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Abstract submission is now closed. Thank you to those who submitted.
Authors will be notified on February 13th 2017.

Instructions and guidelines for abstract submission

Electronic Submission of Abstracts

ASGBI operates a paperless electronic submission system which enables authors to ‘copy and paste’ abstracts (including tables and specialist scientific characters, but not figures or diagrams) directly from word processing software into the abstract template provided, facilitating quick and easy abstract submission.

Short Papers and E-posters

There will be several sessions for short paper presentations at the Congress, as well as a display of electronic scientific posters on plasma screens. Abstracts can be submitted via the following link before 5.00pm on Monday 16th January 2017.

Abstract submission is now closed.
Authors will be notified on February 13th 2017.

Please note that all accepted abstracts, whether for oral presentation or a poster, will be published online on the BJS website (citeable). Abstracts accepted for oral presentation in the Moynihan Prize Paper session(s) will, in addition, be published online. The Moynihan Prize Paper Booklet for Belfast 2016 can be accessed here.

All authors who have abstracts accepted for the Congress are encouraged to submit a manuscript here for consideration for publication in the BJS.

Submission of an abstract constitutes a formal commitment by a minimum of one named author to present the abstract in the session and at the time decided upon by the ASGBI Scientific Committee, or in the case of an e-poster, to register and be present for a minimum of one day of the Congress. Any change in the presenting author should be communicated in advance via email to Rochelle Roach at rochelle@asgbi.org.uk Failure to present the abstract for other than well-founded reasons will lead to the author and their supervisor receiving a letter outlining the default, and the abstract will not be published.

Topics for Abstract Submission

  • Audit and Outcomes Research
  • Basic and Applied Clinical Science
  • Breast/Endocrine
  • Cancer/Surgical Oncology
  • Education and Training
  • Emergency Surgery (Specify if using NELA data)
  • General
  • Hernia/Soft Tissues
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Patient Safety
  • Perioperative Care/Nutrition
  • Quality Improvement
  • Randomised Clinical Trials
  • Surgical Complications
  • Surgical Simulation and Technology
  • Trauma and Military Surgery
  • Vascular and Transplant

Guidelines for the Submission of Abstracts

  • The abstract should relate to original, unpublished work and must not have been previously presented at any major meeting.
  • Abstracts must consist of four paragraphs, entitled: Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions.
  • Case studies and audit reports will be accepted this year.
  • Abstracts are to be submitted as text and tables only (i.e. no figures, graphs or diagrams).
  • The text must fit within the abstract template and use Arial font in size 11. The maximum word count is 400 words.
  • No more than a maximum of six authors should be listed.
  • As the abstract will be judged anonymously, the text must not reveal any institutional affiliation.
  • The category which best describes the subject of your work, from the list of topics on the previous page, should be indicated. Abstracts should only be submitted in ONE category.
  • Duplicate submissions will be disqualified.
  • If the abstract is to be considered for the Moynihan or NELA Prize, the relevant box should be marked during the submission process.
  • After the submission deadline has closed, absolutely no changes can be made to the abstract.

ASGBI takes a serious view of Research Governance. Please ensure that the abstract has been seen and agreed by all of the named authors before submission. Where there is a conflict, ASGBI’s Scientific Committee will take the final decision on whether an abstract will be presented. All authors have a responsibility to ensure that the data submitted is accurate, is not extrapolated and fairly represents the presentation to be given at the Association’s International Surgical Congress.

Audiovisual Arrangements

All presentations throughout the Congress will be delivered using PowerPoint format. Speakers will be sent detailed guidance notes on audiovisual requirements and facilities in advance of the meeting. The deadline for receiving PowerPoint presentations will be Monday 17th April 2017.


Any queries related to Abstract Submission should be directed to Rochelle Roach at rochelle@asgbi.org.uk


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