Abstract Submission Guidelines

In order for us to prepare well in advance we have identified the following key dates relating specifically to the call for abstracts and the review process

Abstract submission deadline: December 31, 2019  |

Submitting Your Abstract

1. Once registered online, you will be able to login to the conference website (https://www.sc-bdhs-conference.org) to submit abstracts for the conference.

2. Abstracts must be submitted in English.

3. Abstracts must not have been published or presented previously.

4. A rule of two first authored abstracts per delegate operates (delegates can be co-authors on multiple abstracts).

5. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words.

6. Request “oral or poster” or “poster only” preferred presentation during the submission. The selection of one of these options will neither prejudice acceptance nor guarantee an oral or poster presentation because abstracts will be judged by a scientific committee to fit into a thematic group for oral or poster presentation.

7. Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author(s) to present it if accepted. Failure to present, if not justified, will jeopardize future acceptance of abstracts.

8. The presenter is responsible for all expenses associated with the submission and presentation of an abstract (e.g. registration, airfare, lodging, etc.).

Content of the Abstracts

All the abstracts need to be responsive to the conference theme “Unlocking the Power of Big Data in Health – Partnerships among Industry, Government, and Academia”

Two types of abstracts are possible:

  1. Research based abstracts that describe empirical studies or methodological studies. The research-based abstracts need to focus on data or data analytics in the following areas:
    • Electronic Health Records
    • Social Media data
    • Genomic data
    • Geospatial data
    • Nano-biomaterial data
  2. Program based abstracts that describe problems or lessons learned from program development or implementation or policy issues related to Big Data analytics and their application in health science research in the following areas:
    • Infrastructural and capacity development
    • Professional development
    • Community/industry engagement
    • Academic training
    • Methodological advances.
Format of the Abstract

Structured abstracts are required for all submissions. 

Option 1: Research based abstracts:

  • Study Objectives (hypothesis or a description of the problem)
  • Method (Key descriptions of study design, data sources and data analytics)
  • Results (specific results in a summarized form)
  • Discussion (brief comments, conclusions and implications)

Option 2: Program based abstracts:

  • Issues:(A short statement of the issue or issues that the abstract addresses)
  • Project (a brief description of the project, program, experience, service or study and its results and findings)
  • Lessons learned (a summary of the lessons learned and their implications.)

Option 3: Symposia, workshops and satellites:
Proposals for this option can be submitted to the conference organizers.

Abstract Evaluation and Selection

All abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated by the Scientific Committee that consists of leading scholars and faculty in the content areas. If necessary, external reviewers will be solicited at the discretion of the Scientific Committee and the conference organizers. The reviewers will also make recommendation regarding the option of “oral” or poster presentation.

Oral Presentations
  1. The submitting author is designated as the presenting author. If the submitting author cannot attend the conference for some reason, the presenter must be an author of the abstract.
  2. If an author’s name appears on more than one abstract, it must be identical on each abstract.
  3. If you are referencing work previously published by another author, please be sure to include a complete citation at the bottom of the appropriate slide.
  4. Oral presentations are limited to a 25-minute presentation including discussion. Please remember to aim your talk at 20 minutes only and leave 5 minutes for questions and discussion!
  5. Presenters need to bring their presentation on USB. Please note that Powerpoint (.pptx / .ppt) must be used. Powerpoint facilities are available in all rooms.
  6. All presenters need to report to the room where their presentation will take place, at least 30 minutes before the session starts. Technical help will be provided on location.
  7. All abstracts will be archived on-line on the Conference website.
Poster Presentations

Abstracts accepted for “Poster presentation” need to prepare a poster for display during the conference

Poster presentation will be displayed for one day only. Please check the program to identify which day your poster is scheduled for.

Posters should be set up between 8:00 am and 9:00 am on the day of display and removed by 6:00 pm at the end of the day. The poster display boards will be labeled for each poster due to be displayed so you will be able to locate the correct location. Conference staff will clear the poster display area in preparation for the next exhibition day.

Poster size should be no more than 4’x 8’, portrait orientation only.

Submit an Abstract

    You will receive a confirmation letter from us upon the submission

    For questions regarding abstract submission and review, please contact the Chair of the Conference Scientific Committee:

    Qian Wang, Ph.D.
    Carolina Distinguished Professor
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    University of South Carolina, GSRC 532
    Columbia, SC 29208, USA
    Phone: +1-803-777-8436
    Email: WANG263@mailbox.sc.edu