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Abstract Management Software

Collect abstracts or proposals, assign and review submissions, organize and publish your sessions, and manage your speakers all in one easy to use platform trusted by some of the world's top associations and societies.

OpenWater has allowed us to take a very manual abstract process and turn it into a much more digital format which has eliminated hours of staff time. The best part is the exceptional customer service we receive from the OpenWater team.
Heidi Borter
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Collect Abstracts & Papers

A trustworthy conference abstract management software makes a world’s difference.

Whether it’s a call for abstracts, speakers, papers, posters, etc., OpenWater’s own abstract management solutions makes it easy for applicants and authors to enter whatever information they need to submit their works online for review. Easily transfer your current abstract management system with our support. Duplicate an abstract system to use for multiple conferences.

Customizable Review Process

The Review process is just as simple and intuitive.

With OpenWater’s administrative portal, reviewers can go online and access submissions at any time, anywhere, and on any mobile device. Our flexible and robust conference abstract submission software makes generating reports, and checking up the application pipeline simple.

Create Sessions

What beats a second set of eyes? Ten more of them.

With OpenWater you can browse through completed papers and group them into sessions. Once papers are assigned, they can be put in the order in which you would like to have them presented. Simple and easy, the beauty of online abstract management.

Online Schedule Builder

Help your submitters stay in the know.

OpenWater lets you browse through the completed sessions and drag and drop them into an intuitive yet powerful calendar. With customizable and automated room and session IDs you don’t have to worry about making last minute changes to your schedule!


Help your submitters stay in the know.

Our integrations team has worked with the gold standards of association management systems including Abila Netforum, Personify and iMIS. Whether you have a custom SQL database or a more mainstream system like Salesforce you can count on us to ensure information lookups, single sign on, and bidirectional synchronizations between OpenWater and your system occur seamlessly.

Mobile Ready

Help your submitters stay in the know.

Give users the ability to view proceedings, speakers, sessions and conference information on the go. OpenWater comes out of the box with a sharp looking mobile website that will make your conference stand out. Need a mobile-app that people can download ahead of time? Our iphone and android app makes it easy for people to download your entire agenda ahead of time in case they don’t have access to wifi during the conference.

Support Every Step of the Way

  • Migrating your old abstract management system
  • On-Demand online training and help tutorials
  • Customer support for any question

  • Q: Can I use OpenWater software for speaker management?

    A: Our system is configured to work as a speaker management system that allows speakers to upload all their materials.You can also use OpenWater to email speakers, and send reminders to speakers that have not submitted materials.

  • Q: What is abstract management?

    A: The word "abstract" used in the context of conferences, annual meetings, and events is a brief summary often submitted by an author to review their work. Abstract management at its basics is the process of vetting and organizing speakers and their submissions to supply content for a conference or annual meeting. Often abstract management entails; promotion of the event to attract speakers, collection and selection of speakers and their content, and organizing/publishing selected speaker content into a conference agenda or schedule .

  • Q: What software tools are needed for an abstract management system?

    A: Conference managers tasked with sourcing content for a conference or annual meeting will need to implement an abstract review system that allows them to collect abstracts submissions and have a way of organizing those submissions for a committee to review them OpenWater's online abstract submission software can collect abstracts through a custom form builder, coordinate the review process , allow conference managers to send reminder emails, build status reports and more. We also allow you to copy your abstract management process within our software and duplicate the template for other conferences and meetings so you don’t start from scratch every time.

  • Q: What support or training will I need to use an abstract collection software?

    A: OpenWater has on-demand training, certification programs and customer support available to help you learn online abstract management tools and migrate your current abstract management process into OpenWater. Our goal is to make you a power user of the tool but we're here for you in case you get stuck, or if you want to dig deeper and learn how others use our software in interesting ways to improve their workflows.