BBTS Conference 2018

Submission Instructions & Guidelines

Submissions Now Closed

You should only submit an abstract if you are willing and able to attend the BBTS Annual Conference on Thursday 4th October. If your abstract is accepted for oral or poster presentation you must register for the conference. Failure to register for the conference will result in your abstract being removed from publication. Successful authors receive a 50% discount on the cost of Thursday's day delegate rate.

Once you enter the abstract portal (link at the bottom of the page), start by creating an account. Keep this information safe as you will require it to both submit your abstract and register for the event. 

You can then add your contact details and submit your abstract in the ‘Abstract Submission’ section of the system. 

Please note that you can save your abstract as a draft and return to edit it as often as necessary. However, once you have pressed the 'submit' button you will no longer have the ability to amend your abstract. 

When you have completed your abstract and pressed the submit button you will receive an automated email confirming your submission.  If you do not receive a confirmation email you should contact the Conference Organiser.

Please submit your abstract before Friday 8th June, 23:59. Abstracts received after this date will not be considered. 

Your abstract should be submitted under one for the following categories.  Please read each description carefully before selecting a category.

Improving Patient Outcomes
Where an intervention has been shown to improve the outcome for patients. Category includes clinical audit and case studies.  

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Where the introduction, or alteration, of an education / learning programme has shown to improve knowledge and / or skills.  Category includes examples of good practice and case studies.  

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Diagnostics, Science and Technology
A predominantly science based category. Examples for inclusion: the development or usage of new tests, identification of new / unusual or interesting antibodies and new technological developments.

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Quality, Regulation and Governance
This category should include abstracts where an intervention has been shown to improve the quality of the output, or interventions that improve regulatory / governance aspects of work, for example laboratory based self inspection and audit (please note where the intervention is purely educational based abstracts should be submitted in the Education category). 

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Blood Donation, Components and Safety
This category is to include interventions which have been shown to improve donor care and blood donation, new or improvements in blood components and new and improved safety / testing aspects of donations. 

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Cellular therapies, Tissues and Cells - NEW CATEGORY
This category should be chosen where the submitted work involves tissues, organs, gene therapies and immunotherapies.

Abstracts must be original and must not have been previously published or presented at a large scientific meeting, with the exception of SHOT. If your abstract has been published elsewhere, other than SHOT, please let us know before your submission, you may still be able to submit this but it will not be published in Transfusion Medicine.

Any potential conflict of interest must be indicated upon abstract submission.

Abstracts can be submitted as oral / poster / oral or poster. Several sessions within the scientific programme have been set aside for oral presentations (free papers). Each presenter will be allocated 15 minutes to present their paper via PowerPoint presentation

Presentation preferences (oral/poster) cannot be guaranteed and are subject to review by the abstract review process.

If your abstract is accepted as a poster a PDF copy of your poster is to be received via the abstract submission acceptance instruction no later than Friday 14th September 2018.

Your abstract must set out clearly the purpose of the study and must include data to support your conclusions. Abstracts must be submitted in good English and not exceed 350 words excluding references (although these are not necessary) and excluding the title, authors and affiliations.

The abstract would normally include the following however there is flexibility depending on the abstract:

  • Title
    No more than 30 words and objectively describes the study

  • Introduction
    State the purpose of the study

  • Method
    Describe methods and/or study design

  • Results
    Interpret results and state their significance. Present data and results clearly, explaining terms before abbreviating them

  • Conclusion

Margaret Kenwright Award

Awarded to an individual under 40, living and working in the UK, with the highest scoring abstract in their chosen category. Find out more >

George Bird International Travel Grant

Awarded to an individual working outside of the UK, with a high scoring absrtact. Find out more >

Submission System Opens: 9th March

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 8th June 2018

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 27th July 2018

Deadline to submit accepted poster PDF: 14th September 2018
Posters submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be included in the Conference App.