For journalists


Press Credentials

ARVO press credentials are granted to individuals who are on assignment for or employees of a media outlet appropriate to the coverage of eye and vision research news. Credentialed media also receive complimentary access to the virtual meeting platform, Pathable, beginning on April 1, 2021. ARVO expects that after the Annual Meeting press attendees will provide the association with links or hard copies of their coverage of ARVO 2021. Please send this information to

Please read the Press Policies and Eligibility Criteria before applying for press credentials.

Who is eligible for press registration?   

  • Media representatives, including editorial staff/representatives (reporters, writers, editors) of publications including broadcast media, print and electronic newspapers, news services and magazines.
  • Freelance science writers
  • Internet news outlets (bloggers may be considered)
  • Science or medical journals with news sections
  • Journalism students

Note: Applicants may be asked to provide additional information for verification, including mastheads or editorial pages and recent bylined articles.

Who is not eligible for press registration?   

  • Representatives of public relations, advertising or marketing firms
  • Representatives of corporate public relations, advertising and marketing departments
  • Representatives of financial analysis firms
  • Scientists and ARVO members
  • Publishers and representatives of advertising, sales or marketing departments of publications or broadcast media
  • Representatives of special interest groups


Press Policies

  • Embargo policy: The research presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting may be proprietary or may have been submitted for publication. The press must seek approval from the presenter(s) before reporting data found in abstracts or heard or seen in presentations during the Meeting. Any individual who does not adhere to the press release policy will be asked to forfeit his or her press credentials at the discretion of the Marketing and Communications Department. Read more.
    • Embargo Dates, updated as of Feb. 23, 2021
      • May 1, 2021 at 7am ET - Official launch of presentations of papers and posters
      • Rolling basis - Symposia, Minisymposia, Cross-sectional Groups, and invited speaker sessions that have specific presentation times will be embargoed until the end of those individual time slots
  • Recording and photography policy: In accordance with our culture of academic integrity, recording by any means including, but not limited to photographing, audiotaping, videotaping, screen capturing and/or screen recording of any presentations or sessions — whether virtual or in-person — at or during any ARVO Meeting (Annual Meeting, Bench to Bedside, etc.) is strictly prohibited. Read more.
  • Distribution lists: ARVO does not share its news release distribution list or its list of journalist attendees
  • Non-ARVO press materials. News releases, press kits or other announcements from industry representatives, public relations firms or communications companies may be emailed to for possible placement in the Online Press Room. Acceptance of such materials for placement in the Online Press Room is at the sole discretion of the Marketing and Communications Department. ARVO is not responsible for any misrepresentations made in these materials (e.g., stating that a study was presented as part of the Annual Meeting when it was not selected as part of the program).

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