An Abstract Management System that Checks all the Boxes

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In a conference, among other things, one of the most important duties of the chair committee is to launch call for papers, collect proposals and abstracts, assign them to reviewers and manage each and every task involved in the abstract management workflow. There’re two ways for a conference organizer to open call for papers, invite authors to submit abstracts, assign submitted abstracts for review and make decisions.

Manual abstract management : It is a mostly manual process of collecting abstracts through email, forwarding these emails to prospective reviewers who would then review them. Reviewers would email it back to the track chair to request authors to revise the abstracts. Finally, chair would make a decision on the abstract and send another email to convey authors of their decision. Authors would then confirm their attendance by paying the registration fee or by sending yet another email to confirm their participation.

Every step is a manual task which requires a lot of work hours and multiple staff to manage the complete workflow. And if you made a mistake in any of the steps during the submission process, it would not be very forgiving and would make you redo all previous steps making the whole process cumbersome and inefficient.

However, there’s a better alternative.

Automated abstract management : An abstract management system automates these steps, from author invites to abstract submission, abstract assignment to review submission, abstract revision to decision making, automated email notifications to generating abstract books out of the submitted abstracts, auto-populating the program schedule with accepted abstracts to creating a PDF copy of the program schedule and virtually every other task involved in the call for papers process, resulting in huge savings in terms of time and effort.

An abstract management system like Dryfta allows the chair to choose from a very simple submission process to setting up a complex, multi-level, multi-track abstract submission and review workflow.

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Autodesk University Conferences by Autodesk – A Case Study

Perfect for our abstract submission needs

Autodesk University conferences is for users who have found creative ways to integrate and use Autodesk software in your real-life projects and developed processes that improve company workflows and efficiency. People can contribute to Autodesk University (AU) and join the leading community of Autodesk experts who are shaping industries and pushing design and engineering software to its limits.

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Used Dryfta for: Collecting abstracts, Sending email campaigns, Assigning abstracts to reviewers & conducting Peer review, Creating CFP website, Managing Speakers and assigning tasks to them.

Here’s a quick interview with Pier-André Maynard, Event Technology & Multimedia Specialist at Autodesk, about his experience with using Dryfta event platform for Autodesk University
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Abstract Submissions Progress Bar – Visual Approach to Managing your Call for Papers

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We decided to add a progress bar in abstract management system to keep chairs and admins aware of where they are in the abstract submission process and what is next that is to be done.

This progress bar progressively displays the task that needs to be done in the abstract management system, marks completed tasks as done and keeps admin updated on the currently ongoing activity in the abstract submission system.

Starting from setting up abstract submission to collecting abstracts, assigning abstracts to reviewers and making decisions on the reviewed abstracts, it covers the whole aspect of abstract management and peer review.
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Create & Customize Abstract Book using the upgraded Abstract Book Builder

Last week, we added the ability to include custom fields from user registration and reviewer registration forms into abstract book. The Abstract book builder already has the ability to include the fields from abstract submission and review submission forms. The recent upgrade just makes it more complete abstract book builder tool than ever before.

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This feature lets you add authors’ and reviewers’ data in the abstract book. You have the option to choose which fields you want to display in the abstract book. It also allows you to include the Download link to the presentation files of authors/speakers.

Let us know if this upgrade is what you wanted and how do you plan to use it.

 

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Abstract Book Builder for Conferences

Abstracts submitted? Check. Abstracts Reviewed? Check. Authors notified? Check. What’s next? Welcoming the attendees at the conference, engaging them with programs and workshops, and presenting the Abstract Book, among various other things.

But it takes a lot of time and resources to design and build your abstract book, which could otherwise be used for more meaningful purposes! So how can you build an abstract book easily and beautifully without wasting much of your precious time?

Presenting the Abstract Book Builder.

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Using Abstract Book Builder, it takes less than 5 minutes to design and publish your abstract book. Design your abstract book, add front and back covers, add a custom background image, add custom contents viz. chairman’s message, list of reviewers etcetra, choose abstracts (accepted, rejected or all) to publish and finally generate the abstract book in downloadable PDF format.

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