Submit an abstract


Delegates, who would like to present their work at the SPHeRE Network 6th Annual Conference, either orally or as a poster, are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee. The 2020 conference is ‘Data to Policy’. While fit with the conference theme is important, it is not intended that any submission be excluded on these grounds. The highest scoring abstracts will be streamed in to sessions.


Submission Deadline
Abstract submission will close on Friday, 8th November 2019 at 5pm.


Information for authors
• Please read this information carefully before proceeding to the online submission form. All abstracts must be submitted online using the abstract submission form. Abstracts submitted by fax, e-mail, etc. will not be considered.

  • A limit of 250 words applies. Abstracts of greater than 250 words will be automatically truncated.
  • The title entered on the submission form will be used as the presentation title.
  • The corresponding author (Author 1) is responsible for the abstract content. This author is the contact person for submission and communication purposes and is also responsible for disseminating information related to the abstract to the co-authors.
  • Please ensure your abstract does not contain spelling, grammar, or scientific mistakes, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted in the conference abstract book. Linguistic accuracy is your responsibility. No proof reading will be done.
  • No changes can be made to the abstract after the submission deadline.
  • Please do not submit an abstract if none of the authors intend to attend the conference to present. A listed co-author other than the corresponding author may register and present the study at the conference but please do inform us in advance.
  • It is understood that only fully registered and fully paid conference delegates can proceed to present at the conference. The registration fee will be set shortly; a discounted rate for students will be available.


Abstracts should include the following information*:

The background should provide information that is useful for introducing your research and that makes clear to the reader why you are asking your research question. Objectives should clearly indicate the research question and objectives of the study and its importance.

Methods should contain sufficient information to be able to understand the experimental design, the analytical techniques and the statistics used in the study.

Results should contain objective data to answer the research question. It should describe the results obtained based on the methods used.

The conclusion should provide only conclusions of the study directly supported by the results, along with implications for policy or practice, avoiding speculation and overgeneralization.

*Please note: For policy abstracts, you may replace the above headings as follows:

  • ‘Methods’ may be replaced with ‘Use of evidence base’
  • ‘Results’ may be replaced with ‘Key policy design/implications’

Tables, references, images and graphics may NOT be included. Abbreviations should be defined.


After submission
• The corresponding author will receive an e-mail confirming that the submitted abstract has been received.

  • The corresponding author will be notified by the email address provided during submission whether their abstract has been accepted.
  • Abstracts can be accepted either as poster or oral presentation. As there are limits on the number of oral presentations, some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered a poster presentation.
  • If an abstract is accepted as a poster, the author will be requested to be available for discussion during the poster viewing session.
  • Details on poster format and full presentation guidelines will be included in the notification letter.
  • Any change of the presenting author needs to be communicated in writing.


Submit an abstract

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