Abstract submission – Guidelines

Important information: Please read carefully



Abstracts can only be submitted online via the online abstract submission system.
Abstracts sent by post or email will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

Technical requirements:

The internet abstract submission system works best with Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher and Mozilla Firefox 5.0 or higher and Chrome 16 or higher.
Cookies and JavaScript need to be enabled.

Please read all instructions carefully before preparing your abstract

For standardisation, the acceptable length of the abstract is not more than 2400 characters including spaces (authors’ details and headers excluded).

The abstract should be structured into the following sections:
a. A title which clearly indicates the nature of the investigation
b. Background
c. Objectives
d. Methods
e. Results
f. Conclusions
g. References

Up to two tables can be included in the results section with the following criteria:
• Maximum number of columns: 12
• Maximum number of rows: 20
• If a second table is added the number of columns and rows decreases by the
number of columns/rows used in the first table
One graph/image can be included with the following criteria:

Image width min. 50 pixels max. 750 pixels
Image height min. 50 pixels max. 750 pixels
Image quality min. 96 dpi max. 300 dpi
Image file size min. 40 KB max. 1000 KB (1MB)
Allowed file type gif, jpg


Up to 5 references can be listed in the References section.

Abstracts can’t be saved in “Draft” status to be re-edited and modified. Abstracts fulfilling all criteria can be saved and submitted. Please, do not submit multiple versions of the same abstract.

The submission deadline is 7th October 2018, 23:59 CET

Conflict of interest: It is the intent of CECR 2018 to provide high-quality sessions focused on educational content that is free from commercial influence or bias. Thus the submitting author of an abstract is requested to declare any potential conflicts of interest for all authors during the abstracts submission.
The presenting author can be any of the listed authors, preferably without affiliations
to industry.
The inclusion of trade names/brand names is not allowed in the abstract. The mentioning of agents/molecules must follow the scientific standard for publications.
Splitting of data originating from the same study across several abstracts and/or
topics is not permitted and will lead to rejection of the abstracts.

Abstracts accepted for the congress are subject to the “Transfer of copyright”. With the submission of an abstract the authors agree to the embargo rules and the transfer of copyright.
The corresponding author has the right to grant, and does grant on behalf of all authors an exclusive licence to the Croatian Society for Rheumatology to publish the abstract (if accepted) in any media and to exploit all subsidiary rights
Abstracts should not be submitted if the following applies:
a. The abstract contains data that has been published or accepted for publication in a print or online journal
b. The abstract contains data that was presented at a scientific meeting more than 12 months prior to CECR 2018.

Abstracts containing data that has been presented or will be presented at a different scientific meeting during a 12 months period prior to CECR 2018 can be submitted.

Abstracts having been submitted for publication or to a scientific meeting, but are pending acceptance, can be submitted without restrictions. However, once the abstract has been accepted by CECR 2018 it is automatically subject to the CECR embargo rules.
The reviewers will judge the abstracts according to the scientific or clinical value,
relevance to CECR 2018, suitability of methods to aims, conclusions confirmed by objective results, objectivity of statements, description of methods used, ethics, originality of work, standard of English and overall impression.
Please ensure that your abstract does not contain spelling, grammatical or scientific errors, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. No proofreading will be done.

If accepted abstract will be presented as poster presentation (E poster). Scientific Board will select some abstract to be presented as oral presentation. In that case the authors agree that this presentation can be recorded (audio and/or slide) and subsequently use it for educational purposes (without a fee).

Accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement to the journal Reumatizam (www.reumatizam.hlz.hr). The archive of the journal is available with no time restriction free of charge. Information on accepted abstracts (title and authors) will be available online on Congress website about one month prior to the congress.

The submission of an abstract constitutes a formal commitment by the presenting author to present the abstract (if accepted) orally or as a poster in the session and the time assigned by the Organizing Committee. We therefore recommend that submitters of abstracts register for the congress simultaneously with the abstract submission.
Abstracts not adhering to these guidelines will be rejected. If you do not agree with any of these rules, you should not submit an abstract. The final decision about acceptance of an abstract will be taken by the Scientific Board.
Croatian Society for Rheumatology does not correspond on the reasons for acceptance/rejection of an abstract.
If the presenting author needs to be changed, a request, indicating the listed
co-author who takes over the presentation, needs to be sent to e-mail address abstracts@cecr2018.hr not later than 15 November 2018.
If you need to withdraw your abstract, a written statement reflecting the reasons for this decision must be sent to e-mail abstracts@cecr2018.hr not later than 08 November 2018.

Instructions for abstract presentation

If an abstract is selected for oral presentation, the presenting author, as specified at submission, will be requested to present it in the assigned session.

Details will be communicated to the author by mid-October 2018.
If an abstract is accepted as a poster presentation in the form of E-poster, the presenting author will be requested to be available for discussion during the corresponding poster viewing session.
Posters will be set up close to the exhibition area.
For further information contact us via e-mail abstracts@cecr2018.hr.

Abstract submission