Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed. If you have submitted an abstract, you will be notified around May 8. You may also have a look at the instructions for speakers.


Abstract submission guidelines



The abstract should be written in proper English in a generally accessible style.


  • Maximum length of the title is 140 characters, including spaces.
  • The title should be written in sentence case.
  • Trademarks are not allowed in the abstract title.


  • Provide the names, institutional affiliations, cities, and countries of all contributing authors.
  • A maximum of 12 authors per abstract is allowed.
  • The person submitting the abstract will be considered the submitting author. His/her name will automatically appear on the abstract.
  • Provide the order of authors' names and identify the presenting author under the heading “Applicant Type” during submission. Any one of the authors may be identified as the presenting author.
  • Only one abstract as first author is allowed.
  • All communication regarding an abstract will be sent to the submitting author, irrespective the designation of the presenting author.



  • Maximum length of the abstract is 1,750 characters, including spaces.
  • The abstract should be written in plain text.
  • It is suggested, but not mandatory, to organize abstracts in sections as follows: Background (or Introduction); Materials and methods; Results; Conclusions.
  • Trademarks may be included in the abstract text between brackets, but only the first time the product/service/technology is mentioned.



  • One illustration (simple photograph/table/figure) may be uploaded for inclusion in the abstract. The maximum length of the abstract then becomes 1,250 characters, including spaces. If the character count is not reduced adequately, the scientific programme committee reserves the right to omit the illustration from the abstract.
  • Make reference to the illustration at the appropriate place in the abstract text.
  • Provide a brief caption for the illustration.


  • A maximum of two literature references may be added at the end of the abstract text.
  • State only the first author's name and bibliography (not paper titles) of each reference.
  • References are included in the total character count of the abstract text.




Abstract topic


During submission (under the heading “Submission Group” on the submission web page), select the best matching topic for your abstract. If none of the pre-specified topics applies to your abstract, select “Other topics”.


The topic “Invited lectures” should not be selected for submitted abstracts. Ignore the item “Submission Sub-Group” on the submission web page.



  • Statistical methodology for clinical research in rare diseases
  • Unbiased reporting, integrity and ethics
  • Innovative trial design
  • Inference in infectious disease epidemics
  • Statistics for pharmacoepidemiology
  • High dimensional data: analysis of microbiota data
  • Subgroup analyses
  • Dynamic prediction in oncology
  • Dynamic treatment regimes
  • STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies (STRATOS)
  • Survival analysis
  • Meta-analysis across interventional and observational studies
  • Resampling methods
  • Big data
  • Measurement issues in multilevel context, clinical scale validity and reliability
  • Causal inference with a focus on life course epidemiology
  • Statistics in practice
  • Causal modelling
  • Latent variable models
  • Joint modelling
  • Multiplicity
  • Non-parametric methods


Once you have completed all mandatory fields, you may submit your abstract or save it without actually submitting it such that you may return to your abstract to complete and submit it at a later time.


An abstract not actually submitted before Friday April 3, 2015 will not be considered for presentation at the conference.

After submission, you cannot change abstract content anymore. Should changes be necessary after submission, the ISCB 2015 Secretariat will advise you how changes could be implemented. Please, note that changes cannot be implemented after April 3, 2015 and that abstracts cannot be withdrawn after this date.


Review procudure


All abstracts will be reviewed blindly by two members of the scientific programme committee. Friday May 8, 2015 authors will be notificatied of abstract acceptance and if they have been assigned an oral presentation or poster pitch. The scientific programme committee may refuse abstracts of insufficient quality or abstracts that are outside the scope of the conference.


Encore abstracts

Abstracts presented at previous congresses (encore abstracts) are potentially acceptable, but scheduling for presentation cannot be guaranteed.

Acceptability of encore abstracts depends on various factors. For instance, if it provides supporting data for an invited lecture it might be acceptable for poster presentation.


After abstract acceptence


If the abstract has been accepted, an abstract number will be assigned. This number should be given as a reference when making any inquiries pertaining to the abstract. All correspondence regarding the abstracts will be sent to the submitting author. Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference app.


Please note that presenters of abstracts are not automatically registered for the conference. Presenters should register before Friday July 3, 2015 to be included in the programme.

It is advisable to submit your abstract only when its content is final and has been approved by all authors.



The ISCB 2015 conference organizers reserve the right to edit abstracts for obvious spelling or grammatical errors before publication without the authors’ consent.