Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission is open and limited to one presentation per attendee.

Before you submit, please read the important information below.

At the heart of the INFORMS Annual Meeting is the tenet that anyone who wants to present, has the opportunity to present. As the INFORMS Annual Meeting continues to grow by leaps and bounds, it has become harder to fit the increasing number of sessions into our precontracted hotel and convention space. This is particularly the case for the 2020 Annual Meeting, and likely beyond 2020.

To optimize participation, given current and future space constraints, INFORMS Meetings and INFORMS Subdivisions teams are proposing a pilot program model for 2020 that limits the number of presentations per participants at the 2020 Annual Meeting. The proposed model is in line with the ones already implemented by all major conferences of other societies, such as IISE, SIAM, MOS.

Note: Due to space constraints in 2020 we are accepting a limited number of contributed papers for the INFROMS Annual Conference.

This model has been approved by the INFORMS Board.

Important login update: The new INFORMS member management platform is now live. Anyone who previously had a login with INFORMS should have received an email prompting them to reset their INFORMS password. You must reset your password in order to login and submit an abstract. If you did not receive this email, please contact customer service. Click here to learn more about this transition.

Presentation Limitation

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 31, 2020. If speakers are not registered by August 31st, the speaker will be notified that the presentation will be removed from the program.

2020 Submission Deadlines

Cluster Chairs Invite Sessions Chairs
March 18, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Session Chairs to enter Presenters
May 1, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Submitting Contributed/Sponsored & Committee’s Choice Abstracts
May 15, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Poster Competition Submissions
July 20, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Flash Paper Submissions
June 13, 2020, 11:59pm EST

General Poster Submissions
July 20, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Speaker Registration Deadline
August 31, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Final Editing of Abstracts
September 7, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Submit Early, Capacity Limited

Submission Details

Contributed Presentations

If you wish to contribute an abstract and have NOT received an invitation from a Session Chair, you can submit a Contributed Presentation here.

Due to space constraints in 2020 we are accepting a limited number of contributed papers for the INFROMS Annual Conference. Submit early and reserve a speaking spot for the INFORMS 2020 flagship conference.

Committee’s Choice (formerly Invited Sessions) & Sponsored Presentations

Presenters will be notified by email to submit their individual abstracts after the Session Chair has submitted the session.

If you have not received an invitation to submit from a Session Chair you will not be able to log in through the system.

Flash Paper Session

If you wish to present a flash paper abstract (6 minute presentation) and have NOT received an invitation from a Session Chair, you can submit a Flash Paper Session here.

Poster Presentations

Submit an abstract for a poster presentation.

Session Chair

Session Chairs will be notified by email to submit any missing information once the Cluster Chair has submitted the session title. Please note if you are chairing more than one session you may receive more than one email.  Please retain this information as it will be your access to the system.

If you have not received an invitation to submit from a Cluster Chair you will not be able to log in through the system.

Abstract Guidelines and Submission Rules

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.

INFORMS limits speakers to one presentation at the Annual Meeting. Only the first presentation submitted with the individual’s name as a presenter will be accepted.

All abstract submissions must be entered into the submissions site by May 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

All presenters must register and pay Annual Meeting registration fees by August 31, 2020 or the session will be removed from the program. One-day registration is not available.

To qualify for membership savings, presenters must have an active INFORMS membership and be in good standing at the time of registration and at the meeting (November 8, 2020).

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 Power-Point 2010 in a Windows compatible format; there will not be any MAC equipment available. If made in another program or in an earlier Power-Point version, please make sure that it is compatible with Power-Point 2010.
  • The preferred Power-Point 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 power-point into Oasis by September 1st.
  • 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 e-mail address.

Last Day for Changes

Last day to make changes to existing abstracts is September 7, 2020.