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Submission Guidelines

Note: Title text for all presentations is limited to 200 characters (25 words).

With the exception of Pre-Meeting Institutes (PMIs), all abstract text is limited to 1,400 characters including spaces (approximately 200 words). PMI abstract text is limited to 2,800 characters including spaces (approximately 400 words).

Overall Suggestions

The Program Chairs strongly recommend that multiple institutions be represented in panels and symposia, including representation of multiple independent research projects (as opposed to a series of presentations drawn from a single data source or close group of collaborators). It is also acceptable for a given presentation within a symposium to integrate multiple studies and findings. We also prioritize presentations that incorporate presenters at multiple career stages (i.e., a mix of students and senior presenters), as well as reaching out to individuals whose discipline may be underrepresented at ISTSS (e.g., economic, public policy, etc.). Furthermore, we have a strong interest in panels and symposia that “reach across the aisle.” We would like to create a social norm that it is acceptable to reach out to colleagues whose positions and interpretations of data differ significantly from your own. Presenting a broad range of views and opportunity for diverse perspectives are instrumental to the health of the society.

Presentation Types

Poster Presentation

Individual presentation in a poster format on a topic related to traumatic stress, typically including the presentation of research data. Posters will be presented in PDF format. 


  • Presentations should be original contributions and that any presentation concerning work that has been presented elsewhere should provide new information or a new perspective relative to the previous presentation(s).
  • Publication of the work, such as in a journal, prior to the date of abstract submission (not the abstract submission deadline) is prohibited. This policy applies to symposia presentations, panels, papers and cases, but does not apply to training sessions (workshops and PMIs) or forums, which may replicate presentations at other conferences or past ISTSS meetings, largely unchanged.
  • Proposal descriptions must be sufficiently detailed to allow the relevance, originality and feasibility to be judged.
  • Incomplete proposals (draft status) will not be considered.
  • Live presentations will be delivered over a virtual platform. 
  • Pre-recorded presentations will be recorded through the virtual platform with the support of ISTSS staff.
  • All live presentations will be recorded for asynchronous viewing. 


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 here.

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. 

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