PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY MORE ABSTRACTS!
This will be for poster / single slide presentations ONLY.
If accepted we will ask you to compile your poster as a single powerpoint slide and record a one minute presentation that will be played in between the main lectures. It is essential that you follow the instructions carefully to avoid disqualification. Please note that we hope to publish these abstracts in the British Journal of Neurosurgery and will therefore in the public domain at the time of the meeting. The usual rules for publication of scientific work therefore apply.
The Scoring Committee will score the Abstracts using the following criteria:
•Is the work novel or does it add useful information to existing knowledge on the subject? •Is the number of patients/observations adequate to support the author's conclusions? •If appropriate, is there a control group and have the right statistical tests been applied? •Is the abstract suitable for publication in the British Journal of Neurosurgery Proceedings?
Posters will be published in the Journal by title only.
All abstracts must be written in English and should, be structured under the headings: Objectives: Design: Subjects: Methods: Results: Conclusions: References:
It is recommended that references are not used in the abstract. If they are essential then they should be complete and limited to two. They must follow the standard British Journal of Neurosurgery format with consecutive superscript numbering in the text. Abstracts must be no longer than 1500 characters (approx 250 words). Take care with spelling, spacing and hyphenation. Use only standard abbreviations. Do not include figures or tables.
Abstracts without details of the number of subjects studied, without results containing data, without clear conclusions, or without appropriate statistical analysis, will be given a low priority. If the results are based on a survey of opinion from Neurosurgeons in the UK/Eire please contact the SBNS office to confirm the survey was presented for consideration and received approval by the SBNS Scientific Meetings Committee.
Anonymity must be preserved to allow unbiased scoring. There should be nothing in the actual title or body of the abstract that may identify the origin of the abstract, i.e. name or location of unit. Failure to comply could result in the abstract being rejected. Scorers who identify units are asked to withdraw from scoring that item.
The SBNS and the British Journal of Neurosurgery takes a very serious view of the issue of scientific probity. Specifically the data presented in the abstract must match that subsequently presented at the meeting. Papers or Posters should not be withdrawn once the author has agreed to present. There must be no duplicate publication. All the authors listed must be aware of the submission. If there are serious breaches of this standard the SBNS and the Journal will withdraw the abstract, inform all the authors and their sponsoring organisation. In the case of consultants this will be their Medical Director and for Trainees the Post Graduate Dean. Authors are reminded that scientific fraud is reportable to the General Medical Council. By ticking the box you are acknowledging that you have read and understood this position.
Good luck with your submission!