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Guidance for the Submission of Abstracts

Abstract Submission is now closed.


The committee of the 8th ISPCAN Latin American International Conference would like to inform all potential authors that while every effort has been made to keep Registration Fees as low as possible and a much discounted fee is available for delegates from Developing Countries, unfortunately, no funds are available at present to further assist speaker attendance at the conference. As such, all accepted authors must be in a position to secure independent funding to cover registration, travel and accommodation costs to the conference. We look forward to receipt of your abstract and to welcoming you to Viña del Mar, Chile in October 2013.


Please read the instructions below:

1. Abstract submission is now closed.

2. The official conference language is Spanish. However, abstracts can also be submitted in English or Portuguese and if selected shall be scheduled for an English or Portuguese language track. Abstracts should be submitted in the language that they will be presented in but the authors will be required to produce both a Spanish and English language version for the abstract publication.

3. Please do not submit an abstract more than once. You can amend your abstract using the online submission system at any point up to the submission deadline of June 30, 2013. Authors may submit more than one abstract, but, subject to program space, only one may be accepted by the reviewing panel.

4. Those submitting abstracts should identify which of these conference tracks their submission addresses:

  • Advances in Legislation Addressing Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Protocols for Interventions in Child Abuse
  • Medical-Forensic Techniques in Child Sexual Abuse
  • Prosecution of Crimes and Value of Evidence in Child Sexual Violence
  • Technology and its Impact on Child Sexual Violence
  • Young People who Abuse Other Children
  • Adolescent and Child Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • Prevention of Child Violence in Schools
  • Family & Community Intervention in Child Violence
  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
  • Infant Maltreatment
  • Other Topics

You will next be asked to identify which language you will be presenting in at the conference, Spanish, English or Portuguese.


5. When submitting the abstract please choose the author who will be responsible for receiving correspondence. All communications will be sent to this author, at the email address provided.

A confirmation email acknowledging the receipt of an abstract will be sent to the author at the email address provided upon successful submission. Presenters will be notified of abstract acceptance/rejection and form of presentation by email no later than July 31, 2013.

6. When submitting the abstract please choose one presenting author. This is the author who will be used to confirm registration. Please see instructions in the symposium description below if you are submitting an abstract for consideration within a symposium. All presenting authors of accepted abstracts are required to register for the Conference. Failure to do this will result in the abstract being excluded from the program.

7. All abstracts will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Committee.


Interactive Poster:

A display area will be provided. It is expected that the author will be present at the poster location during the specified presentation time to discuss the contents with the conference participants. Further instructions will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.

Free Paper (Oral):

The time allocated for oral presentations is 20 minutes (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion and questions). Free papers will be grouped together in a chaired session. Please indicate if your paper is a practice/policy based paper or a research based paper.


The length of a workshop is 90 minutes. A workshop is a session involving interactive learning and the dissemination of training and/or skills. Abstracts intended for workshops should indicate how interactive learning will be incorporated into the presentation.


A symposium is a session lasting 90 minutes that includes four or five papers that address a common theme and includes at least three presenting authors. Each symposium has a named Corresponding Author to act as chair/convener and who is responsible for identifying the presenting authors to the symposium, ensuring the appropriate abstracts are submitted by those authors and that the presenting authors attend the conference. The Corresponding Author may also contribute a paper to the symposium. The Corresponding Author is required to provide an overview abstract for the symposium and submit the individual abstracts for the other contributors. Individual abstracts should be submitted with the title of the symposium listed first, a dash (-), and then the title of the individual paper (For Example: Protecting Children in our Communities – Results from a Chilean Rural Village where ‘Protecting Children in our Communities’ is the title of the Symposium and ‘Results from a Chilean Rural Village’ is the title of the abstract/paper). For submission purposes only, the chair/convener should be listed as the Corresponding Author on all abstract submissions. Other authors can be listed as Presenting Authors but all presenting authors must register for the conference for their papers to be accepted.

Authors will be asked to select their preferred presentation format. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to make the final determination regarding the presentation format of accepted abstracts.

9. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, all submissions should be in Times New Roman font size 12 and should include objectives, method, results and conclusions.

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