Call for papers: frequently asked questions about next steps

The call for papers has now closed. This document answers questions about how abstracts are selected, attendance at conference and other matters.

You can also download a PDF version of this frequently asked questions page. 


Presenting a selected abstract

How will accepted abstracts be presented at the conference?

Abstracts will be presented orally, as part of themed sessions, or displayed as posters. Oral presentations are for a maximum of 15 minutes, including questions. Poster presentations will be on display throughout the conference with dedicated viewing times at which one author is expected to be present. 

A small number of posters will also be selected as the topic of a poster discussion session at conference on 24 November at a pre-arranged time.

The accepted abstracts will be published by BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, an official journal of Hospice UK.

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If an abstract is accepted for presentation, do the authors have to attend conference?

If your abstract is accepted for oral presentation or as an oral poster, one of the named authors who is doing the presentation must register and pay to attend on the day of their presentation.

If your abstract is accepted for poster display, at least one of the named authors must register and pay to attend some of the conference and make their own arrangements for putting and taking down the poster.  

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Do you offer any financial support to to people giving an oral presentation or displaying a poster?

If you work in a hospice which is a full member of Hospice UK and your abstract is accepted for presentation, one of the authors may be able to apply for a conference bursary towards the cost of attending conference. Availability of conference bursaries will be advertised on our website.

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Reviewing and scoring abstracts

How will abstracts be reviewed and scored?

The review process is anonymous, ie reviewers do not know the names or workplace of people whose abstracts they review. Each pair of reviewers scores a selection of abstracts against the criteria listed below. Their scores inform decisions about who will be invited to give short talks, to display a poster or to participate in the poster discussion session.


  • Background: what is the rationale or gap in knowledge / practice that work is based upon?
  • Aim(s): what does the work / project aim to achieve and for who?
  • Methods: what are / were the anticipated results and how will they make a difference for hospice and palliative care?
  • Conclusions: do the conclusions seem logical from the completed or anticipated results and / or are there recommendations for hospice and palliative care?

The abstract reviewers will also consider how innovative or of interest to hospice and palliative care your abstract is.


During the week of 7 August, we will contact individuals who submitted abstracts to let them know if their abstract has been accepted. If it is accepted, you will be given a deadline to confirm that you would like to present your abstract at conference.

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