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Abstract Submission

General information and guidelines

Please note that the Abstract Submission System is closed. Thank you for your contributions!

The ESGAR ANNUAL MEETING, has become a platform for research exchange in the fields of gastrointestinal and abdominal radiology and it offers high standard education and scientific programme.
The scientific programme, composed by the ESGAR 2017 Programme Committee, seeks to promote scientific excellence and inquiry, encourage individual and collective action of current research findings in diagnostic and interventional abdominal and GI radiology.
The ESGAR 2017 Programme Committee therefore welcomes abstract submissions of scientific and educational presentations for ESGAR 2017. Selected abstracts will be accepted for oral presentations and for electronic poster presentation, so to ensure a balanced and representative scientific programme.

Scientific abstracts (oral and scientific Poster presentations) must be structured as follows:

  • Purpose
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Educational Poster abstracts must be structured as follows:

  • Learning objectives
  • Background
  • Imaging Findings or Procedure Details
  • Conclusion

Abstracts longer than 225 words will not be accepted by the system.

Projects can only be submitted in one presentation category. Posters already on the Poster database may not be re-submitted to ESGAR. Accepted scientific oral presentations will be published online in a supplement to “Insights into Imaging”. Details will be made available in the online abstract submission system.

ESGAR abstract review and grading

The Programme Committee recognises that the ESGAR scientific programme has been the equal of any other radiology programme in the past but wishes to improve it further. Most diagnostic radiology research presented at ESGAR comprises evaluation of the technical and diagnostic performance of imaging methods and pictorial essays / radiologic-pathologic correlation. Interventional radiology research is also presented. A large panel of sub-specialist expert radiologists will grade submitted abstracts within their area of expertise. While expert opinion is crucial, objective criteria have also been formulated to help reviewers identify the best-designed and strongest studies as well as the best analysed data in these categories.

Abstracts are scored out of a maximum of 10 points. In 2016, most of accepted abstracts scored from 4.0 to 8.67 points. Abstracts that scored less than 3.5 were unlikely to be accepted (20 % of oral and scientific exhibition (poster) abstracts were rejected). The “Guidelines for Abstract Reviewers” explain the objective criteria that will be used for abstract scoring. Simple spreadsheet calculators (diagnostic and interventional) can be downloaded by authors to help them to prepare their results. View also the “Tips for better abstract writing”. These will facilitate the calculation of basic statistical indices (sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, confidence intervals etc.) from raw data. We suggest that you use these resources during study design, data analysis and abstract writing between October and January to improve your chances of acceptance. You can also use the “Guidelines for Abstract Reviewers” to calculate a likely score for your work. Doing this will help you to improve scientific abstracts, maximising both your chances of acceptance for ESGAR 2017 and (we hope) the final chance of publication and impact of your hard work. Submitted abstracts can be edited directly on the Internet until the deadline.

Notification of acceptance

Presenters will receive the notifications of acceptance by e-mail by the end of February 2017. Detailed guidelines for oral presentations and poster presentations will be published on the ESGAR website at that time. Authors with accepted abstracts for scientific exhibits will receive a link to the e-Poster system by e-mail, enabling them to upload their poster presentation prior to the meeting.
If you wish to withdraw your submission after having confirmed your acceptance, inform the Central ESGAR Office in writing (e-mail, fax) immediately.
Please note that all presenters need to register for the congress!

Audio visual services (AVS)

Only data projection will be provided for oral presentations. Presentations must be prepared using PowerPoint for PC. Macintosh presentations must be saved in PC format. Speakers must deliver their presentation to the Preview Centre on a separate, labelled CD-ROM or USB stick (ZIP disks are not accepted). Speakers are responsible for testing their presentation for compatibility at the meeting, before handing it in. Further details will be made available together with the notification of acceptance.

Highlighted abstracts

As its name implies, Highlighted Oral Papers will be selected as the best rated presentations by the ESGAR Programme Committee, based on their score and topic relevance. Presenters will enjoy the longer presentation time. Presentations will take place from Wednesday to Friday during highlighted scientific sessions.

In addition, ESGAR Highlighted Poster Sessions will be introduced for the first time at ESGAR 2017. Electronic posters will be selected by the ESGAR Programme Committee as a highlighted posters based on highest score and topic relevance. Poster authors will have the great opportunity to present their work in a moderated poster session to an international audience. Presentations will take place from Wednesday to Friday in the Exhibition Area.


The best 20 abstracts, submitted by residents, who appear as the first author on the respective abstract and who will actually present their paper during the meeting, form the “ESGAR Top 20”. Authors will receive a diploma, confirming that their abstracts have received the best ratings among other abstracts submitted. ESGAR Top 20 Authors can be recognised by a special badge during the meeting.

Poster Awards

The best ESGAR Poster Presentations will be awarded a Diploma. There will be one Magna Cum Laude, two Cum Laude and seven Certificates of Merit. The evaluation will be performed by a committee and the awarded presentations will be flagged as such in the poster system on-site. Evaluation will be based on novelty, accuracy, educational value and design.

Important Dates - ESGAR 2017

October 31, 2016
Abstract submission opens

October 2016
Preliminary programme available

January 2017
Registration opens

January 16, 2017
Abstract submission deadline

February 2017
Notification of acceptance to authors

March 21, 2017
Early registration deadline

May 23, 2017
Pre-registration deadline

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