EULAR 2021 | congress abstract submission

EULAR invites you to submit an abstract to EULAR 2021, the European Congress of Rheumatology.

Abstract submission

The regular submission process to EULAR 2021 is now closed and notifications have been sent. See the presentation instructions for selected oral / poster abstracts

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You may access the above link to view your abstract submission.

Submission guidelines

The guidelines have been revised on 31 October 2020.

  1. Abstract submission must be in one of the different tracks:

A.    Basic and translational research
B / C. Clinical topics by disease / area of research
D.    Health Professionals in Rheumatology practice and clinical care research
E.    Patient perspective / PARE research

The tracks are subdivided into 55 abstract topics. The correct category and topic must be selected to ensure correct scoring. The content of the abstract must be topic related.

  1. Splitting of data originating from the same study across several abstracts and/or topics is not permitted and will lead to rejection of the abstracts.
  2. It is mandatory to use the abstract word template provided by the system. Please read all instructions carefully before preparing your abstract. We recommend limiting your abstract to 55 lines.
  3. Counting towards the 3600 characters:
    —    Abstract title (minimum 15, maximum 300 characters)
    —    Headings and content of the abstract word template, structured into the following sections:

    a. Background:
    b. Objectives:
    c. Methods:
    d. Results:
    e. Conclusions:
    f.  References:
    g. Characters from table content including title and footnotes.

  4. Characters not counted, but part of final abstract:
    —    Author first names, middle initials and last names
    —    Author affiliations
    —    Acknowledgements including working group
    —    Working group + "on behalf of" if entered
    —    Abstract number
    —    DOI (Declaration of conflict of interest)
    —    Invisible characters such as spaces
  5. Tables (characters included count): A maximum of 1 table can be included in the abstract word template with the following criteria: Combined maximum number of columns: 12 / rows: 20
  6. Graphs / Images: A maximum of 1 graph or 1 image each can be included. Tables turned into pictures/images are not accepted.
  7. Abstracts can be re-edited and modified until the submission deadline 
  8. Abstracts accepted for the congress are subject to the “EULAR Embargo rules”. With the submission of an abstract, the authors agree to the embargo rules.
  9. Conflict of interest: It is the intent of EULAR to provide high quality sessions focused on educational content that is free from commercial influence or bias. Thus, the submitting author of an abstract is requested to declare any potential conflicts of interest for all authors during the abstracts' submission.
  10. For clinical abstract submissions, the presenting author can be any of the listed authors without affiliations to industry. For basic, translational and clinical studies below Phase 2, the presenting author can be any of the listed authors.
  11. The inclusion of trade names/brand names is not allowed in the abstract. The mentioning of agents/molecules must follow the scientific standard for publications.
  12. The corresponding author has the right to grant, and does grant, on behalf of all authors an exclusive licence on a worldwide basis to the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and EULAR to publish the abstract (if accepted) in any media and to exploit all subsidiary rights.
  13. Only abstracts that contain original data can be submitted.
  14. Abstracts should not be submitted if the following applies:
    —    the abstract contains data that has been published or accepted for publication in a print or online journal.
    —    the abstract contains data that was presented at a scientific meeting more than 12 months prior to EULAR 2021.
  15. Presentation of an abstract or information thereof elsewhere between 1 September 2020 and 31 January 2021 is possible. This fact must be indicated on the submission form.
  16. Presentation of an abstract elsewhere between 1 February 2021 and 31 March 2021 is possible, if acceptance is still pending at the time of the regular abstract submission deadline (usually end of January). This fact must be indicated on the submission form. However, once the abstract has been accepted by EULAR it is automatically subject to the EULAR embargo rules.
  17. Abstracts will be reviewed blinded. The reviewers will judge the abstracts according to the scientific or clinical value, relevance to EULAR, suitability of methods to aims, conclusions confirmed by objective results, objectivity of statements, description of methods used, ethics, originality of work, standard of English and overall impression.
  18. Please ensure that your abstract does not contain spelling, grammatical or scientific errors, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. No proofreading will be done.
  19. Abstract acceptance will be in one of three categories: oral presentation, poster presentation, publication only.
  20. Should the abstract be selected for oral presentation, the authors, represented by the presenting author will be required to sign an agreement to grant EULAR the right to record the presentation (audio and slide) and subsequently use it for educational purposes (with or without a fee). The full text of the agreement, the publication licence, can be found on the right side of the column.
  21. Accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement to the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (ARD). Information on accepted abstracts (title and authors) will also be available online about two weeks prior to the congress. Published abstracts will be  available in the EULAR Abstract Archive during and after the congress.
  22. The submission of an abstract constitutes a formal commitment by the presenting author to present the abstract (if accepted) orally or as a poster in the session and the time assigned by the EULAR Scientific Programme Committee. We therefore recommend submitters of abstracts to register for the congress at the time of abstract submission.
  23. Abstracts not adhering to these guidelines will be rejected. If you do not agree with any of these rules, you should not submit an abstract. The final decision about acceptance of an abstract will be taken by the EULAR Scientific Programme Committee. EULAR does not communicate, nor enter into correspondence on the reasons for acceptance/rejection of an abstract.
  24. Late edit process: Presenting author may be changed through the EULAR congress system by the abstract submitter no later than 10 April 2021.
  25. If you need to withdraw your abstract, a written statement listing the reasons for this decision must be sent to the abstract help desk at no later than 1 April 2021.

Technical requirements

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