Call for Abstracts

The Annual Meeting Program Committee invites abstract submissions to be presented in oral sessions (including Power Pitches*), as conventional posters, and as multimedia electronic posters at the ISMRM 24th Annual Meeting & Exhibition 07-13 May 2016 in Singapore. Submissions must contain new, previously unpublished material. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the ISMRM Website.

*By popular demand, the Power Pitches will be continued for the 2016 meeting. During the first hour of the session, authors of selected abstracts will be asked to make a two-minute oral ‘pitch’ with slides in the Power Pitch Theater (15 pitches per session) and, for the next hour, to present the work as an electronic poster on a large plasma screen, to engage in more detailed discussion.

Duplicate Abstracts
Duplicate abstracts or abstracts with significant overlap submitted in multiple categories will be rejected at the full discretion of the ISMRM. This information will be maintained in our database files of the individuals and institutions involved, and may jeopardize submission of future abstracts by the same individuals or institutions. The new electronic submission system makes it easier to see duplications of text and data. You risk rejection of all duplicate abstracts, so please submit data as one good abstract.

SUGGESTED ISMRM abstract format
(Please note this is only a guideline, understanding that some abstracts will not necessarily lend themselves to this format)

Include within your abstract the following sections. In each section, answer the question listed below. (Do not repeat the actual question in the body of your abstract.)

  • PURPOSE – “Why was this study/research performed?”
  • METHODS – “How has this problem been studied?”
  • RESULTS – “Principal data and statistical analysis”
  • DISCUSSION – “What is the interpretation of the data?”
  • CONCLUSION – “What is the relevance to clinical practice or future research?”
  • REFERENCES – References should use the suggested style below.

Cite each source in numerical order using superscript Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3…).
Example 1: A review of regulations has been complete by the WHO.15
Example 2: The data were as follows 3,4:
Example 3: As previously reported, 11-14,25

At the end of the document, list references numerically in the order by which they were cited in the text.

Example 1: 1. Rainier S, Thomas D, Tokarz D, et al. Myofibrillogenesis regulator 1 gene mutations
cause paroxysmal dystonic choreoathetosis. Arch Neurol. 2004;61(7):1025‐1029.

Example 2: 2. World Health Organization. Injury: A Leading Cause of the Global Burden of Disease,
2000. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2002.

Example 3: 3. Weiss R. The promise of precision prescriptions. Washington Post. June 24, 2000:A1.
http://www.washingtonpost.com. Accessed October 10, 2001.

General Content Guidelines

  1. The content may not promote the proprietary interests of any commercial entity. Evident bias in favor of a particular product or company is grounds for rejection.
  2. Content must be restricted to pure science, industry issues and operation of devices, Product /company names should be included only to identify the MR hardware/software/ peripherals used, but not to promote proprietary interests (see Point 1)
  3. All recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  4. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

Review Criteria

  1. Innovation/novelty: advancement of knowledge, and/or improvement of capabilities.
  2. Quality: The data should be substantive and not just implied. Comprehensive statistical analysis should be applied. Images and spectra should be of the highest quality. All recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  3. Impact: The method or data in the abstract should aim to advance or change the field in significant ways. Incremental changes are less desirable.
  4. Bias: Evident bias in favor of a particular product or company is grounds for rejection. (Use of a particular company’s products or equipment in itself does not represent bias. Non-data-driven statements of superiority, however, would be considered biased.)
  5. Repetition of Content. Multiple submissions of the same or nearly the same abstract is grounds for rejection of all submitted ­abstracts.

Educational E-Posters
An Educational E-Poster is a multi-media presentation of educational content on a computer. It may cover material of a technical or clinical nature of interest to society members and students. The Society wishes to encourage submissions of Educational Electronic Posters. These abstracts may cover educational material of a technical or clinical nature for society members and students. If you wish that your submission to be considered for an Educational Electronic Poster, you must choose this option when you load your abstract. Accepted presentations will be considered for publication as review articles for the society journals. Please click here for detailed information on Educational Electronic Posters.

Submission Tip: In our submission procedure you will be able to complete the online forms, compose your abstract and then upload it at any time before the deadline. We recommend that you complete the online forms EARLY, even if your abstract is not yet complete. This will greatly reduce the load on the ISMRM system, improving its functionality as the deadline approaches (while also reducing the pressure on authors who are running late with their uploads).

A 100-word synopsis of each abstract must be submitted.
It should include a brief summary of the problem, methods, results, and conclusions. The synopsis must include text only, without equations or images and be without references or citations to items described in the full abstract. To conserve space and provide authors greater opportunity to clarify their projects, the synopsis should NOT appear in the actual abstract.

Poster Presentation Options 
In the event your abstract is not selected for an oral presentation / Power Pitch session, you will be able to choose between two presentation options:

  1. Traditional poster presentation. Your abstract will be published in the Proceedings, and your poster will be presented in the poster hall. During your assigned poster session, you will be required to stand with your poster, answer questions and discuss your work. A PDF of your poster is requested for later publication at the meeting website.
  2. Electronic multimedia poster presentation (E-Poster). Your abstract will be published in the Proceedings. You will also be asked to submit your poster in PowerPoint format in advance of the meeting. This poster format also allows inclusion of multimedia data. You will need to stand at your e-poster station during your assigned poster session, answer questions and discuss your work with colleagues. Please note that submission of accepted E-Posters must be completed before the meeting. This date is TBD, but will fall in mid-late March.

IMPORTANT: Secondary Review Category
By choosing a review category, you enable us to assign your abstract to the most appropriate reviewers, and to construct unified and logical scientific sessions at the meeting. However, not every abstract fits neatly into a single category, and sometimes identification of a secondary category might be helpful during the review and program construction process and ensures that your abstract is sent to the optimal combination of reviewers, with the most relevant expertise to the content of your abstract. If you feel that your abstract belongs in more than one category, you can now indicate a second area of review or emphasis. 

Failure to Present
Submission of an abstract is considered a commitment to present the abstract if it is accepted. Failure to present an abstract may jeopardize future submissions by the same author or institution.

We highly recommend that you complete and save the online forms EARLY, even if your abstract is not yet ready to submit. You may return later to upload and submit your abstract.

The Proceedings will be published electronically only. The full text of all accepted abstracts will be available online two weeks before the meeting to pre-registered attendees only (23 April 2016). If you wish to have access to the Proceedings before the meeting, you must pre-register.

All submitted abstracts are treated as confidential from the time of submission to the publication date of 22 April 2016.

All copyrights to accepted abstracts become the property of ISMRM. No proprietary information may be withheld by authors.

IMPORTANT: You MUST create a NEW user account on the submission site.

The site will not accept your ISMRM login or submission accounts from previous years.
Please click on the New User link to create a login and password for your 2015 submissions.

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