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Guidance for Submission of Abstracts

The deadline for submission has passed.

The committee of the XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect 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, we cannot guarantee that there will be funds available to 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 Nagoya, Japan in September 2014.


1. Abstract Submission Deadline: 28 February 2014. Deadline extended to 7 March 2014. Abstracts submitted after this date will not be considered.


2. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All submissions should include objectives, method, results and conclusions. 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 28 February 2014. Authors may submit more than one abstract, but, subject to programme space, only one may be accepted by the reviewing panel.


3. Those submitting abstracts should identify which of these conference topics their submission addresses:

1) Infant mental health and attachment

2) Primary prevention of child abuse

3) Recognition and evaluation of sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect

4) Medical recognition, diagnosis, and biomechanics of abuse

5) Evidence-based mental health treatments

6) International epidemiology and outcome data of abuse and neglect

7) Ethical, legal, and policy issues in child abuse and neglect

8) Corporal Punishment

9) Children with Disabilities

10) Children and disasters

11) Others


While all abstracts must be submitted in English we will be offering presenters the opportunity to present in English, Japanese, French and Spanish. You will be asked to identify which language you are planning to present in at the conference as part of the submission process. Please note that while there will be some simulcast translation available for Japanese presentations, there will not be translation available for French or Spanish presentations. French and Spanish presentations will be grouped into sessions of all French or all Spanish presentations and will be accepted for presentation only if there are sufficient numbers of abstracts accepted to fill a session. Posters will be clustered by language at the Congress.


4. When submitting the abstract, please choose one corresponding author. This author will be responsible for receiving correspondence. All communications will only be sent to this author at the email address provided. The corresponding author is responsible for forwarding information onto all the other authors listed on the abstract.

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 or rejection and the form of presentation by email no later than 30 April 2014.


5. When submitting the abstract, please choose one presenting author. This is the author who will be used to confirm registration. The presenting author may be the same as the corresponding author. 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 by 31 May 2014. Failure to do register will result in the abstract being excluded from the Conference programme.


6. All abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review by 2 members of the the Conference Scientific Committee.


7. The official conference language is English.



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(s) to discuss the contents with the conference participants. Further instructions will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.

Oral Presentation
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.

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 three to 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 Japanese Rural Village where ‘Protecting Children in our Communities’ is the title of the Symposium and ‘Results from a Japanese 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. However, the Conference Scientific Committee reserves the right to make the final determination regarding the presentation format of accepted abstracts.


9. By submitting an abstract the author(s) are agreeing to publication of the abstract in the congress abstract book and posting of such book to the website after the congress. It is understand that they are not relinquishing copy right to the Congress, ISPCAN or JaSPCAN.


You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (if you have not done so previously, you will be required to setup an account. If you have already set up an account in Ex Ordo from a conference in 2013 you do not need to set up a new account. You can access your account using the original password assigned to you. If you cannot remember your password, please click the "forgot password” link to receive a new one.):

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