Abstract collection for CinC 2016 has now closed.
Authors will receive notification of abstract review in due course.
Potential contributors are invited to submit, as an essential requirement, an abstract consisting only of text. They have the option of submitting, in addition, a similar abstract with the same title but in a PDF format in which equations, tables, illustrations, etc. can be included.
Traditional (plain text) abstracts: ESSENTIAL
Please submit a plain text abstract with a maximum of 300 words. This will ensure that the abstract fits in the space provided on one small page in the conference program/abstract book. A plain text abstract is required even if you submit a PDF version of the same abstract. Please see the section below on Submitting abstracts for further details of how to submit your text.
Materials such as equations and tables cannot be included in a plain text abstract; if you wish to include such elements, please consider submitting a supplementary PDF abstract (see the next section).
PDF (supplementary) abstracts: OPTIONAL
In addition to your plain text abstract, you may submit a PDF version of it, in which any of the following may appear:
- a figure
- a table
- one or more equations
- superscripts or subscripts
- bold or italicized text
- Greek or other non-Roman letters
PDF abstracts are subject to the same physical size limit as traditional abstracts (the abstract including its title block must fit on a single page within a 110×180 mm rectangle).
If your abstract is accepted, and you have submitted a properly formatted PDF version of it, the PDF version will appear in the conference program, and not the text version. See the Instructions for preparing PDF abstracts.
Please note that before submitting your abstract, you will be required to create a user name and password. You may access the CinC Abstract and Paper Collection Site HERE. Abstract collection is now closed.
Tips for writing a CinC abstract
The body of the abstract (exclusive of the title, authors, and authors’ affiliations) can be up to 300 words at most. It cannot contain footnotes or a bibliography. If you include a color figure in a PDF abstract, be certain that it is legible if printed in black and white. The language of the conference is English, and all abstracts and full papers must be written in English. Ask a friend or colleague who is not familiar with your work to read your abstract, and revise it if needed to make it understandable.
Three hundred words are insufficient to provide much detail about your work, but the impression your abstract makes on the reviewers determines if it will be accepted — so make every word count. If you have not previously written for CinC, read some of the abstracts from last year’s program to see what goes into a successful abstract. Ideally, it should be a mini-paper, with an introduction (why is the problem worth studying?), methods, results, and, if the results do not speak for themselves, a conclusion (what are the implications of the results?). Do not waste words by writing an abstract of the abstract as an introduction, or a summary of the abstract as a conclusion. It is most important to present results that show that you have done the work you propose to present; abstracts containing vague promises (“We will show …”) without any results will not be accepted.
Note that this does not mean that results obtained after you submit your abstract cannot be included in your presentation and your full paper. On the contrary, you are encouraged to present your most recent results; your abstract, however, needs to contain enough to earn it a place in the program even if you spend the summer on the beach rather than in the lab.
PDF abstracts may contain a figure or a table. Since the reviewers’ decision to accept a presentation, and the conference participants’ decisions to attend a presentation, are determined not by the full paper but by the abstract, a well-chosen figure or table may help some authors to convey important aspects of their work that are difficult or impossible to describe in a few words. Don’t compress your work beyond legibility, however! You will have much better opportunities to present the details at the conference, in your full paper, and in subsequent publications.
See Hints for Preparing a Good Abstract for further thoughts on how to create a high-quality abstract.