Submit Abstract for the SPHeRE Network 8th Annual Conference

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, it has been decided that the SPHeRE Network 8th Annual Conference 2022 will be held online on Tuesday 29th March 2022.

The 2022 conference theme is ‘Wicked Policy Problems – Pulling Back the Curtain’.

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 into sessions.

Delegates who would like to orally present their work as a presentation are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee.  Please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Successful applicants will be required to submit a pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Presentations will be 10-15 minutes.
  3. Full instructions on recording presentations and exact timings will be sent to successful applicants at a later date.

Furthermore, we will also be accepting posters which will be presented in a gallery format on the  SPHeRE website.

 

Abstract Submission Deadline
Abstract submission will close on Monday 17th January at 5.00 pm.

 

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 proofreading 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 online conference, as we may ask that speakers are present for a live Q&A session after each of the pre-recorded sessions.
  • It is understood that only fully registered delegates can proceed to present at the conference.

 

 Abstracts should include the following information*:

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

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

Conclusion
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 be notified by the email address provided during submission whether their abstract has been accepted.
  • As there are limits on the number of oral presentations due to the online format, some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered as a poster that can be viewed in a gallery section on the SPHeRE website.
  • Details on poster format and full presentation guidelines will be included in the notification email.
  • Any change of the presenting author needs to be communicated in writing.

 

The deadline to submit an abstract has now passed.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at sphereconference@gmail.com