Guidelines for Abstracts
An enhanced abstract submission requirement has been put in place to include figures, technical description and a statement of novelty– to assist the blind peer review process in selecting a very high caliber of science for the program. Your abstract will be treated confidentially and will not be published in either a proceedings or program. The abstract is for the sole purpose of reviewing your submission.

The Abstract is composed of TWO pages:

First Page:

Includes the Session Topic, Presentation type being requested, Abstract Identification Number, Title, Technical Description and Word Count.

1) The technical description should include the study Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. The background should be short, but describe what is already known about he subject, related to the paper in question. As well as what is not known about the subject and hence what the study intends to examine. In most cases, the background can be framed in  just 2–3 sentences, with each sentence describing a different aspect of  the information. The purpose of the background is to provide the reviewer with a background to the study which will lead into a description of the methods employed in the  investigation. The methods section is usually the second-longest section in the  abstract. It should contain enough information to enable the reviewer to  understand what was done, and how. The results section is the most important part of the abstract and should be the longest part of the abstract, containing as much detail about the findings as the word count permits. The conclusions should contain the most important take-home message of the  study, expressed in a few precisely worded sentences. Usually, the  finding highlighted here relates to the primary outcome measure;  however, other important or unexpected findings should also be  mentioned. You may also consider expressing  an opinion about the theoretical or practical implications of  the findings, or the importance of these findings for the field.  You should also comment on whether the work is unpublished or in press. 

The abstract technical description must be limited to 500 words. Exceeding this limit results in an automatic rejection. Include word count in the bottom left hand corner of the abstract.

2) Do not include name, affiliation or references in the technical abstract - this is important to implement a blind review.

3) The Abstract Registration ID Number will be automatically assigned when you submit your abstract via your login account- this number is generated automatically when you register for the conference. 

4) The authors preference in presentation for a poster, oral or both, as well as the Session Topic must also be  included in the upper left hand corner.

5) Title, session topic and presentation preference should  not be included in the word count. 

Second Page:

1) Includes figures, tables, and photographs to support your technical description. Legends describing those in reasonable detail are required.

2) Be sure to caption and number all figures, charts, tables and photographs. Figure captions should be below the  figures and table captions should be above the tables. 

Abstract Format

Please follow the link for a template.  The file should not exceed 2 MB; please make sure of this. 

Peer Review - Scoring Your Abstract

Your abstract will be reviewed independently by two scientists with expertise in the session topic. The review will be blind to your name, institution or position status and will be based solely on the information that you provide in the technical description. Four criteria will be used to score each abstract: 1) Originality  2) Technical Description  3) Significance to the field  4) Session Fit.   Each criteria will be scored from 1 to 10, generating a total score potential of 40. The following qualitative descriptions will be used to associate a score of 1-10. You will be notified late December whether your abstract has been accepted for oral presentation, poster presentation or not selected for presentation. The score that your abstract receives from each reviewer will be disclosed to you with this notification.

0           No Originality
1 to 3    Many other well designed studeis published like this one
4 to 7    Few similar studies to this
8 to 10  Unique

Technical Description 0 to 3    Inadequate analysis; conclusions not supported by data
4 to 6    Deficient analysis; conclusions partially related to data
7 to 10  Appropriate analysis; conclusions supported by data

0 to 3    Little if any sigificance; does not advance the field
4 to 6    Modest contribution to the field; advances the field modestly
7 to 10  Important contribution to the field

Fit to Session
0           The work does not contain separations at a microscale or nanoscale level
1 to 3    MicroScale separatons are noted, but play a minor role in the work
4 to 7    MicroScale separations are the focus, but the application is very loosely fitted to the session topic
8 to 10  Strong focus on microscale/nanoscale separations with a good fit to the session topic

The Abstract Submission is within the online
registration website.

A template for the abstract can be downloaded here:
Abstract template. (N.B. If you experience problems with the template due to older versions of Adobe or your internet browser, please prepare the 2-page abstract according to the guidelines and save it as a PDF file to upload in the Registration website).