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Please note tha 2014 edition has been filled.

Reviews of the SABEC manuscripts will be considered for the post-2014 issue.

Abstract FAQ


Q. What is an abstract?
A. For a conference an abstract is a stand-alone statement that briefly explains, in a non-repetitive style, the essential information of a study. The abstract presents the objective, methods, results, and conclusions of a research or practice-based project.

Q. What track should I use?
A. Please carefully read the descriptions of the tracks and then categories and choose the category which best describes your abstract.

Q. Who reviews the abstracts?
A . Your abstract will be reviewed by at least two different reviewers from a pool of over 30 experienced researchers (for research-focused abstracts) and practitioners (for practice-focused abstracts) from the basic education sector.

Q. What do I need to include in my abstract?
A. The abstract should contain the following sections:

Background and Objectives
Or issue statement - a short statement summarizing the issue(s) and objective(s) addressed by the abstract
Or description - a brief description of the project, experience, program, or research methods / approaches taken
Or lessons learnt - specific results or lessons learned in summarised form
Or recommendations - a brief statement of next steps or recommendations
[For practice-focused abstracts only] Scalability
A brief description of how the project can be scaled or replicated

For further instructions, please also read the abstract submission guidelines

Q. I have submitted abstracts before, but they are always rejected. Why? A. Abstract reviewing is often based on the following considerations:

  • the value of the topic to the conference
  • the link to the theme of the conference
  • the quality of the work
  • the clarity of the abstract
  • the novelty of the idea or research which is being presented

Q. My project is still on going and there are no results yet, however I would like to present the problem for discussion and debate at the conference. Should I submit an abstract?
A. Abstracts are intended to present scientific studies, research, programmes, policies, etc. highlighting both the methods or description and results or recommendations. If you are describing a study that is still in the planning stage, it would not be suitable for an abstract submission, unless the method that you will use is, for instance, of particular scientific interest. However, if you are currently doing investigation and you only have initial data but it seems relevant or significant, please submit the abstract.

Q. What should I write as the title of my abstract?
A. Your title needs to help the reviewers categorize your presentation and may eventually help conference delegates find your session. So keep the title descriptive and simple. Describe the topic clearly, including, for example, the population, region and issue of the research.


Q. Can I send my abstract by email?
A. No. Abstracts can only be submitted on-line through the conference website.

Q. What language can I use in the abstract?
A. As the conference language is English we can accept abstracts submitted ONLY in English.

Q. Can I include a graph, picture or diagram?
A. No. Unfortunately the system will not allow any attachments, only text.

Q. How many co-authors am I allowed to include into the authors’ list?
A. The number of authors is limited to 10. In principle the authors need to have worked on the abstract content as a co-researcher, colleague, etc.

Q. When will I receive the abstract acceptance notification?
A. The decisions on which abstracts have been accepted into the conference programme will be made at the end of November, after a reviewing process and a final planning meeting. We are not able to tell you before then which abstracts are being considered and which ones are not.

Q. Can I submit the same abstract to another conference?
A. No. An abstract cannot be submitted nor would be accepted if it has been previously published or presented at a national, regional or international meeting, unless there are major updates in the data. If preliminary or partial data has been published or presented, the author is required to indicate the details of that conference, meeting or journal.

The content of an abstract is under embargo from the time of submission until notification of acceptance or rejection. If rejected, the abstract can be submitted again elsewhere. If accepted, the abstract continues to be under media embargo until the date and time of presentation at the conference. The author does have the right to submit it to another meeting or journal as long as it is not presented or published before the conference. The author does not have the right to disclose or discuss the content of the abstract with the media prior to the conference.

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