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Guidance for Submission of Abstracts



The committee of the 9th ISPCAN Latin American Regional Conference 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 discounted fee is available for delegates from developing countries, unfortunately, we do not have 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 Toluca, Mexico in April 2015.


1.   Abstract Submission Deadline:  16 January 2015. 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 7 January 2015. Authors may submit more than one abstract, but, subject to programme space, only one may be accepted by the reviewing panel.


3.   The overall theme of the Conference is “Systems for Protecting Children”. We have developed a set of topics that we believe expand on that theme. Those submitting abstracts should identify which of these conference topics their submission addresses:

1.     Institutional measures for prevention and intervention in child abuse and neglect.

2.     Children's rights and legal initiatives for child protection.

3.     Consumption and distribution of drugs in childhood; impact and ways to address it.

4.     Institutional neglect and exploitation of children.

5.     Child trafficking and sexual violence.

6.     Prevention and intervention in cases of family violence.

7.     School violence and government response.

8.     Migration; US-born children, children without a nation.

9.     Virtual violence.

10.  Homeless children.

11.  Other.

In order to facilitate the program layout, abstracts may be moved from the original topic area shown to a related topic area.


Abstracts can be submitted in English or Spanish. We will also be offering presenters the opportunity to present in English or Spanish.  You will be asked to identify which language you are planning to present in at the conference as part of the submission process.


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 2 February 2015.


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 (Interactive poster, Chaired session/Oral presentation, Workshop or Symposium) are required to register for the conference by 6 March 2015. Failure to 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 Conference Scientific Committee.


7.   The official conference language is both English and Spanish.



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 Rural Village where ‘Protecting Children in our Communities’ is the title of the Symposium and ‘Results from a 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 and the topic area to which they are assigned.


12.  By submitting an abstract, the author(s) are agreeing to publication of the abstract in the conference abstract book and posting of such book to the website after the conference.  It is understood that they are not relinquishing copyright to the conference or ISPCAN. The powerpoint presentations will also be available on the website after the conference unless you designate in the submission process that you do not want your powerpoint shown.



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