Submit Your Abstract

How do I submit an abstract?

Anyone interested in the advancement of geography may submit an abstract to the AAG Annual Meeting. The AAG accepts all submitted abstracts and organized sessions for presentation.

1. Register for the conference
2. Visit the abstract and session submission console
3. Select "Submit an Abstract"
4. Select the appropriate abstract type for your presentation
5. Follow the onscreen prompts and formatting guidelines listed below
6. Click "Save and Submit" (note: abstracts that are saved but not submitted cannot be organized into sessions)
7. Check for confirmation via email that your abstract has been submitted

AAG recommends submitting your abstract early to ensure you are placed in a session appropriate for your presentation topic. You may edit your submitted abstract until the posted abstract editing deadline (typically in February). Keep in mind that your abstract will have been placed into a session by session organizers or the Program Committee well before then.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your abstract, it can be placed into a session through one of the below methods. Once you have been added to a session, you will see the session listed in your submission console.

For Paper and Lightning Paper abstracts, you may
a) organize a session around the topic of your own presentation; or
b) communicate with an organizer about joining their session via the contact information listed in the Session Gallery; or 
c) wait for your abstract to be added to a session by the Program Committee. This typically happens in late November. 

For Poster and Guided Poster abstracts,
please see the Posters page for more information.
a) communicate with a session organizer or the program committee about joining a topical poster session or competition; or 
b) wait for your abstract to be added to a session by the Program Committee. This typically happens in early February. 

How to Format Your Abstract


  • Each abstract is limited to 250 words.
  • Abstracts must describe the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions.
  • Do not use bulleted lists, underlining, boldface type, italics, subscripts, or superscripts.
  • Do not include any codes for justification, hyphenation, line height, line centering, margins, spacing, fonts, page centering, page numbering, suppression, or tabs, in your abstract.
  • Do not include your name, affiliation, phone number, or e-mail address in the body of the abstract.


  • The AAG will not edit your abstract; you are responsible for any spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.
  • Use the active voice for your abstract and presentation.
  • Transmit your research results clearly and concisely, avoiding jargon.
  • All abbreviations should be spelled out in the abstract text.

Selecting Keywords 

  • Keywords may be compound (such as "political geography").
  • Keywords should generally be nouns instead of adjectives or adverbs.
  • Keywords must be separated by commas.

If you have any questions about the submission process after reviewing the above information, please contact us at