The abstract submission for ESHG is closed.

Notifications regarding the acceptance/rejection of your abstract have been sent on March 19, 2020.
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Based on abstract reviewing scores, 5% of abstract submitters were invited to give a talk, 68% were assigned a printed poster, 25% were assigned an e-Poster and 2% were rejected.

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation ESHG has decided to extend the deadline of the registration at reduced fees until May 8, 2020.

Guidelines for the submission process

Please read the instructions carefully.

Abstract Format

  • The text must not exceed 250 words, excluding title and authors.
  • Grant references must be included at the end of the abstract text.
  • A maximum of 50 authors with 3 institutions per author is allowed. However, the size of the author block must not exceed 3,000 characters.
  • Tables may be included.
  • No graphics are allowed.
  • Remember that you may be presenting author of only one paper, but co-author of any number of abstracts.
  • Download a sample abstract with instructions

Before you get started…

Type your abstract in a common Word Processor (e.g. MS Word). Please save a copy of the file with the abstract text only (no title or authors). This file can then be used for a “file upload” (most convenient way of submission). The upload feature supports and converts tables within the document. Special characters are widely supported.

When entering the site…

You will have to create a new user account. On the left side of the page, click on “Click here to create a new user account. Fill in all required fields and save your personal information by clicking “Continue” on the online form.

Important Note: The abstract submission system used by the ESHG (OASIS by CTI) is based in the United States. Hence by submitting an abstract to our meeting, you agree to submit personal data (Name, institution address, email address) to a ‘data processor’ located outside of the EU. It is CTI’s policy to be compliant with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), see here:

In case you have submitted an abstract for the ESHG meeting in previous years (2014-2019), your login data are still valid. In this case, please login with your login and password on the right side of the page (“returning users”). In case you cannot retrieve your access data, please use the “forgot password” option. ATTENTION: The login for the abstract submission is not your ESHG member login.

How to start the submission…

In the welcome area you will see the following options:
– “ESHG ABSTRACT“. Click on “Submit abstract“.

Follow the step by step instructions for submission.

Eventually, you will see a summary of your submission in the last step (“Review my work“), which you may print. Your abstract should now have a green “complete” icon in the welcome area.

General Information on Abstract Submission and FAQ

Content – Authors

  • Please note that you may be presenting author of only one paper, but co-author of any number of abstracts.
  • Can you submit a paper that has already been presented at another meeting or published?
    This is acceptable. However, chances are that your work will only be accepted allocated as poster, not as a talk.
  • Disambiguation of Presenting Author, First Author and Submitter
    Presenting Author is the person who will present the poster/talk at the meeting. Note that you can be presenting author of only one abstract, but co-author of any number of abstracts.
    First Author is usually the person who did the main part of the research in the study. She or he can, but does not necessarily have to be the presenting author.
    Submitter is the person who enters the abstract into the submission system. She or he can, but does not necessarily have to be one of the authors. The system will pre-fill the first author with the contact data of the submitter, but this can of course be amended.

Acceptance criteria

  • Multiple submissions with identical presenting authors will be automatically rejected.
  • Identical submissions from different first authors will also be automatically rejected.
  • Abstracts containing no results or structure will be rejected.
  • Abstracts with the obvious goal of advertising corporate products or services, will be rejected
  • Note that the presentation at the meeting will be the condition for the publication of the abstract in the electronic supplement of the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Browser Issues

  • For optimum results when using the Online Submission System, it is recommended that you use one of the following browsers: Google Chrome 33 or higher, Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Mozilla FireFox 16 or higher, Safari 5.0 or higher.
  • Please note that in rare cases you may encounter an issue copy/pasting from Word for Mac, triggering an error message that your title cannot exceed 1,000 characters. In this case please reload the page and either type or copy/paste the title from a plain text application.
  • Please note that you must also have JavaScript and Cookies enabled in your browser preferences in order for the system to function properly. Instructions to enable cookies are given on the login page.
  • A list of compatible browsers is given on the login page.

Corrections – Amendments

  • The title of your abstract is displayed in the Welcome Area, together with the information on whether the submission is complete or incomplete. To edit the abstract, simply click on the title step.
  • Changes and editing can be made until the submission deadline. In case of a mistake during the submission, it is not necessary to re-submit a “new abstract”. Click on the step to be amended and make the correction.
  • Aborted submissions can be picked up and completed at a later stage. Authors are able to login and to select the incomplete abstract in order to continue the submission until the deadline.
  • The submission system stores the information in “real time”. The moment you reach the Summary within the submission process and the system tells you “This submission is complete” your abstract is completed and has been received. However you will still be able to come back and make modifications until the deadline.
  • Please make sure you print the summary page for your records. The system also has an e-mail confirmation feature. Simply click the appropriate link on the summary page and fill in your email address(es) in the appropriate box.


  • For support during the submission process, please send an email to or call +43 1 405 13 83 13 between 9.00 – 17.00 hrs CET.