Abstract submission standard

Guidelines for the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)

Appendix II: Abstract Submission Standard

The LCOC must ensure that the following information is available to prospective authors (however, much of this may be covered by abstract handling with Wageningen Academic Publishers):

  • Abstracts must present information that falls within the scope of the ISAE.
  • Abstracts presenting both theoretical and empirical work related to applied ethology will be considered for presentation at the ISAE Congress.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 3000 keystrokes in length, excluding title, names and affiliation, with the exception of abstracts for potential plenary papers, which should be 2 to 3 pages in length. However, a shorter abstract for plenary papers may be published in the proceedings to avoid the possibility that it may be regarded by some publishers, as ‘published previously’.
  • The first name of authors, not just initials, should be given.
  • Abstracts must contain a clear statement of the purpose of the work, the methods used, the results, and conclusions. Results should be presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions drawn. Except for theoretical contributions and review papers (such as plenary papers), submitted abstracts must contain data, indicate the method(s) of analysis, and provide information about test statistics.
  • Reviewers will be advised to reject empirical abstracts that do not contain data, since it is very difficult to evaluate the suitability of these abstracts for presentation.
  • Although authors may submit multiple abstracts, each presenting author may present only one spoken paper, or one poster (not both a paper and a poster). Therefore, the Local Congress Organising Committee will accept only one if an author submits multiple abstracts as the presenting author.
  • The required formatting and layout of the abstract (the use of a template should be considered) including how references should be given; ordinarily references are not cited in abstracts, however, if given, they should be placed in the text of the abstract in the following format: (Jones & Swanson, Appl. Anim. Ethol. 14:23, 1980).
  • A statement by which authors must confirm that the work described in the abstract conforms with the ISAE Ethical Guidelines (see Appendix III).
  • A checklist of potential ethical issues associated with the work reported in the submitted abstract (see Appendix III for details).
  • A place where authors can provide additional information about their work in case it involves ethical issues (see Appendix III for details of the information that authors should provide).
  • A place where authors can indicate whether they wish their presentation to be considered for the student presentation competition.
  • A place where authors can nominate their preferred form of presentation of their work (e.g. plenary paper, short oral paper, or poster).