The Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 abstract submission site opened on Oct. 20 and we want to make sure that you have a successful submission process by answering all of your questions.

To help you meet the submission deadline of Dec. 1, 2016, we compiled a list of FAQs that have been popular in recent years. If you have a question not listed here, write it in the comments below and DDW Administration staff will answer it in a timely fashion. You may also visit the DDW Website for more frequently asked questions and answers or email DDW Administration.

Q: Can a researcher submit an abstract to DDW that has already been submitted to another meeting?

A: If international, yes. If submitted to a national meeting, no (with the exceptions of the ACS Surgical Forum and the NASPGHAN Annual Meeting).

Q: Can I submit an abstract that will be presented as a poster on ACP-PR chapter?

A: No, we’re sorry. Since it was submitted to a national meeting, it cannot be submitted. Puerto Rico is considered domestic.

Q: Is there a Late-Breaking Abstract (LBA) submission option?

A: Yes! All four societies will collaborate to review basic and clinical LBA submissions. The submission site will open on Feb. 1, 2017, and close on Feb. 15, 2017. The abstract processing fee is $120 and is non-refundable.

Q: Does DDW allow case studies or vignettes to be submitted?

A: Yes!

Tip: Please note that case studies or vignettes are not eligible for late-breaking abstract submissions.

Q: Is there a cost associated with submitting an abstract to DDW?

A: Yes, there is a $60 abstract processing fee that is non-refundable. There is a $120 abstract processing fee for late-breaking submissions.

Q: Is there a word or character count limit?

A: Yes, 255 characters for the title and 2900 characters for the abstract body. Count is shown on the green bar above the instructions.

Tip: There are abstracts on hundreds of different topics submitted.

Q: Can I view all submission categories prior to submitting?

A: Yes, a full list is available here.

Q: How are abstracts reviewed?

A: Abstracts go through a blinded, peer-review selection process.

Q: Is there a maximum number of authors one can list on an abstract?

A: No, there is no limit to the number of authors one can list on an abstract.

Q: Do all co-authors have to submit financial disclosures?

A: Yes, all listed co-authors will be sent an email during the week of Dec. 12, 2016, with directions to log in to the submission site and complete a FULL financial disclosure. If the abstract is selected, further communication will be sent to resolve any potential conflicts.

Q: When will submitters be notified regarding selection?

A: Notifications will be emailed on Feb. 14, 2017. Please note that if an abstract is selected for presentation the notification will be sent to the author marked as the presenter.

Q: I’m having trouble logging into the submission site. What should I do?

A: If you have problems accessing the login page, please restart your browser or clear your browsing history. If you need further assistance, email ddwprogram@gastro.org.

Important Reminder
The submission deadline is Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. ET. Note, this year’s deadline is the Thursday following the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Submit abstracts at the DDW 2017 submission site or visit the DDW website for more information.