A summary of the guidelines is as follows:
The abstract language is English.
Abstracts should not be submitted if they have been accepted at an international conference before nor if they have been submitted to an international conference pending acceptance.
The text should be not more than 250 words in total.
Tables or graphs should not be used in the abstract, but rather their results should be described in it. Tables and graphs will of course be an option for your final poster or oral presentation.
The abstract must consist of four paragraphs labelled in capitals as follows: BACKGROUND, METHODS, RESULTS, CONCLUSIONS.
Your abstract should address the problem and the purpose of the study:
BACKGROUND: why the study was performed, and what were the objectives
METHODS: how the study was performed
RESULTS: the main findings (and ideally with numerical findings and statistical significance)
CONCLUSIONS: why does your study matter, what do the results mean in practice, what are the next steps
The text and the title should be free from abbreviations, except those very commonly used.
Abstracts will be judged anonymously, the text should not reveal your institutional affiliation.
When submitting, select the specialty/category which best describes the subject of your abstract.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept case reports.
You can submit more than one abstract.
The material should not have been published, or presented at any international meeting before.
We have limited spaces for presenters so the abstract presenter (the person who submits the abstract) must be able to attend on Saturday 13 March to present the work and should book a ticket for the conference should the abstract be selected. The presenter cannot be changed after submission.
Successful submissions will be notified by 24 February 2021. Top submissions will be called to give an oral presentation with slides and other top performing abstracts will be selected to be displayed at the conference as a poster presentation.
Poster presenters will also be notified by 24 February 2021 and will be asked to upload a poster to our virtual poster gallery by 6 March 2021.
Prizes will be awarded for the best presentations overall and also for each category/specialty of research.
A note on certificates: for successful abstracts, we can only provide certificates to the lead author (individually) and all authors (collectively). Read more in our certificate governance policy: medall.org/certificate-governance-policy