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Abstracts frequently asked questions

What is an abstract?
An abstract is a stand-alone statement that briefly explains, in a non-repetitive style, the essential information of a study. The abstract presents the purpose, methods, results and conclusions.

How many abstracts can I submit?
There is no limit to the number of abstracts an individual may submit, but the same research cannot be submitted twice, even under a different topic/category or with a different title.

Can I submit an abstract by email?
No, abstracts can be submitted only via the online submission service. Any abstract sent by email will not be accepted and automatically returned to the sender.

How much does it cost to submit an abstract to the ESC Congress?
Abstract submission to ESC Congress is free of charge.

Who reviews the abstracts?
Each valid submitted abstract will be reviewed by 7-10 members of the Abstract Review Committee (graders) from a pool of over 1 500 experienced professionals. The final selection will be made by the ESC Congress Programme Committee in April 2016.  

How will your abstract be assessed?
The following criteria will be used when assessing the abstract:
- Does the abstract address a relevant problem related to cardiovascular science or cardiovascular medicine?
- Is the methodology adequate and acceptable?
- Have the data/findings been interpreted appropriately?
- Are the results clearly presented?
- Are the conclusions supported by the presented data?
- Are the contents of the abstract clear and intelligible?
The Abstract Review Committee (graders) is required to identify abstracts pertaining to commercial promotion of a proprietary product, to notify the selection committee

What language can I use in the abstract?
All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English using UK English spelling with accurate grammar and spelling suitable for publication.

How many words should my abstract contain?
There is not a specific maximum of words, but rather a maximum total size of the abstracts (shown as 100 %), including the text with spaces, table and picture (if any). The maximum abstract size is 40 lines (3 000 characters).  The character limit does not include the title and the authors.

I have submitted my abstract but I need to make a correction in the content/title/authors list. What can I do?   
Once submitted, there is no possibility to correct the abstract content or information (such as authors list, topic, category....). In order to correct your abstract you must first withdraw it (see below withdrawal procedure) and then submit the updated version prior to the deadline. Note that such replacement of your abstract is not possible after the submission deadline. In the case of errors discovered after the deadline, you may indicate the correction during your presentation at the congress. However, changes will not be included in the publications.

Can I submit the same abstract to another conference?
Submitted abstracts should not have been presented, nor published prior to the ESC Congress.  

Can I submit an abstract that has been previously presented or published?
No, unless there are major updates in the data.

When will I receive the abstract acceptance notification?
The abstract results will be sent by email to each abstract submitter early-May 2016.

Can I change the assigned Presenter?
The submitter will be asked to assign the presenter upon receipt of acceptance. If the presenter needs to be changed afterwards, please send an email to as soon as possible. In all cases, the presenter must be part of the submitted authors list and be able to present and discuss all aspects of the research.

What about the abstract presenter registration?

All abstract presenters must register for the congress. Results are announced early enough to benefit from the early fee registration (deadline is 31 May 2016).

What do you mean by assigning and transferring rights and copyright to the ESC?
The content belongs to the author(s) but if the abstract is accepted, the submitter agrees on behalf of all co-authors to give to the ESC the right to reproduce and distribute the work submitted, including reprints, electronic forms or any reproduction for educational purposes of similar nature on a worldwide basis.

I need to withdraw my abstract. How should I proceed?

The abstract submitter needs to send an email to with the abstract number and title, asking for withdrawal.

Where and when will my abstract be published?

One week before the congress, all accepted abstracts will be available on the Scientific Programme & Planner through the ESC Website and on the ESC 2016 Mobile App.
They will also be published in the abstract supplement of the European Heart Journal – Volume 37, September 2016.

Can I choose the format of my abstract presentation?
No, the final selection will be made by the ESC Congress Programme Committee in April 2016. The format and scheduling of presentations cannot be changed.  

Where do I find the information on the presentation format my abstract has been accepted for?
The information related to your abstract presentation are available on your agreement form through your My ESC account, as soon as the results are announced. Also available on the ESC website.

Who is my audience?

There are different audiences for your abstract at the Congress
- The congress delegates, who will come to hear you present your work because they may have topic related interest: scientists, surgeons, clinicians, researchers, nurses, general practitioners, technicians, trainees
- An international cardiovascular specialist community looking for scientific exchange and networking
- Wider audiences who can’t attend the congress but whose access abstracts online, after congress

A well written abstract is a way of making your project known, informing practice and/or education and establishing connections with other researchers in your field of interest.