Call for Submissions


Please note that the call for submissions has now closed. Successful authors will be notified on 17 July 2017.


  1. 31 January 2017Submissions open
  2. 15 May 2017Submission deadline
  3. 23 June 2017 Selection meeting
  4. 17 July 2017Acceptance notification

Key Dates

  • 31 January 2017, Submissions open
  • 1 May 2017, Submission deadline
  • 23 June 2017, Selection meeting
  • 17 July 2017, Acceptance notification

The World Hepatitis Summit has launched a Call for Submissions inviting individuals, groups and organisations to outline their original contributions (including scientific, social and community research, programmes, products and policies) and how these have, or may have, the potential to contribute to the response to viral hepatitis in their nation, region, or community. Presenting authors of successful submissions will be invited to present their work at the World Hepatitis Summit 2017.

The purpose of the call for submissions is to identify and promote original contributions in the field of hepatitis with a broad public health focus that align with the Strategic Directions in the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016-2021. The Strategic Directions that are the focus of this call for submissions are:

Defining essential, high-impact interventions along the continuum of hepatitis services to reach country and global targets, and which should be included in national health benefit packages. 

Strengthening health and community systems to deliver high-quality services to different populations and in different populations, so as to achieve equity, maximize impact and ensure quality. 

Promoting and embracing innovation to drive rapid progress where there are major gaps in knowledge and technologies, recognizing the need for innovation to shift the trajectory of viral hepatitis responses in order for the 2020 and 2030 targets to be achieved. 

Further information regarding the focus on these Strategic Directions within the World Hepatitis Summit 2017 programme is available here

Submission guidelines

Submissions open on 31 January 2017 and close on 15 May 2017 at 23:00 (GMT). Submissions relating to all work that introduces original ideas and concepts, research and understanding to the field are welcome. Please read the guidelines carefully before submission – entries that do not comply with these guidelines cannot be accepted.

Submissions are limited to 500 words, with titles limited to 30 words. Academic/research abstracts and innovation descriptions are both welcome.

  • Academic abstracts (Strategic Directions 2 and 3) should contain the following sections: (i) Background, (ii) Methods, (iii) Results and (iv) Conclusions
  • Innovation-type entries (Strategic Direction 5) should include the following sections: (i) Program description of innovative program, product, policy; (ii) Public health impact; (iii) Why is this innovative.

Submissions in English are encouraged, but those in Portuguese, Spanish and French will also be accepted. Submissions relating to work in countries and communities experiencing a high burden of viral hepatitis are particularly encouraged. 

Submission review and selection process

All submissions will go through a peer review process carried out by an international reviewing committee of hepatitis experts. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three reviewers.

The World Hepatitis Summit Abstracts and Innovation sub-Committees, together with the Programme Secretariat will make the final selection of submissions to be included in the Summit programme. Highest scoring submissions will be offered oral presentations, with the majority of successful submissions being offered poster presentations.

Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent to submitting authors by 17 July 2017. Authors whose submissions have been accepted will receive further instructions for the presentation of their submission.

Accepted submissions

All lead authors of accepted submissions will be invited to attend the World Hepatitis Summit 2017 regardless of whether submissions have been accepted for poster presentation or oral presentation.


A small number of scholarships will be offered, which will include financial support towards travel and accommodation for the presenting author of each submission. Finalists for funded submissions we be assessed on the following additional criteria:

  • Quality of submission
  • Whether the presenting author is from a low or middle income country
  • Sector of the submitting author’s employment
  • Alternative sources of financial support available to the submitting author
  • Importance and originality of research and contribution to the field

Further information

FAQs regarding this Call for Submissions are presented here.

Queries regarding submissions can be directed to



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