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Abstract Reviewing Instructions

AOGS members count on Conveners to make the difference!

  1. Accept or Reject An Abstract - Completion deadline: 09 Mar 2021 (Extended to 16 Mar 2021)
    • The online review will be enabled from 23 Feb 2021
    • This is not the time for the detailed time scheduling of your session, meaning deciding when a paper will be presented and whether it will be oral or poster, invited or contributed.
  2. AOGS Financial Support
    Having an accepted abstract is a mandatory requirement for receiving AOGS financial support. This means that applicants are dependent on Conveners who must do their best to complete their abstract reviews on time.
    • For every 20 accepted abstracts, 1 complimentary registration is given for the Convener to decide the recipient. This cannot start until all abstract reviews are completed.
    • By 23 Mar 2021, all AOGS Comps recipients need to be informed

This document covers:

  1. Acceptance, Rejection, and Movement of Abstracts by Conveners
  2. Viewing Sessions/ Updating Session Details
  3. Viewing Abstract Statistics & List
  4. Accessing the Abstract Details
  5. Reviewing an Abstract so as to Accept or Reject it for the Meeting
  6. Moving an Abstract to another Session
  7. Complimentary Registration (AOGS Comps)
  8. Entering Scheduling Preferences for Your Session
  9. Communication with Section Presidents

1. Acceptance, Rejection, and Movement of Abstracts by Conveners
This document describes how Conveners can view the abstracts submitted to their session, accept or reject them, request that specific abstracts be moved to another session, utilize the one complimentary registration per twenty accepted abstracts benefit and provide the Section President and Program Committee with information on when you do and do not want your Session scheduled.

The planned abstract submission deadline is 23 February 2021. Reviews need to be completed and acceptance notifications sent by 23 March 2021 (see above for reasons). Please complete the review preferably by 09 March 2021 but no later than 16 March 2021. This is so that Section Presidents can have time to rectify (if needed).

It is requested that you decide as soon as possible on the acceptance, rejection, and movement of the abstracts submitted to your Session. Because review decisions (accept or reject) are a compulsory requirement for determining funding support (AOGS Comps and Reduced Registration Fee), it is very important that Conveners complete their reviews on time. This will then allow the Treasurer and the Program Chair the maximum amount of time to perform their duties. These decisions should be made before or by 16 March 2021 at the latest.

This is NOT the time for the detailed time scheduling of your session, meaning deciding when a paper will be presented and whether it will be oral or poster, invited/contributed

Note: Abstract Submission Policy (since AOGS2011)

From AOGS2011, authors will need to complete the payment of the abstract processing fee BEFORE an abstract can be further processed. Abstracts in the PENDING state are those whose abstract processing fees remain unpaid. These abstracts are not eligible for review or acceptance. Conveners can review abstracts in the ACTIVE state only. They are not duplicates, withdrawals and cleared abstract processing fee payment. Due to deadline extensions and whatever reasons, some abstract processing fees may take longer time to settle. These abstracts can only progress to the ACTIVE state and qualify for review later. Please make periodic checks to see if there are any new ACTIVE abstracts that need to be reviewed.

2. Viewing sessions / Updating session details
Please keep the session information up-to-date, including the session title, descriptions, and convener lists.

  1. Log into MARS:
  2. Click “My Sessions” from the left menu. And you will see the My Sessions page.
  3. Click on the session code (e.g., PS03) to view the session details
  4. Click “edit” and you will be able to
    • Update the session details such as title, description, scheduling preferences.
    • Add / remove co-conveners, and change the main convener.

3. Viewing abstract statistics & list
Follow the steps below to view the abstracts submitted to your session(s).

  1. Go to the “My Sessions” page.
  2. Under the session summary is a section titled “Abstract Submission Summary”, which is a table that summaries the statistics of the abstracts in your Session.
  3. Click the abstract count next to “Total Submitted” and you will see the Abstract List page. This page lists the abstracts that are submitted to your Session.

4. Accessing the abstract details

  1. Go to the Abstract List page
  2. Click one of the abstract IDs. This will bring you to the Abstract Details page.
    On this page, you can view
    1. The full abstract – title, author list, content.
    2. Abstract Status (ACTIVE, PENDING, WITHDRAWN, or DUPLICATE). Note that you will only be able to review the ACTIVE abstracts.
    3. Author’s preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, or either)
    4. Payment status of the abstract processing fee
    5. Review decisions & comments
    6. Decision (by Conveners and/or Section Presidents) the presentation mode and status (whether Invited or Contributed) of the paper

5. Reviewing an abstract so as to accept or reject it for the meeting
Note that the acceptance/rejection decisions you will enter online are TENTATIVE, i.e., they are NOT immediately visible to the authors. The review results will be FINALIZED on the acceptance notification date (23 Mar 2021), and after that the review results will be sent to and made visible to the authors.
You may change your decisions before the acceptance notification date.

  1. Go to the Abstract Details page
  2. On top of the page, click the link “Review”.
  3. Fill up the review form. For the majority of the cases, you are required to enter
    • Review Decision: Accept / Reject
    • Comments to authors
  4. Click “Save” to save the changes.

6. Moving an abstract to another session
If you want to do this then contact the Section President, first author, and Lead Convener of the other session with your request. If they agree then the Section President will arrange the abstract’s movement with the Secretariat by email to: If the author does not agree, then the responsibility to accept or reject the abstract returns to you.

7. Deciding Complimentary Registrations (AOGS Comps)
Starting from 2012, a new funding support scheme is introduced – details here:

Complimentary Registration (AOGS Comps)
For every 20 accepted abstracts, 1 complimentary registration provided to the Session Convener for deciding the recipient. Total funding available is up to 200 complimentary registrations.

This is how Conveners can go about deciding the “AOGS Comps” recipient:

  1. Go to the “My Sessions” page.
  2. Click the link “Assign Complimentary Registration” next to the abstract count, to view the page.
  3. This page displays the session’s AOGS Comps quota calculated based on the number of abstracts that have been marked “To Accept” in the session. It also lists all the authors in the session, and if he/she is already an “AOGS Comps” recipient (by another Session), it will also show up here. Each person can only benefit once and the benefit is not transferable.
  4. Always click the “Assign Complimentary Registration” link to check any unconsumed quota. Click “Comps” to utilize the quota. Click “Clear Comps” if you would like to remove the AOGS Comps benefit to the author.

8. Entering scheduling preferences for your session
You may enter online your preferences for the scheduling of your Session, e.g., the time/date you prefer, times/dates you want to avoid, whether it should (or should not) be scheduled on the same day that another Session is scheduled. Your preferences will be visible to the Section Presidents at the time of scheduling / time allocation, but it is not guaranteed that they will be satisfied.

  1. Go to the “My Sessions” page.
  2. Click on the session code (e.g., PS03)
  3. Click the link “Edit” above Session Details.
  4. Enter Remarks and Special Requirements and save.

9. Communication with Section Presidents

  1. Conveners should inform their Section President by email when they have fulfilled their duties, or if they anticipate trouble doing so. You can find all email addresses on the “Committee Page” here:
  2. The next stage of the Convener’s responsibility involves scheduling the accepted abstracts, following such a schedule.
    By 09 March 2021
    1. Section Presidents allocate time slots to Conveners and copy the same to Program Chair by email to: and Secretariat by email to
    2. Secretariat activates online scheduler (section by section) upon receiving the time slot allocation from the section’s President
    By 06 April 2021
    Conveners complete scheduling online