Abstract Submission


Closure of Abstracts – Sunday 28 January 2018
Abstract Notification – 9 March 2018
Closure of Early Registration – 18 March 2018


Several points require emphasis:

1. Authors of research papers who wish to have their abstracts considered for inclusion in the scientific programs at the Annual Scientific Congress must submit their abstract electronically via the Congress website having regard to the closing dates in the call for abstracts, the provisional program and on the abstract submission site. Abstracts submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

2. The title should be brief and explicit.

3. Research papers should follow the format: Purpose, Methodology, Results and Conclusion.

4. Non-scientific papers, e.g. Education, History, Military, Medico-legal, may understandably depart from the above.

5. Excluding title, authors (full given first name and family name) and institution, the abstract must not exceed 1750 characters and spaces (approximately 250 words). In MS Word, this count can be determined from the ‘Review’ menu. Any references must be included in this allowance. If you exceed this limit, the excess text will NOT appear in the abstract book.

6. Abbreviations should be used only for common terms. For uncommon terms, the abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word.

7. Presentations (slide and video) will only have electronic PowerPoint support. Audio visual instructions will be available in the Congress provisional program and will be included in correspondence sent to all successful authors.

8. Authors submitting research papers have a choice of two sections under which their abstract can be considered. Submissions are invited to any of the specialties or special interest groups participating in the program except cross-discipline.

9. A 50-word CV is required from each presenter to facilitate their introduction by the Chair.

10. The timing (presentation and discussion) of all papers is at the discretion of each Section Convener. Notification of the timing of presentations will appear in correspondence sent to all successful authors.

11. Tables, diagrams, graphs, etc CANNOT be accepted in the abstract submission. This is due to the limitations of the computer software program.

12. Authors must be registrants at the Congress to present and for their abstract to appear in the publications, on the website or the Virtual Congress.

13. Please ensure that you indicate on the abstract submission site whether you wish to be considered for:

• Bariatric Surgery
• Breast Surgery
• Burn Surgery
• Cardiothoracic Surgery
• Colorectal Surgery (Mark Killingback Prize for Younger Fellows & Trainees)
• Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
• Endocrine Surgery (Tom Reeve Prize – Trainees)
• General Surgery
• Global Health
• Hand Surgery
• Head & Neck Surgery
• Hepatobiliary Surgery
• Medico-Legal
• Military Surgery
• Neurosurgery
• Orthopaedic Surgery
• Paediatric Surgery
• Pain Medicine
• Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
• Quality and Safety in Surgical Practice
• Rural Surgery
• Surgical Education
• Surgical History
• Surgical Oncology
• Transplantation Surgery
• Trauma Surgery (Damian McMahon Prize for Trainees)
• Upper GI Surgery
• Vascular Surgery

The submitting author of an abstract will ALWAYS receive email confirmation of receipt of the abstract into the submission site.
If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours it may mean the abstract has not been received.

In this circumstance, please email Binh Nguyen at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to determine why a confirmation email has not been

E: binh.nguyen@surgeons.org