Log in as a new user if you have not already created a user account, or had one created for you. If you have previously submitted an abstract to this Congress you should have a user account. If you are a reviewer you should have received log-in instructions from the site administrator. Your email address acts as a username.
You may use any alphanumeric characters in your password, but not spaces. A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 characters are allowed.
If you have forgotten your password, click on the "forgot password" link, enter your email address and then submit. Your password will be sent to the email address used to create your account. If you no longer have access to that email account, send an email to the Abstract Manager and request assistance.
Select this button to submit a new abstract.
Select this button to see the list of abstracts you have submitted to this Congress. If the submissions are still open you may edit the abstracts and authors, but if submissions are closed, you will be able to edit authors only. To edit an abstract click on the abstract ID.
Select this button to change your contact details or set a new password.
Number of Abstracts
ICM policy states that any individual may only submit three abstracts.
Authorization and Conflict
You are asked to give your permission for the Congress to publish your abstract if it is accepted. As the submitting author you are giving permission on behalf of all co-authors. If you indicate "no", you will not be able to proceed with the submission. The Congress will also be publishing the Powerpoint or other presentation files for oral and symposium presentations on the ICM website after the Congress, and requests permission to do should your abstract be accepted for such a presentation.
Please declare and identify any conflicts of interest you or any of your co-authors may have, and any funding sources that could be perceived as a conflict of interest for you or a co-author.
Initially the list of authors and organizations/affiliations is blank. The system does not assume that the person submitting the abstract is an author, so for most users the first step is to add themselves as an author. Click the "Add Me As Author" link on the top left, and the system will create an author and affiliation record for you based on the contact details already provided. If you are the presenting author change the presenter pull-down from No to Yes to indicate you are the presenter.
To add additional authors click on the "Add Author" link, and then complete the drop down form as required, and then press the Save button. Each new author you add must have at least one Organization/Affiliation (institutions such as University, Corporation, Society, Government Ministry etc.). If that Organization/Affiliation has already been created select it from the pull-down list, or select "Add Organization" to create a new one. Each author must have one Organization/Affiliation, and may have up to three. Those who are self employed should enter "Practitioner", "Private Practice" if this is accurate, or "Self Employed". If you havre no affiliation with any institution or organization, and are not a practicing midwife, then enter "None" in the field. You must still provide your primary City and Country.
There are two sections in the author input screen: A. Enter a New Author, is used to enter a new author into the system. Fill in the required fields. The second section: B. Select an Existing Author, can be used if you have already submitted an abstract, and will offer you a list of authors you have already added into the system, so you don't have to type the details again. Simply select an author from the list. Note you will still have to enter their Organization/Affiliation if it is new for this abstract.
Please provide email addresses for authors if possible. All communication with authors is by email. Even if the co-author is not presenting, having email addresses helps when we create the author index. For example, if authors R. Smith and R.B. Smith of Imperial College London have the same email address we know they are the same person. If you do not know an author's email address, enter “nil” in the email field.
To add an Organization/Affiliation to the abstract, click on the "Add Organization" link. A drop-down screen will appear, where you will enter the Organization/Affiliation details. To associate an Organization/Affiliation with an author, select the Organization/Affiliation Pull-down for that author and enter the number for that Organization/Affiliation. Each author may have up to 3 Organization/Affiliation, but must have at least one.
Authors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico and the USA will see a state/province field appear after selecting their country, and should select the appropriate entry. Authors from other countries should not see this field.
Repeat this until all co-authors have been entered. There is no limit on the number of authors attached to an abstract. If you have a very long list of authors, you may consider entering some under a group name, using the Corporate Author feature.
Adding Corporate Authors
If you have an institutional or corporate author (eg. The New York Aids Research Group), click on the "Add Corporate Author" link, and enter the name of the group. Corporate authors have no institutional affiliation, and can not be designated as a presenter. Usually corporate authors are listed at the end of the list of authors.
Number of Presenters Allowed
Each abstract must have at least one designated presenter. The maximum number of presenters allowed is 4. If you need to change the presenter(s) after the close of submissions you may do so by emailing the Abstract Manager.
Single Oral Presentation
ICM policy states that any individual shall only be given one oral presentation. If you submit multiple oral abstracts with the same designated presenter only one of them may be offered a position in an oral session.
There are 4 separate submission types, Individual Abstract: Research based, Individual Abstract: Sharing Practice based, Symposium, and Skills Workshops). Select the submission type which applies. The rest of the submission form will change when you select a given submission type. Note that if you change submission types after completing other fields some of your data may be lost, so check all fields before proceeding.
Choose the subject which most closely matches your abstract from the pull down list. The Scientific and Professional Programme Committee (SPPC) reserves the right to change the themes, and move abstracts between themes as it sees fit.
Requested Presentation Type
If you are submitting an Individual Abstract, please indicate if you prefer a on oral or poster presentation. If you select oral as your preferred format, you should also indicate if you are willing to accept a poster if not accepted for an oral. Note that if you select oral and then say no to accepting a poster your abstract will be rejected if you are not selected for an oral. If you are submitting a symposium or skills workshop the presentation format options will not show on your screen.
Special Topic Session
If you have selected oral as your preferred presentation format you should indicate if you would like to be considered for one of the Special Topic Sessions. If you wish to be considered, you must select which session you wish to be considered for.
Title of the Abstract
Enter the title of your Abstract. Please Use Upper and Lower Case Letters for your title. DO NOT USE ALL CAPITALS. The maximum number of characters allowed in a title is 150. If you exceed the character count the character counter will turn red. If you try and submit a title that is over limit you will receive see an error message and will be unable to submit the abstract.(Tip, you can copy and paste the Title from your word processor file if you don’t want to rekey it).
Do not use bold in your title. If at all possible try and avoid using subscripts and superscripts in titles. If you have used italics in your title the formatting will have disappeared when you pasted your title in the field. To reapply italics you should add html italics tags <em> and </em>, around the text to be italicized. For example to italicize Campylobacter you would enter: <em>Campylobacter</em>.
Input Body of your Abstract
There are two ways to input the body of your abstract. You can key it into the box or boxes provided, just as you would with a text editor or word processor, or you can copy and paste it from the word processor file you have already prepared.
To copy and paste, open your word processor file, and select the body of your abstract with your mouse (do not include the authors or title, as you have already entered these). Copy the selected text, on a PC press Control C, Mac users use Command C, or select “copy” under the edit menu of your software. After you have copied the text, return to your browser, place the cursor at the top of the input box, and select “paste” from either the edit menu of your browser, or on a PC press Control P, on a Mac, Command P. If you use right mouse buttons to perform the copy and paste you may see a small paste button appear, leading to an intermediate input box where you will have to paste your text and then press OK. This is simply a security feature in your browser intercepting the mouse button paste, and requiring you to manually press an extra OK button. It does not indicate any problem, and has no impact on what you paste.
If your meeting is using multiple input fields, then each box should be for a separate subhead, such as Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, etc. Follow to labels to determine which text should go into which box. The system will automatically insert the subhead for you, so don't include this in your text. If your meeting is using only a single input box this does not apply.
Formatting Abstract Characters
When you paste the text into one of the abstract boxes, we try and preserve any character formatting you applied in your word processing file. The copy and paste should preserve bold, italic, underline, superscript (m2) and subscript (CO2). Any other formatting should be ignored (see below for bulleted lists). These character formats will have been translated in HTML mark-up. You can see the html code by pressing the Source button. You can edit the html code directly if you wish, but caution that if you break the tags you may lose formatting. If you do have problems simply delete the pasted text and re-paste.
If character formatting does not copy and paste in correctly, or you are keying directly into the box(es), them you may use the Formatting Bar to correct character formatting. B for bold, I for italic, U for underline, X2 for subscript, and X2 for superscript.
Greek or Math Symbols
If your computer has a newer operating system (Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10, or any version of MacOS10) then you should be using Unicode typefaces, and all Greek, math and other symbols should copy and paste into your abstract without difficulty. (The site uses the UTF-8 standard). However if you have an older computer, or are using a non-unicode typeface, Greek or math symbols in your abstract may substitute with some other character when you paste the text into the input box. Check to ensure that all Greek, math and other uncommon symbols have been captured correctly.
If you have a character substitution, you can use the provided special character link to apply Greek and math symbols. For example: If you have an old computer, or are using a non-unicode typeface, and had a β (Beta) in your abstract, it will have been replaced with a “b” when you pasted the text in the input window. This happens because your browser can only work in a single typeface at a time, and if it is the old 255 character style typeface, the browser will convert the beta into the default character mapped to the b key in your system – which will be b. To reapply the β, place your curser where you wish to insert a beta, and then click on the Ω button in the formatting bar. A pop-up window will appear with the complete Greek alphabet, common math operands, diacritic characters and other commonly used symbols. To input a beta, double click on the β, and a β character should appear where you had placed your curser. If you look at source code you should see that this has inserted the html character code β, which all browsers recognize as a β.
Users with Asian or Arabic operating systems should pay close attention to Greek and math symbols, as your typefaces may not be Unicode. Use a Unicode typeface if possible.
If you need a character not found in the table, and you can't copy and paste in, email the Abstract Manager with the details. They will insert the correct character for you.
Bulleted and Numbered Lists
If you create a bullet list or numbered list using the built-in formatting buttons in MS Word, your lists should copy and paste in correctly, and be converted to their html equivalents - an unordered list and an ordered list. If you look at the source code a bulleted list will appear as:<ul>
While a numbered list will appear as:<ol>
On your screen it should appear as:
- Point 1
- Point 2
- Point 1
- Point 2
If it doesn't look correct on the screen, then something has gone wrong. Try deleting the list and copy and paste again. If it still doesn't look correct, delete the list (check source code to make sure you have it all), and then use the Numbered List and Bulleted List buttons to create the list on the site.
As you input your abstract, the system will count the number of words in the abstract, and show the result below the input box. It will also count the number of words in each input box, and place the total at the bottom left of the boxes. If you have exceeded the allowed maximum of 250 the total word count figure will turn red, and you will not be able to submit your abstract. Please reduce the number of words in your abstract until you are below the maximum. If your abstract contains images or tables, each of these will count as 75 against the maximum number.
Why is my count different than shown on screen? All word count algorithms provide slightly different results, so the count you made in your software may be different than the count on this site, particularly when counting lists, and table data. For example in MS Word a bullet character and space after are counted as being part of the next word, and count as one word, while this site counts the bullet character and space after as a word by themselves. Note that in a numbered list, Word counts the number as a separate word. (eg. • point1 counts as a single word in MS Word, but 1. point1 counts as two words). It is the word count on this site that counts, and you must make sure your abstract does not go over this limit.
Note: if you are using bulleted or numbered lists, if you use the html codes for bulleted lists <ul> and numbered lists <ol>, then neither the bullets or the number will count, as they are represented by the html tag <li>, which the algorithm ignores.
One final issue on Word counts. You can fool the word count by creating a table with large amounts of text in it (if your meeting allows tables). However, this makes the abstract difficult to read, and reviewers tend to score difficult abstracts poorly, or can refuse to read it altogether if you have made it too long. Data tables are for data, not text.
Submit For Review
After the abstract has been saved, you will be shown a review screen, showing all of the information you have entered, for one last check. If everything is correct, select the “Submit for Review” button at the bottom of the screen. You are now finished and may close your browser.
Save as Draft
If you are not ready to submit, you can save as a draft, which saves everything to the server, but doesn't commit the abstract, and does not permit the Science Committee to see it. If you save a draft, make sure you come back before the submission deadline and submit it for review.
Please note that the abstract is not finished until you click on the Submit for Review button; before that it is merely saved, but not yet approved for peer review. At close tech support will review all saved but not submitted abstracts, and submit those that appear to be complete.
There is no actual "log out" button. To log out click on the Home Button, or close your browser window or tab.
If you have a table in your abstract, you cannot copy and paste this into the text input field. If your meeting accepts tables in abstracts there will be an insert table section near the bottom of the page, with one or more table icons with the label "Empty" across it. Click on this icon to reveal the table insert box. This looks much like a text insert box, but has an insert table button on the left of the formatting bar, and text justification buttons on the right. There are two ways to insert a table:
1. Copy from MS Word
If you have created a table in MS Word, you can copy and paste the table into the table box. As long as you have selected and copied all of the table code from Word it should translate into an html table. Simply place your curser in the box and paste. If your table does not appear, it probably means you did not get all of the table. Delete everything from the table box and try again. If your table did appear in the box, one thing you will notice is that the contents of all cells will be left justified. Use the three justification buttons to re-align your test as desired.
2. Create a new table
Click on the Create table button on the Formatting Bar, and then provide the table characteristics, most especially the desired number of rows and columns. Leave the table width at 500 pixels to start, and the height blank. If you want the first row or column to be in bold, then identify them to be headers, and set the alignment (this refers to the header cells only not data cells). Add a Caption or Summary if desired, and then press OK.
An empty table should them appear in the box. Enter the data into the cells as needed. Character formatting and alignment can be adjusted using the Formatting Bar. If you need to add or delete rows or columns, or adjust table properties, click into the table, and then right click, selecting the desired feature. To span cells, select the cells and right mouse click, selecting cell, and then the feature desired. When you have completed the table and formatted as desired, simply click out of the table box. We recommend that you then save the abstract right away, so as not to loose any of your work.
The Word Count algorithm will count each table as 75 words against your limit of 250 words.