Abstract Preparation Guidelines

When preparing abstracts for submission to ISPO symposia, please follow these guidelines.

Document Structure

When preparing an abstract for submission, structure it thus:

  1. Title
  2. Authors
  3. Affiliations
  4. Abstract Body
    1. AIM
    2. METHODS
    3. RESULTS
  5. Keywords
  6. Acknowledgment (optional)
  7. Signature

Abstract Headings


Begin the title with a capital letter, but capitalize words thereafter only as required. The title should reflect the overall aspect of the project. In preparing the title, take into account that a permuted title index will be computer-generated from keywords in titles of abstracts. This index will appear in the program and abstracts volume.


Use initials for first and middle names followed by the last name (do not type last names first) and academic degree. Separate the authors with a semicolon. Identify the presenting author with an asterisk (*), and if more than one author is listed, use letters in parentheses to match authors and institutions. See Example 1.

Author listings on abstracts are the basis for the computer-generated author index in the program and abstracts volume.


List the authors' institutions, each with city, state or province, and country.

Example 1. Authors and Affiliations

NW Turner, MD (a); T Winter, PhD * (a,b)

(a) Division of Computer Science, Worcester Multitechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA, (b) Microbiology Department, Dokkyo University, School Medicine, Mibu, Tochigi, Japan

Abstract Body

This should be one paragraph of no more than 2600 characters (spaces are not counted), with the following headings:



Include any keywords not in the title that would aid in indexing the abstract.


(Abstracts submitted via the website must be plain text. This section explains how to achieve desired formatting using plain text.)

Symbols and special characters

If submitting online, you may type or paste symbols and other special characters directly into the web form. (If submitting by email, it is strongly suggested you save your abstract as an HTML file.)

Superscripts and subscripts

Use a carrot character (^) to indicate superscripts and an underscore (_) to indicate subscripts:

Example 2. Superscript & subscript
To insert Type
O6-Methylguanine O^(6)-Methylguanine
H2O H_(2)O

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest includes, but is not limited to, any significant financial interests in a company, product or procedure that is mentioned in an abstract or presentation to be given at the meeting. If any of the authors or the presenter feels that such a conflict of interest may exist that should be noted in the program, please enter the words "possible conflict of interest" in the Acknowledgement field (or after the keywords, if submitting by email). A positive notation in no way affects whether or not an abstract is accepted or how it will be scored by reviewers.

In accordance with essentials and standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, as well as guidelines proposed by the Food and Drug Administration and endorsed by the American Medical Association, the Society must note in the Official Meeting Program if there are any abstracts to be presented whose author(s) may have a conflict of interest.

Signature and Copyright

If submitting by email, you must include a statement indicating the following:

  1. all authors are aware of the content of the abstract;
  2. copyright of the abstract is transferred to Cancer Detection and Prevention, the journal issuing the peer-refereed program abstracts and papers.