Submission Guidelines and Requirements

The following is general information for abstract submissions. 


The following audio-visual equipment will be provided for each presentation: screen, LDC projector, podium and microphone (depending on room size) and laptop computer (use of personal laptops is not allowed). Presenters will upload their slide deck to the abstract portal before Congress. Session handouts will be the responsibility of the presenter. No copying services will be available on-site.

Submission Information

Please follow these guidelines when preparing abstracts for submission for Congress 2020. Abstracts which are not correctly formatted will not be reviewed.

  1. All submissions must be received via the abstract portal
  2. Submissions must be identified under the stream the author feels is most relevant and is the best fit.  It is acknowledged that some submissions may cross streams or be applicable to more than one stream.  Authors are invited to select keywords to indicate additional streams that are applicable.
  3. Accepted abstracts must cover the same content and follow the same outline as described in the original submission.
  4. Submission content will be published/reprinted as provided.  Submitters should ensure that there is no identifying information (e.g. city, province, facility name) within the submission content.
  5. CPA will provide no honorarium, fee or payment of expenses for presentations.  All presenters must be registered for Congress in order to present at Congress 2020; they will receive a 15% discount on the registration fee.
  6. Congress sessions may not be used as self-promotion or for sales presentations.
  7. Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest are required at the beginning of each slide presentation.

Review and Selection Process

  1. Submissions will be reviewed and selected without knowledge of the identity of the author(s).
  2. Submissions must be of a professional standard. Submissions will be reviewed based on clarity, completeness, quality of project, relevance to the Congress program, as well as time and space constraints.
  3. An individual may be the presenter on no more than two abstracts at Congress 2020. There is no limitation on the number of research abstracts an individual may be listed as co-author on.
  4. Submissions are evaluated independently from one another and should be submitted with this in mind.
  5. If the number of accepted submissions exceeds available program time, authors may be requested to change the format/length of their presentation.
  6. Submissions may be made in English or French.
  7. Presentations may be made in English or French; translation will likely not be available. The title, content details and presenters of accepted presentations will be published in the Congress publications in the language of submission.
  8. The Division Program Planning Committee reserves the right to make the final determination of presentation acceptance, format, stream, and length based on available resources and the author’s indicated preference.  All decisions of the Division Program Planning Committee are final.

How to Submit an Abstract

Once you enter the online submission portal, start by creating an account/profile. Please keep a record of the account details you use to set up the account as you will require them to access both the abstract submission system and Congress registration portal.

You will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission of the abstract. If you have not received a confirmation email, please check that your abstract is not left in draft and is fully submitted by logging back into the portal and checking ‘Edit Abstracts’.

IMPORTANT:  Please note that you can save your submission as a draft and return to edit the submission, but once it has been submitted, the abstract cannot be edited. 

Submission Process & Requirements

The online abstract submission system is a simple step by step process and will ask you to input the following details:

For Research Abstract Submissions:  Research abstracts must be a maximum of 260 words (including title section headings) and must follow the format, headings and specifications outlined in the appropriate section below:

Background/Rationale:  Major reason for doing this study

Purpose/Research Objectives: Research question

Relevance:  Relevance to the practice of physiotherapy

Methods:  Description of the study and/or research population (e.g. information on subjects), research design (e.g. randomized controlled trial, observational cross-sectional study, etc…), outcomes used to evaluate change, and techniques used to collect the data

Results: Brief summary of the data and the analysis/es.

Conclusions: Logical and reasonable conclusions and inferences that can be made based on results and data analyses.

For Education Session Submissions: Education session abstracts must be a maximum of 500 words (including title section headings) and must follow the format, headings and specifications outlined in the appropriate section below:

Learning Objectives: List up to 3 learning objectives describing the purpose of the presentation in terms of what attendees will learn. 

Session Content:  Provide an overview of the information that will be included in the presentation.  Include specific population that the session is targeted to (e.g. clinicians, managers, educators…)

Relevance: Describe how the information/topic is relevant and important to physiotherapy.Description of Supporting Evidence:  Provide a descriptive overview of the literature that the topic is based on, as well as level of supporting evidence.  If there is a gap or lack of evidence for your topic, please provide an explanation.

Conclusions and Implications:  Provide concluding information and implications for the physiotherapy profession.

References:  Provide a list of 5 associated references in pdf format

Note:  Submissions for which any heading section is not completed will result in automatic rejection.


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