Call for abstracts

Submission Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines when completing the online abstract submission form.

  1. Abstracts and presentations must be in English.
  2. The abstract consists of:
    1. a brief, descriptive title, which avoids abbreviations and acronyms – spelling out words in full. Maximum 150 characters.
    2. Names and surnames for each author must be provided. Do not include degrees or titles. The presenting author’s name will be published in bold. All authors, whether presenting or not, who wish to attend the conference, must register and pay their registration.
    3. An affiliation for each author, listed by University/Company, Department and Country. Include this complete information in the ‘Affiliation’ text box.
    4. The abstract text must be in English and should be a maximum of 500 words in length, excluding the title, author names and affiliations. The content should be organised to provide clear information as to background, objectives, methods (if applicable), results (if applicable), discussion/conclusions.
    5. A single figure, table or image can be included per abstract. If you have more than one figure, table or image please combine these into one image before uploading. Please use the separate field below the text to choose and upload the image. The image will be placed below the text. The image must be in JPEG or PNG format.
  3. Use the Preview function to view the layout of the abstract. It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors introduced by the author may appear in the final programme, if the abstract is accepted.
  4. Include 5-10 keywords reflecting the topic of the study. Based on the key words the abstract, if accepted, will be assigned to a session.
  5. Specify a preferred presentation format: oral or poster. A limit of two presentations (oral or poster) is set per author, even as a co-author.


Abstract assessment

Abstracts are graded using two basic criteria, ‘Scientific quality’ and ‘Originality and relevance’, assessed against a scale of 0 to 5. The two criteria are weighed together to give an overall grade of between 0 and 5. Each abstract is independently ranked by up to three reviewers, with a single common, overall grade reflecting the combined evaluation of all the reviewers.

Assessment scale:

EXCELLENT                                                                   5

Very strong with negligible weaknesses

VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT                                           4

Very strong with minor weaknesses

VERY GOOD                                                                  3

Strong with minor weaknesses

GOOD                                                                          2

Some strengths, but also moderate weaknesses

WEAK                                                                           1

Few strengths, but also one major or several minor weaknesses

Insufficient or unclear information                                                       0


Basic criteria:


Strengths and weaknesses of the research in terms of aim, research questions and methodology; and the degree of clarity in the writing.


The degree to which the research deals with new, original and/or relevant questions, and the potential to increase the knowledge within the field.


The overall grade is based on the ranking of the two basic criteria (scientific quality and originality/novelty). It is an overall assessment that takes both criteria into consideration and is not an average of grades.


Important Dates

Abstract submission open: September 30, 2019

Abstract Submission deadline: December 22, 2019

Nofication of abstract review: February 26, 2020

Abstract authors need to confirm presentation in the system: March 17

Notification of session title, presentation day, time and room: March 25, 2020

Earlybird (lower fee) registration deadline: April 22, 2020

Author registration deadline: May 20, 2020

Programme finalised: May 29, 2020

Delegate registration deadline: August 5, 2020




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Organized by

Department of Sociology, Uppsala University and
CHESS, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University