MAPS Abstract Submitter FAQs

I'm trying to submit an abstract, but I can't find the website.

Authors can submit their abstract by logging into MAPS with their ACS ID and password.

Where can I find abstract submission deadlines?

A link to abstract submission deadlines can be found on the ACS Regional Meetings page.

How many words can the abstract contain?
  • The word limit for national meetings is 300 words (2500 characters).
  • Both tables and images subtract from the abstract word count.
  • Each row in a table counts for a total of 7 words (56 characters).
  • An image counts for a total of 70 words (560 characters).
How do I make a change (add an author, change the title, etc.) to the abstract I submitted?
  • Navigate to your Submission Center within MAPS.
  • Scroll down to your Submissions and use the Action drop-down list of the abstract you wish to edit and select Edit.
  • Click Yes, Move to Draft.
  • Under Drafts, scroll to the abstract you wish to edit.
  • Use the Action drop-down list to select Edit Draft.
  • Make any necessary edits, navigate to the Review and Submit page and click Submit.
I submitted an abstract, but cannot remember my ACS ID or password to view the abstract.

To retrieve your ACS ID and password,

  • go to MAPS and click Forgot User Name or Password?
  • You will be prompted to enter the email address associated with your ACS ID.
  • An email will be sent to you with your user name and a reset password.

For further assistance, please email maps@acs.org or call 1-800-333-9511 (US only) or 614-447-3776 (outside the US).
MAPS Support is available Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

I've missed the deadline for submission. Now what do I do?

If you have missed the submission deadline, please contact the symposium organizer or program chair. Contact information can be found in the Call for Papers on the ACS Regional Meetings page.

I submitted an abstract to MAPS. Can you tell me when my paper is scheduled?

Once program chairs have finalized the programs, acceptance and scheduling notices will be sent to presenting authors via email. Acceptance notices are sent approximately 3 months before the meeting. Scheduling notices are sent periodically approximately 2 months before the meeting.

How do I get a letter stating I am presenting at the meeting so that I can apply for a Visa?

Once your abstract has been accepted, you can download/print a visa letter through the Message Center in MAPS. Click Messages and then Visa Letters. A visa letter will be available for each accepted abstract. Please also visit the International Registrants page on the ACS Meetings page.

I am presenting a poster at the meeting. Can you give me information about the setup? Do I need to bring a poster board?

ACS provides each poster participant with a 4-foot-high by 8-foot-wide display board in the convention center, and a four-foot-high by six-foot-wide display board in hotels. These display boards resemble a freestanding black board with pushpins. You can set up your poster one hour before the poster session.

How do I withdraw an abstract?
  • Navigate to your Submission Center within MAPS.
  • Scroll down to your Submissions and use the Action drop-down list of the abstract you wish to withdraw and select Withdraw Abstract.
  • Provide a reason for withdrawing the abstract and click Yes to confirm withdrawal.
  • On the submission page, the abstract now has a status of Author Withdrawn.

For detailed instructions, please see the Abstract Submitter User Guide.

Did we miss your question? Please email maps@acs.org or call 1-800-333-9511 (US only) or 614-447-3776 (outside the US).