Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for Crossroads 2020 is now closed. 

town_clock_at_sunsetThe Call for Abstracts for Crossroads 2020 is now closed.

Keep an eye out for next year’s Call for Abstracts in the Fall of 2020.


Please refer to the Abstract Submission and Presentation Guidelines (below) for full details regarding the submission process.

  • Abstracts must be submitted by visiting and clicking ‘Submit an Abstract
  • Abstracts may be submitted for proposed, ongoing, or completed research projects, including literature synthesis and secondary analysis projects
  • All accepted abstracts must be presented at the Crossroads Conference as either a poster presentation or an oral presentation (10 minutes, with 5 additional minutes for questions). Due to time constraints, the number of oral presentation spaces is limited. Successful submissions may instead be offered a poster presentation.
  • Abstracts must be no longer than 2000 characters in length and follow a structured format. Headings for Introduction, Methods, Results/Anticipated Results, and Conclusions/Significance must be included. Titles may be up to 120 characters in length.

Abstract Submission and Presentation Guidelines

Abstract Eligibility

  • Abstracts can be submitted by students at any level of study, including undergraduate, graduate, professional, and post-doctoral.
  • Abstracts can be submitted on any topic related to health and wellness
  • Abstracts can be submitted outlining any of the following project types:
    • research project proposals
    • ongoing research projects
    • completed research projects
    • evidence syntheses
    • secondary data analysis projects
  • Successful abstracts must be presented at the Crossroads Conference.
  • Presenters may only submit one abstract for which they are the sole or primary author.

Submission Formatting

  • The formatting requirements for abstracts are included in the submission form.
  • The university affiliation, degree program, and e-mail contact of the submitting author is required.
  • The submitting author must select whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred.
  • In some cases, two authors may present a research poster. An optional second presenter may be included in a submission for a poster presentation.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • The abstract title must be no more than 120 characters in length.
  • The abstract body must be no more than 2000 characters (approximately 250 words) in length.
  • Abstracts must follow the structured format of these four headings:
    • Introduction and Methods must be included in abstracts for all project types.
    • Depending on the type of project (e.g. proposed or completed), the remaining headings can include Results or Anticipated Results, and Conclusions or Significance.
  • Abstract headings must be followed by a colon.
  • Three to five keywords must be included in the abstract submission. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are preferred wherever possible.

Oral  Presentation Guidelines

Ten minutes will be allotted for each oral presentation with an additional five minutes for questions from the audience. Presentations will be adjudicated and timed. Due to the large number of presentations, no exceptions to these time limitations may be granted.

Presentation slideshows are encouraged. To ensure compatibility with conference technology, please prepare any slideshows using Microsoft PowerPoint. Please be prepared to e-mail or transfer your presentation when you arrive at the conference.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

All presenters will discuss their research with audience members and adjudicators during the poster session. Adjudicators will be evaluating a large number of presentations. Therefore, presenters should expect to discuss their posters for no more than five minutes.

To accommodate all presentations, posters must be no larger than 36” x 48” (121cm by 91cm). Larger posters will not be able to be accommodated due to the dimensions of available space.