Abstract Submission

INFORMS’ web-enabled abstract processing system is now online and ready to accept submissions for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting, November 4-7, in Phoenix, Arizona. The new system makes it possible for authors of all papers–including those sponsored by INFORMS Sections, Societies, and Fora–to easily submit their abstracts online.

ALL SPEAKERS must be registered by September 10, 2018. If speakers are not registered by September 10, 2018, the speaker will be notified that the presentation will be removed from the program.
New for 2018 – Please note that there are several changes available to speakers starting in 2018:
  • Speakers may upload their presentation slides prior to the conference. This will enable interested attendees to preview the slides, or for those who were unable to attend the talk due to a scheduling conflict to view the slides afterwards. The slides will be stored on the OASIS web site and made available to INFORMS members for one year.
  • To better reflect their intent, INVITED SESSIONS are being renamed EMERGING TOPICS. Emerging Topic sessions will be by invitation only and will be operationally the same as the previous Invited Sessions.
  • CONTRIBUTED PAPER submissions will need to select one of these presentation formats – Standard presentation (six per session), Flash Presentation, Poster Competition or General Poster (non-competition). 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. The deadline for submission is May 15.

We encourage you to submit early, well before the May 15 deadline. Anything submitted after the May 15 deadline or once available space for standard presentation is exceeded will be allocated to a FLASH PAPER SESSION, GENERAL POSTER or POSTER COMPETITION.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline for Cluster Chairs to enter Session Chairs

Download Detailed Instructions
March 16, 2018
11:59PM EST

Deadline for Session Chairs to enter Presenters

May 1, 2018
11:59PM EST

Deadline for Submitting Abstracts

May 15, 2018
11:59PM EST

Deadline for Final Editing of Abstracts

June 18, 2018
11:59PM EST

Deadline for Poster Competition Submissions

August 1, 2018
11:59PM EST

Deadline for Flash Paper Submission

September 1, 2018
11:59PM EST

Deadline for General Poster Submissions

September 1, 2018
11:59PM EST

Deadline for Presenters to Register

September 10, 2018
11:59PM EST

Submit Early, Capacity Limited

Please click here to submit for any type of submission.

Contributed Presentations

If you wish to contribute an abstract and have NOT received an invitation from a Session Chair:
Submit an abstract for contributed presentations.

Emerging Topics (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:
Submit an abstract for a flash presentation.

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 (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 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 June 18, 2018.