Call for Abstracts

Abstracts will be accepted online from 20 March 2017.

The 42nd Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care and the 23rd Annual Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Conference invites submissions from those interested in presenting oral papers, oral posters and static posters.

Application Process

To be selected to present you are required to submit an abstract via the ASM website. All abstracts must be submitted electronically. Faxed or hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 7 July 2017.

Key Dates

Abstract Submissions Opens: 20 March 2017
Abstract Submission Closes 7 July 2017, 18.00 EST
Abstract Acceptance Emailed: August 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 11 August 2017

All presenters must register to attend the ASM. Acceptance of abstracts into the program is contingent upon receipt of the registration fee. Notification of abstract acceptance in early August 2017 will give presenters the opportunity to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate.

Abstract Guidelines

Please read the guidelines below carefully. Abstracts not submitted in this format may not be considered for review. If you have any difficulties or queries about the abstract format, please contact the ASM Secretariat by email

Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.

Abstracts are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format only and in the specified format – please view the sample abstract template (link to template).

  • Text should be single spaced throughout with black Arial 10 point font.
  • Text should not contain subheadings, underlines or bold type.
  • Abstracts must have a maximum of 2000 characters (approximately 300 words). Character count is verified by the submission site and includes blank spaces, punctuation, symbols, returns, etc.
  • Abstracts should not have been published in any English language medical or nursing peer reviewed journal, and in general should not have been presented at more than one meeting from which such publications arise. Studies with substantial changes in methodology and/or with substantial additional data may be submitted, presented and published a second time, but rewritten abstracts on the same study should not.
  • Each abstract will only be eligible for one (1) award only.
  • Each abstract must nominate the preferred journal for publication – Australian Critical Care or Anaesthesia and Intensive Care or no journal publication. Only one journal may be selected. Australian Critical Care must be selected as the journal if applying for Best Adult Nursing Free Paper, Best Paediatric or Neonatal Nursing Free Paper, Best Nursing Poster or Best Nursing Review Paper.

Abstract headings should contain the following:

  • Title in BLOCK CAPITALS throughout.
  • One line space prior to text commencement.
  • Wherever possible the title should be precise so that it conveys a message – eg “High Dose Adrenaline Does Not Improve In-Hospital Survival From Cardiac Arrest”

Please note that a blind review process will be conducted. You will be asked to provide author names and affiliations in the online submission process (authors must be listed in order of involvement), however please do not include this information on your Word document abstract.

Abstracts should contain brief but complete statements of:

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion(s)
  • The abstract must contain sufficient information so that, if it is published in the proceedings of the ASM or in a journal, it will be a complete report independent of the presentation.
  • The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented in the text; abstracts stating “will be discussed”, “will be described” or “will be presented” will be rejected.
  • Abstracts should be written in the past tense, i.e. should state what was done, not what is being, should or will be done.
  • Use only standard abbreviations (“Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals” Non standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined in parentheses in the text. In general, no more than two non-standard abbreviations should appear and these should only be used to replace words appearing four times or more in the text. Use SI units except for pressure; use cmH2O or mmHg with kPa units in brackets (optional).
  • Abstracts containing graphs, diagrams, or complex tables will not be accepted. Simple tables are acceptable.
  • Brief acknowledgments of supporting institutions or funding may be made at the end of the text and are not included in the word count.
  • References are not to be included.

Abstracts received after the closing date will not be accepted.