Important information

The Micronutrient Forum will consider for acceptance abstracts that report diverse information from research and programs. Each abstract should have a clearly stated objective (what we wished to accomplish with the review or study) and methods that are consistent with that objective. Results should be reported; abstracts that state results forthcoming will not be considered for the Micronutrient Forum.

  • Abstracts are required for all oral and poster presentations
  • If you are submitting more than one abstract you can use the same login for each
  • You can alter your abstracts at any time up to the deadline (February 12, 2016)
  • Abstracts will only be accepted in English

1. Preparation of your abstract

The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to indicate clearly the nature of the study. Do not include a period at the end.

Do not include the names of authors in the title or body of your abstract. You will be asked separately for the names of all authors and to identify which author will be presenting during the submission process

Abstracts may report:

  • Results of completed research studies, including research of all types from basic through delivery science
  • Program process and impact evaluations
  • Meta-analyses or other reviews of the literature
  • Reports using program monitoring data to respond to specific objectives related to program implementation
  • Descriptions of capacity development, leadership, financing or other efforts to strengthen the enabling environment

Abstracts must state a clear objective and report methods, results and conclusions. Each abstract must not exceed 250 words and must include:

  • Objective: Briefly state the importance of your work for the field and the specific objective for the study, program or review that you are reporting.
  • Methods: Briefly describe the methodology used, including study or program design, as appropriate.
  • Results: Present your results in a logical sequence; avoid including results not directly relevant for the stated objective.
  • Conclusions: Draw the main conclusion from your study/ program, referring back to your objective. Do not present conclusions outside the scope of the results presented.

Helpful Tips:

  • Ask yourself, “Why is this work important?” Be sure to include the answer in your abstract
  • Avoid abbreviations to increase readability
  • Provide the number of subjects for studies in humans
  • Have others review your abstract to check for errors and clarity

2. The submission process

Log in to the submission system when you have prepared your abstract – enter your email address and the password you chose when you registered with the system.

You will be taken to a screen from which the submission process starts. Please read the instructions on this screen carefully. If you want to submit a new abstract you should click the link that says “Click here to submit a new abstract”.

Submitting an abstract is a multi-step process. Each step asks several questions. Some questions are marked “required” and you will not be able to complete your submission until these questions have been answered.

  • Step 1: You will be asked to input the title of your submission and abstract. You can type directly into the submission form or you can copy the sections of your abstract from a Word document and paste them into the appropriate fields on the form. Please note that scientific symbols may be entered directly in the form using the toolbar or you can copy and paste them from a Word document.
  • Step 2: You will be asked to include the names, affiliations and email addresses of all authors and identify which author will be presenting.
  • Step 3: You will be asked to select which subject category that describes your submission. Select the one that is most relevant to your abstract. You will also be required to answer some questions about your presentation.
  • Finish: Once you have completed Step 3 click the “Finish” button. If you have answered all the mandatory questions then your abstract will be assigned a reference number and you will receive email confirmation.

If you have to stop part way through the process, your submission will be held in temporary storage until you return later and complete all the questions. When you log in again, you can click on your incomplete abstract and resume submission.

3. Amending a submission

You may wish to change your submission. You can do this at any time up to the deadline.

  • Log in to the submission system
  • You will see a list of the abstracts that you have submitted. Click on the abstract that you wish to change.
  • The process of amending an abstract is the same as the original submission process except that the submission form will be automatically filled in with the answers that you gave previously.
  • You don’t have to change an answer if you don’t want to.
  • When you reach the final step and press “Finish” you will be sent an email confirming that your abstract has been amended

4. Queries and withdrawals

If you have any queries about the submission process or you would like to withdraw an abstract please contact the conference administrator at