Abstract Submission OPENS 31 October
Abstract Submission Guidelines
Submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend ICTH 2018-Mackinac Island (USA), irrespective of acceptance of an abstract. The opportunity to submit an abstract for consideration is available only to those who plan to attend the conference for educational and networking purposes and not to those who wish to attend exclusively for the opportunity to present. Therefore, presenters of accepted abstracts will be REQUIRED to register by the Early Registration deadline, 20 April 2018. Failure to register will result in the automatic withdrawal of the abstract.
Each abstract considered for presentation at ICTH will go through a formal peer-review and scoring process. Final abstract scores are calculated as the average of three (3) individual peer-reviewer assessments. Scientific/research abstracts and practitioner/policy/case study abstracts will be assessed separately. Only the highest scoring abstracts will be given the option for oral presentation. All others that are accepted will be presented as pecha kucha or a poster based on peer-review scoring and recommendations.
NOTE: Due to the interactive nature of ICTH with regard to team assignments and scheduling, each author indicating a preference for an oral presentation will be limited to one (1) standard oral, one (1) pecha kucha and two (2) poster presentations.
Authors will be asked to select and submit an abstract in their preferred presentation format:
The author's presentation preference will be taken into consideration along with scoring and recommendations received by each of the three peer-reviewers. Final decisions with regard to presentation format are at the discretion of the ICTH Programme Committee.
The author attending ICTH and presenting the abstract must submit the abstract under their name. If co-authors will be in attendance, either one of the authors may submit the abstract. The author submitting the abstract must be the presenter at the conference. This author will receive all communications from ICTH. Other authors are encouraged to attend, but will not be considered as a presenter of the abstract at ICTH unless approved by the assigned session team members. Other authors listed on the abstract will be included in the ICTH on-line, printed programme and on the Journal of Transport & Health published abstract.
Invited Abstract Categories
The theme for ICTH 2018 is "Contrasting rural and urban transport and the environmental factors that impact quality of life, health and well-being; making rural transport sexy." Abstracts are invited on the following topics as applied to the rural and urban settings, all within the overarching theme of transport and health:
-Exposure assessment of traffic related air pollution
-Traffic related air pollution and health
-Livestock (horses, deer, cattle, etc.) versus Motor Vehicles
-Diverse Road User Mix in the Rural Setting (pedestrian, farm equipment, recreation, horses, motor vehicles, etc.
Abstract Submission Details
Excluding the title, your abstract should not exceed 400 words. Word counts will be automatically limited by the online submission software.
You will be asked to indicate your professional discipline. This information is important to ensure that each team has an equal mix of cross-disciplinary professionals. If you consider yourself as fitting into more than ONE category, please indicate your university degree field of study.
You will be asked to self-identify what professional category your work falls under. NOTE: If you are employed by an academic institution, you are NOT considered a practitioner.
Four (4) major headings of a scientific abstract must be included: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Authors are encouraged to use additional sub-headings where appropriate.
Case Study/Practitioner Abstracts
Relevant sub-headings are at the discretion of the submitting author. Case study and practitioner abstracts should be descriptive enough to outline the project or idea including the methods used and a statistical data analysis (if applicable), and include any outcomes of the work. Case Study/Practitioner Abstracts will be subjected to a different scoring criteria from the Research Abstracts.
General Abstract Guidelines
If you will be performing a content cut and paste, we recommend using the “paste as plain text” button in the tool bar along with the “custom character” button. If any erroneous characters remain you will be alerted upon submission and provided with the opportunity to amend the submission.
Cash prizes ($200 USD) will be awarded to the two (2) highest scoring abstracts (including oral, pecha kucha and poster) in each of the following five (5) categories:
3. Doctoral Student
4. Undergraduate or Masters’ Student
5. Post-Doctoral/Early Career Researcher (aged <35 years old or within 5 years of degree completion)
6. 2 Best Posters - judged on-site (separate from the high scoring abstracts)
NOTE: Winners of a high abstract award will not be considered eligible to compete in the best poster competition.
All accepted/presented abstracts will be published in an online supplement to the Journal of Transport and Health (JTH) www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-transport-and-health/ and the conference programme app. Based on the topic area of interest, selected abstract authors will be asked to submit a full manuscript to the JTH following the conference. NOTE: YOU MUST PRESENT AT ICTH TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO PUBLISH. Submitted manuscripts will undergo a formal peer-review process. Accepted manuscripts will be published in the next suitable issue of the JTH and also as a virtual conference issue online. For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Mindell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure to reference to the document 'Advice for Authors' available on the Elsevier website www.elsevier.com/authors and especially the section for early career researchers http://www.elsevier.com/early-career-researchers/home