Brief Report| Volume 47, ISSUE 4, P471-473, April 2019

Reasons for rejection of abstracts submitted to the Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology: Ensuring transparency and encouraging quality

Published:December 04, 2018DOI:


      • Submitted abstracts were categorized as to reasons for rejection.
      • Most rejections (71.6%) were for failure to follow submission guidelines.
      • This study can improve abstract submissions for future meetings.
      • Attention to submission guidelines will provide a broader base of abstracts for scientific review.
      The Abstracts Committee of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology noted high rejection rates for submitted abstracts, often for minor infractions of guidelines. This study examines the reasons for abstract rejection and identified that a substantial portion of abstracts were rejected for readily correctable errors (nonadherence to submission guidelines [71.6%]), prior to consideration of scientific value. This finding will hopefully guide future submissions.

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      1. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Call for abstracts. Available from: Accessed July 19, 2018.

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