Call for Abstracts – Deadline January 9, 2017


Abstract Guidelines

The AAAM’s Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites abstracts for three categories: Full-Length Papers, Short Communications, and Posters for consideration in planning the AAAM Annual Scientific Conference. Abstracts must consist of less than one page (single spaced using Times New Roman 12-point font within the official template). Up to two images, tables, pictures or graphs are allowed in the one-page abstract along with the text. Margins must remain unchanged within the template. All text and up to two images (everything above the indicated line on the template) must fit within one page. The template can be accessed at the bottom of this page. Abstract submissions are required to follow the template and must comply with these guidelines or will not be considered for review. Abstracts are anonymously peer reviewed through a double-blind process for quality research, scientific content and logical presentation. Full-Length Papers will undergo a rigorous peer review process in conjunction with the journal Traffic Injury Prevention Associate Editors and the SPC. By submitting an abstract the author(s) agree that, if accepted, the paper will be presented as scheduled. Full-Length Papers will be indexed, and along with Short Communications and Poster Abstracts, will be published as a special issue in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

The general criteria for consideration of abstracts is originality, clarity and concise presentation. Research will be additionally evaluated for purpose of study, methodology/design, results and conclusions. Sufficient quantitative data and statistical tests must be presented and a conclusion must be supported by your results. Abstracts MUST use the official template form and provide information on each of the following points: (1) research question/objective, (2) methods, (3) data sources (include sample size), (4) results, (5) significance of results (the abstract should describe how the results relate to reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities). DO NOT include your name or affiliation in the abstract, as the abstract review process is to be anonymous.

Review Process

Scientific presentations at AAAM Annual Meetings are recognized for their contributions to the field of crash injury control. Authors may choose Full-Length Paper, Short Communication, or Poster categories (see below). The Scientific Program Committee then reviews and designates category if necessary based on the abstract. Abstract acceptance does not automatically ensure Full-Length Paper, Short Communication, or Poster acceptance. Manuscript review is based upon the following considerations: significance and timeliness of the research to road trauma prevention; study methodology; generalizability of the results to the population at large; applicability of the research findings to future studies or public policies; the paper’s long term reference value; the introduction of new, innovative concepts; the manuscript’s clarity; its appropriateness to AAAM’s audience.

  • Full-Length Papers – Should describe new and carefully confirmed findings. Full-Length Papers are 8-10 printed pages in length. The SPC reviews abstracts for full manuscripts. Accepted authors submit their manuscripts to Traffic Injury Prevention (TIP) no later than March 15, and the reviewers will be chosen and reviews managed by one of several TIP Associate Editors as well as the SPC Chair and Vice Chair. Reviewers will consist of SPC members as well as individuals with relevant expertise outside of the SPC . After an invited full paper has passed the first round of reviews without being rejected, the authors will be offered a podium presentation slot.  The podium presentation slot will be confirmed by AAAM when the authors have registered for the conference and have submitted an abstract that addresses reviewer comments at the first round review stage.  The abstract will be printed in the conference proceedings, and the full manuscript review process will continue with final accept/reject decisions by the end of 2017.  The Special Issue of Traffic Injury Prevention will be published in early 2018.  Full papers are given a longer amount of podium time at the conference than Short Communications and Posters.  Full papers that do not pass the first round of reviews may be given the option of presenting a Short Communication or Poster at the discretion of the SPC Chair.
  • Short Communications – consist of a 2-page abstract suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques, or theories. Short Communications are given a shorter amount of podium time at the conference than full-length papers. Short Communications will be published as part of the TIP special issue but are not considered terminal publications.
  • Posters – consist of a short (less than 500 words) abstract AND a poster display at the conference. Posters are appropriate for works which are exploratory in nature or incomplete. Poster presenters are allowed brief podium time to summarize their work. Abstracts for posters will be published as part of a special issue of TIP but are not considered terminal publications.

Topics of Interest – Deadline January 9, 2017

Scientific papers are invited in all areas of the “Haddon Matrix”: pre-crash, crash, and post-crash related research exploring human, vehicle/equipment, physical environment, and social/economic factors below. Papers on these topics using methods from the fields of:

  • behavioral science
  • clinical medicine
  • engineering
  • epidemiology
  • public policy

are of interest to the Scientific Program Committee. Only abstracts submitted online using the official template provided will be considered.