Abstract Submission Guidelines

2011 NIDA International Forum. Drug Abuse Research, Policy, and the Public Good. June 18-20, 2010 - Hollywood, Florida

Poster Procedures and Guidelines

Preparing Your Poster

  • Posters must not be larger than 4 feet x 4 feet (height x width) in size.
  • At the Forum, two presenters will share one 8-foot-wide/horizontal by 4-foot-high/vertical display board.
  • Use large letters, centered at the top of the poster, to display abstract title, author names, and institution name.
  • Briefly summarize your abstract into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
  • Emphasize graphics.
  • Use handouts if you want to present more details.
  • Include the presenter’s name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

When You Arrive at the Forum

  • Poster assignments will be available to each author at the time of registration on June 17 and 18, 2011.

At the NIDA International Research Poster Session

  • Posters will be arranged by research topic (e.g., basic science, epidemiology, prevention, or treatment).
  • The presenting author must be adjacent to his or her poster during the assigned portion of the session. All presenters will have ample time to view other posters presented during the same session.
    • Note: Substitute presenters are not permitted without prior approval.
  • The Poster Session will be held from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011. Information about setup times will be posted in January.
  • Remember! Two presenters will share one display board (shared space of 8 feet horizontal by 4 feet vertical).
  • Display boards, push pins, and tape will be provided.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

  • Use the Forum Online Registration to submit your abstract. Note that registration, abstract submission, and travel award application functions are combined and will be completed at the same time.
  • The electronic process permits a 250-word abstract summary to be submitted. Use simple fonts (e.g., Times New Roman, Verdana) no smaller than 10 points. You may copy and paste the text of your abstract from a word processing document or a clipboard directly into the "Summary of Research–Abstract Only" box provided in the registration/abstract submission process. Whenever possible, please spell out scientific functions (e.g., plus or minus) or Greek letters (e.g., delta) because of incompatibility issues between various word processing software programs.
  • Once submitted, you may make changes to your abstract until December 20, 2010.
  • Always keep an original copy of your submitted abstract(s) and your electronic confirmation.
  • You may submit more than one abstract for consideration.


To be acceptable, abstracts must contain a concise statement of the research. Please follow a structured format, using the following bold titles to indicate the four parts of your abstract:

  • Background: The problem under investigation or a hypothesis.
  • Methods: The experimental methods used.
  • Results: The essential results obtained written in summary form. Sufficient quantitative data and statistical tests must be presented to permit evaluation by reviewers (generalizations or statements such as "to be completed" are not acceptable).
  • Conclusion: The findings supported by your results written in summary form (statements such as "the results will be discussed" are not acceptable). Number the conclusions, if multiple ones are presented.