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Call For Abstracts

Call For Abstracts

Abstract Submission has Closed on November 4, 2017 at midnight CET !!!

A new record number of 570 Abstracts have been received and are now blind reviewed. Notifications will be sent out to Submitting Authors only beginning January 2018, latest. 

Abstract Submission – Authors’ Information

The ICRS will NOT edit abstracts for language issues, typing, spelling, or grammatical mistakes. There is no fee charged to submit an abstract for ICRS 2018 and you may submit as many abstracts as you wish. However, it is highly recommended that you do not leave your submissions until the very last day.

Podium Presentations

Free papers related to all topics in cartilage repair will be presented during 16 free paper sessions. Speaking time is 7 minutes plus 3 minutes for discussion. The speaking time must strictly be observed by the presenters.  If an abstract is accepted as an oral presentation, presenters must speak in fluent English and be prepared to answer questions from the audience and moderators. All session rooms are equipped with networked computer projection. Presenters are requested to bring their PowerPoint presentation (Windows 10, XP or Windows 7) on a CD-ROM or USB stick and to check-in at the Preview Center 3 hours prior to their presentation. Detailed information will be sent to the presenters on time.

Electronic Posters

One of the main benefits of an electronic poster exhibit is the post-congress availability of the posters for many years in the ICRS member’s area. Our scientific cartilage knowledge database is fully searchable by title, poster ID, authors, full text and image annotation. Information on how to use the electronic poster submission system will be sent to the authors of the accepted posters. An independent jury will judge the electronic posters by online blind grading with regard to scientific content, educational value and visual impression. Awards for the 6 best electronic posters and best abstracts will be given during the ICRS Opening & Awards Ceremony on Sunday, September 24, 2016 at 17.00 hs.

Traditional Wall Posters

In addition to the electronic posters, which must be submitted on a mandatory basis, the authors are invited to produce as well a traditional poster for the poster walls. If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be requested to submit your electronic files to the ICRS online poster submission system and you should bring with you a traditional poster for the poster exhibit by reserving your poster wall in advance through our Office.

Presentation Preference

Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed and may be accepted for either podium or poster presentation. Submitters may indicate their presentation preference during the submission process but the Scientific Programme Committee reserves the right to define the final presentation type. No podium presentations can be guaranteed to any author.


Scientific abstracts must be submitted between September 1 – November 4, 2017 through our abstract submission link in faultless English within the following structure: PurposeMaterials & MethodsResultsConclusion and must be written according to the few abstract submission instructions to be found in the ICRS abstract online submission system. Abstract length is limited to a maximum of 300 words and may contain up to 2 graphs, pictures or tabs. For experimental clinical studies and animal studies, a copy of the approval received by the local ethical committee must be sent to our Executive Office (office@cartilage.org) after successful submission of your abstract.

Financial Disclosure

Submitting authors must complete a Financial Disclosure Statement on  behalf of all authors. Disclosures will not be seen or taken into consideration for the abstract grading process nor for the decision of acceptance of an abstract. We request all submitters to cooperate in this by:

  • Declaring any potential conflict of interest by any of the authors when submitting an abstract.
  • Declaring any commercial role in the related research of any Co-author on the first slides for podium presentations or on the posters for poster presentations.

Confirmation of Abstracts

Scientific contributions will be confirmed by December 15, 2017 by e-mail to the submitting author only. The submitting author must than inform all his co-authors and the presenting author of the notification result. Presenting authors of accepted abstracts will need to reconfirm their presentations and they are expected to normally register for the congress covering their own travel, lodging and registration fees.

Publication – Supplement Journal “Cartilage”

Congress abstracts are citable and will be published electronically in the congress supplement of our official Journal “Cartilage”, published by Sage ISSN 1947-6043 and in the printed congress abstract book. We furthermore encourage all authors to additionally submit their full manuscripts to our peer reviewed journal “Cartilage” which publishes full-length original manuscripts on all types of cartilage including articular, nasal, auricular, tracheal/bronchial, and intervertebral disc fibrocartilage. Manuscripts on clinical and laboratory research are welcome. Instructions to authors for submissions are available at https://cart.sagepub.com

ICRS Generation Next – Free Paper Session

This new session will present the best papers submitted by Young Scientists and Orthopaedic Surgeons. Entry is only for authors under 40 years of age: for surgeons within their first 5 years of practice and for Scientists in their first 2 years following  PhD qualification. Please indicate on the abstract submission form whether your submission should be considered for the Young Investigator Award in addition to the normal abstract submission process.