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Instructions for single abstracts

Please read carefully the instructions before you proceed with the submission of your abstract (available at the bottom of this page).

1.       General guidelines

All abstracts should be submitted electronically through the abstract submission system.

The deadline for the submission is 20 June 2020, 18:00 CET. Abstracts received after closing of the abstract system will not be accepted.

By submitting the abstract you agree and confirm that:

  •  if the abstract is accepted, it will be published in the electronic version of the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health (impact factor in 2018: 2.234).
  •  if the abstract is accepted, you will attend the 16th World Congress on Public Health. To confirm your attendance, you have to register for the conference by 1 July 2020. If you have not registered by that date your abstract will be removed from the conference programme and Abstract Supplement.
  •  Your abstract will not be edited. You are responsible for any spelling, grammatical and typographical errors.

Please note that if your abstract is included in a workshop proposal, it should NOT be submitted as a single abstract.

2.       Type of abstracts

We welcome the submission of the following types of abstracts:

  • Research abstracts
  • Policy abstracts
  • Practice abstracts
  • Training and education abstracts

3.       Types of presentation

As this is a special call we offer only oral presentations in 60-minute sessions.

4.       Conference topics

In order to have a better understanding on the theme of your workshop, we kindly ask you to choose both two topics.

The choices are:

  • Public health responses and government measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Community-based health care, including outreach and campaigns, during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The Covid-19 pandemic and human rights
  • Impact of the coronacrisis on national health systems
  • Coronavirus and mental health
  • The post-Covid-19 future of public health
  • Communication and misinformation in times of a pandemic
  • New approaches to research needed after the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Training the health workforce for the next pandemic

Please note we do not allow abstracts funded or sponsored by tobacco industry.


5.        Keywords

You are asked to give three keywords that would best fit the content of your abstract. Try not to use the words from the track name you have chosen. Please, use our autocomplete system during the submission.

6.       Guidelines for authors

All abstracts must be submitted and, if accepted, presented in English.

All abstracts have a limit of 2,000 characters, including spaces but excluding title and authors’ information. If you exceed the character limit, the system will not accept the abstract.

Graphics or tables cannot be accepted because of production limitations.

Abstract titles should be in lower case, except the first word, abbreviations and countries. Do not use capital letters only and avoid using abbreviations or acronyms. Give geographic location and dates if applicable.

Author and co-author: you can include up to 10 co-authors. Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that initials, last name, department, institution, town and country are completed. To add an author, click on ‘add additional author’. To add an affiliation, click on ‘add additional affiliation’. Please make sure that you use the English version of the institute, town and country. Spell out the full name of the institution and do not use abbreviations such as ‘Univ.’ for ‘University’. Please make sure that the presenting author is also listed under authors.

Abstracts format

Abstracts should be structured depending on the type of abstracts as follows:

  • Research
  • Policy
  • Practice
  • Training and Education

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7.       Evaluation procedure

All submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Congress Management Committee (CMC). Each proposal will be reviewed by 3 to 4 reviewers and scored on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Does the abstract follow the guidelines?
  • Is the subject matter appropriate for the Congress?
  • Is the information new enough and innovative?
  • Is the overall quality of the abstract sufficient?
  • Is the methodology adequate or sufficient to support conclusions?
  • If applicable, is the design of the study appropriate?
  • Do data adequately or sufficiently offer support for conclusions?
  • Are the results adequately summarised?
  • Does the information have relevance for the rest of the world?

8.       Notification

You will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract(s) by 29 June 2020, and the score will be added in the abstract submission system. This means you will have to log in to find out the decision on your abstract.

Amendments to the abstract are possible until 20 June by re-entering the database. Between 20 and 29 June, the abstracts cannot be amended. After 1 July corrections are no longer possible.

Further instructions for authors whose abstracts are accepted will be posted on the website.

9.       Changes in presenting author

The submitter is considered the presenting author and is responsible for delivering either the oral, pitch or poster presentation if the abstract is accepted. In case the presenting author is unable to attend the WCPH 2020, a substitute presenter may take the presenting author’s place. The new presenter must be listed as co-author on the abstract and must be registered for the Congress.

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