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Guidelines for Preparation of Presentation
General guidelines for abstract submissions
The Scientific Committee welcomes abstracts in all fields of psychology. In addition to research-informed abstracts, and without compromising scientific rigour, the Scientific Committee welcomes submissions that have a practitioner, policy and/or applied focus. Some general guidelines relating to the formatting and content of ALL abstracts are listed below. Carefully prepared abstracts facilitate the review process and enhance the likelihood of acceptance.
1. Abstracts must be in English. If English is not the authors’ first language, the abstract should be proof read before submission.
2. Please follow the pre-formatted fields indicated in the forms. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words, excluding the title of the abstract.
3. The title should be brief and relevant to the contents of the abstract and paper/poster.
4. Use Arabic numerals for all numbers except at the beginning of a sentence where they should be written out. Use standard abbreviations and symbols. Keep abbreviations to a minimum and define each one at first use. Do not include references or tables in the abstracts, and do not submit attachments or other material.
5. Abstracts should adhere to UK English and the APA 6th edition style guide.
6. Please write the abstract using a word-processing programme. Check the spelling and grammar, proofread carefully, copy and paste abstract in to the space in the submission form.
7. Points to consider including when writing the abstract:
7.1. A statement of the purpose of the presentation (preferably in one sentence)
7.2. A brief mention of the theoretical framework, if applicable, and/or the rationale for the contribution
7.3. A summary of the results/findings obtained (if it is an empirical study), or the major points to be made
7.4. A conclusion
7.5. A brief reflection on theoretical, methodological, and ethical implications
8. Do not include subheadings, keywords or references within the abstract text.
9. Only submit original work that has not been published or accepted for presentation elsewhere.
10. All abstracts will be subjected to peer-review, coordinated by the Scientific Committee. The criteria for review are:
• Relevance for advancement of psychological knowledge and practice.
• Theoretical and/or empirical basis.
• Clarity of ideas and methods applied.
• Implications and/or knowledge contributions of the study.
11. Please note that the Scientific Committee reserves the right to change submissions for oral presentations to posters, rather than refusing abstracts, depending on the number, theme, and quality of submissions. Submitting authors grant congress organisers permission to publish their abstracts online and in electronic devices. Likewise, authors grant congress organisers permission to use personal information, received and required from participants, before and after the congress, for statistical purposes, and for the dispatch of information concerning relevant future congresses.
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The acceptance of abstracts by the Scientific Committee does not imply any financial assistance or fee reduction. Presenting authors must register for the congress by 02nd May 2017 to ensure that the presentation will be included for the Congress. Presenters who are absent from their presentations without notifying the Scientific Committee in advance will be blacklisted for future Congresses.