Call for Abstracts and Contest Submissions

Please read the submission guidelines below
Abstracts submitted to the 8th National Spinal Cord must meet approved standards for scientific quality and consistency, and they must be submitted correctly. They will be evaluated by peer review by one or more reviewers with expertise on the abstract topic. Failure to comply with the submission guidelines will result in abstract rejection.

There is no limit on the number of abstracts registrants may submit. However, multiple abstracts must differ sufficiently to warrant separate presentations. Submission of multiple abstracts with similar content may result in the rejection of one or more of the abstracts.

Abstracts will be automatically rejected if they do not meet the following criteria:

Criterion Specification
Title Sentence structure
Author Format as described below
Word length 2600 characters (Deduct 150 characters for each table or graphic)
Tables / Figures Maximum of 2 within the specified dimensions
Structured format Background/Objectives: / Methods/Overview: / Results: / Conclusions:
Images Spreadsheets not to exceed 6 columns. jpegs not to exceed 6.5″ x w

Submission Information
You will be asked to select classify your abstract into two categories:

Abstract category part 1:

  1. Knowledge Generation – This category is for original research including innovative discovery, emerging evidence, new devices, therapies and outcome measures.
  2. Clinical Application – This category is for integrative and multidisciplinary approaches to healthcare delivery, descriptions of practice equity/ gaps, work highlighting effective practice or best practice implementation.
  3. Policy Change – This category is for submissions related to community groups or coalitions, that raise social awareness and the need for policy change.
  4. Student Submission – This subcategory is for undergraduate students, graduate students and fellows, and postgraduate medical students (residents or fellows) currently enrolled in a training program wishing to enter their abstract submission into the student competition.

Abstract category part 2:

  • Patient Care
  • Education
  • Research
  • Student

Additionally, you will be asked to select a Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) that best represents your abstract.

Abstract Title:

  • bold and lower-cased with the exception of the first word, proper nouns, and the first word after a colon.
  • Avoid abbreviations and acronyms in titles where feasible.
  • Character restriction of 255.
  • No symbols may be used in the title

Author Bylines:

  • Author names in this order and separated by comma, First name Middle name/initial Last name, for example:  Beverley Catharine Craven or Beverley C. Craven
  • Indicate affiliation(s) with superscript numeral(s) following last name.
  • No degrees after names


  • Should correspond with author order sequentially
    Corresponding superscript number (eg. 1,2,3,4,5) precedes the author affiliation.
  • Affiliation consists of Institution, Location (city, state/provincial abbreviation, country abbreviation)
    i.e.  Dept of Medicine Toronto Rehab – University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CA

Body of abstract:

  • Limit main body to 2600 characters
  • Headings are included in the character count
  • Funding, Conflict of Interest and key words do not apply towards the character restriction.
  • Content is structured by subheading with a colon
  • Each section is treated as a paragraph with no indents.
  • Subheads may include but are not limited to:
    • Background
    • Objective
    • Design/Methods
    • Participants
    • Results/Findings
    • Conclusion
  • Outside of word count restrictions:
    • Funding: (optional)
    • Conflict of Interest: (optional)
    • Keywords: 3 keywords, capitalized (sentence case) and separated by commas, must use MESH terms.
      *** SCI-RA will convert subheading to bold prior to submission to JSCM

CSCI-RA, 613-531-9210,

Sample Abstract:
A Sample Abstract for the Purpose of Correct Submission Must Look Like This

Anna L. Smitha, Robert G. Davisb
aLaboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
bLaboratory Medicine, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Background/Objectives. Previous research with structured abstracts has taken place in mainly medical contexts. This research indicated that such abstracts are more informative, more readable, and more appreciated by readers than are traditional abstracts. Objectives. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that structured abstracts might also be appropriate for a particular psychology journal.

Methods/Overview. 24 traditional abstracts from the Journal of Educational Psychology were re-written in a structured form. Measures of word length, information content and readability were made for both sets of abstracts, and 48 authors rated their clarity.

Results. The structured abstracts were significantly longer than the original ones, but they were also significantly more informative and readable, and judged significantly clearer by these academic authors.

Conclusions. These findings support the notion that structured abstracts could be profitably introduced into many journals.

Awards will be made in the following four categories:

  1. Patient Care
  2. Education
  3. Research
  4. Students

Any questions regarding abstract submission can be directed to:
CSCI-RA, 613-531-9210,

DEADLINE: Abstracts must be received by January 25, 2019.

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection via email.

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