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BEVA Congress clinical research introduces new descriptive abstract option


For clinical abstracts at BEVA Congress, we’re introducing a new option alongside the traditional research abstract to allow clinicians and practitioners to report observations they have made in clinical cases that shed light on possible harms, treatment outcomes or approaches to diagnosis and therapy called Clinical Descriptive Abstracts.


The BEVA Clinical Research Abstract sessions at BEVA Congress provide the opportunity for the presentation of reports and research focused on equids that lead to improved clinical practice. It provides a platform to share work in progress and preliminary results as well as completed studies. Authors will now be able to choose between submitting a Clinical Research Abstract (CRA) or a Clinical Descriptive Abstract (CDA).


“The important differentiation between the traditional research abstract (CRA) and the new clinical descriptive abstract (CDA) is not just one of word count with an extra 200 words, needless to say, these words should be used wisely. The CDA has different headings changing how the abstract is presented. Rather than describing results, authors will describe their clinical observations. Unlike a CRA, with the new CDA authors can also upload supplementary files for reviewer use. These files are intended to help reviewers understand the study, and authors should bear in mind that the abstract should be understandable without it as the supplementary information will not be published in the EVJ supplement.” James Crabtree, Chair of the Clinical Abstract Committee


Following the submission deadline accepted authors will be invited to present an oral presentation at BEVA Congress 2024. For both abstract formats, the presentation will be 10 minutes long with two minutes for questions. All accepted abstracts will be considered for publication in a special online supplement of Equine Veterinary Journal and those presenting the abstract are eligible for a range of awards for the most informative pieces of work.


“Relevance to clinical practice is important to the BEVA Congress audience and will be a key factor when we make our final selection. I would encourage you to read the ‘Advice, Pitfalls and Common Errors section of the guidance document.” Celia Marr, Editor of Equine Veterinary Journal


All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed. After an initial editorial screening phase, abstracts will be reviewed by two individuals with expertise in the topic.


Abstract submissions are open between Thursday 18 January 2024 and Thursday 8 February 2024.


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