Preparing an Abstract for Submission

NOTE: the following information is derived from the American Society of Hematology Call For Abstracts:

Contact Information

  • Your name, degree, institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address must be provided. As the corresponding author, you will receive all future correspondence from ASH.
  • The corresponding author should be the first author (presenter) of the abstract, unless otherwise noted during submission.
  • If none of the abstract authors is an ASH member, the program will ask you to provide the name of the ASH member who is sponsoring the abstract.


  • Names of co-authors and their institutional affiliations must be provided. Please proof your co-authors’ names carefully.
  • The program will automatically place an asterisk (*) after the name of each non-member author. Changes will not be made to the spelling of authors’ names, nor the order of co-authors, after the submission deadline; please proof your co-authors’ names and order carefully.

Abstract Title

  • The abstract title should be brief and clearly indicate the nature of the abstract.
  • The abstract title must be in title case. Capitalize all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions (i.e., as, because, although). Except for the first word of the title, lowercase all articles, coordinate conjunctions (i.e., and, or, nor), and prepositions, regardless of length. Also, lowercase “to” when used as an infinitive.
  • Additionally, keep letters lowercase if the lowercase letters have a specific meaning, such as pH or NaCl.
  • Do not put a period at the end of the title.
  • For example: Somatic Mutations in Schinzel-Giedion Syndrome Gene SETBP1 Determine Progression in Myeloid Malignancies

Use of Product Names

  • Non-proprietary (generic/scientific) names should be used and should be lowercase.
  • If necessary, you may include a proprietary name in parentheses directly following the generic name after its first mention in the body of the abstract; the first letter of the name of a proprietary drug should be capitalized. ASH reserves the right to replace proprietary names with generic names to adhere to this policy.


  • Use standard abbreviations. Place abbreviations in parentheses immediately after the first mention of a term or phrase; the abbreviation can then be used throughout the abstract.

Abstract Body, Tables, and Figures

  • Abstracts submitted for the ASH annual meeting are published in a special online-only November 2021 issue of Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology. Abstracts will be typeset from the text submitted by the author without copyediting changes. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AUTHOR TO PROOFREAD THE ABSTRACT CAREFULLY. This includes the author list.
  • The entire body of the abstract, excluding tables, must not exceed 3,800 characters. Spaces are not included in this number. Title, authors’ names, affiliations, figures, and tables are not included in the character count.
  • The abstract may be structured (i.e., abstracts divided into sections using terms such as Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, etc.) or unstructured.
  • Do not use bold type or underline formatting. Italic type is acceptable.
  • Text may be in multiple paragraphs.
  • Special Greek and mathematical symbols are available in a character map within the submission system. Pay careful attention to superscripts, type case font sizes, and special characters when copy/pasting abstract text.
  • Use numerals to indicate numbers, except when beginning sentences.
  • All tables and figures that you wish to include must be uploaded as a single image file. Do not paste a table directly into the text of the abstract, but rather include it as an image in the appropriate place and use the upload method to submit your abstract. To convert a table to an image, we recommend taking a screenshot of the table. If using a PC, use the Snipping Tool or the Print Screen button. If using a Mac, press Command-Shift-4. An image can also be created by exporting your table in MS WORD to PDF format and then convert the file to an image.
  • Any references should be noted as citations within the text and not as footnotes at the end of the abstract.

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