Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: March 24, 2017 

The SciTS 2017 conference planning committee welcomes your abstracts for oral papers and panel presentations, and scientific posters. The submission period is December 1, 2016 – March 24, 2017. All submissions should be made online.


Oral Presentations

Paper Presentations

Paper presentations provide authors the opportunity to present original work related to conference topics.

  • Oral paper presentations will have 15-minute time slots. The conference organizers will group oral presentations by theme into sessions that will include three individual presentations and time for questions from the audience.
  • This conference follows the biomedical convention, in that presenters typically use PowerPoint or other slide presentations. It is not necessary that you have a written paper to read/present.
  • Paper presentation abstracts are limited to 300 words.

Panel Presentations

Panel presentations provide authors the option to organize a panel comprising three related presentations.

  • Panel presentation sessions will typically be 90 minutes long, with 45 minutes for presentations and 45 minutes for discussion.
  • A panel proposal must include an abstract summarizing the overall theme of the panel. Submissions showcasing research papers should also include individual abstracts for each presentation included in the panel. Panel presentations that seek to bring together experts for interactive discussion should describe questions that will addressed by the panel, and underlying issues to be discussed, and should provide short bios for each of the panelists.
  • Panel presentation abstracts are limited to 1200 words.

Lightning Round Presentations

Lightning round presentations provide authors the opportunity to share their work in brief oral presentations.

  • Each presentation is limited to 10 minutes and followed by a five-minute question and answer period.
  • When submitting a lightning round abstract, select the checkbox that indicates willingness to be considered for “Paper, Lightning Round, or Poster Presentation.” The Program Committee will select submissions to be included in the lightning round.
  • These abstracts are limited to 300 words.


Poster Presentations

The 90-minute poster session provides an interactive forum for authors to discuss their work.

  • Presenters will be assigned locations to put up their posters, which will be organized by topic.
  • Poster boards and pushpins will be supplied, and posters should be attached to the boards for display.
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring 1-page handouts to accompany their posters.
  • Poster presentation abstracts are limited to 300 words.


Submission Options

  • Authors must submit abstracts as “Paper Presentation Only,” “Panel Presentation Only,” “Poster Presentation Only,” or “Paper, Lightning Round, or Poster Presentation.”
  • Authors are encouraged to submit using the “Paper, Lightning Round, or Poster Presentation” option.
  • Panel Presentations must be submitted under “Panel Only” and will not be considered for alternate formats. The number of panel presentations at the conference will be limited, so this option should be used selectively.
  • The conference program committee may propose an alternative presentation format, based on the available times in the conference program.

Submission Instructions

All abstracts must be submitted online. The online system will be open from December 1, 2016 through March 24, 2017.

  • Paper, lightning round, and poster abstracts are limited to one page while panel abstracts are limited to four pages. Abstracts not meeting these page limits will not be considered.
  • Please specify the submission category: “Panel Presentation Only,” “Poster Presentation Only,” or “Paper, Lightning Round, or Poster Presentation.”
  • All abstracts must be formatted with 0.75 inch margins all around, 11-pt font size or larger for narrative text, and 10-pt font size or larger for table and figure legends.
  • Abstracts must use one of the following serif font styles: Times New Roman, Georgia, Helvetica, or Times.
  • The following information must be included in the submitted abstract: presentation/panel title; all author(s)' identifying information, including names, degrees, and institutional affiliations; SciTS topic (see list of topics below); 3 to 5 keywords; and narrative text. Narrative text may include tables and/or figures providing the submission stays within page limits.
  • Abstracts must be submitted as PDF files.
  • Please use the following naming convention for the file name: CorAuthorLastName_First Name_Topic.pdf (ex. Smith_James_Teams.pdf).
  • Refer to the template and list of SciTS Topics provided below for more information.


  • Acceptance notifications will be made by April 17th, 2017.
  • Presenting authors are responsible for registration, travel, and hotel costs.
  • Abstracts will be compiled and made available to participants.
  • Any presenter who is unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper/poster in question. If such a change is necessary, please notify the Conference Chair, Steve Fiore at

Abstract Template

Corresponding Author
, Degree(s), Unit(s), Institution, City, State/Province/District, Country; Author #2, Degree(s), Unit(s), Institution, City, State/Province/District, Country; Author #N, Degree(s), Unit(s), Institution, City, State/Province/District, Country
Corresponding Author Contact Information
: List three to five keywords each separated by semi-colons.
: Narrative text. Tables and figures may be included provided the abstract stays within the page limit. Avoid using jargon and acronyms. Consider including the following information in the abstract, when relevant:

  • Objective, problem under investigation, hypothesis or research goal
  • Description of research methods
  • Summary of findings
  • Statement of how the research advances the SciTS field

SciTS Topics

Topics related to the study of team science include, but are not limited to:

  • Big Data
  • Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing
  • Collaborative Readiness and Antecedents
  • Communication
  • Data visualization
  • Distributed/Virtual Teams
  • Diversity on Teams (e.g., cultural, gender, discipline)
  • Disciplinary Diversity on Teams
  • Teaching Team Science Principles
  • Environmental Influences on Teams (e.g., organizational factors, physical environment)
  • Evaluation of Team Processes & Outcomes
  • Funding Strategies
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Institutional Policies
  • Leadership for Effective Team Science
  • Learning & Knowledge Networks
  • Inter/Transdisciplinary Approaches
  • Methods for Science of Team Science Research
  • Multi-level/Systems Approaches
  • Multiteam Systems
  • Networks
  • Open Science
  • Organization/Management Factors
  • Promoting Team Science Values and Awareness
  • Research Networking
  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Team Assembly
  • Team Composition
  • Team Dynamics
  • Team Macro-cognition
  • Team Science in the Clinical Translational Science Institutes (CTSI)
  • Team Types/Typology
  • Theoretical and Philosophical Approaches
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Transdisciplinary Teams
  • Translational Science Teams