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We are excited by the substantial number of good quality submissions that have already been submitted.
Nevertheless, in order to maximise the opportunity for both of clinical and academics working in our field to share the latest developments across the range of topics represented at WCPT-AWP 2017, we are pleased to extend the deadline for abstract submission to 30 January 2017 (for poster presentation only).

Do not miss this opportunity!
Submission process:
All submissions must be made electronically via the congress website
Participants must register before submitting their abstracts.
Click this link to register:
Important dates:

1 May 2016: Opening date for the submission of abstracts

20 December 2016: Closing date for the submission of abstracts

30 January 2017: Closing date for the submission of abstracts (extended for poster only)

15 February 2017: All applicants will be notified of the outcome

30 April 2017: Notification of outcome (extended for poster only)

Categories of presentation
Abstracts are invited in the following categories: 
Health- Physical activity and exercise
 - Ergonomic and environmental design
Longevity- Innovative rehabilitation
 - Pain management
 - Health promotion and prevention
 - Palliative care
 - Non-communicable diseases (NCD)
 - Fall prevention
 - Community
Sustainability- 21th century skills for Physical Therapy education

- Transformative education

Oral presentations:
An oral presentation is a session of 15 minutes presentation with speakers presenting their research for 12 minutes followed by 3 minutes question time, moderated by a chairperson. 
Poster presentations:
Posters are reports summarizing information using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as graphs, charts, figures and photographs mounted on a poster board, the dimensions of which must not exceed the allocated space per poster (this will be notified at the time of acceptance).
Posters will be on display during exhibition hours. Presenters will have an unopposed poster viewing time to attend their poster for discussion with delegates during the lunch time and coffee break. 
Please note:
Oral and poster presentations are considered by the Scientific Committee to be of equal standing and judged by the same criteria. Whilst presenters may indicate their preferred format of presentation, oral or poster, the SC will assign abstracts to sessions. There is more space in the program for posters than oral presentations. There are many more requests for oral presentations than can be accommodated in the program and where abstracts requesting a oral presentation have passed the review process and there is not room for them, presenters will be offered a poster presentation, where there is more space and plenty of opportunity to interact with delegates.
Selection criteria
Submitted abstracts will go through a blind peer-review process carried out by international reviewers.
The following criteria will be used to review the abstracts.
  1. The abstract addresses current evidence based information.
  2. The methods/approach enable the question to be answered appropriately. 
  3. The data/findings have been interpreted appropriately.
  4. The contents of the abstract are clear and intelligible.
Submission guidelines 
Each submission must be made electronically via the WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress website. All correspondence will be with the person who submits the abstract online. The presenting author does not have to be the first named author listed in the abstract.
The online submission form will provide restricted space for data entry to limit the word count. To assist you in preparing your submission an indication of the maximum word count for each section is provided. 
Submissions should include the following:
  1. Title of abstract. [maximum 20 words]
  2. Names of presenter and co-authors.
  3. Contact details of all authors to include:
    1. full name, organization/institution, city and country, as you would wish it to appear in the completed program
    2. e-mail, mailing address for the submitter.
  4. Fit with congress program research categories. (Completed via drop-down list) 
  5. The completed abstract [maximum 400 words]. Abstracts will be included in the congress proceedings and must be structured using the following template:
  6. If you are struggling with space (< 400 words), focus on the results and the implications. Do not use any Microsoft Equation Objects nor include any tables, images, figures or graphs.  Paragraph breaks should be single spaced as in this example.  Do NOT include references.  Please submit your abstract in MS Word format (if using Office 2007 or 2010 please save the file as Office 2003 compatible i.e. .doc).  
  7. Ethics approval: Evidence that ethics approval was given is required. Please name the ethics committee that approved your work, where appropriate. If ethics approval was not required, or if you do not have an ethics system in your country, please state this. [20 words] 
  8. Information concerning any presentations or publications of the work made prior to congress (see general information point 11). [maximum 50 words]
General information
When completing the online submission process you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood the general information and the requirements you are expected to fulfil.
  1. The congress language is English and all proposals and presentations must be made in English.
  2. A written abstract must be submitted for each proposed presentation.
  3. It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.
  4. All submissions should reflect at least one of the research categories. The research category is the heading under which your abstract will be reviewed and later published in the congress program and proceedings, if accepted. Please choose the research categories which best describe the subject of your abstract.  
  5. Only one presenting author per paper is permitted. Only an author may present the abstract. If no author is available the abstract will be withdrawn. Any changes to the presenting author will need to be notified directly to WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress. Changes will be incorporated into the final program if there is sufficient time, but thereafter no further changes will be reflected in the program.
  6. Notification of outcome will be sent to the correspondence. Please note that only the person who submits the abstract online will receive mail concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing all authors of the status of the abstract.
  7. All presentations must describe original work to which all the authors listed have made a significant contribution. Any reference to personal experience should be clearly labelled as such.
  8. All proposals and presentations must adhere to the use of “people-first” language. A person must not be referred to by disability or condition, and terms that could be considered biasing or discriminatory in any way should be removed (e.g. “person with a stroke” instead of “stroke patients”).

    See: for more information and examples.
  9. Any source of funding or support for the work being presented should be acknowledged.
  10. All presentations including research on humans or animals should ensure that reference is made to the methods/approaches for ensuring that the research was carried out ethically (i.e. ethics committee approval, subject consent). Where no ethics committee exists the International Scientific Committee expects the research to have been conducted in accordance with international principles:
    1. All research and studies that involve human subjects reported in submitted abstracts must comply with the guiding principles for experimental procedures found in the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences’ (CIOMS) International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects published in collaboration with the World Health Organization.
    2. Research involving animal subjects must comply with the guiding principles set out in the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals published by CIOMS.
  11.  Each abstract submission must indicate if the material has been or will be published or presented at another national or international meeting prior to the WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress. Abstracts for previously published or presented work will be considered only if they are unlikely to have reached an international physical therapy audience, and if the authors take responsibility for providing any copyright clearance needed for inclusion in the congress proceedings or other congress publications.
  12. Authors are responsible for providing all copyright permissions for material included in their abstracts and presentations.
  13. The author presenting the paper must register to attend the congress and be available to participate in the program at the time scheduled.
  14. The scheduling of all presentations will be determined by the Scientific Committee to ensure best fit with the overall congress program. Any requests for specific dates and times will not be considered. Similar abstracts in related topic areas will be grouped together for presentation. 
  15. PowerPoint presentation will be available in all congress rooms and will be the primary resource available for oral presentations.
  16. There will be no display area provided for professional resource materials, including computer based programs, materials and audio visual resource presentations. It is expected that any resources or materials will have been designed/developed by the author(s) and MUST NOT currently be for sale commercially by the author(s) or another vendor.
    1. Computer based programs: Demonstrations of computer software including multimedia designed and used by the presenter(s) for any of the following purposes are welcomed:
      • research data analysis
      • records
      • management (e.g. billing, scheduling and generating reports)
      • controlling therapeutic equipment (e.g. virtual reality)
      • instructing patients, students or staff for educational testing
      Programs must be original designs, not simply modifications of programs developed by others. The presenter must have been a significant contributor in the development of the program. For platform presentations presenters will be expected to bring a laptop computer with the software loaded and this will be connected to a projector for display on a large screen. Screen shots should be used in poster displays.
    2. Materials: Presenters wishing to discuss equipment, devices and graphic or printed matter should integrate images/photographs/diagrams of these into a PowerPoint presentation for platform presentation or a poster display. The following types of materials may be presented:
      • small pieces of equipment, such as therapeutic equipment, supportive and adapted devices and clinical measurement instruments
      • models, graphic material and booklets, used for students or patients
      • special forms, for recording patient information or management data
    3. Audio visual resource presentations: Audio visual program must have been designed and produced by the presenter. A variety of possible formats include video and audio files with accompanying instructions for their use. It is expected that the presenters should be able to integrate these into a PowerPoint presentation for a platform presentation or use screen shots in a poster display. The author(s) of the abstract must have been a significant contributor to the development of the material. Both instructional material, for teaching patients, carers, students or clinical staff, and public relations material, for promoting public awareness and understanding of physical therapy are welcomed.
  17. For oral presentation, presenters are requested to disclose actual or potential conflicts of interest regarding their presentation in the first slide. This will allow the audience to take potential conflicts of interest into account when assessing the objectivity of the presentation. 
  18. Accepted abstracts will be published in the congress proceedings. The author(s) for each abstract included in the program transfers copyright to WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress to publish electronically and in other formats their abstract which will be presented at WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress. WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress does not assume any liability or responsibility for publication of any submitted abstracts. The author(s) are able to pursue freely publishing additional outputs, such as articles in peer reviewed or professional journals or via other media outputs. WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress gives permission for the abstract to be included in such publications. 
  19. The author(s) retain the right, after presentation at the congress, to include the work in articles, books, or derivative works that he/she authors or edits provided said use does not imply the endorsement of WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress. 
  20. Presenting authors only will receive a certificate of presentation. 
  21. In keeping with WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress policy, honorarium, fee or payment of expenses will not be provided for presentations.
  22. All decisions of the Scientific Committee are final.
Consent, permissions and copyright
In submitting an abstract you must confirm that:
  • you accept responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted abstract and understand that the content cannot be modified or corrected after the submission deadline and that information provided will be published exactly as submitted. 
  • all co-authors are aware of and agree to the content of the abstract and support the data presented.
  • the submitter accepts responsibility as the contact person for all correspondence about the abstract and to share information with all authors about its status.
  • you have secured any copyright/permissions clearance required relating to any previous presentations, equipment or other material for inclusion in the WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress, its proceedings or other congress publications.
  • for all studies involving human or animal subjects, permission has been obtained from the relevant regulatory authority and properly informed consent given where appropriate.
  • anyone who is identifiable in the presentation materials has given their consent to be included.
  • the work is original, except for extracts from copyrighted works used with permission from the copyright holders, and that it does not infringe upon any copyright, proprietary, or personal right of any third party.
  • you have identified any potential conflicts of interest eg financial interest in products or processes described in the presentation materials, stock ownership, membership on an advisory board or board of directors, or other substantive relationships
On behalf of all authors the submitter will confirm:
  • release of the copyright to WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress to publish electronically and in other formats information from the abstract that will be presented at WCPT-AWP & PTAT 2017 Congress (eg congress website, program, print materials)
  • consent to have author’s names, affiliation and biographical material being used in connection with the publication of your work 
When completing the abstract form the submitter will be asked to confirm that the presenting author has read and understood the general information and the requirements they are expected to fulfil.

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