Annual Meeting 2018 Abstracts SPAM NOTICE: Please add and to your list of email addresses that are sender friendly in order to receive your abstract submission confirmation and future notifications regarding the status of your abstract.

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All abstracts are submitted through the online submission site, except those for SEDN – Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations. Please visit the Awards page for SEDN submission details.

Submission Deadlines 
  • Submission deadline for the Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize is March 29, 2018, 11:59 PM US EST. 
  • Submission deadline for all other abstracts is May 8, 2018, 11:59 PM US EST.
By submitting your abstract, you are agreeing to abide by the SVP Ethics Guidelines. In particular, your submission must be consistent with the SVP policy that research specimens referred to in your presentation are, or are destined to be, deposited in an appropriate repository, charged in perpetuity with conserving fossil vertebrates, as defined in the SVP Members Ethics statement. Specimens currently available for sale on the commercial market cannot be mentioned in abstracts, nor can specimens in the collections of private individuals. All work reported must have been conducted within the legal and ethical frameworks of the country in which it was carried out.
By submitting your abstract, you are agreeing to prepare a presentation for the SVP annual meeting.  If you are unable to attend, you are also confirming that you have arranged for an alternate presenter to give your presentation in your absence.

By submitting your abstract, you are agreeing to abide by the SVP Copyright Permission Requests Policy as outlined here.

Abstracts should clearly state the goal of the study and include relevant information on specimens or taxa examined, methods, results or findings, and the significance of the results.
  • A maximum of 500 characters is permitted for the abstract title.
  • A maximum of 2200 characters is permitted for the abstract body.
  • A maximum of 150 characters is permitted for acknowledgment of funding sources.
  • Blank spaces between words and formatting tags (such as bold or italic) will not count as characters.
Do not include citations, references, figures, captions, or ad hominem statements.
Use of trade names necessary to accurately identify products, materials, or equipment is permitted only in Preparators’ Session abstracts .  Trade names shall not be used for the purpose of advertising products or services.
Abstracts failing to follow these guidelines will be removed from consideration for the annual meeting. 

Submission Instructions
  • You do not have to complete the submission in one session.  You may log back into the site using your email address and password to complete or modify your submission at any time before the deadline.
  • Be sure to check all of your entries thoroughly before selecting the “Submit” button.
  • The abstract submission site works best with Internet Explorer 8+, and the most current versions of Google ChromeMozilla FireFox, and Apple Safari using PC and Mac.  The site is not designed for use with tablet browsers, iPad, or Android Devices.
  • The first author of the abstract must be the presenting author.  You may change the first author after the first author is entered. To assign someone as the first/presenting author, click on the name of the author and check the box "Presenting Author".
  • Once the session type is entered, it cannot be changed. If you selected the wrong session type, withdraw the abstract and resubmit under the correct category. All abstracts are limited to a maximum of TEN (10) authors.
  • At least ONE (1) author of the abstract must be an SVP member. To add an author, please type the author's name in the search box and search for his/her name. If the author is an SVP member, his/her name will come up and you can add him/her to your list of co-authors. If the author is not an SVP member, you will see the message "No Search Results for this Author Search". Next click on "Add New Author" under the search box and complete entry of the author information.
  • TWO (2) first-authored abstracts can be submitted for consideration if, and only if, one of those abstracts is for the Education and Outreach Poster Session. Thus, you may submit one (1) first-authored abstract for consideration in another session and one (1) first-authored abstract for consideration in the Education and Outreach Poster Session ONLY.  This does not preclude the inclusion of an individual’s name on other, jointly-authored abstracts.
  • All authors must name two alternate presenters for their abstract submission in the event they be unable to attend the meeting.  Provide both full name and email address for each alternate. Alternate presenters will be expected to present the poster or podium presentation if the author is unable to attend.

Session type

Select one of the session types listed below. Once the session type is entered, it cannot be changed. To submit to a different session type, withdraw the abstract and resubmit under the desired category.
  • Regular Session (this includes submissions that will be considered for the Colbert Prize)
  • Podium or Poster Symposium  Session (invited submissions only)
  • Education and Outreach Poster Session
  • Preparators’ Session
  • Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize Session
Any abstract that is not selected for the Romer Prize session will be moved to regular submission status and will be considered alongside all other abstracts submitted.  If it is designated as a poster, it may be considered for the Colbert Prize. 

All presenting authors who are Student Members of SVP will automatically be considered for the Colbert Prize if selected for a poster presentation.  Colbert Prize finalists will be notified by the Program Committee when abstract programming notifications are sent to all authors.

Topic Category
In addition to selecting a general taxonomic group, there are three more categories to describe your abstract: a more specific taxonomic category, a topic category, and a temporal category.  These options are primarily for use in the scheduling of presentations, so please consider this while making your choices.

Click here to view the abstract topic categories. 

Following Submission of Your Abstract
  • Upon successful submission of your abstract you will receive an e-mail confirmation that includes the submission ID number, log in name, password, and abstract details.  If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, please log back into the site to complete your submission or contact for technical support.
  • Please include your abstract submission ID number in all correspondence regarding your abstract. 
  • Notification of abstract programming will be sent to first authors (presenting authors) in mid-July. Scheduling of presentations is set by the Program Committee Chairs and cannot be changed after notification of abstract acceptance.
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