Abstract management is so much simpler
CATALYST is an extremely flexible platform that we configure to match your workflow and requirements.
Dynamic forms and visual cues guide submitters and reviewers through the process.
The built-in email tool and drag-and-drop schedule builder simplifies time-intensive event management tasks.
And role-based dashboards and user-friendly reports give meeting planners access to important data.
But the biggest feature of the CATALYST abstract management system is your assigned Omnipress project manager.
They handle all setup and serve as your primary point of contact the entire time you work with us.
Collect Abstract Submissions
- Manage single or multiple events
- Set up one or multiple submission rounds
- Collect abstracts, papers, presentations, posters, speaker info
- Forms configured to match your criteria
- PCI compliant payment collection
- Send batch emails to submitters
- Single sign-on (SSO) with AMS integration
- At-a-glance dashboard to check status of submissions
Review Abstract Submissions
- Manage one or multiple review rounds
- Auto-assign reviewers to submissions or assign manually
- Create blind and double-blind review panels
- Customize scoring criteria
- Integrates with iThenticate plagiarism detection software
- At-a-glance dashboard for status of review assignments
- Send batch emails to reviewers
Easy for Event Planners
- Run standard and custom reports
- Create and send bulk email communications
- Collect sponsorship and exhibitor materials
- Build your event schedule with drag and drop tool
- Publish the event schedule and session content to our virtual conference & event platform and mobile event app with the click of a button
Customer Support All the Way
CATALYST is more than an abstract management software, it’s people-powered.
Each customer is assigned a dedicated project manager who takes care of your system setup and provides ongoing support, insights, and recommendations for the entire time you work with Omnipress.
CATALYST® Integrates With
Highly recommend Omnipress and the Catalyst Product
Overall: Omnipress is wonderful to work with! Their team is quick to respond and act and my experience has been pleasant all-around. Pros: This is a very robust program but it's pretty simple to navigate and deploy.
Cons: The display application is slow to load but I know Omnipress is currently developing solutions to improve the load experience.
Excellent Product, Great Value
Pros: The software was easy to use and navigate. The process was very simplistic for our team and users. The vast array of customizable reports was a life saver. The customer service was awesome. Our rep was very responsive and helpful through the entire process. They were able to make changes very quickly.
Cons: We didn’t find any issues while using the software.
Helped make this course a success!
Pros: The ability to hand off the work we used to do pre-course and trust it was all taken care of. They created the site to mirror our company and had constant communication and follow-up to our requests and changes.
Cons: I had no issues with it and was so pleased to have a tool to collect our abstracts/presentation materials for the faculty.
Basic Functions for Managing Conference Paper Review Process - More Functions Desired
Pros: The customer support was very good, with a project manager from Omnipress assigned to us who was very responsive. The submission process was also relatively easy for paper authors and paper reviewers.
Cons: I have used other conference paper submission and review software tools and found them to be much easier to use - from an administrative side. For example, the process of adding reviewers to the system, assigning reviews, and viewing results is a very manual process. Significant automation of these tasks is needed, along with improved visualization of the reviewer scores for each paper. I provided Omnipress with a long list of recommended improvements many of which I believe they are working on.
Simple and Effective
Overall: I have been working with Catalyst for over three years and I love I don't have to worry about the functionality and customer service. There's a lot to learn but it's so simple and user friendly, it's quick.
Pros: -Usability including training for evaluation and application function especially with the ongoing changes of volunteers who evaluate programs.
Cons: Pulling reports! I wish there was a clearer way to do this as it doesn't seem as simplistic as it could be.
Omnipress CATALYST Review
Pros: It provided us the information we needed -- but difficult to extract that information.
Cons: I found it clunky and difficult to navigate. Not user-friendly.
Overall: Less labor Great support Quick turnarounds Mass emails This software has made the whole collection of abstracts a lot easier for our group. I can't even imagine going back to the way we used to do it. Pros: We lost an employee due to retirement and then picked up this software, which made it easy to transition from our old manual process to a new, online process - with less labor.
Cons: The fact that you can't have several collections running at the same time. They are all lumped into one collection, even though we are collecting several different types of abstracts at different times.
Overall: My overall experience over the past 4 years has been great! The software accomplishes what we need it to, it allowed the full process to be in one place, and the customer support and timeliness of requests is the best I've experienced from any vendor I've ever worked with. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for an abstract management system. Pros: For us, the main benefit was how much it cut down on staff time to manually create custom webpages of our own with the necessary information, first for the actual Call for Papers and then separately for the Reviewers. All the way from the Call for Papers to the review process was tedious and took many hours between 2 staff members. This product put everything in one place and offered easy completion for the applicant and easy access for the reviewers and cut staff time to very little.
Cons: There are places where it's not obvious how to get from one place to another. So for a beginning user, it could be a little frustrating. But once you're oriented, it's very easy.
Overall: My point person at Omnipress is SO helpful. Pros: It easily collects a lot of information and is understood by people who do not necessarily communicate with English as their first language.
Cons: The dashboard format can be confusing to navigate at times.