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ASPA Conference 2022 – Abstracts

We now welcome abstract submissions in relation to physical activity research, policy, advocacy and/or practise for the second annual Asia-Pacific Society for Physical Activity (ASPA) conference, to be held in Melbourne on November 28-29, 2022.

The abstract submission deadline is 08/08/2022, late abstracts will not be accepted.

To be considered eligible all abstracts must: Align with the scope and aims of ASPA, be original work, be submitted in English using the online portal on the ASPA website, be prepared according to the abstract submission guidelines, and include a conflict of interest statement.

The number of abstract submissions by a presenting author will be limited to a maximum of two (2). This is for presenting authors only; there is no limit to the total number of abstracts one can be an author on. First authors are required to be the presenting authors. By submitting, presenting authors are ensuring that all authors have made a significant contribution to the work and have approved the submission.

Authors will be notified by 01/10/2022 whether their abstract has been accepted. All presenting authors needs to register for the conference and provide full payment of the registration fee by 01/11/2022, otherwise their submission will be withdrawn. ASPA will not waive registration fees.

If there is a change in the presenting author(s), if the presenter is unable to attend the conference, or if you need to make a request to withdraw an abstract submission, please notify the Scientific Program Committee before 01/11/2022 using this e-mail address: abstracts@aspactivity.org.

Upon acceptance of a submission, authors will receive a detailed description of how to prepare their presentation (e.g., format of oral presentations, poster guidelines), including the deadlines for receiving the presentations.

Presenting authors will be asked to indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation upon submission. However, presentation format will ultimately be determined by the Scientific Program Committee. Oral presentations will be assigned on a competitive basis as judged by the Scientific Program Committee according to the following criteria: 1. Alignment with the scope of ASPA; 2. Impact, significance, innovation and originality for the physical activity field; and 3) Quality of the methodology or approach.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to register prior to abstract submission even if you already are an ASPA member, as abstract submissions link to a different database.

Abstract structure:

Title word limit: 20;   Abstract word limit: 350;   Keyword limit: 6

Formatting: For Subheadings use Arial 11 font, bold, aligned to left, leave one line of white space between each subheading. Only use these subheadings in this order: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conflict of Interest Statement. For abstract body text use Arial 11 font, single space. Tip: prepare your abstract in word and then copy/paste it into the online submission portal.

Introduction: State the primary purpose of the work, and, if relevant, include the main research questions or hypotheses being addressed. Emphasise what is innovative about this work. Practitioners, advocacy groups, or policy makers may provide context in relation to their work in physical activity promotion and, in terms of purpose of the work, may focus on learning outcomes in the form of knowledge, skills, techniques or competencies.

Methods: A brief explanation of what was done and how it was done. For research projects: this should include study design, participants (include sample size), measures and analyses. For other types of work: provide a brief explanation of what you did if the activity was program implementation, policy development, etc., or protocol used if a systematic review.

Results: Explicitly describe the main findings or outcomes of the research (include some data) or for other types of work describe the activities or work that were done. Do not submit an abstract based on data yet to be collected/analysed or activities/work yet to be completed.

Conclusions: Briefly explain what the results mean, what are the implications in terms of the advancement of physical activity research, policy, advocacy and/or practise.  What is the impact or significance of the outcomes to the field?

Conflict of Interest Statement: Depending on your circumstances, this may be “The authors declare no relevant conflict of interest in relation to this work.” Or this may be a statement of disclosure of any financial and/or personal relationships that could potentially bias your work.

If you have any questions about submitting an abstract for the ASPA Conference please contact abstracts@aspactivity.org.

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