Interprofessional Leadership for
Developmental-Behavioral Health

SDBP Paper and Poster Abstract Submission
Deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 5:00pm Eastern

Abstracts selected for the SDBP 2019 Annual Meeting will be presented in plenary and poster sessions that will highlight the most outstanding papers.

All accepted abstracts will be published on the SDBP Meeting APP and the SDBP website, and abstracts that have not been previously presented will also be published in the electronic version of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of SDBP.


  1. PREPARATION OF ABSTRACTS: Abstracts must conform exactly to the instructions provided for electronic submission.
  2. Abstracts that have been previously presented will be considered for presentation as PLATFORM OR POSTER PRESENTATIONS at the SDBP meeting.
  3. CONFLICT OF INTEREST: If the research was partially funded or fully funded by a Proprietary organization (e.g. a pharmaceutical or device manufacturer) a statement to that effect must be included as noted within the online submission program. Example: "This research was funded in part by the XYZ Corporation, Baltimore, MD."
  4. PERSON FIRST LANGUAGE: SDBP is committed to the respect of all people. Abstracts should be free from able-ist langague and use appropriate person first language.
  5. COMPLETENESS OF DATA. The abstract should include all study results. All research presented at SDBP should be completed and we discourage submissions including preliminary data.
  6. MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: There is no limit on the number of abstracts submitted by an author, but the submission of multiple, similar abstracts from the same investigator(s) or laboratory is strongly discouraged PARTICULARLY IF THEY ARE HIGHLY OVERLAPPING AND COULD BE COMBINED INTO A SINGLE SUBMISSION. Due to the high number of quality submissions received each year, the program committee may limit the number of accepted abstracts to four per institution/research group.
  7. GRADING: Abstracts will be graded anonymously. Authors should be cautious in using institutional references in the body of the abstracts. Do not put author names or affiliations within the abstract title or the abstract body section.
  1. ABSTRACT STYLE: Please check your abstract carefully for typographical errors, misspellings, poor hyphenation, etc. They will be glaringly apparent in the published abstract.
  2. TITLE: The title should be brief, but long enough to identify clearly the nature of the study. Use upper and lower case.
  3. ABSTRACT STRUCTURE: WE RECOMMEND YOU COPY AND PASTE FROM A WORD PROCESSING PROGRAM. The body of the abstract should be organized as follows:
    • A sentence stating the study's purpose.
    • A brief description of methods.
    • A summary of the results.
    • A statement of conclusions reached. Do not state simply the "the results will be discussed."
  4. Abstracts should describe the results of a scientific study. Abstracts that describe case reports or clinical programs are not usually accepted.
  5. ABBREVIATIONS: Avoid abbreviations in the abstract title. Place nonstandard abbreviations in parentheses after the full word the first time it appears. Use no more than three nonstandard abbreviations.
  6. DRUG NAMES: Nonproprietary (generic) names in lower case are required the first time a drug is mentioned. Proprietary names are capitalized, e.g. furosemide (Lasix). Abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines for submission. Those not conforming to the required format may be rejected.


For the research abstracts/plenary sessions
  1. The abstract should report on research, not simply describe a program that has been implemented without any evaluation of its feasibility or effectiveness;

  2. The abstract should include all results: abstracts that include an investigator's intentions to present findings from data that will be collected or analyzed at a later time are not considered;

  3. The Results section of an abstract needs to provide statistics. Describing findings in general terms, such as Group X had "higher scores" or "improved more" than Group Y or that variables A & B were "significantly related" is not helpful to the reviewer or the audience. The text should include statistics that indicate the type and magnitude of these effects such as means and standard deviations, percentages, odds ratios, correlations, regression estimates, etc., as appropriate to your analyses. Showing p values alone is not sufficient. Reviewers use these to decide if the reported findings are meaningful and to help determine whether any nonsignicant results might really be due to lack of power when the sample size is small.

  4. Remember, negative findings can be important as well. Please consider this when submitting good, solid research abstracts.

Acceptance of Policy……….(this is a required field)
I affirm that this abstract meets all the requirements stated in this program, that I accept the SDBP meeting abstract policies and procedures as detailed in this program and that authors are familiar with presented data.

It is expected that all research has received IRB permission at the host institution. If your institution exempts certain types of research, we would suggest that you obtain a letter verifying the exemption for your study.  (please indicate in the appropriate area within the program and we will contact you for the letter of exemption). Research completed without IRB review or exemption in writing will not be accepted or published.


This section contains helpful information to guide you through the online submission process. We recommend that you print this page and use it as a reference during this process.
  • Click the Submission tab on the bottom to begin the abstract submission process.
  • You can log off at any time without submitting your abstract and return to continue your work at another time. As long as you do not formally submit the abstract, it can be edited and revised online as many times as you want. If you give your username and password to another person (presumably a co-author), that person can access the abstract and make changes or complete it.
  • ALL Abstracts may be considered for platform presentation or poster presentation.
  • The abstract review process utilizes a blind grading system and demographic information collected from the corresponding author will not be considered in the review process.
  • A maximum of five additional authors may be listed for one abstract.
  • The abstract is to be typed or cut and pasted directly into the space provided on the submission form. Do not include the title of the abstract or the author(s) name in the body of the abstract. The maximum character limit accepted for the abstract is 2,500 and this includes spaces. We recommend that you cut and paste your abstract from a word processing program once you are sure there are no errors.
  • Verify that your abstract is correct by clicking Preview Abstract.
Meeting Registration for Selected Submissions:

Authors and presenters will be responsible for all of their own travel expenses and will be required to register for the Annual Meeting.

Instructions for Oral Presentations

Recommended method for having your presentation projected Session rooms will be equipped with a data projector and computer as well as a lavaliere microphone, table microphone and aisle microphone.

Bring your presentation on a Windows readable USB stick or CD-ROM.  All presentations must be downloaded to the central computer. No personal computers will be used at the podium.

When building your presentation, use standard fonts (e.g., Times Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Times New Roman). Basic fonts are included on the session room computers but if an unusual font is used it may not translate.

Include in the same folder as your presentation any external files utilized, e.g., movie files. Copy the entire folder to the USB flash Drive or CD ROM.

Test your presentation on a separate PC compatible computer to insure fonts are standard and components such as movies are included rather than merely linked in your presentation.

Review these specifications when preparing your presentation.

The computers in the session rooms will support PC and Mac presentations.

We recommend that you bring a backup presentation format to cover the possibility of luggage loss, theft, and/or incompatibility.
Poster Presentation Guidelines & Information

The allotted poster-board area for your poster is 4’ high and 4’ wide

Tips for Poster Presentations Posters should be readable by viewers five feet away. The message should be clear and understandable without oral explanation. The following guidelines have been prepared to help improve the effectiveness of poster communication.

1. Initial Sketch - Plan your poster early. Focus your attention on a few key points. Try various styles of data presentation to achieve clarity and simplicity. Does the use of color help? What needs to be expressed in words? Suggest headlines and text topics.

2. Rough Layout - Enlarge your best initial sketch, keeping the dimensions in proportion to the final poster. Ideally, the rough layout should be full size. A blackboard is a convenient place to work. Print the title and headlines. Indicate text by horizontal lines. Draw rough graphs and tables. This will give you a good idea of proportions and balance. If you are working with an artist, show him or her the poster layout. Ask associates for comments. This is still an experimental stage.

3. Final Layout - The artwork is complete. The text and tables are typed, but not necessarily enlarged to full size. Now ask, is the message clear? Do the important points stand out? Is there a balance between words and illustrations? Is there spatial balance? Is the pathway through the poster clear?

4. Balance - The figures and tables should cover slightly more than 50% of the poster area. If you have only a few illustrations, make them large. Do not omit the text, but keep it brief. The poster should be understandable without oral explanation.

5. Topography - Avoid abbreviations, acronyms, and jargon. Use a consistent font throughout. An 81/2" x 11" sheet of paper photostatically enlarged 50% makes the text readable from five feet.

6. Eye Movement - The movement (pathway) of the eye over the poster should be natural, down the columns or along the rows. Size attracts attention. Arrows, pointing hands, numbers, and letters can help clarify the sequence.

7. Simplicity - Resist the temptation to overload the poster. More material may mean less communication.

The allotted poster-board area for your poster is 4’ high and 4’ wide.

Suggestion: Prepare a 6" high headline strip that runs the full width of the poster. Include the title, authors, and affiliations on the strip in letters not less than 1.5" high. Post a large-typed copy of your abstract in the upper left-hand corner. You will need push pins to mount your poster. Push pins will be available on site at the registration desk.