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BBTS 2017: How to write amazing abstracts

As we launch the opening of our 2017 abstract submission system, we thought it would be handy to put together a few top tips to help your submission stand out and increase your chances of it being published.  

Accepted presentations, whether oral or poster, will be printed in the Journal of Transfusion Medicine which is recognised both nationally and internationally.  This will help your CPD portfolio, improve your CV and could increase your chances of obtaining funding to attend the meeting.  Most importantly it makes others aware of your work and will bring you into contact with those in the transfusion world with similar interests.  

What can I write about?

The aim of an abstract is simple, to share research, knowledge and best practice throughout the transfusion industry.  Anyone can write one! Consider perhaps what has made your life easier in the workplace, saved you time and improved the accuracy of a process?  If it’s helped you and your colleagues it will more than likely help someone else.  You could be a trainee nurse who has found a way to devise a more accurate form, thus saving blood being rejected unnecessarily, or a Stem Cell Specialist who has found a way to detect a disease before blood is transfused saving many lives.  The list is endless!

There are 5 abstract categories to choose from:

Blood Donation, Components and Safety

Diagnostics, Science and Technology

Improving Patient Outcomes

Quality, Regulation and Governance


Tips to Remember

State the reason for the study/research – let people know what they’re about to be reading and why it’s important.  Make it relevant and interesting to hold their attention.

Always ensure acronyms are written out in full when they are first used.

Describe methods and/or study design – Keep it brief and only include the main points.  It is important for readers to know how you achieved results but they don’t need every minute detail.

Keep it concise and to the point - don’t use 10 words when 5 will do.

Present data and results clearly – A well laid out document is much easier to digest than an erratic one.  Stick to word count, layout and formatting criteria, it’s there to help.

Summarise your findings – Explain why your research is important and what impact it has on future works.

Give it a great title – The title is the hook that will grip your reader’s attention.  Make it relevant but keep it as short as possible.  Don’t forget to proof read and spell check

Top three mistakes to avoid:

Your conclusion is not supported by your data

Previously published data

Poor English!

Simply passing your work to a colleague for a ‘fresh pair of eyes’, running a Google search, or hitting spellcheck, can dramatically increase your chances of having your abstract accepted.

Get Started

The deadline for this year’s submissions is 20th May. 

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21 Jan 2020
10:51 pm