How to Submit

How to 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 abstract until February 2020, although keep in mind that your abstract will be placed into a session by session organizers or the Program Committee well before then.

What happens next

Once you have submitted your abstract, it will be placed into a session through one of the following methods:

For Paper and Lightning Paper abstracts, you may
a) organize a session around the topic of your own presentation
b) communicate with an organizer via the Session Gallery about joining his/her session, or
c) wait for your abstract to be added to a session by the Program Committee in November 2019.

For Poster and Guided Poster abstracts,
please see the Posters page for instructions and more information.

Once you have been added to a session, you will see it listed upon login to the abstract and session submission console.

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.


  • Your abstract will not be edited; 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 Oscar Larson at