WFC 2021

2021 WFC Biennial Congress Abstract Submission Page

 Due to popular demand, the submission deadline

has been extended to June 8, 2021


The WFC Research Committee cordially invites you to submit your research abstracts for consideration at the 2021 WFC Biennial Congress virtual event


  • Abstract submissions due date: June 8, 2021

  • Authors notified of acceptance by: July 15, 2021

  • Presenting author must be registered by: August 1, 2021

  • Presenting author presentation materials submitted to WFC by: September 1, 2021

  • Presenting author available for assigned presentation time for virtual event: September 23-25, 2021​​​​​​​



Step 1 To submit an abstract, you must first create your author profile. On the blue bar above, click "Login" then on the next page click on "New User?" 
Step 2 Fill in the author submission form. Be sure to fill out all required fields and click "save" at the bottom. Once you have created your user profile, please use the same one for all of your submitted abstracts. You may log back in to update your information and profile. 
Step 3 To submit your abstract, log in. On your homepage under "My Submissions" click on "add new" which will open a page for you to submit your abstract. Be sure to have all the information for you and your coauthors ready to fill out the submission page. To add your coauthors' names to the submission, under Additional authors, click on "add new" and fill in their information. Be sure to click "save" at the bottom to save your submission information. 
Step 4 To complete your submission, click "save & submit" otherwise, your abstract will not be submitted. You can log in a check on your submission. If you see the word "Complete" on your Submissions page, then you have successfully completed your submission. 

Abstract submission information

To submit an abstract to the 2021 WFC Biennial Congress virtual event, the corresponding author must agree to the following on behalf of all other authors:

  • New abstracts - not published prior to June 1, 2021 - may be submitted to one of the following research categories: Clinical, Basic science, Education, Public Health, Health Services, and other research (definitions below). For the “new abstract” category, the content of the submitted work has not been previously published; however, it is permissible for the abstract to be published after the submission due date, June 1, 2021.
  • Previously published papers, are published between March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021, and will be considered separately in the following research categories: Clinical, Basic science, Education, Public Health, Health Services, and other research (definitions below). Authors of previously published papers must send a complete copy of the paper to to be considered by the review committee.
  • Submitted abstract maximum word count is 300 words (not including title)
  • The abstract format shall be: Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion. No references, figure or tables are to be submitted.
  • Abstracts shall be submitted in the English language.
  • Whether ethics approval for the work was obtained or was exempted (proof of this must be provided to the WFC upon request).
  • All authors listed on the abstract agree to its submission to the 2021 WFC Biennial Congress.
  • All authors of "new abstracts" consent to publishing the abstract and the presentation materials in electronic format that will be available publicly online.
  • The presenter of either new or previously published abstract must be an author.
  • The presenting author must be registered for the conference by the due date and provide WFC all required information and permissions. Please see the registration page for registration fees In the event the required registration and presentation materials are not received by their due dates, the abstract and presentation will be removed from the program.
  • Only two (2) presentations may be made by any one (1) person. An author can be listed on any number of accepted abstracts, but any author may present no more than two (2) abstracts.


Abstract judging and selection

  • New abstracts will be selected through a peer review process and will be assigned to one of the following categories for virtual presentation:
    • Long Platform (6-minute) and will include an optional handout/visual abstract.
    • Short Platform (3-minute) and will include a poster/visual abstract.
  • New abstracts will be judged on the following criteria: methodology (higher order, higher quality studies receive higher rating), significance of conclusions, appropriateness, relevance, and overall importance of the research for submission at the 2021 WFC Biennial Congress.
  • Previously published papers will be judged in a separate category and not mixed in with new abstract submissions.
  • Any submitted abstract that is suspected to involve scientific misconduct or ethics issues, such as abstracts ghost-written by others or lacking proper ethics approval, will be rejected immediately.
  • If accepted, presenting authors will submit their pre-recorded presentation in accordance with the rules for the 8-minute or 3-minute platforms as assigned. Criteria for pre-recorded presentation(s) will include: language (English), audible, clear visual presentation, is within allotted time, does not promote self or products, and any other instructions provided by the Congress Scientific Committee Chair.
  • Any submitted presentation that does not meet the above criteria will be removed from the program.
  • All WFC decisions regarding abstract selection are final.


Submission Categories

Clinical Research “is a component of medical and health research intended to produce knowledge valuable for understanding human disease, preventing and treating illness, and promoting health. Clinical Research embraces a continuum of studies involving interactions with patients, diagnostic clinical materials or data, or populations in any of the following categories: (1) disease mechanisms (etiopathogenesis); (2) bi-directional integrative (translational) research; (3) clinical knowledge, detection, diagnosis and natural history of disease; (4) therapeutic interventions including development and clinical trials ...; (5) prevention (primary and secondary) and health promotion; (6) behavioral research; (7) health services research, including outcomes, and cost-effectiveness; (8) epidemiology; and (9) community-based and managed care-based trials.” (IOM, 2002)

Health Services Research "examines how people get access to health care, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The main goals of health services research are to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety." (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2002)

Basic Science Research ”often called fundamental or bench research—provides the foundation of knowledge for the applied science that follows. This type of research encompasses familiar scientific disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology, and their interplay, and involves laboratory studies with cell cultures, animal studies or physiological experiments. Basic science also increasingly extends to behavioral and social sciences as well, which have no less profound relevance for medicine and health.” (AAMC)

Public Health Research "aims to shed light on the influence of the determinants of health, i.e. factors (genetic, environmental, social, etc.) which determine population health. The objective is to use this knowledge to propose interventions and policies, based on scientific evidence, to help improve health and well-being, and reduce health inequalities. ...develop and assess: interventions aiming to improve population health, prevent disease, and compensate for disabilities and loss of independence (and) innovations in terms of the organization of health services, social services and medical/social services" (Inserm, Understanding Public Health Research)

Education Research “is the scientific field of study that examines education and learning processes and the human attributes, interactions, organizations, and institutions that shape educational outcomes. Scholarship in the field seeks to describe, understand, and explain how learning takes place throughout a person’s life and how formal and informal contexts of education affect all forms of learning. Education research embraces the full spectrum of rigorous methods appropriate to the questions being asked and also drives the development of new tools and methods.” (AERA)

Other Research includes qualitative or quantitative inquiry into other fields not listed above, and may include history, sociology, psychology, and other scientific fields. 

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