Abstract Submission Guidelines

Submitting an Abstract

AES accepts abstracts in the following categories:

  • Basic Mechanisms
  • Translational Research
  • Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Epilepsy
  • Neuroimaging
  • Comorbidities (Somatic and Psychiatric)
  • Antiseizure Medications
  • Non-ASM/Non-surgical Treatments
  • Surgery
  • Dietary Therapies
  • Behavior, Neuropsychology, Language
  • Genetics
  • Health Services
  • Neuropathology of Epilepsy
  • Practice Resources
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Case Studies


Author Information

  • You may be the presenting author (First Author) on only one (1) abstract
  • Enter all authors in the order they should appear in the author listing of the abstract
  • AES will communicate solely with the first/presenting author if accepted
  • Multiple submissions of similar material from an institution, consortium, or study group are not allowed
  • In cases where multiple similar submissions are planned, authors should combine their materials into a single, cogent abstract
  • Multiple abstracts containing similar data from the same institutions will be rejected
  • The first/presenting author must acknowledge that all authors have read and agreed with the content of the abstract submitted for the AES Annual Meeting


Character limit

  • There is a limit of 3,200 characters for the text of your abstract submission
  • The character limit includes title, abstract body, and spaces, but does NOT include authors, institutions, tables, or images



  • Do NOT use all lowercase or all capital letters
  • Do not use proprietary names in the title
  • Do not use formatting tags in the title

Title format examples:


Incorrect: a proposed mechanism of epileptic spasms

Correct: A Proposed Mechanism of Epileptic Spasms


Abstract Body

Abstracts should be organized into four separate paragraphs:

  • Rationale
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions (Abstracts without an explicit concluding sentence stating the significance of the findings will not be accepted)


Tables and Images

  • A maximum of two (2) figures, images, and tables will be accepted
  • All images MUST be included in your original submission
  • Images may be edited or deleted at any time before the submission deadline
  • Tables and images are not required for submission and will not be included in the total character count
  • Images, tables, and figures must be free from any identifying information that may violate HIPAA guidelines
  • Acceptable image file formats: JPEG, PNG



  • Use only standard abbreviations
  • For terms that are abbreviated, use the whole word the first time, followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis
  • Abbreviate journal titles according to Index Medicus, and give year, volume number, and inclusive pages



  • References will be included in the total character count
  • Use references sparingly within the body of your abstract
  • International nonproprietary names and abbreviations for antiseizure medications as published in Epilepsia 1993; 34(6); 1151 should be used
  • Reference for book chapters should consist of editor, title, city of publication, publisher, year, and inclusive pages


Ethical Procedures

  • Work presented in abstracts must conform to guidelines for ethical experimental procedures with animals and patients, as well as accepted scientific standards. Failure to meet these guidelines will result in the rejection of the abstract.


Sources of Funding

  • Funding must be noted at the end of the abstract and will be included in the total character count.


Submission Process

  • Use your myAES username and password to log in to the abstract submission site; follow the prompts to create an account if you do not yet have one
  • Allow at least one hour for abstract submission
  • Save your progress before exiting a task to save progress
  • Be sure to proofread carefully; once the call for abstracts closes, submissions are locked for review and cannot be edited
  • Once all tasks have been completed, there will be green check marks by each task--please note that this DOES NOT indicate completion of the submission
  •  To finalize submission, click SAVE AND SUBMIT on the top or bottom of the task list, and then SUBMIT on the following screen
  • Once the submission has been finalized, the submitter will receive a confirmation email; if no confirmation email has been received the abstract has not been successfully submitted
  • For any technical difficulties submitting an abstract, click the blue FEEDBACK AND SUPPORT tab on the right side of each screen; you will be asked for information as well as screenshots to receive assistance

Submitting your payment does not mean your abstract has been submitted for review. To submit your abstract, you must complete all tasks on the list. Once all tasks are complete, click SAVE and SUBMIT to review your submission and SUBMIT to finalize. If you have not received a submission confirmation email, your submission is not complete. 



Submitters will be notified via email of decisions in August 2023 and are responsible for notifying any other authors of the decision. 


Meeting Registrations and Withdrawal

Annual Meeting Registration

  • All presenting authors must register for and attend the Annual Meeting
  • Registration fees are not included in the cost of the abstract submission (the abstract submission fee does not cover any portion of the registration fee)


  • If your poster or platform needs to be withdrawn, authors are responsible for notifying the AES office immediately at jhunt@aesnet.org
  • Please include the title of the abstract along with the AES poster number and the submission ID in your notification
AES poster hall

Publication of Accepted Abstracts


  • Accepted abstracts will be published in the AES Online Abstract Database, printed abstract guide, and ePoster website


Research Published Prior to the AES Meeting

  • Research published in manuscript form prior to the abstract submission or presented at a prior meeting is not appropriate and should not be submitted
  • If data contained in the abstract is published after submission but before presentation of the abstract at the AES 2023 Annual Meeting, the author must notify AES as soon as the publication is recognized
  • At that time, the Scientific Program Committee chair will make a determination concerning the presentation in question



Embargo Policy

Abstracts are embargoed from the AES Online Abstract Database until Monday, November 20, 2023.


Questions? Email abstract@aesnet.org