Call for Abstracts

8th Conference of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer: Joining Forces to Deliver Interdisciplinary Care for Women’s Sexual Health after Cancer

The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer welcomes the submission of Original Research abstracts and Program or Practice Report abstracts for its 8th Scientific Network Conference, hosted by Women & Infants Hospital/Brown University on October 29-30, 2020. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words max and will be considered for either oral or poster presentation. All abstracts must represent the original work of the authors.

Below you will find:

  • Abstract Submission Instructions
  • Abstract Guidelines
  • Stacy Tessler Lindau Trainee Research Award Information
  • Paper and Poster Presentation Guidelines

Abstract Submission Instructions

Opens:  Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Closes:  Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:00am EDT

Notification: Notifications will be sent by mid July 2020.

Abstracts must be submitted by the stated deadline using the online Scientific Network Abstract Submission Form. All abstract submissions are blindly reviewed by a panel of experts. Reviewers with any affiliation, prior knowledge, or personal commitment will be recused and an appropriate reviewer found.

Authors can expect to receive email confirmation of their submission within two business days of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email, or have other questions regarding the meeting, contact the Scientific Network at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Presentation Formats:

  • Paper (oral) presentations clustered around common themes will be presented in one of several sessions throughout the program.
  • Posters allow presenters to discuss their research with interested colleagues during a dedicated breakfast session on Friday, October 30.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should describe work consistent with the Network’s mission: to accelerate rigorous science, promote evidence-based education and practice, and advocate for informed policy. Please note that although this year’s conference focuses on interdisciplinary care for women’s sexual health after cancer, abstracts on all topics relevant to the Network’s mission are encouraged.

Abstracts will be accepted in two categories: 1) Original Research – empirical and qualitative research reporting actual – as opposed to promised – results along with appropriate statistics; or 2) Practice/Program Reports – e.g. innovative practice models, clinical findings, and case studies or series.

  • Abstract/Presentation Language: All abstract submissions must be in English. All presentations based on accepted abstract submissions must be made in English.
  • Length: The abstract itself should be limited to 350 words. This does not include the title or author names/affiliations. Please do not include references in the abstract. In addition to providing your abstract on the submission form, which will be used in the program if accepted, you will also need to upload a blinded abstract for review purposes. The blinded abstract should not include any author or institution names, or reference to city/state or other information that might allow reviewers to identify the project or authors.
  • Structure: All abstracts should use the Scientific Network Abstract Submission Form and be organized into standard sections.
    • Original Research abstracts: Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions
    • Practice or Program Report abstracts: Objectives, Description/Procedures, Clinical Results/Relevance, and Conclusions
  • Authors and Affiliations: Please include authors in their proper order, followed by their affiliation. Please include only the major affiliation; do not include department or center names unless that is the primary affiliation.
  • Submission Type: Authors may elect to have their abstracts considered for “Paper Presentation Only,” “Poster Presentation Only,” or “Paper or Poster Presentation.” Authors are encouraged to submit using the “Paper or Poster Presentation” option as all abstracts submitted under this option that are not selected for oral presentation will alternatively be considered for poster presentation. Please be aware that oral presentations are limited, and that there is significant time and attention devoted to poster presentations during the conference.

 Evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance: Study or program is scientifically and/or clinically relevant to female sexual health.
  • Impact: Study or program will contribute to practice improvement in the field of female sexual health and cancer (including at-risk populations).
  • Method & Analysis: Methods are appropriate to the stated objectives; data are presented accurately and represent the stated conclusions.
  • Clarity: Abstract is written clearly and concisely.
  • Novelty: Work is innovative and advances the field through a novel focus.

 Prior Publication Policy: Abstracts that have been submitted and accepted to prior meetings but which present highly meritorious or novel work will be accepted for review and considered for presentation; however, preference will be given to new science and/or clinical abstracts without a history of prior publication. If you have presented closely related work, please indicate the full citation where this material has been presented or published.  

Presenter Registration: Presenters of accepted abstracts need to register for the 2020 Conference. Each presenting author is responsible for his/her registration fee(s) as well as travel and lodging costs. We expect the first author will present the research. In the event that the first author is unable to attend the Conference, he/she should arrange for a co-author to present the paper/poster and notify the Scientific Network Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of the change in presenter.

Stacy Tessler Lindau Trainee Research Award

The goal of the Stacy Tessler Lindau Trainee Research Award is to encourage trainee membership in the Network and support the professional development of new investigators in the field of women’s sexual health and cancer.

All abstracts with a trainee as first author will automatically be considered for the award. Trainees can include graduate and undergraduate students from any discipline, residents, and postdoctoral fellows (PhD, MD, etc.). The abstract with the highest average score across all reviewers will receive the award.

Paper and Poster Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations:

  • Oral presentations will be approximately 10-12 minutes in length followed by a 3-5-minute question & answer period. Total time allotted will depend on the number of accepted abstracts.
  • Please prepare slides in Microsoft PowerPoint and be certain that slides are formatted for electronic projection (i.e., Onscreen Show).
  • Bring presentations on a USB flash drive. Windows-based computers running PowerPoint for Microsoft will be the meeting standard. LCD projectors, computers, screens, microphones, and podiums will be available. 
  • Drop PowerPoint presentations at the registration desk on Thursday, October 29. We will upload presentations to the workstation in the meeting room in advance of your session. 

 Poster Session Presentations:

  • The poster session will be an informal setting in which participants can discuss their work with other attendees.
  • Posters will be displayed on easels. We will provide foam core backing and other supplies for display. Posters should be a maximum of 24 x 36 inches. They can be oriented as portrait or landscape, depending on your preference.
  • Presenters may prepare handouts of the poster itself, essential information that doesn't fit on the poster, or to share contact information for follow-up correspondence. This is not essential, but often is appreciated by interested attendees.