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Guidelines for Submitting an Abstract to ASLM2018

Abstract submissions are peer-reviewed for scientific content and current relevance to the clinical, public health, scientific, and laboratory medicine community.


Abstracts may be submitted in English or French. All abstracts must be submitted through the ASLM2018 online submission platform.

The abstract body is limited to 300 words and should follow the format outlined below. Abstracts should be pasted into the submissions platform and may optionally be uploaded as a separate file. Figures and tables may not be included as part of the abstract. Titles are limited to 50 words. No more than 10 authors may be listed.


  • Title: Title should highlight the primary content of the abstract. (Maximum length: 50 words)
  • Authors: Authors’ names should be listed using both first (given) name and last (family) surname. The lead author’s name should be underlined and the author presenting the paper must be designated (**). (Maximum number of authors: 10)
  • Affiliations: List the institution, address (include e-mail address), and country for each author.


  • Background: Briefly describe the issue and questions that address a particular knowledge and/or experiential gap, by the work presented.
  • Methods: Describe the experimental method/s used (e.g. descriptive, analytical, cross-sectional, etc.).
  • Results: Summarise the most important results.
  • Conclusions: Summarise key findings from the results and their application to public health and laboratory medicine.

Regular abstract submissions opened 1 June 2018 and closed 10 August 2018. Late breaker abstract submissions opened 1 October 2018 and closed 5 October 2018.

Choose a “Scientific Track” and “Category” during the submission process. The Track Category is the general heading under which the abstract will be reviewed and later published. The Track Category which best describes the subject of the abstract should be selected. Please also identify a second choice for Track and Category. The meeting organisers reserve the right to determine the final Track Category that best suits the abstract content. Abstracts that do not fall within any of the tracks related to the conference will be rejected.

Abstract submissions will be peer-reviewed by the ASLM2018 Scientific Programme Committee and a panel of ad hoc reviewers; acceptance is based upon the quality of the abstract and significance of the findings. Poorly written abstracts that lack required information may be rejected. It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract. All errors will be reproduced as typed by the author. ASLM offers an Abstract Mentor Programme to those less experienced with abstract submission.

ASLM offers an Abstract Mentor Programme to those less experienced with abstract submission.


Please identify preference for poster or oral abstract. Decisions made by the Scientific Programme Committee will be final. Abstracts accepted for oral presentations may be presented in the language of original submission if desired (English, French, or Portuguese).


A confirmation email with your submitted abstract number will be sent to the primary contact once an abstract has been submitted. In order to receive this important communication, please ensure that emails sent from abstracts@aslm2018.org are not considered as spam by your email provider. Authors should also print and keep a copy of the receipt screen on the website as verification of receipt. Abstract acceptance/rejection will be e-mailed to the primary contact listed on the abstract by the end of October 2018. It is the responsibility of the primary contact to inform co-authors about an abstract’s acceptance/rejection.


Publication of Abstracts

Accepted abstracts will be released publicly on the conference and ASLM web portals in the original language of submission – English, French, or Portuguese.

Copyright and Webcast Policy

By submitting an abstract, authors and co-authors transfer any copyrights and grant permission to ASLM to audio/video record oral presentations for conference webcasts.

Resubmission Policy

An abstract which has been previously published in journals or presented at a national, regional, or international meeting can only be submitted provided that there are new methods, new findings, substantially updated information or other valid reasons for submitting that can be provided by the author.


All abstracts are screened for plagiarism and when identified, the abstract and any other abstracts submitted by the same author will be rejected.


ASLM2018 may negotiate co-submission of abstracts to certain affiliated independent events.

Ethical Research Declaration

The conference supports only research that has been conducted according to the protocol approved by the institutional or local committee on ethics in human investigation.

Conference Embargo Policy

All conference abstracts are released to delegates under a strict embargo policy. A detailed breakdown of the embargo variations for different types of abstracts is available below.

  1. Oral Abstracts: Information about accepted oral abstracts may not be published or presented before the start of the session at ASLM2018 in which the abstract is being presented.
  2. Poster Abstracts: Information about accepted poster abstracts may not be published or presented before 10:30 (West Africa Time) on 12 December 2018.

Breaking of the embargo policy by a reporter leads to:

  • Immediate suspension of the reporter’s media conference credentials
  • Immediate barring of the reporter from the meeting premises
  • Removal of the reporter’s name from the ASLM Media Distribution List
  • No access to subsequent ASLM conferences