Call for Abstracts

Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer

Virtual Scientific Session

The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer welcomes the submission of Original Research abstracts and Program or Practice Report abstracts for its Virtual Scientific Session, Friday, April 9, 2021. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words. All abstracts should represent the original work of the authors. Poster presentations will be pre-recorded 2-minute video poster presentations made available on the Scientific Network’s website.  Oral presenters will have the option to also provide a video poster presentation for placement on the website in addition to presenting orally during the virtual session.

Below you will find:

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



Opens:  Thursday, January 21, 2021

Closes:  Wednesday, February 17, 12:00pm EDT   DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: Wednesday, February 24, 12:00pm Eastern!

Notification: Notifications will be the first week of March.

Abstracts must be submitted by the stated deadline using the online Scientific Network Abstract Submission Form. All abstract submissions undergo a blind review by a panel of experts. Reviewers with any affiliation to or knowledge of the abstract will be recused from reviewing and an appropriate alternate 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, please contact the Scientific Network at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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 related to the sexual health of women and girls affected by cancer.

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. Although both types of abstracts are invited, research submissions will be given priority for oral presentations.

  • Abstract/Presentation Language:All abstract submissions and presentations must be in English.
  • Length:The abstract itself should be limited to 350 words, not including 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 included in the online 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 references to names of institutions 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 as follows:
    • 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 degree and affiliation (institution name, city, state). Please include only the major affiliation (institution name); do not include department or center names unless that is the primary affiliation.


Evaluation Criteria: Abstracts will be evaluated according to the following evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance: Study or program is scientifically and/or clinically relevant to female sexual health after cancer.
  • Impact: Study or program is significant and will contribute to improvements 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.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We strongly encourage submissions that contribute to our understanding of issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in relation to sexual health for women after cancer. Contributions of this nature will be considered in the evaluation process.


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 2021 Virtual Scientific Session. Each presenting author is responsible for his/her registration fee. The first author is generally expected to present the research. In the event that the first author is unable to attend the session, he/she should arrange for a co-author to present 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. Authors whose abstract is accepted but who cannot present should inform the Scientific Network Office as soon as possible so that an alternate abstract can be selected.


The Stacy Tessler Lindau Trainee Research Award is awarded annually to the highest scored abstract submitted by a trainee. The purpose of the award is to encourage trainee membership in the Scientific Network and support the professional development of new investigators in the field of women’s sexual health and cancer. The award winner will be invited to present his/her abstract in a special paper presentation and will also be invited to provide a 2-minute video poster for inclusion on the Scientific Network’s website.

For the purposes of this award, trainees include graduate and undergraduate students from any relevant discipline, residents, and postdoctoral fellows (PhD, MD, etc.). If you have a question about your status as a trainee, please contact the Scientific Network (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Oral Presentations:

  • Oral presentations will be approximately 7-10 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. Please test slides for animation and timing well in advance.
  • Presenters are expected to attend a practice session that will be scheduled the week of March 22 (approx. 15-30 minutes).
  • Presenters are expected to provide their final slides to the Network Office by Tuesday, April 6.


Video Poster Presentations:

  • Video poster presentations will be pre-recorded 2-minute video presentations which will be publicly accessible on the Scientific Network’s website. Video posters will also be listed in the online scientific program.
  • Videos can be created with narration in Powerpoint; instructions can be provided upon request.