adding An Author:
Co-authors can only be added after the speaker abstract has been submitted.  Upon submission, a message window will appear allowing you to add an author.  This ONLY adds the author to the submission for future search functionality (Online Program and Web App), but not the actual abstract for publication - be sure to include in the author field of the abstract.  Co-authors added will have read only access.  The author marked 'Presenter' (Primary author by default) will have read/write/edit access.


Step-By-Step Instructions


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