2017 Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline:  09 November 2016, 23:59 US EST

Application/Membership/Dues Payment Deadline: 09 November 2016; 23:59 US EST

Please Note: The submission deadline has passed. This page is now for reference only.

The Annual Meeting Program Committee invites abstract submissions for presentation as oral scientific talks (including Power Pitches*), as conventional posters, and as multimedia electronic posters at the ISMRM 25th Annual Meeting & Exhibition 22-27 April 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Submissions must contain new, previously unpublished material.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 2017 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 or abstracts with significant overlap submitted in multiple categories will be rejected at the discretion of the ISMRM. This information will be maintained in our database of individuals and institutions involved, and may jeopardize submission of future abstracts by the same individuals or institutions. The new electronic submission system facilitates easy identification of duplicate text and data. All duplicate abstracts are at risk of rejection, so please submit your scientific work as unique abstracts.

NEW THIS YEAR: Upon successful submission of your abstract, all co-authors will receive an email containing a link to view the html abstract. Co-authors will only be able to view the abstract and will not have the ability to edit the abstract

SUGGESTED ISMRM abstract format:
(Please note this is only a guideline, understanding that some abstracts may 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.)

  • INTRODUCTION: “Why was this study/research performed? What unsolved problem are you addressing?”
  • METHODS: “How did you study this problem?”
  • RESULTS: “Report the data and statistical analyses”
  • DISCUSSION: “How do you interpret the the data?”
  • CONCLUSION: “What is the relevance to clinical practice or future research?”
  • REFERENCES: References should use the suggested style below.

The following word limits will apply:

  • 100 words for the synopsis
  • 750 words for the body of the abstract (references not included)
  • Up to 5 figures
  • 100 words per figure captions

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 scientific, engineering and clinical studies, as well as, 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 the recommendations as indications or 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.
  5. Abstracts previously submitted, accepted and published to other societies, journals or ISMRM programs should NOT be submitted to this meeting.
  6. Abstracts previously submitted to the ISMRM or to another society/journal, but not accepted, may be resubmitted.
  7. While duplicate material is not permitted, closely related/similar material is acceptable.

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 identification of a secondary category may be helpful during the review and program construction process and ensures that your abstract will be 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 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 (07 April 2017). 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 07 April 2017.

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

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