ESMAC 2019 Annual Meeting of the European Society
for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children
23 – 28 September 2019, Amsterdam

Abstract Submission Guidelines

The online abstract submission is now closed.

General Information & Deadlines

Abstracts MUST be submitted electronically via the online submission system by the given EXTENDED deadline 23 APRIL 2019, 23:59 CET. Abstracts received via fax, e-mail or received after the deadline will not be accepted and therefore will not be considered for the program or publication.

  1. Abstracts may be submitted for the following scientific topics. With each abstract submission, two topics can be selected: 
    • Clinical reasoning
    • Clinical case studies

      Clinical reasoning and Clinical cases
      This year, we specifically encourage participants to submit abstracts focusing on clinical reasoning and/or clinical case studies.

      Abstracts on clinical reasoning should focus on the process of gait analysis interpretation, i.e. how to come from gait graphs and accompanying clinical information to a treatment decision. Abstracts could describe novel methodologies for this approach and how to standardize it, either using statistical methods or biophysical reasoning. Such methodologies could be illustrated using an individual patient case, but could also demonstrate results at group level or describe the methodology in more general terms. Clinical reasoning abstracts can follow the regular abstract template, where the headings (Introduction, Research Question, Methods Results, Discussion) can be filled depending on the scope of the abstract.

      Abstracts on clinical cases should focus on a remarkable finding, a remarkable pathology or motor problem, and/or on an uncommon clinically relevant assessment approach (innovative technology/method/reporting) incorporating motion analysis. The Introduction should describe the patient history, while the Research Question should introduce the focus of the clinical case as a single sentence and possibly an expectation/hypothesis on the outcome based on theoretical or empirical considerations. The Methods section should describe the conventional or novel assessment techniques as well as treatments applied, while the Results section should report the clinical and motion data of the case. The Discussion should focus on interpretation of the case, incorporating supportive evidence from literature, and Conclusion.

    • Adult neurological disorders
    • Paediatric neurological disorders
    • Musculoskeletal disorders 
    • Elderly
    • Normative studies
    • Coordination and motor control
    • Foot and ankle
    • Imaging and anatomy
    • Movement analysis methodology
    • Modelling and simulation
    • Prosthetics and orthotics 
    • Robotic and other devices 
    • Sports and sports injury
    • Stability and fall risk
    • Upper extremity and trunk
  2. A preferred presentation method should be selected during the submission from the following options:
    • Oral Presentation
    • Poster Presentation 
  3. Abstracts can be amended in the online submission system prior to the submission deadline of 17 April 2019. After the submission deadline, all abstracts will be automatically considered to be fully submitted and will proceed to the peer review.
  4. The number of submitted abstracts per one submitter/author is not limited.
  5. All abstracts will be reviewed by the ESMAC Scientific Committee, who will consider its formal aspects and content. The Committee will decide which abstracts will be accepted and may reconsider the final presentation type and topic selection.
  6. Accepted abstracts will be made available to all meeting attendees within a special issue of the Gait & Posture Journal. Rejected abstracts will not be displayed or published. Please have your abstract checked for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and formal structure. ESMAC reserves the right to edit abstracts if necessary prior to the publication on the ESMAC Website or the Gait & Posture Journal.
  7. All presenting authors will be notified with the abstracts evaluation results by 3 June 2019.
  8. All presenting authors are obliged to register for the meeting by 1 July 2019.
  9. All presenting authors will be asked to declare a disclosure of their potential conflict of interest when submitting their abstract. Without the declaration submitted, the abstract cannot be accepted.

Abstract Formatting

  1. All abstracts must be written in English.
  2. When submitting your abstract, consider and choose the appropriate scientific topic and the presentation method.
  3. The abstract title is limited by 20 words and must be submitted using sentence case (e.g. This is the title of my abstract).
  4. Up to 10 authors can be submitted for an abstract (including the presenting author). The presenting author is selected first; other authors can be added only when the presenting author is submitted. However, the author order can be changed if needed by swapping the names in the list of the authors. The first name is always considered to be the main author.
  5. The maximum abstract length is 450 words without references. Please note each abstract must follow a mandatory structure:
    • Introduction
    • Research Question
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • References
  6. Up to 1 picture/chart/table can be included within the abstract text. (Please check the step-by-step picture upload guide below.) They must be saved in JPG.
    1. Place the picture title within the abstract in the location where the picture should appear (see 1 in slide below). Click the “Picture Insert” icon to start the upload process (see 2 in slide below).

    2. Click the “Upload” button (see 1 in slide below) and select the picture you wish to insert from your computer. It will be uploaded to the insert image gallery (see 2 in slide below).

    3. Select the corresponding picture (see 1 in slide below), copy the picture title into the “Alternate Text” field (see 2 in slide below) and add the picture dimensions (one size is enough) (see 3 in slide below) and confirm the selection with the ”Insert” button. (see 4 in slide below) (width 300px = approx. 7cm wide)

    4. When the picture is uploaded, the correct location and size can be checked. If you wish to change the dimensions you can simply delete the inserted picture and upload it once again with a different size.

  7. The number of submitted abstracts per one submitter/author is not limited.

Please contact the ESMAC 2019 Meeting Secretariat for any assistance.