|Submission Opening||Submission Closing||Acceptance Notification|
|December 13, 2017||September 15, 2018||December 12, 2018|
|Late Breaking abstract Opening||Late Breaking abstract closing||Late Breaking Abstract Acceptance Notification|
|February 1, 2019||February 28, 2019||March 31, 2019|
Free Communications are brief presentations (oral or poster) on studies, investigations, or observations in dermatology, and represent a vital component of the Scientific Program of the World Congress of Dermatology.
1. RULES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
- Authors are required to indicate their preference for either ORAL or POSTER presentation by checking the appropriate box on the submission web page. The WCD Free Communications Committee will make the final decision on the format of presentation (i.e. oral or poster). Few selected posters will be scheduled for short oral presentations.
- Acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be based on rankings given by a peer review of experts in the associated topic/category. Results of the selection process will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author. The Committee decision is final and cannot be appealed.
- Abstracts cannot be identical to any abstract that has previously been presented at a major international meeting prior to the WCD 2019. An update to prior study is acceptable.
- Instructions on the preparation of posters and information about projection facilities will be included with the notification of acceptance.
- Submission of an abstract indicates:
- that the author(s) agree to comply with the abstract submission and presentation rules;
- that the presentation is based on scientific and/or clinical methods that are ethical and valid;
- that all authors have contributed to and approve the abstract and its entire contents.
- All accepted abstracts will be published electronically on digital media and on the WCD 2019 website, and distributed to all delegates.
- Accepted abstracts are official communications of the Congress. The presenting author agrees to register, to attend the Congress, and to present the abstract as scheduled by the WCD. The presenting author MUST REGISTER FOR THE WCD BY 16 FEBRUARY, 2019 before the abstract can officially be accepted for inclusion in the final scientific program and official Program Book.
- The evaluation and scoring of the abstract (acceptance as poster or as oral communication, or rejection) will be made according to a number of criteria, including:
- Scholarly and/or research validity
- Educational value
- Clarity of presentation
- Potential impact on global dermatology
2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSTRACT PREPARATION
(Please refer to the Abstract Template for specific guidance on formatting)
- Abstracts must be written and presented in English. Abstracts that are not written in understandable English will be rejected and/or returned to the author(s) for revision.
- Abstract must be uploaded in WORD format (.doc; .docx)
- Title, author’s names, author’s affiliation, presenting author must be provided by filling the online form
- Title: Use a concise descriptive title that indicates the content of the abstract. Please minimize the use of abbreviations in the title. Commercial trade names for drugs, devices, products, and services may NOT be used in the title.
- Author: The initial letter of the name(s) and the full surname for each author must be provided. Do not include degrees or titles.
- Affiliations: Each author should be listed by department, institution, city, and country.
- The body of the abstract text should not exceed 300 WORDS. The online submission program will automatically not allow submissions that do not fit this requirement. Symbols including superscripts and subscripts can be entered in the online system.
- The body of the abstract text must be formatted with the following sub-headings as appropriate. Each sub-heading should be formatted in bold text, begin on a new line, and followed by a colon and space (:). The text for each sub-section should begin immediately after the colon and space (see sample abstract below).
For clinical or investigative studies:
- Materials and Methods:
For case reports or case series:
- Key message:
It is NOT satisfactory to simply state that “The results will be discussed.” Only common and standard abbreviations may be used without definition.
NO REFERENCES, TABLES, CHARTS OR IMAGES ARE ALLOWED.
Check spelling and grammar carefully. Direct reproduction from your electronically submitted abstract text means that any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific data will be reproduced as submitted.
Drugs, devices, products, and services should be identified by generic name only within the abstract. The use of commercial drug names, brands and registered trademarks are strictly prohibited. No mention of pharmaceutical company names should be included in the abstract.
Data must be given in units (International metric system is preferred) that are generally accepted in scientific publications.
All co-authors must agree with the submitted results and conclusions, and consent to being listed as authors.
Work involving humans or animals, or material derived from them must have been approved by an institutional ethics committee.
3. ABSTRACT TOPICS
For reviewing and scheduling purposes, abstracts will be classified into thematic areas. Please indicate on the submission webpage the appropriate topic classifications to which your abstract belongs. Only 1 thematic category may be chosen. The WCD Free Communications Committee will attempt to respect the authors’ choice regarding their self-selection to a specific topic, but reserves the right to change the allocation in order to achieve a well-balanced scientific program.
- Acne, rosacea, and related disorders (including hidradenitis suppurativa)
- Adverse drug reactions, including SJS, TEN
- Aesthetic and cosmetic dermatology (lasers separate category)
- Art in dermatology
- Atopic eczema/dermatitis
- Autoimmune bullous diseases
- Autoimmune connective tissue diseases
- Contact dermatitis and occupational dermatoses
- Dermatological surgery
- Dermoscopy and skin imaging
- Gender dermatology
- Genetics and Genodermatoses
- Haemangiomas and vascular malformations
- Hair disorders
- History of Dermatology
- Humanitarian dermatology/migrant health
- Infectious diseases (bacterial, fungal, viral, parasitic, infestations)
- Inflammatory skin diseases (other than atopic dermatitis & psoriasis)
- LGBT Health
- Medical therapies and pharmacology
- Melanoma and melanocytic naevi
- Mucosal diseases (oral, anogenital), external eye disease
- Nail disorders
- Paediatric dermatology
- Photobiology and Photoprotection
- Phototherapy, photodynamic therapy
- Quality of Life, Quality of Care, and Patient Safety
- Sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS
- Skin cancer (other than melanoma)
- Skin manifestations of internal disease
- Tropical dermatology
- Urticaria, angioedema
- Vascular disease, vasculitis
- Wound healing
4. RESIDENTS AND FELLOWS FORUM
The WCD will schedule a special Forum during the Congress to feature extended oral presentations by dermatology residents and fellows on basic or clinical research. Individuals will be chosen for this Forum based on the scientific quality and impact of their work as judged by the WCD Free Communications Committee. When submitting your abstract online, select the applicable box if you are a Resident or Fellow and you wish to be considered for this Forum. You may also wish to consider applying for a WCD 2019 Scholarship if you are submitting your abstract for this session.
5. IMPORTANT DEADLINES
Online Abstract Submission will be available on the Congress website until 15 September, 2018.
Please follow the instructions detailed on the website. Your abstract submission will be acknowledged automatically by email, but this confirmation does not constitute official acceptance for presentation.
FAX SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Submitted abstract can be modified until 15 September, 2018 (abstract submission deadline). Please remove the abstract previously submitted and upload the new document.
Authors who wish to withdraw their abstract must send a written request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. WCD 2019 SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships will be provided by the WCD 2019 to assist participants from around the world to present their work at the WCD. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit and relative financial need as judged by the WCD 2019 Scholarship and Awards Committee. Please refer to the Scholarship section of the website for the adjudication criteria. Awards will also be provided to outstanding oral and poster presentations.
7. ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION
Authors will be notified starting from 12 December, 2018 as to the acceptance status of their submissions. This includes the assignment of session category and presentation format (oral or poster). Detailed instructions regarding requirements and instructions for oral and poster presentations will also be provided at that time.
If your abstract is accepted, you must register no later than 16 February, 2019. Unless you register by that date, your abstract will not be included in any WCD print or online publications or the official program book.
For more information please contact:
WCD 2019 Secretariat