Frequently asked questions

Submitting

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Monday 8 March 2021.
Yes you can submit as many abstracts as you like.
Yes, you can submit work that has already been presented at other conferences, however we ask that you just make a note of this in your submission.
Through our online system [Link]. Only abstracts submitted through our online system will be reviewed. Abstracts submitted via post or email will not be considered.
Submitting an abstract is free of charge. However, in order to present you will need to register for the Congress.
  • The full title of your submission
  • Your abstract (max 400 words). You must include: aims, methods, results and conclusions
  • Permission from all authors, and any patients, to submit the abstract
  • Names of all authors
  • Affiliations of all authors
  • Name and main email address of the presenting author
  • Subject category which best describes your submission
  • Whether you would like your abstract published in BJPsych Open (if it is eligible and accepted for presentation)
  • Whether you would like to apply for a bursary – more information here <link>

All abstracts must be submitted in English.
If you are a UK based trainee we have a number of bursaries on offer, which will cover your registration fee for the Congress. We also have a number of International Bursaries available. If you are based within one of our International Division regions please indicate this in our bursary section of the form and we will include your application.

Amending

Yes - you can amend your submission any time up until the submission deadline 8 March 2021 by logging back into the online system. Make sure that you use the same email address used when submitting your abstract.
If you wish to make any substantial changes to your abstract submitted for the 2020 Congress you will need to indicate this on our form. We will then contact you to let you know that you can now proceed with the changes. Please be aware that if any changes are made to your abstract it will need to be reviewed again for 2021.
Once the submission deadline has passed no further amendments to your abstract are possible, even if you are selected to present. Please take the time to ensure that all the information in your abstract is correct and how you would want it to appear published.
Yes - you can amend your submission any time up until the submission deadline 8 March 2021 by logging back into the online system. Once the deadline has passed though, you will not be able to make any changes including adding authors.
If you wish to withdraw an abstract, please contact congress@rcpsych.ac.uk and confirm the withdrawal in writing by email. Please provide as much notice as possible. 

Judging

Unfortunately, due to the high number of abstracts we receive it is not possible for us to provide individual feedback on abstracts. 
Once the submission deadline has passed, all posters will be reviewed by the Committee. Successful abstracts will be confirmed and authors will be notified by April. 

Presenting

As this years Congress is completely virtual, posters will be presented as an ePoster. You will not be required to produce a physical poster. The top scoring posters will be given the opportunity to present their work as a rapid fire poster presentation 
Only named authors are permitted to present posters at the Congress and will need to be fully registered for the Congress to do so.
In order for your work to be presented at the Congress at least one of the named authors must have a full Congress registration. If you are unable to attend all day live, you will be able to catch up on content on demand after the Congress. 
Yes, if you tick only poster presentation you won’t be considered for an oral presentation unless selected for a rapid fire presentation. If you do not wish to give a rapid fire presentation you can opt out. 
No - We do not accept work that has been previously published, and if you are planning to publish your work before the Congress takes place then you will need to withdraw the abstract. 

Publication

Yes, all successful abstracts will be published in the BJPsych Open Supplement.
Once the submission deadline has passed no further amendments can be made, even if you are selected to present. Please ensure that all the information in your abstract is correct and how you would want it to appear published.
Yes, there is an option to opt out during the submission process.
Please email Congress@rcpsych.ac.uk if you have any further questions.