Adolescent Health: 'Re-coming of age' - abstract submission guidelines

The RCPCH and Young Person’s Health Special Interests Group (YPHSIG) are pleased to invite abstract submissions for the Adolescent Health: Re-coming of Age conference on 9-10 November 2022 in Birmingham, UK.

Abstract submissions are open until 18 August, and this page provides full guidance and FAQs.

This two-day event will include keynote speakers and practical, interactive sessions, focussing on issues that affect young people nationally and internationally.

What is the deadline?

Thursday 18 August 2022, 15:59 (British Summer Time).

We cannot accept late submissions, abstracts or author amendments after this date and time, so please ensure that you have submitted and double checked your submission within plenty of time.

All successful abstracts which are presented at the event will be published in the online BMJ Paediatrics Open.

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Can I make an abstract submission?

  • You do not need to be a member of the RCPCH or YPHSIG to make a submission.
  • We cannot consider abstracts which have previously been published in a journal.
  • Providing an abstract has not been published as part of a journal or other conference supplement, we are happy to consider an abstract which have been presented at other events, providing the audience is substantially different. We are happy for you to use your own discretion on this and at the time of submission you will be asked to declare where the abstract was previously submitted. Please note that the committee may choose not to accept your abstract, should the audience be deemed too similar. In particular, we won’t be able to accept work which has previously been presented at a previous RCPCH event.
  • Case reports/case studies/case series are not permitted. All abstracts must follow the abstract formula detailed in the ‘abstract preparation’ section.  
  • You do not need to be a paediatrician to submit an abstract to this event, and we encourage relevant submissions across all disciplines from nursing to medical students. 

Do I have to pay?

There is no fee for making a submission. If your submission is accepted for presentation, then you will be required to attend the conference and pay the standard registration fee. Registration fees are listed on the event page.

How should my abstract be prepared?

  • Abstracts should state briefly and clearly the objectives, methods, results and conclusions of the work. The maximum word count is 500 words. Text in any images will not count towards the 500-word limit. When submitting your abstract, you will be asked to divide your work into four sections:
    • Objectives: Clearly state the purpose of the abstract
    • Methods: Describe your selection of observations or experimental subjects clearly
    • Results: Present your results in a logical sequence in text and simple tables - if results are not included, your abstract will not be considered
    • Conclusion: Clearly state the conclusion of your study
  • Author listings: When listing author names full names are preferred, because if only initials are used this can cause confusion if authors have common last names. You must also include an affiliation for each author (including country). Author affiliations should be indicated by superscript numbers, e.g. F Moran1, J Bradley2. 1University of Ulster, N. Ireland; 2Belfast City Hospital, N. Ireland. Please ensure that you have double checked your author listings prior to the submission deadline (4 August, 15:59). You will not be able to amend or add additional authors after this point. 
  • References and citations: References will count towards your final word count (500 words). When using in-text citations please use either square [1] or curved brackets (2). e.g. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua (1). They can be listed at the very end in the conclusion box- you can use the template below:
    (1) Name of Source, Name of author
    (1) Name of Source, Name of author
  • A “blind” selection process will be used by the committee when they are reviewing abstracts. Therefore, please do not include any author names or any other clear identifying information in the title or text of the abstract itself. You will be asked to submit the names of authors and their affiliations separately during the submission process.
  • The title of your abstract should be as brief as possible but long enough to clearly indicate the nature of the study.

Formatting, tables and images

  • If you wish, you can create simple tables to display data; however, images (such as pre-existing graphs) and other file uploads are not permitted. If your abstract is accepted, you will be able to include your more animated graphs etc. as part of your presentation.
  • These simple tables must be clearly cited within your abstract (e.g. Figure 1).
  • All abstracts must be submitted online. We will not accept any submissions in PDF/word/email format. 

Provided that the abstract does not contain patient identifiable information, we do not need to see a patient/parent consent form. It is important, however, to bear in mind that identifiable does not just refer to a patient’s name but could also be related to a specific condition, region or hospital. So please do be aware of this when submitting your abstract.

Can I submit more than one abstract?

Yes, you can submit as many abstracts as you wish. 

If my abstract is accepted, what format will I present it in? 

At the time of submission, you will be asked to select your preference for either a ePoster or an oral presentation. If your abstract is accepted, the organisers from your chosen specialty category will decide which format it will take and will cater to your preference where appropriate and possible. 

When will I find out if my abstract has been accepted? 

Authors will be notified by mid-September 2022 whether their abstract has been accepted. We are not able to provide updates on your submission before then.

Where will my abstract be published? 

All successful abstracts which are presented at the event will be published in the BMJ Paediatrics Open. These abstracts will be published under a CC BY-NC licence and you can find out more about this type of publication here. 

Amending or withdrawing a submission

Please ensure that you check your abstract carefully before submitting to ensure it is the final version. If you need any changes to be made once you have submitted, you can login to your account to do this yourself up until date 18 August 2022 at 15:59 (BST). You can access your account by clicking on the link provided in the confirmation sent to you at the time of submission. If you experience any difficulties doing this please email  

We will not be able to make any changes to your abstract or author citations/affiliations after 18 August 2022.

If you wish to withdraw an abstract you can do this at any time by contacting Please always quote your full abstract title and abstract ID number in any communications with us, as this will help us locate your submission efficiently, particular where authors submit multiple abstracts.


If you have any further queries or or having trouble with your submission please contact the Events team at

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