Implementation of a Blinded Review Process for Abstracts

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In February 2020, the AAFS Board of Directors implemented a policy to extend the review of abstracts to be blinded. The blinded review process is being implemented to ensure impartiality for the selection of the presentations for the Annual Scientific Meeting. The blinded review process applies to all submission types, including abstracts for oral and poster scientific sessions, breakfast sessions, luncheon seminars, proposals for workshops and special sessions, and evening session presentations. The “blinded” abstract should not contain author name(s) in: the text or manuscript, any “in-text citations,” the reference list, or in the properties section of the document file. As a result, submitting authors should ensure that author/co-author identifying information is not cited in the abstract text file prior to the upload of the scientific abstract file. AAFS staff will review the file prior to releasing the submission to the Program Committee for review. If identifying author information is found, submitting authors may be asked to revise the abstract and resubmit it in the online system before the abstract is released for review to the Program Committee.