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Tips & Tricks
for a Successful Abstract

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To help you successfully submit an abstract to #AGU21, AGU developed these tips and tricks so your hard work and decision to Earth and space sciences are viewed in-person and online by >25,000 attendees from 100+ countries.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful Abstract

When you submit an abstract to #AGU21, your hard work and dedication to advancing discovery and solutions science will be viewed in-person and online by >25,000 attendees from 100+ countries in the Earth and space sciences community. This is a community who attends AGU Fall Meeting annually to share findings, network with others from around the world, advance our profession and connect over our passion for the impact of science. These researchers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers, partners, science enthusiasts, journalists and communicators are driven to better understand our planet and environment, and our role in preserving its future.

Your #AGU21 abstract will challenge the status quo, create new research opportunities and inspire future generations.

Abstracts should focus on scientific results and/or their applications, enabling Earth and space science and the impact of Earth and space science on society.

Review AGU's Meeting Standards.


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    Submit in English.

    a. The official language of the meeting is English. If your abstract is accepted, you must present in English.
    b. LaTeX is supported. Special characters are also available in the abstract management system.

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    A flat fee of $70 USD will be charged for each regular submission and a flat fee of $40 USD for each student submission. The abstract submission fee is required and non-refundable processing fee and not based on approval of your abstract submission or attendance at AGU Fall Meeting 2021. There is no fee for individuals with an affiliation in qualifying low-income and lower-middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank.
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    After an abstract is submitted, it can be access and edited until 4 August 2021 (abstract submission deadline). After this deadline, edits cannot be made.
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Steps for Submitting an Abstract

Please provide the following information when submitting your abstract by 4 August 2021:
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The abstract title is limited to 300 characters (including punctuation, but not spaces). The abstract title MUST be entered in initial upper case, for example: Mark the Dates of the Fall Meeting on Your Calendar.

The abstract text is limited to 2,000 characters. The limit excludes spaces but includes punctuation.

One image is allowed; supported file types include: JPEG image (*.jpg), PNG image (*.png), GIF image (*.gif).

First authors may choose to include a maximum of 200 words about their abstract.

Authors can request that their presentation format be assigned by committee (oral, eLightning or poster discussion session) on their abstract submission form or that their abstract should be considered for poster only.

  • Note: It is not possible to request only an oral presentation.

Potential session types may include:

  • Oral discussion sessions: live 75-minute sessions, including short overviews and 20-30 minutes for Q&A in-person or online. Pre-recorded presentations will be available to view on-demand.
  • eLightning discussion sessions: live 75-minute sessions, including short overviews/lightning talks and 30-45 minutes for Q&A at designated monitors. Online-only eLightning sessions will also be accommodated.
  • Poster discussion sessions: will include space in the poster hall and can also be available online as iPosters and/or as PDFs. All poster sessions will include a group discussion or poster walk. Online-only poster sessions will also be accommodated.

At this time, AGU is planning for the Fall Meeting 2021 to be both in-person and online so attendees can customize their participation. Some may choose to be 100% in-person or online while others may choose to do a mix of both.

ALL abstracts submitted are subject to acceptance and scheduling in a virtual session. When you submit your abstract, you can indicate if you are prepared to only present virtually or if you are comfortable and have no preference presenting either virtually or in-person.

If you decline the recording waiver when you submit your abstract, the abstract (if accepted) will only be scheduled in a poster session.

Indicate previously submitted material: Share if any of the presentation has been previously reported in scientific meetings, journals or in the news media.

a. Abstract fees are processing fees and are non-refundable.

b. The abstract fee is not the membership fee or online or in-person meeting registration fee.

c. The presenting author must register for and attend #AGU21 online or in-person.

d. Agree to AGU's Meetings Code of Conduct.

e. Certify you are acting on behalf of the co-authors and given AGU permission to process data for the persons listed on this abstract in accordance with the AGU privacy policy.

All individuals listed must have agreed to serve as a co-author before submitting the proposal. Please ensure you are using the correct affiliation and using the preferred email address for all co-authors. Co-authors will receive a notification that they have been added to an abstract.

  • The AGU member submitting the abstract will automatically be listed as the first author and cannot be changed. The first author will also be the presenting author, unless another author is identified as the presenting author in the abstract submission form.
  • Presenting authors, please indicate if you are "willing to chair" the session in the event an on-site or virtual session chair is needed.
  • A research team may be referenced during the submission process in the "Title of Team" field, in lieu of adding the names of individual team members.