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Judging Criteria and Guidelines

Abstract judging

Judging of all submitted abstracts will be conducted by a panel of expert reviewers from multiple research fields. Each abstract will be judged by three reviewers who have completed the mandatory conflict of interest declaration process. The final score of each abstract will be calculated based on the scores provided by the reviewers, and abstracts will be ranked according to the final abstract scores.

Twenty-four top-scoring abstracts submitted by student researchers and early career researchers engaging in clinical or laboratory/basic science research will be selected for the Research Presentation Awards Oral Finalist Presentations (n=12) and Poster Finalist Presentations (n=12). 

The remaining abstracts will be considered for Poster Presentations depending on the ranking of final abstract scores.

Abstracts will be judged based on excellence in the following three criteria:

Abstract quality

The abstract should succinctly portray the background, rationale, methodological approach, key findings and significance of the research. The abstract needs to appeal to an audience who may not be familiar with the field of research.

Scientific quality

The research presented should be of a high quality conducted with the most appropriate and advanced techniques. The analysis of the data should be thoroughly and rigorously conducted.

Scientific and clinical significance

The clinical or scientific significance and impact on the field should be clearly portrayed. The key findings of the study should be supported by the evidence presented. The outcomes should be interpreted in the context of the state of development in the research field.

Judging of abstracts will take into account outstanding qualities in each criterion. Equal weighting of these qualities will apply.

Presentation judging

Judging of oral and poster finalist presentations will consider excellence in the following four criteria. Judging will take into account outstanding qualities in each criterion. Equal weighting of these qualities will apply.

Judging of the finalist presentations will be conducted by an esteemed panel of research leaders from the Metro South Health and affiliated research institutes. The final score of each finalist presentation will be calculated based on the scores provided by the judges.

Scientific quality

The research presented should be of a high quality conducted with the most appropriate and advanced techniques. The analysis of the data should be thoroughly and rigorously conducted.

Scientific and clinical significance

The clinical or scientific significance and impact on the field should be clearly portrayed. The key findings of the study should be supported by the evidence presented. The outcomes should be interpreted in the context of the state of development in the research field.

Delivery and communication quality

The presentation needs to appeal to an intelligent but non-specialist audience, follow a logical sequence, engage and educate the audience.

Timing

The presentation adheres to the timing guidelines:

  • Oral presentation: lightning talk, total four minutes.
  • Poster presentation: elevator pitch, total one minute.

Abstract submission

When submitting your abstract, please follow the instructions and adhere to the template provided on the abstract portal.

Abstracts are due 3pm Thursday 13 June 2024.

Submit your abstract

Last updated 4 June 2024
Last reviewed 4 June 2024