Information for Authors

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Abstract submission opens 1 June 2017

Author instructions

Submit an abstract


Abstracts are to be prepared as a single page pdf document, using 12pt Arial as the font. No editing will occur so use of a spell checker is recommended to eliminate typing errors. See link below

Authors names; use Arial 12 point bold following the Vancouver style, underline presenting author
Title of Abstract; use Arial 12point bold
Affiliations; use Arial 12 point italics.
Text; Arial 12 point, use headings Aim, Methods, Results etc


Abstracts should be 300 words, using the above mentioned fonts
Particular care is needed to select required symbols and or super/subscripts.
Tables and figures can be included, within the size constraints.
Results are required


Guidelines for preparation of Abstracts

The abstract should begin with a clear statement of the aim, with a sentence on the background if necessary, providing a basic introduction to the field comprehensible to a scientist in any discipline
Methodology must be stated briefly.
Quantitative and/or qualitative data should be presented concisely, with brief statistical analyses where appropriate. Use two or three sentences to explain what the main result reveals in direct comparison to what was thought to be the case previously or how the main result adds to previous knowledge. One or two sentences to put the results into a more general context
Conclusion should be stated clearly and justified.
Speculation should not be included.

Review process for abstracts the author enters for prizes and awards.

All abstracts are reviewed by at least two reviewers who have no conflict of interest.

Reviewers are instructed to score the abstracts using the following scale
- Originality/innovation: (0 to 3)
- Scientific quality: is the process scientifically rigorous? (0 to 4)
- Significance: what are the implications of the outcomes? (0 to 3)

No reviewers reports will be available.


Multiple resources exist to assist in the preparation of abstracts; some of the more relevant resources are: