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Submit Your Abstract

Anyone interested in the advancement of geography may submit an abstract to the AAG Annual Meeting. The AAG accepts all submitted abstracts and organized sessions for presentation.

How do I submit an abstract? 

After registering for the Annual Meeting and navigating to the submission console homepage, select "Submit an Abstract". After selecting the appropriate abstract type for your presentation (see below) follow the onscreen prompts and formatting guidelines (listed below). After all detials have been entered select "Save and Finalize" to add your abstract to the abstract gallery. You will be able to edit your abstract until February 9th

Upon saving and finalizing your abstract you will receive a confirmation email which includes your unique abstract code. This code is used to add your abstract to a session and will need to be provided to your session organizer. 

AAG recommends submitting your abstract early to ensure you are placed in a session appropriate for your presentation topic.

What happens next? 

Once you have submitted your abstract, it can be placed into a session through one of the below methods.

Additionally youwill be able to upload powerpoint, pdf, audio, and or video files to your abstract submission for pre-recorded presentations. The AAG anticipates that most presenters will present live during their session. Uploaded content will not automatically play during your scheduled session time. 

For Paper and Lightning Paper abstracts, you may

a) organize a session around the topic of your own presentation;

or b) communicate with an organizer about joining their session via the contact information listed in the Session Gallery;

or c) wait for your abstract to be added to a session by the Program Committee. This typically happens in late November.

For Poster and Guided Poster abstracts, you may

a) communicate with a session organizer or the program committee about joining a topical poster session or competition;

or b) wait for your abstract to be added to a session by the Program Committee. This typically happens in early January.

How to Format Your Abstract Guidelines

  • Each abstract is limited to 250 words.
  • Abstracts must describe the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions.
  • Do not use bulleted lists, underlining, boldface type, italics, subscripts, or superscripts.
  • Do not include any codes for justification, hyphenation, line height, line centering, margins, spacing, fonts, page centering, page numbering, suppression, or tabs, in your abstract.
  • Do not include your name, affiliation, phone number, or e-mail address in the body of the abstract.


  • The AAG will not edit your abstract; you are responsible for any spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.
  • Use the active voice for your abstract and presentation.
  • Transmit your research results clearly and concisely, avoiding jargon.
  • All abbreviations should be spelled out in the abstract text.

Selecting Keywords

  • Keywords may be compound (such as "political geography").
  • Keywords should generally be nouns instead of adjectives or adverbs.
  • Keywords must be separated by commas.

If you have any questions about the submission process after reviewing the above information, please contact us at meeting@aag.org.


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