Abstracts are to be a maximum of 250 words. Please type your abstract in the space provided AND attach a copy of your abstract as a Word document where it asks you to upload your paper. Please use the following template: SBEC Abstract Template.
Papers are to be submitted after you have been notified of abstract acceptance. Please use the following template: SBEC Paper Template.
Title in capital bold letters, centered in size 14.
Author(s) and Affiliation(s) with complete mailing address, centered in size 12. Body of the abstract (limited a maximum of 18 lines only), single spaced, text only (no figures, photographs or tables) should be typed in size 12 font using Microsoft Word. It should be right and left justified and fit on 8 ½ x 11-inch paper with one inch margins. The preferred way is to upload your abstract in the website provided, or alternatively, e-mail a copy of your abstract to Dr. Michelle Tucci at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Ham Benghuzzi at email@example.com. In your e-mail or cover letter, please identify the corresponding author with complete mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.
Instructions for Oral Presentations
Length: 15 minutes maximum, including time for questions
Please let your session chair know if your presentation is anything other than a PowerPoint.
Instructions for Poster Presentation
Poster Size: 60″W x 42″H
Push-pins and poster stands are provided. Velcro and double-sided tape are not allowed.
Submission and Notifications Deadlines
Submission of 200-word Short Abstract:
May 7, 2016: Submission Opens (msacad.org/submissions)
November 1, 2016: Submission Closes (11 PM CST USA)
Submission of 2-Page Manuscript:
December 1, 2016: Notification of Abstract Acceptance & Invitation to Submit a two page length Paper (optional to authors/the SBEC program review committee will select limited number of abstracts to be invited to submit full-length manuscripts).
January 21, 2017: Submission of Manuscripts Closes (11 PM CST USA)
Two weeks after submission: Notification of Acceptance of Full-length Manuscripts
Peer Review Criteria for SBEC Papers
Abstracts and manuscripts submitted to the SBEC are subject to a series of steps, which lead to the acceptance of manuscripts for publication or rejection. The abstracts submitted to SBEC are sorted into different categories by an organizational committee. Then the conference chairs appoint appropriate reviewers for the abstracts from the program committee as well as experts in those specified disciplines. The senior authors of the accepted abstracts are notified and invited to submit a full-length manuscript (Submission of manuscripts is optional), as well as to present the findings at the annual meeting. Upon receipt of the full-length manuscript, the conference chair assigns at least four reviewers for each paper to evaluate the originality and novelty of the research (Scores: 1=Rejection, 2= Modification by Program Committee, 3 = Acceptable, 4= Very Good Paper, and 5 = Excellent Work). Accepted manuscripts are considered refereed papers under the umbrella of “accept or reject,” meaning there is no communications with the authors for major revisions (minor revisions are allowed at the conference chairs discretion). All the accepted abstracts/papers will be published in a Special Issue of The Journal of Mississippi Academy of Sciences as well as an archival book entitled Biomedical Engineering: Recent Developments that will be available at the meeting.