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Abstract submission guidance

Below you will find important information to support you when submitting your work 

Abstract submission categories

We were delighted to receive over 2,000 abstract submissions in 30 different categories for the 2023 Congress. 75 countries were represented, making this a truly global experience for anyone who registers. 

Abstract submissions are invited in the following categories: 

Abortion care High risk pregnancy Obesity
Adolescent gynaecology Hot topics (emerging research/issues) in gynaecology Post reproductive health
Advances in prenatal diagnosis Hot topics (emerging research/issues) in obstetrics Quality improvement
Benign gynaecology Imaging in gynaecology Reproductive medicine/assisted reproduction
Early pregnancy complications Imaging in obstetrics Risk management
Endometriosis and uterine disorders Innovation in obstetrics and gynaecology Sexual health and contraception
Fetal medicine Labour ward management Simulation and training
General gynaecology Lifestyle medicine in women's health Telemedicine
Global health Maternal medicine Urogynaecology/pelvic floor
Gynaecological oncology Medical education Women's health and policies

Key information

  • Abstract title: The title has a maximum word limit of 12 words and must be brief, informative and concise
  • Special symbols and formatting should be used sparingly
  • Tables and images cannot be included in your abstract
  • Authors: Please enter your name and ALL authors in the order and the form you wish them to appear in the final Congress programme. Names omitted here will NOT be shown in the final programme. Please note that only named authors are permitted to present
  • All authors will be asked to undertake that:
    • Their name is NOT currently removed from a medical register nor do they have any restrictions placed against their name by a medical regulator in any country
    • Presenting authors will inform the RCOG if, before Congress, their name is removed from a medical register or they have any restrictions placed against their name by a medical regulator in any country. The RCOG reserves the right to withdraw presentations in such cases
  • Maximum number of words: The abstract text should have a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 400 words
  • Please use the paragraph titles below in your abstract or case study. Please do not use variations on these headings so that we can standardise the abstracts

Please include the following headings

  • Objective: State the primary objective of the paper and the major hypothesis tested or research question posed
  • Design: Describe the design of the study and the rationale for the procedures adopted.
  • Method: Describe how participants were selected and the number of participants (if documentary data used, state how these were selected), materials employed (if appropriate), methods of data collection and analysis
  • Results: Include numerical and/or textual data. This should be kept to a minimum and should not include tables or figures. For qualitative analyses briefly describe your findings (e.g. identified themes, categories).
  • Conclusions: State the conclusions that can be drawn from the study (including for future research, practice, policy and/or theory)

For a case report submission, please include the following headings

  • Objective: state why this case is reported (what is special about it)
  • Case report: Briefly describe the case
  • Discussion: Briefly discuss the implication of this case on practice
  • Conclusions: State the conclusions that can be drawn from the study (including for future research, practice, policy and/or theory)

Further information

  • If you wish to include key words and references; they must be included in the body of your text and within the 400-word count
  • Abbreviations should be spelt out, in parenthesis, in their first use in the abstract
  • If your abstract has been accepted for an oral presentation or ePoster presentation then at least one of the named authors will need to register and pay the Congress registration fee in full by Monday 15 July 2024 for the abstract to be presented
  • We do not accept previously published work or work that will be published before Congress taking place. An exception to this case is:
    • Your manuscript is submitted for/accepted for publication after the abstract is accepted for the Congress (this must be declared during your presentation at the Congress).
    • Abstract published in conference proceedings only (maximum of two other international meetings). We cannot accept work presented at a previous RCOG World Congress
  • The scientific committee reserves the right to reject any submission

Further reading

Please read our abstract submission FAQs before submitting your abstract.

Key dates

Extended abstract submission deadline

Monday 15 April 2024 23:59 UK time

Abstract author notifications

Friday 14 June 2024

Early bird registration deadline

Monday 15 July 2024

ePoster submission deadline

Sunday 15 September 2024

RCOG World Congress

Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 October 2024