Abstract Submission Tips

Here are a few tips to prepare your abstract submission:

1.) Prepare your author listing:

a.) Be sure to thoughtfully organize the list of contributing authors; there is no limit to the number of contributing you may include on an abstract

b.) Determine the order in which you will list all contributing authors; the order in which you arrange them on the submission website is how they will be published upon acceptance

2.) Determine the main contact:

a.) All abstract correspondence (including acceptance/rejection notifications) will be directed solely to the contact person indicated in the contact tab of the submission site

b.) The first author is not presumed to be the contact person – only the designated contact person will receive notifications and updates regarding your submitted abstract; it is expected that the contact person will disseminate information as needed

3.) Proof-read your data:

a.) Be sure to review spelling and grammar before submitting (including the accurate spelling of all contributing author names) – after the submission deadline (March 1, 2020), you will not be permitted to make any changes to your submitted work

b.) Character limit is 2,500 (including spaces) for the title and body of the abstract; there is no character limit on the other sections of the abstract

4.) Determine if an MDS-owned Rating Scale has been used in the study/abstract:

a.) If so, be prepared to indicate which scale(s) were used

b.) Be prepared to indicate the study protocol or identification number associated with your approval to utilize the scale

5.) Determine if you will apply for a Travel Grant or Junior Award:

a.) Only the first author of an accepted abstract is eligible for a Travel Grant or Junior Award

b.) The first author must fulfill all eligibility criteria to qualify, please see guidelines included on the submission website for further information

c.) The sole means of applying for an International Congress Travel Grant or Junior Award is in conjunction with the abstract submission process

d.) Travel Grants and Junior Awards are not transferrable – if the intended recipient is unable to attend the International Congress, then the award/grant is forfeit and will be reallocated by MDS to the next qualified candidate

Please visit the International Congress website for further abstract submission information and guidelines.

Any questions may be directed to the MDS International Secretariat, at congress@movementdisorders.org.


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