Abstracts and Clinical Cases can be submitted via the online Abstract Submission Service only. Abstracts/cases sent by fax or email will not be accepted.
You must select one of the following categories and options to classify the type of your submission:
* If you submit a clinical case you should choose either the option Oral Presentation or Poster for display only.
Submission deadline: Friday 12 January 2018, 23:59 (CET- Central European Time). No late submissions will be accepted.
If you do not click on the submit button (Step 4 of the abstract submission service), your abstract/case will be saved in Draft Status. You will then be able to review it and submit it at a later time (but only before the deadline).
NB: Abstracts/cases that are in draft status after the deadline cannot be processed and therefore will not be considered for selection.
Once submitted, it is not possible to make any corrections to the abstract/case content or information (such as Presenter details, topic, authors list etc...). The ESC is not authorised to make changes to a submission. In order to correct your abstract/case you must withdraw it and submit a new corrected version prior to the deadline (See below for withdrawal procedure). Note that, such replacement of your abstract/case is not possible after the deadline. In the case of errors in your abstract/case discovered after the deadline, you may indicate the correction during the presentation at the congress. However, changes will not be included in the publications. If accepted, your abstract/case will be published as submitted.
If you want to withdraw an abstract/case already submitted, please notify us as quickly as possible at email@example.com stating the title and number of the abstract/case to be withdrawn.
Note that, withdrawals are still accepted after the submission deadline but abstracts/cases may still appear in publications. All abstract/case withdrawal requests must be received in writing (via e-mail) by March 2018 to avoid publications.
Maximum 200 characters typed in lower-case letters, except for abbreviations and study names. Please be careful that your title might be truncated if you copy and paste it into the field. Do not include authors, institutions, city names, trademarks and abbreviations in the title.
Select one topic from the list of topics which best describes the content (for Abstract/Case Evaluation). Make sure you select the appropriate topic/best matching topic as this choice will determine which graders will review your abstract/case. Abstracts/cases submitted under a topic that does not match the subject matter of the abstract/case may be given a lower score from reviewers.
Note that in order to view the topic list, you must first select the ESC Event for which you submit your abstract/case (first field of the page).
You must select among the available categories
You may choose to submit your abstract/case under one of the following options:
To present your abstract in one of the Young Investigators Awards (YIA) sessions, you must be 35 years old or younger at the time of the congress (born after May 26th, 1982)
Special note to YIA submitters – If you are submitting the abstract on behalf of the first author/presenter, you must enter the first author’s birth date, as this date will be the qualifying point for the option validation. Abstracts with non eligible birth dates will be automatically removed from this option and graded as “no options” abstracts. Please tick the appropriate box in the Abstract Information section.
Apply for the Nursing and Allied Professions Investigator Award. Reserved for registered nurses and allied professionals within 5 years after confirmation of their PhD.
Note that by default the 1st author should be the presenter, if not, he/she needs to be able to explain his/her role in the research. Furthermore, on-site during the session, presenters will be in competition and graded under the following categories: originality, scientific content, presentation, answers to questions – they therefore need to be good English speakers.
If your abstract is selected for a YIA/NIA session, you will receive specific instructions. Prizes will be given to the best presentations in each session (First Prize Winner (€ 1000) and two Runners-Up (€ 250), during the Awards Ceremony and all finalists will receive a 400€ travel grant. We highlight the fact that only the Presenter may receive the prize & diploma addressed to him/her.
Abstracts submitted within the framework of HF-DACH 2018 must contain the name ‘HF – DACH 2018’ at the beginning of the abstract title at the time of submission: ‘HF – DACH 2018 + abstract title’.
These abstracts will be considered for the Heart Failure 2018 scientific programme.
In addition, the HFA will organise a specific ‘HF – DACH 2018’ poster session on Saturday 26 May, during which all of the identified abstracts can be presented as posters on display. This will not apply to any abstracts which have been selected for oral presentation as part of Heart Failure 2018.
You may use this field to enter the name of the affiliation for your research or the name of an investigating team. Do not use this field to list individual authors. Affiliation/Investigating team will not be listed in the authors index of the Scientific Programme but will appear in publications.
All sources of financial support (including governmental grants) for this research should be listed under this heading. All grant funding agency abbreviations should be spelled out. This information will be published.
If the study to be presented is known through an acronym, please indicate the name of the study (e.g. "EMIT") in the appropriate field, as well as the full name of the acronym (e.g. "European Mizaverol Trial").
Your abstract/case must list at least 1 author in order to be submitted.
Please note that the first author should be the abstract Presenter by default. Nevertheless, it can be modified through the agreement form online available in February 2018. In all cases, the Presenter must be part of the authors list included in the submitted abstract/case and be able to explain his/her role in the research during presentation.
You may enter up to 15 authors in the authors list including the Presenter. The names of authors will be published as listed on the submission form.
Please make sure you have entered the full list of authors and that the information given for each author is correct, as no changes will be possible after the abstract/case is submitted (see paragraph on changes and corrections above).
The authors’ order and details (names, cities, country codes) will be published as entered by the submitter.
The submitter certifies that he/she has permission from all persons he/she enters as co-authors to be listed in this abstract/case and that they are aware that their names will appear in all publications.
If none of the authors are able to present the abstract/case during the congress, the abstract/case should be withdrawn. Abstracts/cases not withdrawn prior to the event and not presented (at their schedule date /time) will be considered as "not presented" and presenter as no/Show. The abstract/case will therefore be removed from the congress publications (Online SP&P and Mobile App) and no certificate will be delivered.
This is a mandatory step.
You will be requested to select your institution when you create the presenter and the authors. Once you have entered your city, a list will automatically appear from which you can select your institution.
If your institution is not in the list, you have the possibility of creating it.
If your city is not in the list, please enter it, press enter then add your institution.
All abstracts/cases must be submitted (and will be presented) in English using UK English spelling with accurate grammar and spelling suitable for publication. If in doubt, please arrange for the review of your abstract by a native English speaker, by a university scientific publications office (or other similar facility) prior to submission.
Abstracts/cases must contain original material neither published nor presented elsewhere prior to Heart Failure 2018 (in print or electronically).
Abstracts/cases submitted on animal studies: study must follow the "Principles of laboratory animal care" (NIH Publication no. 85-23 revised 1985) and according to the national law if applicable.
Do not cut and paste symbols into your text. Use the symbols provided when you click on the Omega button (?).
Use the following headings:
Use the following
Introduction and description of your patient including presenting condition, comorbidities, psychological and social factors
Identification of the problem, procedures, techniques and patient management (using a holistic approach)
Questions, problems or possible differential diagnosis
Conclusions and implications for clinical practice
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 (if any). The maximum abstract/case size is 35 lines (3 000 characters) – if no table included-
Use the save and refresh button at the bottom in order to display the size of the abstract/case in percentage (shown on the left of the screen). The programme converts the size in % when you save it as a draft.
The character limit does not include the title and the authors. Only the abstract/case text, table and spaces are taken into account.
The Table field holds a table without surrounding text. Do NOT COPY your table into the field. You must RECREATE your table using the tools provided.
The maximum size of the table is 12 columns and 20 rows, and you can only enter one table. The title field is optional.
In addition to your text, you can add a picture.
Your picture file must meet the following criteria:
Please make sure that your picture is readable on the abstract/case preview (this represents how it will look in all publications). You can only enter one picture, and the title field is optional.
Important: As the grading and selection process is blinded, the title and body text must not contain identifying features, ie information such as
Failure to comply with the above requirements will/may lead to automatic rejection of the submission or this information may be deleted by the abstract services and some rephrasing may occur.
Furthermore, the Abstract Review Committee (graders) is required to identify abstracts/cases pertaining to commercial promotion of a proprietary product, to notify the selection committee.
Do not include grant acknowledgements in the abstract/case content. Use the appropriate field.
Do not cite keywords or references in the abstract/case, as they are not allowed and will be deleted.
Do not include copyright or trademark symbols.
Limit use of acronyms and abbreviations. Define at first use with acronym or abbreviation in parentheses.
Please note that any medical research involving human subjects must conform to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association. We remind you that patient’s photos should be avoided and the patient must never be identifiable in your presentation.
Proofread abstracts/cases carefully to avoid errors before submission, check spelling and grammar. The abstract/case will be reviewed and published (if accepted) as it has been submitted – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Do not forget to click on the Submit button to validate your abstract/case submission. After having submitted your abstract/case, you will receive an immediate automatic confirmation by email (please make sure to state your correct email address!) notifying you the abstract/case number. Please use this reference in all correspondence. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact the Abstract Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no limit to the number of abstracts/cases an author/individual may submit, but the same research cannot be submitted twice, even under a different topic/category or with a different title. If you submit two abstracts/cases with the same content, the abstract submission service will automatically keep the most recent abstract/case submitted and withdraw the other. Note that duplicate draft abstracts/cases will not be deleted.
If you have difficulties in submitting your abstracts/cases or if you need any further information, please contact the Abstract Team at email@example.com
All abstracts/cases will be blinded for review by 7 to 10 members of the Abstract Review Committee (graders). Each grader is selected by the Congress Programme Committee to review abstracts/cases in their category that best fits their expertise.
Our intent is to be most inclusive of the quality science received without compromising scientific integrity.
The Abstract Review Committee (graders) is required to identify abstracts/cases pertaining to commercial promotion of a proprietary product, to notify the selection committee.
Abstracts/cases submitted for consideration must be an original idea, concept, or an improvement or revision of a previous idea. Submissions are peer-reviewed for scientific content, logical presentation, and current interest of the topic to the scientific community.
The final selection will be made by the Congress Programme Committee in February 2018 that will determine the format, day and time of presentation for each abstract/case. No rescheduling or changes will be possible.
Accepted abstracts/cases will be scheduled either as oral presentations or Moderated Poster or Poster Presentations.
All presentations including question-and-answers will be conducted in English. Presenters are expected to be good English speakers.
All submitters will be notified by e-mail by Mid February 2018 about the outcome (accepted or not accepted) of the review and selection process. Please ensure that the email provided is accurate as all correspondences will be sent via email.
If the abstract/case is accepted, instructions and guidelines concerning the abstract/ case presentation will be provided online.
The same presenter cannot be assigned to more than 3 abstracts/cases - co-authors should then be assigned as presenters.
All expenses (airfare, hotel, registration....) associated with the submission and presentation of an abstract/case, are under the responsibility of the presenter.
Submission of an abstract/case constitutes a commitment by the author(s) to present if accepted. Failure to present and register for the Congress, if not justified (abstract/case withdrawn), will be identified as “no-show” and will jeopardize future acceptance of abstracts/cases.
Accepted abstracts/cases will be published, as a supplement of the European Journal of Heart Failure.
Abstracts/cases will also be available online on the Scientific Programme & Planner as well as on the Mobile App.
Accepted abstracts/cases are under embargo until one week before the congress. At that time they will be available on the Scientific Programme & Planner through the ESC Website, and also on the HF 2018 Mobile App.
Abstracts selected for a Press Release will remain under embargo until the beginning of the session in which they are presented. Abstract content will be released thereafter.
Until presentation at Heart Failure 2018 accepted abstracts/cases should not be published in any other journals and/or online publications or presented at any international congress.
Breaking of the Embargo Policy by a presenter or co-author will lead to:
Affirmation of Originality and Copyrights transfer statement
The submitter signs for all co-authors. He/she accepts responsibility for the present rules for submission and presentation on behalf of all co-authors.
The Congress Programme Committee requests all presenters to display a slide at the beginning of their presentation (at the bottom of the poster for poster presentations) indicating disclosure information for themselves and all coauthors as applicable, or that they have nothing to disclose. Please state "None" if no conflicts exist.
This will allow the audience to take potential conflicts of interest into account when assessing the objectivity of the presentation.
A potential conflict of interest may arise from various relationships, past or present, such as employment, consultancy, investments and stock ownership, funding for research, family relationship, etc.
All potential conflicts of interest must be stated.
This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the article. Such relationships include, but are not limited to, employment by an industrial concern, ownership of stock, membership on a standing advisory council or committee, being on the board of directors, or being publicly associated with the company or its products. Other areas of real or perceived conflict of interest could include receiving honoraria or consulting fees or receiving grants or funds from such corporations or individuals representing such corporations.
By certifying that you have read these Submission rules, you also confirm having received the prior approval from the co-authors to provide their data to the ESC. You have personal data, which is, according the Law on data processing and Civil Liberties 78-17 of 6 January 1978 modified, registered with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The information you supply on this application is required to process it and it will be held in the ESC customer data files. It may be used for marketing and communication purposes by the ESC and its contractors only. You have the absolute right to access, amend and oppose any use of this personal data by writing to the ESC at the address mentioned below:
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