Late-Breaking Abstract Submission (Free Communications)

Submission Deadline for Late-Breaking Abstracts — CLOSED

Acceptance Notification Date — By the end of February 2015

Edits to reviewed and accepted abstracts may no longer be accepted. If you have a small change to your abstract, such as a change to your presenting author, additional author or change to your affiliation, please contact and reference your abstract ID number.

Late-Breaking Abstract Criteria

  • For studies with new data and/or new information there are a limited number of poster and oral presentations slots available. Acceptance of abstracts submitted as “late-breaking” will be judged primarily on the basis of novelty and high impact.
  • Late-breaking abstracts must include information that was not available at the time of the regular WCD Free Communications submission deadline.
  • Only abstracts submitted with written results or data and definitive conclusions will be accepted. Abstract submissions indicating that “results will be presented” will not be eligible for acceptance.

General Abstract Criteria

Free Communications are brief proffered presentations (oral or poster) on focused studies, investigations, or observations in dermatology, and represent a vital component of the Scientific Program of the World Congress of Dermatology.

All Free Communications abstracts must be submitted online and follow the steps making sure to carefully complete all sections. If all sections are not completed, your abstract submission will NOT be accepted.

Rules for Abstract Submission

A.   Authors are required to indicate their preference for either oral or poster presentation by checking the appropriate box on the submission web page. The WCD Free Communications Committee will make the final decision on the format of presentation (i.e. poster or oral).

B.   Acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be based on rankings given by a peer review of experts in the associated topic/category. Results of the selection process will be sent out via e-mail to the corresponding author. The Committee decision is final and cannot be appealed.

C.   Abstracts cannot be identical to any abstract that has previously been presented at a major international meeting prior to the WCD 2015. An update to prior work is acceptable.

D.   Instructions on the preparation of posters and information regarding projection facilities will be included with the notification of acceptance.

E.   Submission of an abstract indicates:

(i) that the author(s) agree to comply with the abstract submission and presentation rules,
(ii) that the presentation is based on scientific and/or clinical methods that are ethical and valid, and
(iii) that all authors have contributed to and approve the abstract and its entire contents.

F.   All accepted abstracts will be published electronically on digital media (e.g. CD-ROM) as well as the WCD 2015 website, and distributed to all delegates.

G.   Accepted abstracts are official communications of the Congress. The presenting author agrees to register, attend the Congress, and present the abstract as scheduled by the WCD. The presenting author MUST REGISTER FOR THE WCD BY MARCH 13, 2015 before the abstract can officially accepted for inclusion in the final scientific program and official Program Book. Presenters who are not registered by March 13, 2015 may have have their abstract pulled from the WCD Program.

H.   Abstracts will be judged for merit according to the following criteria:

(i) Scholarly and/or research validity
(ii) Educational value
(iii) Clarity of presentation
(iv) Potential impact on global dermatology


Instructions for Abstract Preparation

Click here for instructions on abstract preparation and an abstract sample.

Important Deadlines and Mandatory Declarations

A.   Online Submission is now available. Please follow the instructions detailed on the website. Your abstract submission will be acknowledged automatically by email, but this confirmation does not constitute official acceptance for presentation. FAX SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

B.   Statement of Responsibility

  • All co-authors must agree with the submitted results and conclusions, and consent to being listed as authors.
  • The abstract must not have been submitted in identical format to any other international meeting.
  • Work involving humans or animals, or material derived from them must have been approved by an institutional ethics committee.
  • All authors must complete a Disclosure of Conflicting Relationships declaration form at the time of abstract submission.

C.   Modifications to the abstract may be made before the online abstract submission system is closed after January 31, 2014, unless the abstract has already been accepted by the WCD Free Communications Committee.

D.   Authors who wish to withdraw their abstract must send a written request to:

WCD 2015 Scholarships and Abstract Awards

Note: Late-breaking abstracts are not eligible for scholarships. The scholarship application deadline for regular abstracts was September 30, 2014. We are no longer accepting scholarship applications after September 30, 2014.

Scholarships will be provided by the WCD 2015 to assist participants from around the world to present their work at the WCD. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit and relative financial need as judged by the WCD 2015 Scholarship and Awards Committee. Please refer to the WCD 2015 Scholarship Program page for the adjudication criteria. Awards will also be provided to outstanding oral and poster presentations.

Acceptance Notification

Authors will be notified by the end of February 2015 as to the acceptance status of their submissions. This includes the assignment of session category and presentation format (oral or poster). Detailed instructions regarding requirements and instructions for oral and poster presentations will also be provided at that time.

If your abstract is accepted, you must register no later than March 13, 2015. Unless you register by that date, your abstract will not be included in any WCD print or online publications or the official program book.

For more information please contact:

WCD 2015 Secretariat
#206-2590 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC Canada V6H 3H1
Phone: +1.604.738.8600 Fax: +1.604.738.8697