The submission system for short abstracts closed on May 7, 2018. Edits to abstracts submitted by the deadline are allowed until May 15, 2018 23:59 EDT (3:49 UTC). 

After May 15, the Planning Committee will conduct a “blind” review of all abstracts submitted for presentation; the reviewers will not see the author(s) names or institutional affiliations. There are a limited number of oral slots available, and to maintain a degree of balance and interest in the program, it will not be possible to accommodate some requests for oral presentation. Therefore, abstracts not assigned for an oral presentation will be presented as posters. It is important to keep in mind that the Ocean Optics Conference views all presentations with equal value. Poster sessions are very well attended and provide a venue to discuss research in detail. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference. Notification of assignment as an oral or poster presentation will be sent by the end of June.

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. State of Completion (maximum 5 points): The abstract shows substantial results indicating that the work has been, or is nearly completed.
  2. Novelty (maximum 5 points): The abstract shows innovative laboratory or data analysis techniques, or presents a new topic or application in ocean optics.
  3. Advancement of field (maximum 5 points): The abstract presents a significant contribution to the field.
  4. Quality (maximum 5 points): The abstract is well-written and organized. The scope of the work can be clearly understood.
  5. Relevance (maximum 5 points): The abstract addresses topical areas requested for the conference.

Abstract Submission Instructions

  • Authorship: The participant submitting the abstract is considered the primary (presenting) author. Each conference participant is limited to submitting one abstract as the primary author, but may be listed as a co-author on an unlimited number of abstracts. 
  • Abstract Text Format: Abstract text should be typed into the text box using the WYSIWYG editor. Do not use Greek letters or equations, since those elements may not export properly to the conference program and mobile app.
  • Authors: Up to 20 additional authors names and institutions may be included in abstract submission.
  • Word limit: 250 words.
  • Edits: Abstracts may be edited after submission up until May 15, 2018 23:59 EDT (3:49 UTC).


If you have questions about the abstract submission process, please contact Jenny Ramarui, Conference Coordinator. Extended Abstracts will be due in summer 2018. Instructions on submitting these abstracts will be provided in early summer.

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