Call for Abstracts


Important Dates:

Abstract Submission opens: November 2023

Closure of Abstracts: 11:59pm, Sunday 28 January 2024

Abstract Notifications: Monday 4 March 2024

Closure of Early Registration: 11:59pm, Sunday 17 March 2024

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submission will be entirely by electronic means. 

Several points require emphasis:

  1. Authors of research papers who wish to have their abstracts considered for inclusion in the scientific programs at the ASC must submit their abstract electronically via the online abstract submission form 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. Non-scientific papers, for example, Education, History, Military, Medico-legal, may understandably depart from the above. 
  4. Excluding title, authors (full given first name and family name) and institution, the abstract must not exceed 1,750 characters and spaces (approximately 250 words). In Microsoft 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 be captured in the submission or appear in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery.
  5. Abbreviations should be used only in common terms. For uncommon terms, the abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word.
  6. Presentations (slide and video) will only have electronic PowerPoint support. Audio visual instructions will be included in correspondence sent to all successful authors.
  7. 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.
  8. A 100-word CV is required from each presenter to facilitate their introduction by the chair.
  9. The timing (presentation and discussion) of all papers and posters is at the discretion of each Section Convener. Notification of the timing of presentations will appear in correspondence sent to all successful authors.
  10. Tables, diagrams, graphs, etc. CANNOT be accepted in the abstract submission. This is due to the limitations of the computer software program.
  11. Authors must be registrants at the Congress to present, and for their abstract to appear in the publications, on the website or Virtual Congress.
Research Prizes
Please indicate on the abstract submission site if you want your abstract considered for a research prize. Each abstract may only be submitted for one prize and it is the author’s responsibility to ensure they conform to any preconditions (e.g. only open to trainees). Section Conveners will select the best abstracts for presentation to be adjudicated. The awarding of a prize is at the discretion of the adjudication panel.

Best Clinical Research Paper Prize

  • Bariatric: The Paul O’Brien Award for Clinical Research in Bariatric Surgery
  • Breast Surgery: Grantley Gill Breast Surgery Research Prize
  • Burn Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery: The Mark Killingback prize for the best paper from a Trainee or Fellow within five years of gaining the FRACS
  • Endocrine Surgery: The Tom Reeve Paper Prize – Trainees
  • General Surgery
  • Global Health
  • Hand Surgery
  • HPB Surgery
  • Indigenous Health
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Pain Medicine & Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rural Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Transplantation Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery: The Damian McMahon Trauma Paper Prize for Trainees
  • Upper GI Surgery: The Mark Smithers Award for Clinical Research in Upper GI Surgery

Best Non-Clinical Paper Prize

  • Bariatric, Hepatobiliary and Upper GI Surgery: The Les Nathanson Translational Research Prize (for research that has been conducted as part of a higher degree and relates to the fields of HPB, UGI or Bariatric surgery)
  • Military Surgery
  • Quality and Safety in Surgical Practice
  • Surgical Leaders
  • Surgical Education: The Jenepher Martin Surgical Education Research Prize is open to Fellows as presenting authors or other medical professionals with Fellows as co-investigators of research
  • Surgical History
  • Women in Surgery
Best Paper Prize
  • ANZ Chapter of the ACS Scientific Forum (Best Paper Prize): for Best Clinical or Non-Clinical Research Paper Prize
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 instance, please email the ASC team at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to determine why a confirmation email has not been received.  
Scientific Posters
All posters will be presented electronically during the Congress and will be available for viewing on plasma screens in the industry exhibition. Posters will be placed on the Virtual Congress in addition to the abstract. 
Important Information
The closing date for all scientific paper abstract submissions is 11:59pm Sunday 28 January 2024. Please note that paper or facsimile copies will not be accepted, nor will abstracts be submitted by college staff on behalf of authors. If there are any difficulties regarding this process please contact the ASC team for assistance.
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