Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is open, the deadline for submission is 2 March 2018. Abstracts for oral presentations and posters are invited in areas relevant to the work of Cochrane as well as evidence-based practice, policy, methodology, and advocacy.

The focus of the Colloquium is ‘Cochrane for all’, which recognizes that everything Cochrane does is about, and for, patients and other health consumers. The Colloquium is an official Patients Included event. As such, we ask that all abstract submissions consider their impact on, and relevance to, patients and healthcare consumers. We particularly welcome submissions that are co-produced, co-presented or co-designed with patients or other healthcare consumers.

'Patient or healthcare consumer involvement' is listed as a specific category. However, we hope that many of the abstracts across other categories will also demonstrate this.

Submissions are invited in the following categories:

  • Adverse effects
  • Diagnostic test accuracy review methods
  • Editorial processes and supporting review authors
  • Education and training
  • Global health and equity
  • Health economics
  • Inclusion of non-randomized designs
  • Innovative solutions to challenges of evidence production
  • Investigating bias
  • Knowledge translation and communicating evidence
  • Overviews of reviews and network meta-analyses
  • Patient or healthcare consumer involvement and shared decision-making
  • Priority setting
  • Qualitative evidence synthesis methodology
  • Searching and information retrieval
  • Statistical methods
  • Translation (linguistic translation of Cochrane content)
  • Understanding and using evidence
  • Other

The deadline for abstract submissions is 23.59 UTC, 2 March 2018.

How to submit an abstract

To submit an abstract, you and each of your co-facilitators will need to first log in on this website using your Cochrane Account (or create a Cochrane Account if you don’t already have one). You do not need to register for the Colloquium to submit an abstract.

Once logged in to your account, you can access the online submission form which must be used to submit abstracts. Complete this form and click ‘Save’ to submit it for review. You can log back in and access your submissions using the ‘My submissions’ link. You can edit your abstract until the deadline of 23.59 UTC, 2 March 2018. There will be no deadline extensions.

Instructions for oral and poster abstracts

  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 2 March 2018, 23:59 UTC.
  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be considered.
  • Abstracts must not be more than 2400 characters (approx. 350 words).
  • There is a special field to state how the research/initiative will improve (or has improved) a patient-focused health outcome OR how it discusses a theme identified by patients or healthcare consumers as important to them. This should be no more than 650 characters (approx. 100 words).
  • The abstract should then follow the structure: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Patient or healthcare consumer involvement. If your abstract does not fit into this format, please choose alternative headings that are appropriate, but you should always have a final statement on patient or healthcare consumer involvement.
  • The abstract title should not be more than 20 words.
  • If abbreviations are used, the abbreviated term should be written out in full the first time it is used.
  • Where relevant, please keep in mind the relevant reporting guidelines for the study design you are reporting on (e.g. available at the Equator Network website). There are also guidelines for patient involvement reporting that you may wish to consider.
  • Tables and graphs can be submitted with your abstract as an attached image document. Allowed formats are: gif, png, jpg, jpeg, tif, tiff, pdf. Please remember to insert the reference (Table 1, Figure 1, etc.) in the abstract.
  • You do not need to submit a PDF version of the abstract alongside the form.

Submission of abstracts

You will receive an automated email to acknowledge your abstract submission. (Please allow up to 20 minutes to receive this email). If you do not receive an email, or if you require any help with submitting your abstract, please email the Co-Chairs of the Abstract Committee at

Acceptance and notification of abstracts

Submissions will be judged on their originality, clarity, scientific quality and their level of patient or healthcare consumer involvement and relevance. All workshop abstracts will be evaluated by at least one patient or healthcare consumer, so keep that in mind when making your submission and write in plain language. 

At the time of submission, you will be asked to indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation. However, the final decision on the type of presentation offered is made by the Abstract Committee. We aim to notify authors of acceptance or rejection of their submission by 20 April 2018.


All presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register and attend the conference. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw abstracts if presenters have not registered for the Colloquium by 1 July 2018.