RCPCH Conference and exhibition 2020 - how to submit an abstract

You can be a vital part of the UK's largest child health event by submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. It’s a great opportunity to meet colleagues and share best practice. Our deadline is 23:59 GMT, Monday 21 October 2019.

Submit an abstract

Can I make a submission?

The Conference Organising Committee invites submissions of papers for presentation at the RCPCH Conference in April 2020. You do not need to be an RCPCH member to make a submission.   


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 for the day of your presentation. If you are no longer able to attend, or would like to withdraw your abstract for any other reason please email Luan.Barlow@hg3.co.uk and conference@rcpch.ac.uk

We will notify authors on our decision on 18 December 2019.

Important information before you submit an abstract

  1. If you are submitting more than one abstract, you can use the same email address and password for each abstract.
  2. Abstracts are required for all papers and posters. Abstracts must be submitted online.
  3. Text must be in single line spacing.
  4. Authors are allowed to use basic tables and these should be submitted within the abstract. Please note that table text will count toward your maximum word count of 350.
  5. Images are not allowed as part of the abstract.

Preparation of your abstract

  1. A “blind” selection process is used. Please do not list identifying features such as names of hospitals, medical schools, clinics or cities may be listed in the title or text of the abstract. Do not include the names of authors either. The names of authors and their affiliations (institutions) will be submitted online when you submit the abstract.
  2. Abstracts which have been presented to a substantially different audience, especially an international one, may be submitted for consideration.
  3. The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to indicate clearly the nature of the study.
  4. Abstracts should state briefly and clearly the purpose, methods, results and conclusions of the work.  Case reports/studies can be submitted and should be submitted in a format most relevant to the content. The maximum word count is 350 words.
  • Aims: 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.

Submitting a new abstract

  1. Log in to the submission system when your abstract is completed and ready to send. To log in, go to the RCPCH website and follow the links to the online abstract form.
  2. When you click the “log in” button, you will be taken to a screen from which the submission process starts.
    Please read the instructions on this screen carefully. If you have not yet submitted an abstract to the system you should click the link that says “Click here to submit a new abstract”. Then enter your email address and choose a password.
  3. Submitting an abstract is a multi-step process. Each step asks several questions:
  • Step 1: complete your demographic details
  • Step 2: enter specialty interest, eligibility for award and membership information
  • Step 3: enter abstract title, text, authors and affiliations
  • Step 4: review your submission and submit

Amending a submission

Please ensure that you check your abstract carefully before submitting to ensure it is the final version.  Changes will not be permitted once the abstract has been submitted and you have received your confirmation email.

Withdrawing an abstract

If you want to withdraw an abstract please contact Luan Barlow at Hg3 Conferences, Luan.Barlow@hg3.co.uk.

How are papers selected?

  1. Abstracts are firstly adjudicated by a group of experts within the specialty group of your choice.
  2. The top scoring abstracts from each group will be sent to the main Conference Organising Committee to review for consideration for presentation in the Innovators in Paediatrics sessions within the main plenary sessions at Conference. (Eight abstracts will be selected for these sessions.)
  3. All other successful abstracts will be allocated as either a poster or an oral presentation within the programme of the specialty group it was submitted to. (Scheduling and selection managed by the specialty group convenor.)

When will I hear about the outcome of my submission?

We will write to everybody on 18 December 2019, with details on the outcome of their submission. Please do not call the office for an update on your submission until this date. We are only able to give information to the person who submitted the abstract.

Where are papers published?

All those submissions that are accepted for presentation will be published in a supplement to the April edition of the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

We will print your abstract from the version supplied by you.  It will be printed exactly as submitted - this means that any errors or spelling mistakes will show. Please proofread your submission very carefully.

Should you have any queries relating to your abstract then please do not hesitate to contact our conference secretariat, Hg3 Conferences, at Luan.Barlow@hg3.co.uk.

Submit an abstract