4th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance 28 November - 1 December 2017
Melbourne Australia
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Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions have now closed.

The 4th ICSPP invites abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations, as well as proposals for thematic sessions. Submissions are encouraged across a wide range of topics of relevance to soldiers’ physical performance and can be made via the Presenters’ Portal above.

All abstracts must follow the instructions listed below and be submitted online by midnight AEST Friday 30 June 2017. Please note that the closing date for abstract submission will not be extended and abstracts will only be accepted if the presenting author has registered and paid by the presenter registration deadline of 28 September 2017.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for ICSPP 2017 should be emailed to abstracts@icspp-australia2017.org.

Dates and Deadlines

Call for Abstracts and thematic session proposals opens 28 November 2016
Call for thematic session proposals close 30 April 2017
Call for student and early career researcher travel awards closes 31 May 2017
Thematic session proposals notified 31 May 2017
Abstract submission closes 30 June 2017
Authors notified of results 18 August 2017
Presenter deadline 31 August 2017

Abstract Submission Details

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts can be submitted per presenting author.
  • Presenting author to be the first named author on the abstract.
  • Notification will be emailed only to the presenting author.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 400 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations) and should follow the instructions within the submission portal.
  • Abstracts exceeding 400 words will not be considered by the Committee.
  • The abstract should be organised under the following headings: PURPOSE, METHODS, RESULTS, and CONCLUSIONS. It is not acceptable to indicate the results will be discussed.
  • Abstracts should not contain any tables or figures. References in the text have to be cited at the end of the abstract and are included in the 400 word count.
  • The use of abbreviations and acronyms should be kept to a minimum.
  • Student and Early Career Researcher Travel Award applications must be submitted by midnight AEST Wednesday 31 May 2017 for consideration by the Committee. Authors will be notified of award outcome and provisional acceptance of abstracts by 18 August 2017, including the presentation type it has been accepted for.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by midnight AEST Friday 30 June 2017 for consideration by the Committee. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by 18 August 2017, including the presentation type it has been accepted for.
  • For an abstract to be formally accepted, the presenting author must be registered and paid to attend the Congress by 31 August 2017.

General Information

  • Limited references should be used (e.g. Smith 1999) and only if necessary.
  • Only those abstracts formally accepted will be published in the Congress Proceedings as submitted. Should you require changes you can make amendments via the Presenters’ Portal until 30 June 2017. Please ensure you check your data carefully before submitting as changes or additions will not be accepted after the Call for Abstracts closes.
  • Any initially accepted abstract, for which the presenting author has not paid registration by 28 September 2017, will be withdrawn from both the program and published Proceedings.
  • If you are from a non-English speaking background and would like assistance with English language editing prior to submission, please refer to the Mentoring Program link for further details.

Abstract Themes

Authors will need to select one of the following 10 themes for their abstract submission depending on which is the most applicable.

  1. Physical training programs and adaptions
  2. Occupational and physical performance testing and assessment
  3. Injury prevention
  4. Environmental and deployment issues
  5. Public health and health promotion
  6. Nutrition
  7. Human factors and ergonomics
  8. Equipment development and design, assistive devices, and wearable technology
  9. Psychological and cognitive factors
  10. Gender integration and social issues

Presentation Types

Abstracts may be submitted for one of the following presentation types:

  1. Oral: A spoken presentation, including question and answer time (i.e. 12 min presentation + 3 mins Q&A). Presenters show the research and/or findings of their accepted abstract in a Power Point presentation.
  2. Thematic Oral Poster: Thematic poster sessions comprise 15 min viewing time, 5 min oral summary from each presenting author and conclude with questions (15 min) following the presentation of all posters.
  3. Poster: The Congress will dedicate an allotted time for poster presentations with the opportunity for audience participation and enquiry.

Whilst every effort will be made to accept an abstract for the presentation type selected in the submission process, the Scientific Committee reserves the right to allocate a different presentation type if more appropriate and if program space is limited.

Thematic Session Proposals

Thematic sessions will last 60-120 minutes and include 4-6 speakers (15-30 min per speaker). A thematic session proposal must include speakers from at least two different countries. A proposal of no more than 800 words is requested for the thematic session as a whole. Your proposal should include an overview and rationale for the proposed session and a 100 word summary for each presentation.

Accepted abstracts to be published in a Special Issue of Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

We are delighted to announce that we will publish accepted abstracts in an online Supplement to Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSaMS). The JSaMS is the official journal of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and is an international refereed research publication covering all aspects of sport science and medicine. This Special Issue will enable your work to be communicated more broadly and allow it to be cited by other researchers. The JSaMS has an Impact Factor of 3.756 and is ranked 7/81 in the Sport Science subject category of Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). The journal content is available on www.sciencedirect.com, www.clinicalkey.com as well as www.jsams.org reaching 109 countries world-wide. Over half a million full text articles were downloaded in 2016.

For more information regarding the journal – please click here.

Terms and Conditions

The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in ICSPP 2017:

  • All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
  • The author(s) transfer(s) all copyright ownership of the named abstract to ICSPP 2017.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • The presenting author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The presenting author will immediately notify the ICSPP 2017 Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author changes. The organisers reserve the right to remove a presentation from the program.
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