Call for Papers

The ACA program is composed of a number topics covering a plethora of crystallographic disciplines.  

The ACA will begin to accept abstracts in February of 2020.  

ACA members and non-members are invited to submit an abstract.  There is no submission fee however, authors will need to be registered for the meeting and have activated an ACA profile prior to submitting an abstract. All submitted abstracts will be accepted as either a talk or a poster.  Authors will be advised via email of the details regarding their abstract.  

This year we are utilizing a new abstract collection process.  Traditionally we have requested a PDF/word file to be uploaded; however, this year the abstract system will be collecting all of this information individually so that the ACA can easily schedule, publish and archive. The presenting author must be the submitting author. No one may be first author on more than one abstract unless the session specifically states that this rule does not apply. Abstracts for invited presentations must be submitted in the same manner as those for contributed papers and are subject to the same applicable rules and deadlines.

The ACA's tradition of offering a blanket 1-2 week extension to the abstract deadline will NOT be offered this year. Abstract submitted after the April 20 deadline will only be accepted at the special request of Session Chairs who need abstracts to fill incomplete sessions. All other abstracts submitted after April 20th deadline will automatically be assigned as posters.

The meeting in 2020 will not utilize a program book.  Instead, all abstracts will be available online and through an app. After the meeting the ACA archives all abstracts online.  

Abstracts may be moved among oral sessions, or to a poster session, at the discretion of the program/session chairs.  Authors will be advised, via email, of the scheduling of the abstract, including date/time and session. 

Oral Abstract Submission Deadline: April 20, 2020  
You may make edits/modifications to your abstract (ORAL SUBMISSION) until 11:59 PM EST on April 20, 2020.  At that time, session chairs will begin organizing the abstracts and no additional edits will be accepted.     
 
Three Minute Thesis Submission Deadline: June 10, 2020 @ 11:59 PM EST 
You may make edits/modifications to your abstract (THREE MINUTE THESIS SUBMISSION) until 11:59 PM EST on June 10, 2020.  At that time, Three Minute Thesis chairs will begin organizing the abstracts and no additional edits will be accepted.     
 
Poster Submission Deadline: June 10, 2020 @ 11:59 PM EST
You may make edits/modifications to your abstract (POSTER SUBMISSION) until 11:59 PM EST on June 10, 2020.  At that time, poster chairs will begin organizing the abstracts and no additional edits will be accepted.     
 

When submitting your abstract online, you will receive an automated e-mail confirmation.  If you do not receive confirmation, please email ACA HQ: [email protected]

 


Mode of Presentation:

There are a number of different opportunities to present your work at the ACA Annual Meeting:

 

Session Presentation: Session chairs will review the submitted abstracts and assign same at their discretion. Presenting authors will be notified of their final abstract number, session name, date, time, and room assignment approximately 4 weeks prior to the meeting.

Poster Presentation: Poster chairs will review the submitted abstracts and assign same at their discretion. If selected for a poster session an author will need to have a poster prepared and be present at the assigned date/time during one of the three poster sessions.

Three Minute Thesis: Three Minute Thesis participants will be chosen at the discretion of the Three Minute Thesis session chairs. his session is fully populated by abstracts for posters at the meeting. Authors will present a 3-minute thesis talk, but will additionally present their poster during the regular poster schedule.