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Abstract Content

  • 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 papers may be placed in a different, more appropriate session than the one to which it was submitted. Final decisions regarding placement of individual papers and sessions rests with the Program Committee.
  • The title and body of the abstract is limited to 3500 characters, which is tracked throughout the submission site.


  • The person submitting the abstract will automatically be the First Author. This cannot be modified. The First Author will receive all communications regarding their abstract.
  • The First Author must be an AGU member, or be sponsored by an AGU member.
  • Non-members may submit an abstract as a First Author, with an AGU sponsor. Non-members will need to create an account in Abstract Central. Once their account is complete, they may proceed to submit an abstract as the First Author.
  • 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 (1) additional contributed abstract to an Education (ED) or Public Affairs (PA) session.
  • 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.


  • A flat fee of $60 will be charged for each regular submission.
  • A flat fee of $30 will be charged for each student submission.
  • There is no fee for persons residing in Qualifying Low 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.
  • The only method of payment accepted for abstract fees is by credit card.
  • Submissions can be saved as drafts and edited prior to the deadline, even after payment has been made. However to be considered for the meeting program, draft abstracts must be resubmitted by the 8 August 2012 at 23:59EDT/3:59+1 GMT deadline. There can be no exceptions.
  • The abstract submission fee does not register you for the meeting. Separate registration fees apply. Fall Meeting registration will be open in mid-July.

Oral and Poster Presentations

  • 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. Posters are a valuable mechanism for communicating your research. Poster presenters will also have the opportunity to upload their poster and accompanying videos on the Fall Meeting ePoster site prior to the meeting.
  • 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.
  • To make either an oral or a poster presentation, the presenter must be listed on an abstract at the time of electronic publication. An individual cannot present someone else’s paper, if their name is not listed as an author on the abstract.

Invited Authors

  • Session conveners must enter the names of all Invited Authors into the system no later than 20 July 2012.
  • A person may not be invited to submit an abstract to more than two (2) sessions.
  • Invited Authors will receive an email with instructions after the Invited role has been assigned to their account in the system. They will not be able to submit as Invited until after receiving email instructions.
  • A First Author may NOT be an Invited Author or Presenter on an abstract submitted to a session which they are convening.
  • Invited Authors are not guaranteed an oral presentation.
  • Invited Authors do not receive discounted abstract fees, registration fees, or travel reimbursement.

Final Program: By 28 September, acceptance notices will be sent and the final program will be available online.