International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
ISTSS 31st Annual Meeting | November 5-7, 2015 | Pre-Meeting Institutes, Nov 4, 2015 | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Presentation Guidelines

Note: Title text for all presentations is limited to 200 characters (85 words).

With the exception of Pre-Meeting Institutes (PMIs), all abstract text is limited to 1400 characters (200 words).  PMI abstract text is limited to 2800 characters (400 words).

Presentation Types

Participation Limits (Two Submissions Per Person)

To promote participation by a wide range of presenters, individuals are limited to 2 abstracts being submitted that indicate they have a presenting role. Sessions in which an individual acts in multiple roles (e.g. presenter and chair and/or discussant) count once. This limit does not include keynote, plenary addresses, Pre-Meeting Institutes or poster presentations. Also, it does not include abstracts indicating a co-authorship role only and oral presentations in which the individual’s only roles is as a non-presenting chair or discussant.



Competition for oral presentations is high; therefore, take the time to enter the best submission possible. Keep in mind that many high quality proposals must be turned away simply due to lack of space. For Examples of Model and Problematic Oral Presentation Proposals, click 

Review Process

Submissions are rated for rigor (scientific, clinical or intellectual), relevance for ISTSS members and consistency with the meeting theme. Training presentations (workshops and Pre-Meeting Institutes) also are rated for presenter qualifications and usefulness of the training objectives in the clinical or research work of ISTSS members. Symposia, panels and cases also are rated on importance of the topic, scope of coverage of the topic, and diversity of presenters. Proposal descriptions must be sufficiently detailed to allow evaluation of these criteria. Symposia submissions will be reviewed and accepted or rejected in total, so uniformly high quality and detail across presentations are important.

CME Requirements
Click here for an explanation of speaker requirements related to commercial relationships.

Presentation Roles
Click here to read information on presentation roles.