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Abstract Submission

Presentation Limitation

Speakers will have the option to present on-site or virtually at the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

An attendee may present one paper at the conference. Only the first presentation submitted with the individual’s name as a presenter will be accepted. A participant may appear on the program multiple times as a non-presenting co-author on other papers without exceeding participation limits.

The following exemptions do not count toward this limit:

  • Participation as a session chair
  • Pre-conference Workshop/Conference Tutorials
  • Keynote or Plenary Speaker
  • INFORMS Tutorial Speaker
  • Award Session Presenter
  • Poster Presentation
  • Theme panel (limit 1)
  • Non-presenting co-author (no limits)

There are no other exemptions from the presentation limits.

ALL SPEAKERS must be registered by August 30, 2021. If speakers are not registered by August 30th, the speaker will be notified that the presentation will be removed from the program.

  • Flash submissions & Posters are the only types of submissions available for upload after May 15. Flash sessions will consist of approximately 10 presentations, each timed for six minutes with a one minute break between speakers. Slides must be submitted in advance of the session and be set to automatically scroll in accord with the six minute time limit. Remaining time at the end of the session will be set aside for presenters to meet with interested individuals to answer questions and discuss their work in greater detail. Due to capacity constraints, Flash presentation submission is no longer open. The deadline for a Poster Submission is September 1.

Important Dates

May 15
Submission Deadline for Contributed, Sponsored and Committee’s Choice Abstracts

July 31
Poster Competition Submission Deadline

August 30
Speaker Registration Deadline
If speakers are not registered by this date, the speaker will be notified that the presentation will be removed from the program. Any change to the presenting author must also be made by this date.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline for Cluster Chairs to enter Session Chairs
May 1, 2021, 11:59PM EST

Deadline for Session Chairs to enter Presenters
May 1, 2021, 11:59PM EST

Deadline for Submitting Contributed/ Sponsored & Committee’s Choice Abstracts
May 15, 2021, 11:59PM EST

Deadline for Final Editing of Abstracts
August 1, 2021, 11:59PM EST

Deadline for Poster Competition Submissions
July 21, 2021, 11:59PM EST

Deadline for Flash Paper Submission
June 15, 2021, 11:59PM EST

Deadline for General Poster Submissions
July 21, 2021, 11:59PM EST

Deadline for Presenters to Register
August 30, 2021, 11:59PM EST

Submit Early, Capacity Limited!

Submission Links and Login Instructions by Category:

Abstract Guidelines (Size/Length)

Abstract should be 600 characters maximum (approximately 60 words), title of abstract – 150 characters maximum.

  • Letters, numbers, and *common math symbols accepted.
  • All abstracts must be in English.
  • Do not include title or author information in the body of your abstract.
  • Abstracts will be published exactly as entered if accepted.
  • Review your abstract and check for typographical and spelling errors, coherence and technical content.

*PLEASE NOTE: Use only “text pad” when entering math symbols.

Flash Paper

Once your abstract has been submitted (above instructions) you will then need to upload your PowerPoint. Below are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Presentations should be prepared for use with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 in a Windows compatible format; there will not be any MAC equipment available. If made in another program or in an earlier PowerPoint version, please make sure that it is compatible with PowerPoint 2010.
  • The preferred PowerPoint format would be .ppt and not .pptx
  • Times slides should be created in Landscape Orientation.
  • Can your slides be easily read from 15 meters away?
  • Prepare your timed slides for a 6 minute presentation. A YouTube video of how to do this can be found here. Slides should communicate key findings, not details. If attendees want details, let them ask you during the ‘Questions and Answers’ time right after the final flash talk within the session.
  • Upload your final PowerPoint into Oasis by September 3rd.
  • In the event a speaker cannot attend the conference because of an urgent matter: Please contact the INFORMS office as soon as possible. If a new speaker is assigned, send his or her Speaker Information including affiliation, address, and email address.