Student Conference delegates are invited to submit abstracts within the following sport and exercise science themes:
Studies using qualitative and/or quantitative methods and/or with results pending are acceptable.
Two presentation formats are available:
Submissions open - Friday 1st November 2019
Submissions close (deadline) - Monday 2nd March 2020
Authors will receive outcome (accept, accept with minor or major changes) by Monday 9th March 2020
Abstract format guidelines:
The following guidelines are designed to assist authors prepare their abstracts. Because of the differences across research methods, there is no one prescribed format for an abstract. Authors are encouraged to use a format most appropriate for the methods used.
Abstracts should be no more than 400 words, containing no tables or figures, sub-headings or paragraph breaks. Word counts are calculated using the word count tool in Word. Abstract title, authors and institutions are not considered in calculating the wordage.
Some important style points include:
It is anticipated that most abstracts will follow the format of:
A title that should be concise and reflect the work being described. Only the first word begins with a capital letter, unless a proper noun is used.
Author names and affiliations, formatted as per the example abstract. Please also provide an email for the corresponding author and a Twitter handle here if they wish for it to be associated with the paper.
A brief introduction in which the authors need to present the theoretical and/or empirical framework that the study builds upon, or is related to.
All research should have an aim/purpose, which should outline the principal objectives and scope of the study. For a quantitative research design that tests a specific hypothesis, it might be: “Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of A on B”. It should be emphasised that the authors are encouraged to state the purpose of the work concisely and if the purpose was exploratory, then this should be stated.
The methods section describes how sample sizes were determined and how data were collected and analysed so that other researchers could repeat the research. Please use the term ‘participants’ (not ‘subjects’). There needs to be a statement indicating that ethical approval was granted. For example, “With institutional ethics approval…”. Metrics by which outcomes of analyses are to be evaluated should be stated. Preferred metrics are effect sizes or confidence intervals of differences/change rather than probabilities.
Authors must provide a clear explanation of their results and are encouraged to use the most appropriate format to do this. Quantitative researchers should report effect sizes and P values (e.g., P = 0.048). P < 0.01 is appropriate for values exceeding 3 decimal places (e.g., P = 0.000021). The number of decimal places a P value is reported to depends on the statistical analysis undertaken and what is being measured and its meaningfulness. Thus an author could report P values to 2 and 3 decimal places in the same abstract, but in different analyses. Qualitative researchers are encouraged to use themes and /or quotations to illustrate their findings. Please note: we encourage submissions from ongoing projects which will be completed by the conference – prepare your abstract with expected results and/or identified trends (there will be an opportunity to update this before your abstract is published).
In the conclusion authors must conclude the relevance of their findings in relation to existing knowledge. This could be theory, research, and/or practice. Authors are encouraged to provide clear recommendations on the value of their work and reflect on the extent to which findings relate to one or more educational, professional development or applied issues for sport and exercise scientists. The concluding sentence should provide a clear "so-what?" i.e. a statement of how knowledge has been advanced or practice should be changed.
Referencing must follow the APA reference guide provided at:
The following are examples illustrating the referencing method to be used.
**Please refer to the “abstract preparation guidelines”, above, before submission.**
Abstracts will be reviewed and
authors will be notified of one of the following decisions:
2. Accept with minor amends
Number of submissions from each person and research team:
Please note - to assist with programming, each person is only permitted to submit an abstract as first named author for one free communication presentation and one poster presentation. Normally only two abstracts from any one research group may be presented.
The authors must indicate their preferred format presentation (although the organising committee cannot guarantee inclusion of the abstract in the requested format).
The first named author must present the abstract.
Presenters must pay the delegate fee for the conference.