2021 Summer Meeting, Manchester

18th July 2021 – 21st July 2021

Abstract Preparation Instructions

Deadline for Submission: 19th March 2021

Deadline for Undergraduates: 16th April 2021

  • Abstracts must present novel findings or new interpretations of existing data. We will also consider preregistration abstracts. For preregistration abstracts, one advantage is that feedback from the research community can be provided and so we ask that data collection has not commenced at the time of submission and that data collection and analyses are not complete at the time of presentation.
  • Whilst we recognise that some researchers may wish to submit similar abstracts, often containing some identical data, to different meetings, duplicate abstracts will be rejected. Accepted abstracts will be published in a Supplement to the Journal of Psychopharmacology. For copyright reasons, authors must not submit an abstract that has been published elsewhere, either in abstract or fuller form.
  • Abstracts presenting data on single case studies will only normally be accepted in very exceptional circumstances, such as if the issue covered may lead to significant new findings, or further research, or could result in a generic improvement in understanding the disorder.
  • Abstracts must include brief details of the rationale for the research, the outcome and the methods used, including the statistical approach (or statistical approach planned) with the relevant statistical level obtained (e.g. ANOVA with F values and/or effect sizes, confidence intervals or p-values). Inclusion of data where appropriate is encouraged. The major findings must be stated; it will not be acceptable, for example, to state merely that "the results will be discussed".
  • Authors submitting more than one abstract on overlapping data of a single study (or related studies) may have their abstracts returned to them with a request that they resubmit the material as a single abstract within seven days of being informed by the BAP Office.
  • We require a funding statement for each submitted abstract. Please include details of the source of funding or a statement that the work received no funding.
  • Submissions are accepted on the understanding that the work concerned has been performed with the permission of any relevant ethical or legislative body.
  • The Abstract Review Committee will choose selected abstracts for oral presentation. All other abstracts will be presented as Posters.
  • All Posters will be considered by the Review Committee for a BAP Poster Prize or a RCPsych Poster Prize.
  • The BAP reserves the right to refuse any abstract.


  • Abstracts must contain text only.  Figures and tables must not be included.
  • A structured abstract must be prepared to include the following sections: Introduction / Methods / Results / Conclusions.
  • The body of the abstract must be no longer than 400 words (this excludes Title, Author/s, Address/es, Email, which are entered into separate areas of the submission form).
  • References necessary for an understanding of the work must be included in the body of the text as follows: first author’s name and et al where more than two authors, year, Journal, volume, pages. 
  • Use only standard abbreviations for units of measure.  If other abbreviations are used, spell out in full when first mentioned and put abbreviations in parentheses following this.
  • The author included as “Presenting Author” on the abstract submission form must attend the meeting for a minimum of one day. Presenting authors must register and pay within 21 days of being notified of the acceptance of their abstract. After this time, abstracts will be removed from the programme and from the abstract supplement before it is sent for publication.
  • Presenting authors must complete a Declaration of Interest form.


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