The call for abstracts for WCPT Congress 2021 is now open and will close on 30 July 2020.
This is your opportunity to present to a global audience and showcase your research, developments, or innovations at the profession’s largest international congress.
Abstracts are invited that:
- report on the latest research with original scientific data [this includes systematic/narrative reviews and meta-analyses, however, submissions with pending results and study protocols will not be accepted]
- address new and unique developments in practice, theory, education, management, policy, and resources
- describe innovative ways in which established methods have been adapted to meet the changing needs of practice
Abstracts are presented either as a platform or poster presentation.
There are three types of platform presentation:
- State of the art: 12-minute platform presentations from the highest quality cutting edge abstracts that are likely to influence practice, with an 18-minute moderated discussion at the end led by a leader in the field
- Classic: eight platform presentations of eight minutes, followed by three minutes for questions in each presentation
- Rapid five: a platform presentation session of 10 abstracts each delivering key messages using no more than five slides in five minutes (5 x 5), with moderated discussion times
- Printed posters are changed daily and are grouped by topic within the poster area in the exhibition hall. Posters are displayed for one day during exhibition hours, with presenters attending their poster for 45 minutes for discussion with delegates.
- E-posters are accessible through terminals in the exhibition hall, or a meeting room, throughout congress. E-poster presentations will be grouped by topic, and each presenter will be given a short presentation slot. Delegates can search the e-posters by keywords and topic areas.
In addition, electronic screens will be used for moderated poster discussions providing an opportunity for a chair to lead delegates through a small number of selected posters for discussion with presenters. Some will be facilitated in languages other than English.
Platform and poster presentations are considered by the Congress Programme Committee (CPC) to be of equal standing and judged by the same criteria. Although you may indicate your preferred presentation format when submitting, there is limited space for platform presentations in the programme and many more posters can be accommodated. The decision of what format to assign to any abstract rests with the CPC.
How to submit an abstract
Each submission must be via the online submission system on the congress website.
All correspondence will be with the person who submits the abstract online. The presenting author does not have to be the first named author listed in the abstract.
Please read the submission guidelines before submitting your abstract.
A person may only present a maximum of two abstracts. They may be named as the presenting author on multiple submissions, but will only be permitted to be confirmed as the presenting author on two accepted abstracts. The confirmation system will permit a change of presenting author on accepted abstracts.
Submitted abstracts will go through a blind peer-review process carried out by international reviewers. The following principles will be used to review abstracts.
- Does the report address a "significant" or "important" issue?
- Do the methods/approach enable the question to be answered rigorously?
- Have the data/findings been interpreted appropriately?
- Are the contents of the abstract clear and logical?
Abstract mentoring programme
All abstract submitters are encouraged to use local and national research support resources and networks where available.
WCPT has a mentoring programme in place until 25 June 2020. The goal of WCPT’s mentoring programme is to help the author present their material clearly and concisely prior to submitting the abstract to the formal abstract review process. The programme may be particularly helpful for those:
- who don’t have local/national research support networks
- where English is not the first language
- with little experience of abstract submissions
Participants should prepare their abstract according to the submission guidelines and forward it to the mentoring programme coordinators ([email protected]). Feedback will be provided, with advice on how the presentation and language used could be enhanced, in time to make changes and submit before the 30 July 2020 deadline. It is the author’s responsibility to submit the abstract following the call for abstracts guidelines.
It is important to note that the mentoring process is entirely separate from the formal abstract submission and review process. Requesting mentoring assistance and gaining feedback from that process does not guarantee that an abstract will be accepted for presentation at the WCPT Congress 2021.
Further resources for abstract submitters
- Writing an abstract for a WCPT congress: a set of guidelines has been produced to help you prepare a well-written abstract that meets the criteria for WCPT congresses. The criteria are developed and agreed by the CPC. The guidelines are intended to be read alongside the call for abstracts. Download the guidelines for writing an abstract
The following resources are also available: