Abstract guidelines

Abstract title

Must be short, informative, contain major keywords, 14 points in Arial font, sentence case, bold and justified text.

Author's names and organisation/institution affiliation

Listed with the author's first name and last name, 12 points in Arial font and the presenting author’s name in bold. Superscript numbers must be used to indicate the author's organisation/institution affiliation(s).

Author’s organisation/institution affiliation(s) must include city, state and country and the appropriate superscript number, 10 points in Arial font and justified text.

Style example
Anne Smith1, John Jones2 and Paul Peters3

1University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, 2University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, and 3Canberra Hospital, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Abstract text

Must be in 10 points in Arial font, single-spaced, justified text and maximum of 500 words excluding references. No images or diagrams are to be included. 

The abstracts should address:

  1. Background
    Brief statement of relevant work or clinical situation, and hypothesis if applicable
  2. Aim
    Brief statement of overall aim(s).
  3. Methods
    Laboratory or other techniques used, including statistical analyses. Outcome measures clearly stated.
  4. Results
    Provide a description of the main findings: statistically significant results and relevant negative data. Do not include inferred results.
  5. Conclusion
    Must refer to the aim(s) of the study and may include suggestions for future action.
  6. References
    In the text, references should be cited using superscript numbers in the order which they appear; up to five key references are to be included.

    In the reference list, the references should be numbered and listed in order of appearance in the text. Cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more list the first six followed by et al.

General instructions

Use standard abbreviations only within the body of the abstract. When using abbreviations spell out the name in full at the first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parenthesis. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract. Capitalise the first letter of trade names.

Care should be taken to ensure high quality English expression and grammar.

Submission terms and conditions

By submitting an abstract, you are confirming each author listed in the abstract:

  • agrees with the content of the abstract and has given permission to be listed as an author/presenter
  • has checked the accuracy of the information and referencing within the abstract
  • has been granted all appropriate consents and approvals from any third party for the use of information provided
  • has complied with all legislation, including that relating to the privacy of any person or patient
  • assures that the work or projects included in the submission are unpublished or have been published within 12 months prior to submission
  • allows RACP to publish the abstract in College documents and on the College and Congress website
  • grants RACP a royalty free, non-exclusive perpetual licence to use, reproduce and publish all materials associated and any subsequent submission, presentation or slides associated with the abstract and, to modify and adapt them (but only to the extent that it is necessary for such use and publication)
  • allows RACP to live stream and/or record any associated presentation and make a recording of it available on the College or Congress website
  • consents that RACP may publish the personal details of the authors including their email address, as listed in the abstract
  • allows RACP to publish all photographs taken which relate to it
  • will assist in media activity including interviews, as reasonably requested by RACP
  • agrees to the terms and conditions tick box as final step in the submission process
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