Presentation & Publications

Poster Presentations will be featured in the poster gallery, an exhibit providing a forum for a one on one, in-depth discussion using narrative and visual material to display and communicate the objectives, methods, results, and conclusions of a specific study. Use of visual material (such as photographs, charts, and diagrams) is very important. The Presenting Author, as the resource person or consultant, should be present at specified times on the days of presentation to engage in discussion with interested individuals.

Scientific Paper Presentations are oral presentations intended to convey the nature of high-quality research practice to the meeting participants. These paper presentations will allow researchers to present their theoretical perspectives, the process by which they developed their research questions, the methodology and statistical analysis in detail, and to allow audience members to participate in interactive discussion. Papers for this session should be experimental in nature, and will be chosen not only for their intrinsic scientific merit, but also for their educational value in illustrating the research process. Abstracts must be submitted as a Scientific Paper Presentation to be eligible for an oral (podium) presentation and for the Best Paper prizes.

Abstract Content

The AAP encourages submissions that address these topics of interest:

  • Administrative / Leadership / Education
  • Electrodiagnostic / Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Multiple Sclerosis and other Neurological Conditions
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Other / General Medicine
  • Pain
  • Pediatrics
  • Spasticity / Movement Disorders
  • SCI
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stroke
  • TBI
  • Ultrasound
  • COVID-19

Case Report Abstracts must be structured in the following four categories: Case Diagnosis, Case Description, Discussion, and Conclusions. Research Study Abstracts must be structured to summarize the research objectives, design, results, and conclusions. Case Reports and Research Studies will be presented as posters.

All abstracts submitted for Scientific Paper Presentations must be structured to summarize the research using Objectives, Design, Results, Conclusions. An additional 1,000-word abstract that includes additional information is also required. Abstracts must be submitted as a Scientific Paper Presentation to be eligible for an oral (podium) presentation and for the Best Paper prizes.

  • Text in research study and case report abstracts must be limited to 300 words (text over 300 words will be disqualified).
  • Titles and section headings are not included in the 300-word count. Each of the four sections may include a maximum of 150 words.
  • All abstract text, including titles, must be submitted in English.
  • References, Tables, and Figures may not be included in the abstract submission but may be included in the presentation.
  • The AAP accepts original research abstracts that have been presented at other medical and scientific meetings. Resubmissions will be evaluated on criteria relevant to the educational objectives of the AAP's Annual Meeting.
  • Do not include identifying author information or mention of any location or institution within the abstract text.

Submission Policies & Procedures

  • Find tips and guidelines for using our submission site here!
  • The final submitted abstract is the version that will be printed in the journal supplement. ALL edits to the abstract content must be made prior to final submission.
  • Presenting authors may have up to two posters. Presenting authors may be listed as co-authors on additional posters.
  • An automatic e-mail confirmation will be sent to the submitting author and all co-authors when the submission process has been completed.
  • Faxes and emails containing abstracts and award papers will not be considered.

The submitting author will:

  • Register online via www.physiatry.org/abstracts and complete all of the tasks by September 15, 2020.
  • Input the names and emails of all co-authors (click on each co-author’s name to fill in additional information).
  • Prompt co-authors to confirm their contact info by clicking on the "Invite" button below their names.
  • Enter the abstract content.
  • Identify the Presenting Author during the online submission process.

Co-authors will:

  • Click the link in the confirmation email to enter or confirm contact information and view necessary forms.

Review Process

Abstracts prepared according to the instructions and received by the AAP by 11:59pm EST on September 15, 2020 via online submission at www.physiatry.org/abstracts will be independently peer-reviewed on a ‘blind evaluation’ basis. Only the abstract will be available to the reviewers for evaluation to determine merit for presentation.

The criteria for reviewing all abstracts include: scientific merit, relevance, originality, and clarity. Evidence of completion of the project (i.e. specific results data) should be included in the abstract. The educational value and extent to which significant information is presented will be considered. Professional and academic writing, spelling, and grammar will be considered in the judging process.

All authors will receive electronic notification (via email) indicating acceptance or rejection of the abstract(s) submitted in November 2020. No phone calls please. Following notification of acceptance, all authors will have one week to complete all author information and disclosures.

Statements made in presentations are the sole responsibility of the authors. Any statement made should not be viewed as, or representative of, any formal stance or position taken on any product, subject, or issue by the AAP.

Dates to Know

  • Abstracts must be received via online submission by September 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • All authors will receive an acceptance/rejection email in November 2020.
  • One author on each abstract must be identified as the ‘Presenting Author’ during the online submission process and must be available to present on the day assigned. No requests for specific days can be honored.