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Abstract Submission Guidelines – IPS Nairobi

Abstract Submission Guidelines

The IPS meeting is a time to present your very best new research. The scientific program committee will review your abstract for a free oral presentation, for an oral presentation in a symposium, or for a poster presentation to ensure it meets all requirements. Editorial revisions may be requested before a final determination of abstract acceptance can be made. Abstracts submitted by undergraduate and graduate students must be reviewed by an advisor prior to submission. Abstract submission requirements have been reformatted into a checklist-style format so that you may print them out and check off each requirement to insure your abstract meets all the criteria.

Overall Requirements
*Maximum 225 word count, excluding title and author info.
*Write the abstract as a single-block paragraph, copied and pasted from Word.
*Common and scientific names of species – including humans – must appear either in the title or the body.
* Use metric units of measurement.
* Inferential statistics that have been used to analyze data should be presented in the abstract in one of two ways:

  • Report the statistical test used and the alpha level associated with it. For example: “There was a significant difference between the means in the three conditions [ANOVA, alpha=0.01.].” An even better example would include the direction of effect: “Animals in Conditions A and B were significantly faster than Condition C [ANOVA with a priori comparison, alpha=0.01.]”
  • Report the statistics in full, with observed value, degrees of freedom or sample size information, and the observed or criterion p value. For example: “An ANOVA showed that the means of these three conditions were significantly different [F(2,26)=11.64; p=0.003].” Again rewording to include the direction of the effect as part of the statement may often be an improvement.

* If you require a special symbol in your abstract, make a note at the end of the submission process or contact the Program Committee chair.

Specific Requirements

Title and Affiliation – Title should be concise. Clearly state the variables (independent and dependent), species, housing (zoo-living, lab-housed, etc.), and for field studies, location.

 Body (225 word limit)

  • Introduction: Clearly state the theoretical rationale, research questions or problems, hypotheses, predictions, etc.
  • Methods: Include the basic design of the study, sample size, data collection techniques, and size of data set (number of samples, hours of observation, etc.).
  • Results: Include explicit statement of results along with the statistical strategy used, level of significance (alpha level), and direction of relationship (see above).
  • Conclusion: End with implications of the results, linking them to the purpose of the study. Abstracts stating “results will be discussed” will be sent back for revisions. You may include funding sources.


Only the highest quality abstracts will be accepted. To this end, we are including a list of
guidelines for acceptance that you should review before submitting your abstract:

  •  Abstracts should summarize your work in such a way that your study can be understood without any supporting or additional material.
  • Abstracts should be clearly written with appropriate spelling and grammar.
  • Abstracts should not be based solely on anecdotal or preliminary pilot data.
  • Advisors must review their students abstracts prior to submission, as students may not be experienced in preparing abstracts.
  • The majority of abstracts are accepted with revision to ensure the highest quality.
  • Minor revisions often reflect the standard guidelines for abstract submission and are by no means a reflection of the science or the researcher. Authors are required to return revisions within 10 days.
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