1. Why should I attend the RPS Winter Summit?
The RPS Winter Summit presents an exciting opportunity for pharmacy professionals, academics, students and industry stakeholders to network and discuss state of the art topics focusing exclusively on scientific and educational innovation. Here are the top reasons for attending the summit:
- Present my research to senior stakeholders and sector leaders
- Get my work published in an internationally recognised journal
- Communicate evidence to influence education, commissioning and policy
- Hear from award-winning speakers and thought leaders
- Engage with decision-makers within the professional leadership body
- Broaden my industry contact base
- Build my Faculty cluster
- Meet the RPS Research Team and find out what support is available
2. When is the abstract submission deadline?
You must submit your abstract via the Oxford Abstracts submission system by 5pm GMT on Monday 11th September
3. How can I ensure my submission is successful?
You are strongly encouraged to read the Instructions for abstract authors before beginning the abstract submission process. You may also find it helpful to refer to the following questions:
- What do you aim to achieve in writing your abstract (for example, inform education, practice or policy)?
- Is your abstract original? Does it contain previously unpublished results?
- Does your abstract title accurately reflect the work carried out?
- Does your study answer the questions it set out to address?
- Have you included sufficient detail in the description of methods?
- Does your abstract include a statement regarding ethical approval?
- Have you discussed the strengths and limitations of your study?
- Have you respected the word limit of 350 if including tables or figures?
- Is the category of your work to be easily identifiable by the key words you have assigned (for example, ‘Drug design’)?
- Have you used clear, direct and professional language?
- Have you proofread your work?
4. What will happen after I submit my abstract?
After submission closure on 11th September, abstracts will be separated into two streams according to overarching theme:
- pharmaceutical science (Science panel)
- applied health service research in pharmacy practice and education (Research panel)
The respective adjudicating panel will assess your abstract according to the summit judging criteria.The final decision is at the discretion of the adjudicating committee and will be communicated to you, along with your presentation allocation (if successful) in the first week of October.
5. How will my abstract be assessed?
Your abstract will be assessed in line with the following core criteria:
- relevance and novelty
- appropriate study design
- clear communication of aims, methodology and findings
- discussion of findings and limitations and their implications within a broader perspective
The summit judging criteria is informed by internationally recognised research reporting standards and can be accessed in full on the RPS Winter Summit page. A maximum of 20 marks is available.
6. When will I hear whether my submission was successful?
You will be notified of the outcome of your abstract and presentation format allocation via email in the week commencing Monday 2nd October 2017.
7. Can I make changes to my submission?
The RPS Winter Summit 2017 will be running a single stage submission round. This means that you will not have the opportunity to address substantive issues or to submit an altered version of your abstract after the submission deadline has passed. Very minor corrections to formatting, spelling and grammar can be made by the RPS Research Team prior to publication. We encourage you to ask a supervisor or colleague to review your writing prior to submission.
8. Where will my abstract be published?
Successful abstract submissions will be published in one of two internationally renowned journals, the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (pharmaceutical science), or the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (IJPP) (health service research), according to theme. By submitting an abstract, you consent to the publication of your work in the applicable journal and the RPS Winter Summit 2017 event programme.
9. Can I choose whether to give an oral or poster presentation?
You are encouraged to indicate your presentation format preference at the time of submission via the Oxford Abstracts system. Preferred format will be accommodated wherever possible, though authors should be aware that allocation will also be informed by quality of research and the creation of coherent themes for conference sessions. Allocation is at the discretion of the adjudicating committee.
10. How do I book for the conference?
Delegates can buy tickets for the RPS Winter Summit via the website booking form. All confirmed presenting authors must register for the conference by 16 October
and will be offered the early bird rate. The early bird rate will also be available to authors whose submission was unsuccessful.
11. Where will the conference be held?
The RPS Winter Summit 2017 will be held at Mary Ward House Conference and Exhibition Centre in Bloomsbury, Central London. The venue is within easy reach of Kings Cross St Pancras and London Euston stations.
12. Is accommodation available?
A number of rooms at a local hotel are available for abstract presenters. Please contact [email protected] for further information and a booking code.