Proposal/Abstract FAQs

When will notifications go out? 
Abstract notifications will begin on January 17 and will continue on a rolling basis to January 24, 2020.

Can we present papers used for a thesis? 
If the work is SBCC-centric and a connection can be made to the Summit Themes, we would encourage you to submit for consideration! Please think carefully about the best fit in terms of format. Proposal reviewers will have the final say regarding acceptance, so be sure to use the webinar tips to create a strong submission.

Where can I view the proposal/abstract webinar recordings? 
You can find all of the recordings here.

Will we be able to propose a double session skill building format?
The Skills building session time slot is 2 hours. Given the popularity of these sessions, space limits, and in an effort to encourage broad participation, the answer is no.

Are there word limits on the abstracts? 
Yes. It is spelled out in the guidelines and in the submission template/portal.

Can I began an abstract and finish it later?
Yes. You can save your work and return later to work on it, and submit.

What if we don't have conclusions or research findings yet but will have them in time for the Summit? 
You are welcome to submit - your proposal will need to convey the potential implications of the work even without findings. Depending on the strength of your submission, reviewers may still accept it.

Will you connect presenters if you think the topics could be linked together for a different type of session?  
The review committees will do their best to cluster relevant work in the creation of the sessions. This work depends on a strong pool of reviewers – please consider being a reviewer! Fill out the reviewer registration form here.

If we submit for a pre-formed panel and are not accepted, would it be possible for individual abstracts from that panel to be submitted and if they meet criteria, would they be accepted?  
If not accepted, preformed panels are not automatically considered for individual proposals as preformed panels should not just be a set of presentations. There should be a strong justification for why they are combined into a single session resulting in an experience for the conference goers that is greater than the sum of the parts.

Does the Summit focus on research from low- and middle-income countries, or is work from high-income settings be relevant?
The Summit is not limited to LMIC work. Please feel free to submit relevant work from high-income settings for review.

Is attendance only open to presenters? 
No, attendee registration is available here.

If the abstract is accepted, how many presenters are allowed to come to the conference? 
Abstract acceptance does not eliminate the cost of registration/attendance. There are limited scholarships available, and having an accepted abstract is a required criterion for scholarship eligibility. More information about scholarships is available on the website.

In the online portal - how much information is required at submission from co-authors? 
Also, I plan to include co-authors on the abstract but they do not plan to attend the conference. Is that OK?  Additional authors do not need to create an account. Additional authors do not need to attend the conference if accepted.  

Can I submit more than one abstract? 
Yes. Feel free to submit as many proposals/abstracts as you like, but know that in the interest of achieving the broadest possible representation and participation in the Summit, the Program Sub-Committee will not select more than two submissions from any one person as lead author or session organizer.

Can I submit a proposal and be a reviewer? 
Yes! And it is encouraged. It is a great way to see what is happening in the field, and reviewers will be matched with submissions in their area.

Do we need to be affiliated with an organization to be accepted as a participant/presenter? 
You do not need an organizational affiliation.