Abstract Guidelines

Please note: Submission of an abstract for ECCVID 2020 indicates your consent for the abstract to be available within the conference literature (electronic and in print IA). The ECCVID programme committee reserves the right to reject presentation of abstract material at ECCVID 2020 if essentially the same data have been or will be published in an international journal more than 6 weeks before the congress.


Abstract quick start guide


To learn how to submit your abstract please read carefully the guide that explains you step by step on how to navigate in the submission process. The guide can be found here.




ALL CAPS for text (other than abbreviations or acronyms) are not allowed. The abstract text may not be longer than a maximum of 350 words.




Abstract titles must be submitted according to the scientific rules. This includes any special characters and special words that need to be capitalized or in italics. Abstract titles will be proofread. Titles in ALL CAPS (other than abbreviations or acronyms) are not allowed.


Spelling guidelines


The International System of Units (SI) should be used wherever appropriate. Genus and species names should be written in full on first mention and then abbreviated on subsequent mention.


The following scientific rules apply (examples in brackets):

  • Systematic names (genus, family and higher orders): capitalized (Chlamydia, Enterobacteriaceae, Picornaviridae).
  • Non-English expressions in English texts are written in italics, e.g. force majeure,
  • in vitro/in vivo, ad hoc, ex officio
  • Non-systematic names (e.g. plural): lower case and not italicized (group A streptococci, mycobacteria, chlamydiae).
  • Generic drug names: lower case (penicillin).
  • Do not use brand names in titles; product names are allowed, but should be avoided in the title.
  • Please observe standard English grammar rules including a space after full stops and commas.
  • Please observe British English spelling titles.
  • Only common abbreviations may be used without definition.

If you have doubts about right spelling, see more examples here.


Abstract topics


The full list of abstract topics may be found here.
Please choose the best-fitting abstract topic to ensure a sound and fair review by the most suitable reviewing expert.


Final check


Please double check that your abstract conforms with the above guidelines before submitting. The ESCMID office will take the liberty of performing minor changes to match the guidelines, however abstracts requiring major changes will be returned to the author for correction. Please note that the abstract deadline is final, and any corrections must be performed and the abstract re-submitted before this date.

In previous years, the most common reasons for abstracts being returned are:


  • Author name(s) and abstract title included in the body of the abstract
  • Abstracts and titles written entirely in capital letters
  • Incorrect and/or missing italicisation

Furthermore, please note that ECCVID registration is a mandatory requirement to allow the inclusion and subsequent scheduling of your abstract within the ECCVID programme.




Please ensure that the presenting author’s name is correct upon submission. It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure that this is kept up to date, in case of changes. Following ECCVID, a certificate of presentation will be sent to the presenting author only. The presenting author is then responsible for disseminating this certificate amongst any co-authors.

Certificates will only be provided if the ePoster was uploaded on time and for oral presenters, if they delivered their talk.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at conferences[at]escmid.org.