Proposal Submission

Proposal submission is now closed.

All submitting authors have now been contacted via email. If you have not received your email please contact the Events Team,

Presenters of abstracts are not automatically registered for the conference and should register before Early Bird closes on Monday 21 May 2018 to be included in the programme.

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The overall theme of COMET 2018 is Healthcare Education. We therefore welcome papers or posters on any aspect of research and/or innovation in healthcare education.

In addition, COMET aims to bring together a wide range of people from relevant areas, and therefor welcomes proposals from a broad variety of themes, which include:

  • Client-Professional Encounters (involving doctors, counsellors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, speech and language therapists, psychotherapists, etc.)
  • Communicating Risk and Uncertainty
  • Communication Skills Training
  • Distributed Expertise among Professionals and Clients
  • Ethics and Communication
  • Evidence in Diagnosis and Non-Diagnosis
  • Health and Disability
  • Health, Wellbeing and the Lifespan
  • Health Literacy
  • Interpreter Mediated Healthcare Delivery
  • Interprofessional Communication and Hospital Management Systems
  • Media and Health Communication
  • Medical Education
  • Narratives of Illness Experience
  • Public Understanding of Health and Illness
  • Quality of Life and Quality of Care
  • Representation of the Body
  • Research Ethics
  • Student Engagement
  • Health Technologies and Medical Informatics
  • (Shared) Decision Making
  • Tailoring Health Messages
  • Telemedicine
  • Values and Responsibilities in Professional Practice 

We are pleased to accept proposals for panels, roundtables and individual presentations (oral or poster).

Panels should address a common theme, content or methodological area, and will be scheduled for 90 minutes. In addition to individual proposals (no more than 250 words each), please also submit an overview description of no more than 300 words highlighting the panel’s content and objectives. Provide information about the panel members and the co-ordinator, stating full institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses.

Individual Papers
Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 250 words, for either an oral or poster presentation. Poster presenters must be physically present to discuss their work during the dedicated sessions. Oral presentations will typically be scheduled in sessions of 90 minutes, with 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) allocated to each individual presentation.

Proposals for work-in-progress roundtables should be no more than 250 words. The roundtables will be in sessions of 90 minutes, with individual presentations lasting 30 minutes (15 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion). This format is particularly suitable for early career researchers pursuing doctoral and postdoctoral studies and for experienced researchers undertaking/planning pilot projects or interested in reporting preliminary results. 

Proposal selection criteria
All proposals undergo a double blind peer-review process.

Please note that COMET conference policy is one main oral presentation per author. You may choose to submit more than one proposal, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals may be presented as poster(s).

There is no fixed template for writing proposals but authors are urged to attend to the following criteria which will form the basis for peer review: 

  • originality of the topic and its relevance to the conference
  • background contextualisation of the study
  • relationship between title and content
  • structural organisation
  • theoretical/methodological appropriateness
  • clarity of claims and relevance 

Individual panels are reviewed in their entirety on the above criteria but also on the basis of their relevance to broader issues in communication, medicine, and ethics; the overall coherence of the proposal; and the usefulness of the panel to participants.