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Abstract Submission Instructions

XIXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect
Istanbul, Turkey
9-12 September 2012

Thank you for your interest. Abstract submission is closed.

The Scientific Program Committee invites submission of abstracts for presentations on topics that align with the Congress theme and the specific streams listed below.

The person submitting the abstract will serve as the main author (the main point of contact for correspondence). It will be assumed that the main author will also deliver a presentation at the Congress.

Abstract Submission Deadline is March 12, 2012. Abstracts submitted after this date will not be considered. Abstracts are to be submitted online by following the link at the bottom of this page. Please do not submit the same abstract more than once.

All authors of accepted abstracts are required to register for the Congress by May 31, 2012, which will enable them to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate.

All abstracts will be considered on the basis of individual merit by the Scientific Committee, and will be ranked according to the following criteria:
  • Relevance to the Conference theme
  • Relevance to the selected Sub Themes
  • Importance of content to an international audience
  • Supported by research evidence
  • Reflects cultural awareness, competence, and relevancy
  • Skill development with specific skills identified
  • Innovative program, technique or practice
  • Reflects attention to child perspective

Abstract Streams

As with most ISPCAN Congresses, presentations will be organized by the Scientific Program Committee into Social Welfare, Health, Criminal Justice and other professional themes, as well as by specific topic.
Abstracts are particularly invited for, but are not limited to, topics in the following streams:

  • Multidisciplinary and partnership responses
  • Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment
  • Developing the Evidence Base (new and emerging research)
  • Child Rights and Child Abuse Prevention
  • Child Exploitation and Cultural Differences in Maltreatment

Abstract Submission Instructions

Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by April 15, 2012. The selected abstracts will be finally accepted only after the presenter's completed registration is received. Presenters are required to pay the congress registration fee. As a reminder, authors are encouraged to seek funding to attend the Congress well in advance of the abstract notification date of April 15, 2012.

Abstracts should be submitted in English. However some papers will be selected for presentation in Turkish and Spanish paper streams; the abstract submission should therefore identify the preferred language of the presentation.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All abstracts should be single-spaced. Please do not submit your abstract in all capital letters.

Report on research study: This should include objectives/purpose, method, results and conclusion.

Program, technique, policy description (including a theoretical basis) without evaluation data of outcome. This is a conceptual paper. A rationale for why this should be accepted without data must be included in the abstract.

Skills development (list what specific skills are covered in the presentation)

Presentation Formats (The Scientific Committee reserves the right to make the final determination regarding the presentation format of accepted abstracts.)

: The time allocated for oral presentations is approximately 20 minutes. Please note that the duration of different paper presentations in the Final Program might slightly vary depending on number of papers.

A 90 minute session consisting of two or more papers on a particular subject or theme, led by a facilitator.

Workshops will be interactive sessions with a focus on skills development or on discussions among participants. The presentation length is approximately 90 minutes depending on the level of interaction. Workshops are not didactic presentations and must involve audience participation. Workshops must be skill based. Only a very few workshops will be accepted and participants in the conference are encouraged to submit papers or interaction presentations.

Poster (Interactive) Presentations:
Posters will be displayed during the Congress in the main breakout area, with specific times allocated for presenters to discuss their work with interested participants.

Presenters can indicate their preference for presentation format on the online abstract submission form.

All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed. The Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to decide the format of presentations and in which stream they will be presented on the basis of time and space available.

Please direct any questions about abstract submission to

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