ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS, GUIDELINES & EVALUATION CRITERIA
Please read the abstract instructions and guidelines thoroughly before beginning to write/layout your abstract.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES
1. All abstracts must be sent electronically as a Word document (not as a PDF) along with the application to TOMA no later than December 5, 2016.
2. Page Set Up: Dimensions of printed abstract must not exceed 5 ½ inches width (horizontal dimension) and 8 inches in length (vertical dimension). Set page margins (8.5” X 11”, portrait page orientation), all to 1.5” (top, bottom, left and right margins).
3. Heading must contain the following elements in the order stated. Remember that the heading and text of the Abstract must fit within the parameters in Page Setup above.
• Title 100 characters (Maximum) Title on application must match exactly title on Abstract and Poster.
• Names of all authors – first name, middle initial, last name, academic degrees
• Name of Institution
• Name of institutional department, division or other administrative unit
• City, State, Zip Code
4. Body of Abstract: should include Case Report or Original Research Study
5. Font Settings: All abstracts must be printed single-spaced, 12- point Font with Serif Face such as Times New Roman. Any special symbols, such as Greek letters, that are not produced by your printer should be drawn using black ink.
6. The abstract must not be the actual poster.
7. The highest degree of the Authors must be listed on the application.
8. Please include a statement confirming the study has been approved by the institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). This is required for posters and papers involving research with human subjects and is expected at major conferences and journals.
9. All Abstracts are to be submitted as “camera ready” text for publication in Texas Osteopathic Medical Association publication, The Texas DO. Abstracts which do not meet the requirements will not be accepted.
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING ABSTRACTS
1. The information presented in the Abstract must be original, not a duplicate, and not published previously.
2. Each Abstract must contain the elements described in the sections regarding Case Reports or for Original Research Study’s. The elements must be clearly stated.
3. Abstract must be submitted through a medical organization or TOMA recognized organization, and should be authored by at least one osteopathic physician or full-time faculty member from one of the colleges of osteopathic medicine. All contestants must be the First Author to participate in the TOMA Student, Resident prize competition. Each poster should be carefully reviewed by the student/resident faculty mentor prior to submission for accuracy, clarity, and format. Faculty may not present posters in the student/resident competition.
4. Research completed at a College of Osteopathic Medicine will be given priority consideration (including Osteopathic Principles and Practices.)
5. Generic names for drugs should be used.