WORLDSymposium Abstract Submissions & Publication FAQs

  • Where can I obtain the abstracts if I am not attending WORLDSymposium?
    Elsevier publishes the Abstracts, Keyword Index, Author Index, Introduction, and Program as individual articles, and each article is available for purchase from Elsevier. WORLDSymposium provides the abstracts to all attendees as part of their conference materials, all other individuals must purchase the articles directly from Elsevier.
  • When will abstracts for WORLDSymposium 2021 be published or be made available to the public?

    WORLDSymposium does not publish the full-text of the abstracts online; the full-text is available only from Elsevier. Accepted abstracts submitted to WORLDSymposium prior to October 1, 2020 will be published in the February 2021 special “Lysosomes Issue” of Molecular Genetics and Metabolism (MGM). Registered attendees will receive an electronic copy of the program and full-text abstracts via the WORLDSymposium 2021 virtual platform beginning on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 8:00 AM EST, just prior to the opening of  WORLDSymposium 2021. The program and abstracts become copyrighted and are only available to non-registrants through Elsevier.

    It is the policy of WORLDSymposium to publish all abstracts with the list of authors exactly as the abstract was submitted to WORLDSymposium. The first author of the submitted abstract will be listed as the Platform Speaker (presenting author) on the Preliminary Program, Agenda, and Poster List.

  • When will late-breaking abstract titles and/or full text be available?
    Late-breaking abstract titles and full-text will be available electronically to registered participants only via the WORLDSymposium mobile app at the start of WORLDSymposium 2021. Late-breaking abstracts are not published in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism.
  • What is the deadline for submitting an abstract?

    Abstract submission deadline for consideration of a platform (oral) presentation and inclusion in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, was October 1, 2020. There are no exceptions.

    Late-breaking submission window was November 1 – December 1, 2020. New this year, late‐breaking abstracts will be considered for platform presentation during a new session titled, “Late-Breaking Science Friday”, plus poster presentation.” Late-breaking abstracts not be published in the February 2021 special “Lysosomes Issue” of Molecular Genetics and Metabolism (MGM), due to publication deadlines.

  • Does WORLDSymposium offer travel scholarships or travel assistance?
    Typically, WORLDSymposium provides limited scholarships to Young Investigators; however, for WORLDSymposium 2021, the meeting is fully virtual and there is no travel needed for attendance.  Please click here to view the details for the Young Investigator Award.
  • Will there be a late-breaking abstract submission process?
    Late-breaking submissions are accepted from November 1, 2020 – December 1, 2020.

    Late-breaking abstracts are considered for poster presentation and may be considered for platform presentation for WORLDSymposium 2021.  A new featured session, “Late-Breaking Science Friday,” has been added to the 2021 Scientific Program to highlight recent advances in lysosomal disease research. Selected abstracts from the Late-Breaking submission cycle will be awarded an oral presentation time on Late-Breaking Science Friday. Due to publication deadlines, late-breaking abstracts are published in the virtual program materials, and are not published in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism (MGM).
  • What is WORLDSymposium’s policy on abstracts that have been presented at other scientific meetings?

    WORLDSymposium will consider encore abstracts at the discretion of the Program Committee.

    Definition of Encore Abstracts – Prior Publication: Results or studies that have been published or that will be accepted for publication elsewhere prior to the submission deadline of October 1, 2020 must be disclosed and the author should make clear what new information will be presented at WORLDSymposium 2021. For purposes of this policy:

    • Material posted on a preprint server is NOT considered previously published.
    • Abstracts that have been accepted for presentation at other conferences are considered previously published, or encore abstracts.

    The Program Committee reviews all submitted abstracts submitted and determines whether an abstract will be accepted, and whether it is suitable for a platform (oral) or poster presentation. The Program Committee reserves the right to decline any submitted abstracts that lack scientific content or merit, or that merely announce the availability of a resource or service.

  • Can more than one category be selected for an abstract? (basic, translational, or clinical)

    Please choose only one category which is the most applicable to the content being submitted. The WORLDSymposium Program Committee reserves the right to consider submitted abstracts for all 9 categories, and assign abstracts to a platform (oral) presentation on any of the program days, based on review of the topic and content.

    If the first author is employed by industry the abstract must submitted for Contemporary Forum. It will not be considered for any other category.

  • Does anyone other than the first author receive notification of the platform (poster) acceptance?
    No, only the first author receives the notification. It is the first author’s responsibility to notify co‐authors.
  • Will presentation be available on-demand after the live virtual meeting?
    Recorded presentations will be available to WORLDSymposium participants only, at the conclusion of the meeting, through March 15, 2021.
  • How does WORLDSymposium provide data protection for submitted abstracts and presentations?

    Due to ACCME requirements, and the data protection of all presenters, all communications related to platform and/or ePoster presentations are kept strictly between the platform and/or ePoster presenter and the WORLDSymposium CME Programs team.

    Any presentations submitted to WORLDSymposium for CME review are kept strictly confidential, and are not shared beyond the required CME review team. The presentations will not be available to WORLDSymposium attendees until the platform session is first presented, and then will be available “on-demand” on the Virtual website until March 15, 2021, after which time the virtual platform will be shut down.

    All submitted ePosters will be available starting on Monday, February 8, 2021, when the ePosters open, currently scheduled for 2:30 PM EST. ePosters will also available on the virtual platform until March 15, 2021.

    Submitted abstracts will be available to all registered attendees via the Mobile App at the time WORLDSymposium opens for the Emerging Trends pre-conference symposium on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST. Submitted abstracts are available to the general public when Elsevier publishes the February issue of Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. WORLDSymposium staff have no control over the publication date, however, anyone may sign up with Elsevier for publication updates.

    Presentations are not available to anyone other than the WORLDSymposium development team until the time the presentation is first “aired” live during the conference, and then the presentations are available “on-demand” to the registered attendees until March 15, 2021.

    First authors are required to acknowledge that they are authorizing WORLDSymposium to provide their ePoster and/or presentation to the WORLDSymposium audience. If they choose not to authorize WORLDSymposium to provide their presentation, their presentation will be removed from the agenda and all databases.