Early Abstracts Submissions Deadline: 26 July

Regular Abstracts Submissions Deadline: 2 August

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Town Halls can be submitted through the same site with the same deadlines.

View guidelines below to help you start preparing for your submission.


Abstract Guidelines Index
Abstract Content | Authors | Fees | Session Formats | Invited Authors | Additional Resources | Final Program | Help



Abstract Content

  • Deadline: All abstract submissions must be received by 2 August 2017 at 23:59 ET (11:59 P.M. EST) through the submission site. Abstracts will NOT be accepted for review either after this date or via email at any time.
  • Abstracts must focus on scientific results or their application. The Program Committee may decline to consider abstracts with other focus.
  • Following the abstract deadline, submitted abstracts may be placed in a different, more appropriate session than the one to which it was submitted.  Final decisions regarding placement of individual abstracts and sessions rests with the Program Committee.
  • The abstract title is limited to 300 characters and the abstract text is limited to 2000 characters. There is a limit of 2000 characters, excluding spaces but including punctuation, for the text of your submission.
  • NEW: Authors can add an additional plain-language summary of their abstract with a maximum of 200 words.
  • LaTeX is supported. Special characters are also available in the abstract management system.


  • The person submitting the abstract will automatically be the First Author.  You may not submit an abstract on behalf of another author. The First Author cannot be modified for any reason.
  • The First Author, including invited authors, MUST be an AGU member.
  • Your AGU membership dues for 2017 must be paid in order to be recognized as a member in the abstract submission system. The abstract submission fee is separate from membership dues. If paying by credit card you will have immediate access to the abstract submission system to submit your abstract.
  • First Authors can have a maximum of one (1) contributed and one (1) invited abstract, or two (2) invited abstracts. The only exemption to this policy is the submission of one (1) additional contributed abstract to an Education (ED) or Public Affairs (PA) session.
  • The abstract submitter is responsible for ensuring that all co-authors have agreed to be listed on the abstract.
  • 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.
  • Note to Members of Cooperating Societies: Members of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), European Geosciences Union (EGU), and Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) may join AGU or submit abstracts to the sessions co-sponsored by their respective societies. AMS, EGU and MSA members (who are not AGU members) must contact the AGU Member Service Center or by calling +1-800-966-2481 (toll-free in North America) or +1-202-462-6900 by Wednesday, 19 July 2017 to request log-in credentials in order to submit an abstract to their societies’ cosponsored sessions.
  • Do you think your abstract is newsworthy? Would it be of interest to the press and public? Tell AGU’s public information office about it here: https://news.agu.org/publicity-for-fall-meeting-abstracts/ 


  • A flat fee of $65 (USD) will be charged for each regular submission.
  • A flat fee of $35 (USD) will be charged for each student submission.
  • If you are submitting to an eLightning session, an additional fee will be applied during submission. See the Alternate Session Formats page for more details.
  • There is no fee for persons residing in Qualifying Low Income Countries and Lower Middle Income Countries.
  • The abstract submission fee is a non-refundable processing fee, and not based on approval of your abstract submission or attendance at the Fall Meeting.
  • Do not withdraw a paid abstract submission to make edits. Refunds will not be issued for abstracts that are withdrawn and resubmitted, and payment will be required for any resubmissions.
  • After an abstract is submitted, it can be accessed and edited until the abstract submission deadline (2 August 2017). After this deadline, edits cannot be made.
  • The only method of payment accepted for abstract fees is by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) in the abstract submission system. Wire payments or  purchase orders requested from AGU cannot be accommodated.
  • The abstract submission fee does not register you for the meeting. Separate registration fees apply. All presenters must register in order to attend Fall Meeting. Online Fall Meeting registration will be open in mid-August.

Session Formats

  • Oral presentations cannot be requested. These are assigned by the session conveners and Program Committee based on the total number of submissions received.
  • Poster presentations may be requested. These requests will be honored by the conveners and Program Committee. Poster presenters will also have the opportunity to upload their ePoster on the Fall Meeting ePoster site prior to the meeting.
  • Note: Some sessions are being considered for an alternate session format. Please be aware that if your abstracted is accepted to an alternate format session, your abstract may be scheduled as a panel discussion or lightning poster presentation. Alternate session format descriptions can be found here.
  • Submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation to give a presentation in the designated manner assigned. It also grants AGU permission to publish the abstract.
  • Once assigned by the Program Committee and scheduled by the session convener, the date and time of the presentation CANNOT be changed; presenters are advised not to arrange travel until acceptance notifications are sent in early October via email. Acceptance notifications will include information regarding assigned session dates and times. Please note that presentations may be assigned on any day: Monday, 11 December through Friday, 15 December.
  • To be the presenter of either an accepted oral or a poster presentation at the meeting, the individual must be listed as the “presenting author” on the abstract.  An individual cannot present someone else’s abstract, if his/her name is not listed as an author on the abstract.

Invited Authors

  • Invited authors will receive an electronic invitation from the session convener via the submission site. The invitation will include a link to the session; please submit the abstract via the link included in the invitation. If the abstract is not submitted through the formal invitation, the abstract will not have an invited status listing.
  • A person may not be invited to submit an abstract to more than two (2) sessions.
  • A First Author may NOT be an Invited Author or Presenter on an abstract submitted to a session in which they are convening.
  • Invited Authors are not guaranteed an oral presentation and may be assigned a poster presentation.
  • Invited Authors do not receive discounted abstract fees, registration fees, or travel reimbursement.
  • Please note that certain authors may be marked as Invited after submissions close.

Additional Resources

Final Program:

  • In early October, acceptance notifications will be distributed via email and the final scientific program will be available online.
  • If you wish to cite an abstract presented at this meeting, please see below for how to reference an abstract.Cite as: Author(s) (2017), Title, Abstract (Final paper number, ex: AH14B-1234) presented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.


  • Tutorials: Step by step tutorials will be available late June.
  • Technical Support: Once the site opens, if you have a question about the submission site or experience a technical issue when submitting your abstract, request technical support submit a technical issue by completing the request form within the submission site. You may also call +1 401-334-9903 (at the prompt, enter support code 1438) on Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM, US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -05:00) or email agu@confex.com.
  • Scientific Program: If you have a question on AGU’s scientific program policies or general procedures, contact the AGU Scientific Program Management Team at abstracts@agu.org.
  • AGU Membership: If you have a question on your membership status or need assistance with your AGU membership account, contact the AGU Membership Services Team at service@agu.org or call 800.966.2481 (toll-free in North America) or +1 202.462.6900.