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Onsite poster instructions

  • Posters will be up Tuesday-Thursday during the entire symposium
  • Posters should preferably be mounted on Monday afternoon March 25th, but not later than Tuesday morning March 26th.
  • Posters will be assigned a number that will be attached to the board; authors should mount their posters only at the assigned board using the available mounting material.
  • Poster sessions will be scheduled on Tuesday March 26, Wednesday March 27 and Thursday March 28.
  • Five poster abstracts will be selected to be presented orally (3 min) in a Poster Pitch Session preceding the poster presentation session each day. Authors of the selected abstracts will be informed by email and should bring a PowerPoint presentation of 1 to 3 slides (maximum).
  • Posters should be taken down on Thursday March 28th after the closing session. Those left after the symposium closing will be removed by the organizers.

Guidelines for poster preparation

Design and lay-out specifications:

  • Poster dimensions should be no more than 4’ x 4’ (1.2m x 1.2m). Either a horizontal format or a vertical format are acceptable.The poster does not necessarily have to fill the entire working area.
  • A banner displaying poster title, author name, and affiliation should be positioned at top-center of the poster.
  • Make it obvious to the viewer how to progressively view the poster. The poster generally should read from left to right, and top to bottom.


  • Text should be readable from 1.5 m away. Adapt the font size accordingly.


  • Present numerical data in the form of graphs, instead of tables (graphs make trends in the data much more evident).
  • Visuals should be simple and bold. Use color to enhance comprehension.
  • Make sure that any visual can be understood as “stand alone” (i.e. graph axes are properly labeled, symbols are explained, etc.).
  • Make sure that the text and the visuals are integrated. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.
  • Each visual should have a brief title.


  • Keep the text brief. Use text to (a) introduce the study, (b) explain visuals and direct viewers’ attention to significant data trends and relationships portrayed in the visuals, and (c) state and explain the interpretations that follow from the data.
  • Cite and reference any sources of information other than your own, just as you would do with a research paper. The “References Cited” is placed at the end of the poster.


Abstract Requirements and Peer Review

Enhanced abstract submission requirements have been put in place to assemble uniform abstracts of up to 2 pages, that may include data (figures, tables, photographs), assisting the peer review process in selecting a high caliber of science for the program. Submitted abstracts are reviewed double blind by the MSB2019 Organizing Committee and Session Organizers. The abstracts will be treated confidentially and will not be published in either the program or a proceedings. The abstract is for the sole purpose of reviewing your submission.

During abstract submission you will be asked to provide the following:

    • Select Preferred Session Topic (up to 3 topics allowed)
    • Preferred presentation type (Oral, Poster or both)
    • Consideration for Young Scientist Oral Session (if age 35 or under)
    • Title of your presentation
    • Introduction/Background/Aim of the Work (max. 100 words)
    • Instrumentation/Methods (max. 100 words)
    • Results & Discussion (max. 250 words)
    • Conclusions (max. 100 words)
    • References (optional)
    • Abstract Summary (max. 100 words)
    • Supporting Documents (figure/table/photo with legend; optional)

Using the online form, create an account with OSU Conference Services and submit your abstract using the link. Do not include author names, affiliation or self-references in the abstract fields – this is important to safeguard a double blind review. A Form Confirmation Number will be automatically assigned and sent by email once you submit your abstract. If you do not complete the abstract submission and need to “Save For Later”, click the green “Next” button to reopen and edit the submission form. Please note that once “Submit Form” is activated, the submission can no longer be edited.

If your abstract cannot be accepted as Oral presentation, it will be considered for Poster presentation. In compliance with the essentials of the MSB-Symposium Series, only the title and presenting author of the abstract are published in the symposium program book.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstract Format
Here is a template to assist in the process of submitting your abstract. Please follow this link for a template. You will need to copy and paste the information into the abstract portal by clicking here:


For your reference, a sample abstract is available here.

Guidelines for Completing Abstract Fields

Introduction/Background/Aim of the Work: The background should be short, but describe what is already known about the subject, related to the paper in question as well as what is not known about the subject and hence what the study intends to examine. In most cases, the background can be framed in just 2–3 sentences, with each sentence describing a different aspect of the information. The purpose of the background is to provide the reviewer with a background to the study which will lead into a description of the methods employed in the investigation.

Instrumentation/Methods: This section should contain enough information to enable the reviewer to understand what was done, and how.

Results & Discussion: The results section is the most important part of the abstract and should be the longest, containing as much detail about the findings as the word count permits.

Conclusions: This section should contain the most important take-home message of the study, expressed in a few precisely worded sentences. Usually, the finding highlighted here relates to the primary outcome measure; however, other important or unexpected findings should also be mentioned. You may also consider expressing an opinion about the theoretical or practical implications of the findings, or the importance of these findings for the field.  You should also comment on whether the work is unpublished or in press.

Abstract Summary: Summarize the aim of the work and its scientific importance, the method(s) used, and the most important or impactful results of the work.

Peer Review 

Your abstract will be reviewed independently by two peers with expertise in the topic. The review will be blind to your name, institution or position status and will be based solely on the information that you provide in the extended abstract. Four criteria will be used to score each abstract:

  • Originality of the work
  • Abstract quality
  • Fit with the symposium themes
  • Significance to the field of microscale separations and bioanalysis

In order to present, the presenting author of each lecture or poster must be registered as a delegate and must complete the registration process by paying the required fee.

Peer Review – Scoring Your Abstract

Four criteria will be used to score each abstract: 1) Originality, 2) Technical Description, 3) Significance to the field, 4) Session Fit. The following qualitative descriptions will be used to associate a score of 1-10 for each criterion, generating a total potential score of 40. You will be notified in mid-December whether your abstract has been accepted for oral presentation, poster presentation or not selected for presentation.

0           No Originality
1 to 3    Many other well designed studies published like this one
4 to 7    Few similar studies to this
8 to 10  Unique

Technical Description
0 to 3    Inadequate analysis; conclusions not supported by data
4 to 6    Deficient analysis; conclusions partially related to data
7 to 10  Appropriate analysis; conclusions supported by data

0 to 3    Little if any sigificance; does not advance the field
4 to 6    Modest contribution to the field; advances the field modestly
7 to 10  Important contribution to the field

Fit to Session
0           The work does not contain separations at a microscale or nanoscale level
1 to 3    MicroScale separatons are noted, but play a minor role in the work
4 to 7    MicroScale separations are the focus, but the application is very loosely fitted to the session topic
8 to 10  Strong focus on microscale/nanoscale separations with a good fit to the session topic