Abstract guidelines

Symposium submission is currently open—click here to read symposium-specific guidelines and to submit your proposal. Abstract submission for talks and posters is not yet open. A call for abstracts will be made at the beginning of August, with abstracts due 31st August 2018.

ACNS encourages submission of abstracts describing new research in cognitive neuroscience, defined broadly as the study of the relationship between the brain, mind and behaviour. Abstracts must be written in understandable English and will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit by peer review. Abstracts should report original data that will not be published elsewhere prior to the meeting, although presentation at a recent meeting (e.g., within a year) of another society is acceptable. Submissions should cover primarily methods and results, although contributions with a theoretical or methodological emphasis are welcome.

Abstracts that are accepted for presentation will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be published on the ACNS website. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to make editorial corrections to submitted abstracts.

Please review the submission instructions carefully below.

  • The presenting author must register and attend ACNS2018.
  • The presenting author will receive an email confirming abstract submission.
  • If you do not receive an email response within 24 hours after submission, ACNS did not receive your abstract. In this case, it is your responsibility to contact the organisers (email Stefan Bode).
  • Notification of acceptance will be emailed to the designated corresponding author within two weeks of submission, to facilitate institutional funding requests.
  • The author will be notified of the format of the presentation by the first week of November.
  • All correspondence about abstract submissions will be sent to the corresponding author only.
  • Each registrant may be presenting author on one submission only.
  • If the presenting author is a student, they are eligible to apply for a student award. Please indicate your student status at the time of registration (e.g., PhD, Masters, undergraduate). Only ACNS student members at the time of registration are eligible for this award. Awards will be presented at the conference.

Presentation Formats

Authors are required to specify the order of preference for each of the following presentation formats. We will try to accommodate format preferences, but will prioritise appropriate themes for oral sessions over author format preference.


All posters will be displayed in a single Poster Gala session.

Open talk

There will be opportunities for oral presentations within open paper sessions. These will be selected on thematic content and quality of abstract. Open talks will be 15 minutes, including time for questions.

Fast talk

This new format provides the opportunity to present work in a brief talk format. Fast talks will be 10 minutes, including time for questions.

Submission instructions

All abstracts must be prepared in plain text, in understandable English with no embedded symbols or formatting characters.

Submissions may not include charts, graphs, tables or references. Please spell out the symbols (alpha, beta, microns, picomolar, etc.) or translate them (mean, chi square, etc.) in your abstract submission.

  • Use a clear, descriptive title. Do not use capital letters and restrict to 20 words maximum.
  • Enter each author and list their primary affiliation/institution. Do not abbreviate the affiliation.
  • Include full first and last names for each author.
  • The body of the Abstract must not exceed 2000 characters (including spaces). It should not include section subheadings, but must clearly indicate background, methods, results and discussion.
  • If you wish to provide a funding source for your research, please include it as the last sentence in your abstract.
  • Proofread your submission. Then proofread it again.
  • Consider submitting your abstract earlier than the deadline. ACNS welcomes early submissions!

We encourage new research and preliminary findings. However, we do not support early development of research programs that have no data. Theoretical papers and systematic reviews can be submitted and will be considered on their merit. If in doubt, please contact Stefan Bode.