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Abstract Regulations & Guidelines


  • A maximum of two abstracts can be submitted per submitting author.

  • With the submission of an abstract to the APRU Global Health Conference 2021, the submitting author:

  1. Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted abstract.

  2. Confirms that all authors are aware of and agree to the content of the abstract and support the data presented.

  3. Confirms the abstract derived from paper has not been previously published at the time of submission.

  4. Agrees that in the event that the paper is published in advance of the Conference, the abstract will be withdrawn from presentation.

  5. Gives permission for the abstract, when selected for presentation, to be published in the Conference proceedings.

  6. Understands that no more than two abstracts can be submitted.

  7. Confirms that the presenting author will register* for the Conference by 26 October 2021 (11:59pm, Pacific Time) - deadline extended. Accepted abstracts of authors who have not registered for the Conference will not be included in the programme nor publication.

    *Registration for the Conference will be open in mid-late June 2021

Abstract Themes

Abstracts will be accepted for the following themes:


Abstract Themes








Non-communicable diseases (e.g. mental health, smoking, diabetes, cardiovascular disease cancer)

Infectious diseases

Environment, health & active lifestyle (e.g. air pollution, climate change, physical activities, ageing, occupational health & safety, maternal & child health/reproductive health)

Smart city / technology

Health systems & governance

Global health education & training

Others (e.g. migration/displacement, natural disasters)

Abstracts must be submitted under one of the above pre-defined themes. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to place the abstracts submitted under a different theme if it is deemed more appropriate.


The abstract should be written in Standard English and in an intelligible fashion. The Scientific Committee has the right to reject abstracts which are presented in substandard English, or may request an immediate revision by the authors.

Authors who believe their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use language-editing and copy-editing services. Obtaining this service is the responsibility of the author, and should be done before the submission of abstract.


Abstract Format

In order for an abstract to be considered, the following rules should be observed:


  • Abstract submission is in text format only.


  • Abstract title:

    • Titles should be brief (maximum of 30 words) and descriptive to reflect the content of the abstract.

    • Titles must be in Title Case, i.e. start each word with a capital letter and continue in lower case.

    • Commercial names should not be used in the abstract title.


  • Abstract authors:

    • No more than 10 authors should be listed. Professional title, institutional affiliations, departments, cities and countries for each author should be stated in the submission system.

    • A short biography of the presenting author should be submitted.



  • Abstract text:

  • Abstract text is required for submission for oral or poster presentation.

  • Abstract text should be submitted in structured paragraph format organised under the headings:

    1. Background

    2. Methods

    3. Results

    4. Conclusions (including Research implications and Clinical implications)

  • Word count:

    • Abstracts should be between 200 and 300 words. Abstracts containing more than 300 words will not be accepted.


  • Figures, photographs, tables, charts or references are NOT allowed in the abstract.


  • The abstract should not contain any abbreviations or acronyms.

  • Do not use I (cap i) or l (ell) for 1 (one), O (capital o) for 0 (zero), or ß (German esszett) for (beta).


  • For abstract of a randomized trial, please submit a completed “2-Da3-checklist for abstract of a randomized trial” via the Abstract Submission Portal (now closed). Please download the form here.


  • Where relevant, the clinical trial registration number should be included at the end of the abstract. For studies that have a registration number, this number should be included initially when a trial acronym is used to refer to the trial in the report or to other trials discussed in the paper. For data that have been deposited in a public repository and/or are the subject of analysis elsewhere, the distinctive, persistent data set identifier, the repository name, and the number should be included at the end of the abstract.

Modes of Presentation
Abstract submitters can choose one of the following modes of presentation when submitting their abstracts:

An accepted abstract, by default, will be considered for oral and poster presentation. If the submitting author prefers poster presentation to oral presentation. Please indicate it when submitting the abstract.

The Conference’s Scientific Committee will make the selection of abstracts for oral or poster in August 2021. An abstract acceptance notification will be sent out to the submitting authors by 31 August 2021.

​*Students must choose between entering their posters for the Global Health Student Poster Contest, OR through the regular abstract submission portal to be considered for the general abstract review process.

Abstract Submission Procedures

  • Abstract submission is via the Abstract Submission Portal (now closed). An account must be opened for abstract submission.

  • An abstract can be saved as draft for revisit. However, please ensure that you submit your final abstract before the deadline. Abstract drafts will not be considered for acceptance.

  • Only abstracts submitted online will be accepted.

  • An accepted abstract, by default, will be considered for oral and poster presentation. Submitting authors may indicate their presentation preference when submitting the abstracts.

  • Abstracts already submitted may only be edited before the abstract submission deadline.

  • If you wish to withdraw your submission, please email to Conference Secretariat directly (

  • Upon completion of abstract submission, the submitting author will receive a confirmation email containing an abstract number from the Conference Secretariat. This confirmation is a confirmation of abstract submission and NOT a notice of acceptance.


Abstract Submission Deadline

Your submission must be received by 1 August 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time).

Abstract Selection Process

  • Abstracts will be judged solely on the data submitted. Statements such as "further data will be presented" are not acceptable and will result in the abstract being rejected.

  • Abstracts will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Significance and Relevance

  2. Theoretical Foundation

  3. Innovation

  4. Approach and Findings

  5. Implications

  6. Clarity

Abstract Publication

  • All abstracts accepted for oral presentation will be published in the Journal of Public Health and Emergency (JPHE).

  • A few of the top abstracts will be selected and developed into full papers. They will be published in a special edition of the journal. All full papers will undergo JPHE’s standard peer review process.

  • The abstracts selected for poster presentations will be evaluated. They may be published in the journal.

  • Please read the Abstract Instructions for Authors from JPHE.

  • For abstract of a randomized trial, please submit a completed “2-Da3-checklist for abstract of a randomized trial” via the Abstract Submission Portal (now closed). The form will be submitted to JPHE. Please download the form here.

  • The Scientific Committee, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Health and Emergency, reserve the right to publish or not publish any abstracts.

  • The Conference Secretariat will share abstract authors’ contacts and abstract information with JPHE for necessary follow-ups and revision of the abstract. The Conference will not disclose any personal information provided by you to any other external body or organisation unless you have been informed or it is required to do so by law.

For abstract enquiries, please contact
Secretariat for APRU Global Health Conference 2021
c/o International Conference Consultants Ltd

Tel: (852) 2559 9973
Fax: (852) 2547 9528

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