RCPCH Conference 2021 - abstract submission guidelines

We're now inviting abstracts for the RCPCH Conference which takes place annually. This year's Conference will take place online from 15-17 June 2021. We explain how to submit your abstract, which can be made free of charge through our online portal.

Closing date: Wednesday 10 March 2021, 10:00 GMT (UK time). Submissions will not be accepted after this date.

RCPCH Conference - 15-17 June 2021 (online)

The College’s flagship annual conference features inspirational keynote talks, fantastic networking events and a wide choice of sessions exploring the latest clinical updates and policy developments.

We've been working on our plans for 2021 and will start to publish the programme over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we are pleased to accept abstract submissions.

Can I make an abstract submission?

The Conference Organising Committee invites submissions of papers for presentation at RCPCH Conference 2021. You do not need to be a member of the RCPCH to make a submission and we welcome submissions from all levels, including medical students.

We are happy to consider abstracts which have already been presented to a substantially different audience; however, we won’t be able to accept work which has previously been presented at an RCPCH or other conference with a similar target audience.  

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. 

Can I submit more than one abstract?

Yes, you can submit as many abstracts as you wish. However, you can only submit one abstract at a time, so you will need to return to the start of the process for each new submission and you will be able to see a breakdown of all of your submissions when you log in.

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

At the time of submission, you will be asked to select whether you wish to present your abstract as a poster or an oral presentation. You will also have the option to select that you are happy to be considered for either of formats.

If your abstract is accepted, the organisers from your chosen specialty category will decide which format it will take. 

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

Authors will be notified in April 2021 whether their abstract has been accepted. An exact notification date will be confirmed in due course; however, enough notice will be provided for authors prior to the conference dates for arrangements and presentation preparations to be made.

How do I prepare my abstract?

A “blind” selection process will be used by the Scientific Committee when they are reviewing abstracts. Therefore, please do not include any author names or any other identifying information in the title or text of the abstract. The names of authors and their affiliations (institutions) will be submitted online when you submit the abstract.

Consent - Provided that the abstract doesn't 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.

The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to indicate clearly the nature of the study.

If you wish, you can create simple tables to display data;, however images and other file uploads are not permitted. If your abstract is accepted you will be able to include your chosen detailed graphs, tables, images etc. as part of your presentation.

The maximum word count is 500 words. Text in any tables will count towards the 500 word limit.

Abstracts should state briefly and clearly the purpose, methods, results and conclusions of the work. Single case reports/studies are not permitted. 

  • Background: Provide a brief description of the subject matter
  • 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, tables and illustrations - if results are not included, your abstract will not be considered
  • Conclusion: Clearly state the conclusion of your study

Can I amend or withdraw and abstract?

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. If you experience any difficulties doing this, email conference@rcpch.ac.uk.

If you want to withdraw an abstract, email conference@rcpch.ac.uk.

Submit your abstract