Click here to renew your AABA membership (or join) for 2022

and then

Click here to submit an abstract for the 2022 AABA Annual Meeting (now closed)

Four steps to submit an abstract:

  • STEP 1: Please read the following instructions on how to prepare your abstract before starting the submission process. Given the uncertainties of the pandemic, there are some significant changes to the process from years past.
  • NOTICE: Because of the uncertainties associated with the pandemic, unlike in years past, you will not register for the meeting before submitting an abstract. Instead, you register for the conference in December when you receive notice that your abstract has been accepted. We are following this new sequence in order to give people more time to decide how comfortable they are with the covid-19 risk attending an in-person conference in March 2022.
  • Optional but strongly encouraged to do in October 2021: Renew your membership or apply to join the AABA through this link.
  • STEP 2: Go to this link to begin the abstract submission process. You will be asked to fill out a survey before you are taken to the abstract submission page.
  • STEP 3: Once you have completed the survey, you will be taken to the abstract submission page.
  • STEP 4 (to complete in December 2021): In the first few days of December, you will be notified as to the acceptance (or not) of your abstract. In this notification email, we will inform you of the details about the format of the annual meeting. This delay gives you more time to decide exactly how (in-person, virtual, or both) you want to attend the March 2022 meeting based on the state of the pandemic in December 2021 (rather than in October 2021).

As you begin to plan your AABA 2022 presentation, please note:

  • Contributed research presentations convey leading research results to our peers.
  • Abstracts for 2022 cannot be a re-submission of an abstract published previously.
  • There is no limit on the number of abstracts that an individual may co-author; however, each person may be the first author of only one abstract. Every abstract must have a unique author (and e-mail address) registered for the meetings.
  • The Program Committee is considering the use of three presentation formats. See the following section for more information. The three formats are:
    • the traditional 12 minute podium/video
    • a new 6 minute podium/video
    • poster
  • There will be a virtual component to the annual meeting as well as an in-person component in Denver, assuming that public health rules in the state of Colorado permit this. The virtual program will run either before or after the Denver component. Contributed abstracts will be considered for both formats. In December, when you register for the annual meeting, you will be asked to choose either a virtual presentation or an in-person presentation. You do not choose at the time of abstract submission, but you will be asked in the survey if you have already made this decision (and what that decision is).
  • Below, you will find information about submitting a competitive abstract. Please read it when preparing your submission.
  • The deadline for submitting your abstract is October 15, 2021. This is a hard deadline, no exceptions, as the Program Committee has a lot of work to do in a short amount of time (organizing an in-person and a virtual conference that will take place a month earlier than usual).

Information About Poster and Podium Presentations for 2022:

The AABA meetings have traditionally offered the opportunity to deliver presentations in either a poster or a podium format. If you present on the virtual platform, please note that a podium presentation will mean a pre-recorded video presentation.

Authors are asked to state their preference for a 12-minute podium, 6-minute podium, or poster presentation as part of their online abstract submission. We may not ultimately utilize the 6-minute podium presentation format, but we are interested in gauging interest in this new format. If we do not use the 6-minute format, we will default your preference to 12-minute podium.

Please note that any presentations that take place in the virtual format will need to be finalized and uploaded to the platform approximately 4 weeks before the event. This is necessary to give us time to check all the links and formatting. Details will be provided later, but please make note on your calendar that, if you ultimately decide on the virtual format, you will need to have your presentation finalized in late February.

While we will try to match all authors with their preferred format, we cannot guarantee that your preferences will be met. Final decisions regarding presentation type and abstract acceptance/rejection rest with the Program Chair.

Abstract Preparation:

All presentations will be represented in the Conference Program volume with a peer-reviewed published abstract. Please prepare your abstract carefully.

Abstracts are reviewed by two members of the Program Committee who rank  them on a scale of 1 to 3 (high priority, low priority, reject). If the abstract is acceptable, they also recommend whether it should be a poster or podium presentation.  To be ranked highly and accepted, the abstract must contain a clear statement of purpose, provide essential new information, including results of the investigation and conclusion(s), and address the importance of the findings for anthropology. We are aware that many organizations accept abstracts without results, but the AABA does not. To be accepted, an abstract must include clear evidence that data have been analyzed and results have been obtained. Occasionally it is appropriate for abstracts to be submitted which do not include results but which are synthetic in nature. In general, however, abstracts must present new results. Abstracts cannot exceed 250 words.  

A careful selection of keywords at the time of submission on your part will enable your abstracts to be appropriately reviewed and help the Advance Program Committee to put together a coherent and exciting program. Please choose your keywords thoughtfully!

To avoid the rejection of your abstract, please do not...

  • Exceed the allowed word count of 250 words. This count applies to the text of the abstract (not including title, authors, affiliations, and grant support acknowledgements).
  • Write an abstract that describes a study similar in many respects to a presentation from a previous AABA meeting or other conference. Please be mindful to revise your datasets, analyses, and/or contextual framing as you prepare your 2022 abstract. Self-plagiarism with a previous AABA abstract or an abstract for another conference risks copyright infringement, and therefore, rejection from our 2022 program.
  • Write an abstract with no results. We are aware that other organizations do accept abstracts that have no results. The AABA has a tradition of only accepting abstracts that show evidence of data analysis.
  • Write an abstract that describes a study with little to no relationship to biological anthropology. While ours is an interdisciplinary subject, please be sure to explicitly link your research to biological anthropology.
  • Write more than one abstract as first author. Note: Introductions to and discussions of symposia do not require an abstract. If you are, for example, organizing a podium symposium you can do an introductory paper without an abstract and present a paper with an abstract. What you cannot do is be first author on more than one abstract.
  • Include extraneous information such as a list of literature cited. There is a stand-alone field for crediting funding agencies. This is not part of your 250 word abstract.
  • Miss the October 15, 2021 deadline. This is a hard deadline with no exceptions.

Here is an example of what the abstracts for AABA look like:

How to Write an Abstract


When you are ready to submit your abstract:

  • Please review the example abstract above and make sure to have all pieces of information ready.
  • Please consider going ahead and renewing your membership for 2022 now rather than waiting to do this in December when you register for the meeting.Click here to renew your AABA membership (or join) for 2022.
  • Please encourage your co-authors to renew their memberships as well, this will be especially helpful as we prepare to host both an in-person and a virtual program simultaneously.
  • Author information is needed for ALL authors on the paper: Full name (spell out first names), affiliation, e-mail address. Please confirm this information with your co-authors to ensure proper indexing of abstracts.
  • Title is entered separately from the abstract. Capitalize only the first word of the title and the first word after a colon. Please see the example above. Please follow these guidelines closely in order to improve formatting consistency of our annual abstract issue (and saving the Program Committee Chair from a lot of copy-editing work...)
  • Abstract text is pasted into the online system. Limit 250 words. See instructions and formatting in the template above. Abstract content cannot be changed once submitted. Please proof-read carefully!
  • Funding statement (optional) text (about funding only) is to be pasted into the online system. Limit 30 words.
  • For abstracts that are part of an invited symposium, the first author will need to be sure to assign their abstract to the proper symposium by selecting the title of their symposium during the submission process through a pull-down menu.
  • Abstract classification/keywords. When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to chose ONE keyword from the first list, ONE keyword from the second list, and TWO keywords from the third list (see below). Please choose carefully! This will enable your abstracts to be appropriately reviewed and help the Program Committee to put together a coherent and exciting program. 
  • Please be sure to complete the survey associated with the abstract submission as this will help us in planning for the virtual program, planning for childcare at the Baltimore component to the program, and in the nomination of new members for AABA's Executive Committee.

2019 Abstract Keywords - final -v4

Additional Information:

Interested in chairing a session?  The 2022 meeting will include in-person and virtual opportunities for chairing sessions. Please indicate your willingness to chair a session during the abstract submission process.

The Abstract Review Process: The Program Committee is comprised for AABA members in good standing, and includes scholars from a range of fields within our discipline.  Each abstract is read by at least two members of the Program Committee with appropriate expertise. Each reviewer ranks the abstracts on a scale of 1 to 3 (high priority, low priority, reject) and recommends the most appropriate format (poster/podium) for the presentation. If two members recommend rejection, the abstract is reviewed by another member of the committee and by the Program Chair. The AABA retains the right of rejection of any abstract. Decisions are final.

Notification of Abstract Acceptance/Rejection: By the 4th of December 2020, abstract decisions will be distributed via e-mail to the registered author. Your original submission confirmation email also includes a link to your abstract status page that may be used to check abstract decisions.

Technical Notes: The online system will e-mail the registered first author a confirmation when you have successfully submitted your abstract. In some cases, especially gmail addresses and university email run by Google, this email may be filtered as spam. If you do not receive your confirmation email within 1 hour of submission, please e-mail [email protected]

Click here to renew your AABA membership (or join) for 2022.

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