Call For Abstracts
The Call for Abstracts is Now CLOSED

All successful IPDLN conference abstracts are published electronically in the NEW International Journal of Population Data Science. To search for the abstracts, please click here.

International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS)

The International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) is to be an electronic, open access, peer-reviewed journal focussing on the science pertaining to population data. It publishes articles on all aspects of research, development and evaluation connected with data about people and populations. These include: data storage and management; architectures and infrastructures; legal and regulatory issues; privacy-protection methodologies; data and linkage quality; analytical advances; accessing distributed data; using big data; linking to emerging/complex data types; outcomes research; public involvement and engagement; capacity building; and delivering and measuring impact.

IJPDS begins as an e-periodical while interest and demand are gauged. During this phase, IJPDS will not operate a full peer-review process, but relevant submissions will be reviewed by an editorial board (led by Associate Professor Kerina Jones of Swansea University) with the option to call upon subject experts, and will be treated with due respect and confidentiality to protect authors’ interests. The first issue will publish all the abstracts that were reviewed and accepted for the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) conference held in Swansea in August 2016 (unless authors opt-out), on-line and on open access with citation details.

IJPDS will thereafter publish a variety of items on Population Data Science:

  • Abstracts, longer manuscripts and working papers
  • Case studies
  • Methodological developments
  • Helpsheets and tips
  • Tricky questions and answers
  • Featured topics
  • Lay summaries of outcome-based research/development/evaluation articles
  • Comments and letters
  • Consultations
  • Forthcoming, and reports of, events
  • News items
  • Job advertisements
  • Opportunities for collaboration

The abstract submission deadline: 04 March 2016
(The abstract submission deadline will not be extended)

Submissions have been warmly invited for presentations at the International Population Data Linkage Conference 2016 which address the conference theme Linking Data - Improving Lives and one of the following sub-themes:

  • Analytical approaches to distributed data: overcoming the challenges of reproducibility and replication for findings verification and big ‘n’ studies, when local data is just not enough
  • Data and linkage quality: measurement, reporting, improvement, and managing bias; data interoperability, standards, etc.
  • Advanced analytics: computational and statistical approaches to deal with large scale, complex and messy data; visualisation
  • Privacy, regulation & governance: how to make progress in and between regulatory and legal environments; confidentiality and data security; ethical issues
  • Applied projects: work that has contributed new knowledge to health or social science, using data linkage or data sciences approaches
  • Linking to emerging data types: linking data to genetic and omic data, population-scaled sensor data, imaging, social media, telecoms, and more
  • Public engagement: working towards public understanding and assent; patient/citizen scientists; policies and guidelines
  • Capacity building: Projects focussed on delivering new multidisciplinary skills and understanding in the field
  • Delivering and measuring impact: approaches to demonstrating impact of an individual work/study, or case studies of how health/social/economic impact of a specific work/study was demonstrated


Presentation Formats & Submission Guidelines

Oral, Rapid Fire Poster and Multimedia Poster Presentations

You will have the option to identify the presentation format(s) for which you would like your abstract to be considered. Where multiple presentation formats are selected, oral presentations will be given first priority, followed by rapid fire presentations and finally posters.

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations will be grouped by the International Scientific Committee (ISC) into thematically related areas and presented in concurrent sessions. Each oral presentation will be given 15 minutes to present, and 5 minutes for Q&A, for a total of 20 minutes.

Rapid Fire Poster Presentations

Rapid Fire Presentations will be presented during dedicated rapid fire concurrent sessions during the conference. Each presenter will have 4 minutes to present their presentation, using only one slide, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The slide must follow the Poster Presentation format below.

Multimedia Poster Presentations

Multimedia Poster Presentations will be on display at the conference electronic poster boards full day. The viewing times and schedule for the posters will be confirmed after the call for abstracts is completed and presentations are selected. Posters must remain on display for the assigned presentation day. Poster submission details will be emailed to those presenting.

To facilitate peer review, abstracts must be submitted in a structured format comprising four sections (overall 400-word limit):

  • Objectives;
  • Approach;
  • Results;
  • Conclusion;
  • Keywords (up to 5)

The abstract submitted should not exceed 400 words and should select one of the main conference themes under which they would like to be considered.

Instructions and Important Information

Please read the information below carefully:

  • Abstracts must be submitted before 23:00 (GMT) on the abstract submission deadline. Abstracts received after this deadline will NOT be accepted
  • Proposals for presentations should select one main theme from the conference themes which they would like to be considered, and up to two other themes that are also applicable
  • Proposals for presentations of any format must identify the presenting author as the main contact
  • The presenting author information should not be included in the content of the abstract itself unless otherwise specified
  • All abstracts must be submitted using IPDLN’s online abstract submission process
  • The text should appeal to IPDLN's interdisciplinary membership
  • All presenters accepted through the abstract submission process and/or presenting at the conference must register for and pay to attend the conference, and are responsible for their own related expenses. In addition, if the accepted presenter invites additional speakers to present with them at the conference, they must also register for and pay to attend the conference. Anyone who is invited to attend the conference to present must register for the conference (one day rate available). Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts an author may submit; however, the number of accepted presentations may be limited for each presenter. Groups of authors are therefore encouraged to share presenting responsibilities
  • Accepted abstracts will be published and made available electronically on the IPDLN site and on the new International Journal of Population Data Science website
  • Please note that the main body of the abstract will not be edited, thus the author is responsible for any spelling, grammatically or typographical errors
  • All presentations will be in English
  • Abstract submissions should be for research that is either complete or will have significant findings by the conference date
  • Names of authors and organizations must not appear in the text of the abstract (for oral and poster presentations only) to allow for blind peer review
  • Avoid specialised jargon and undefined abbreviations. Do not include tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes, references, or acknowledgements in the text of the abstract
  • The conference office will aim to meet all reasonable requests for audio-visual equipment, based on the type and duration of the presentation. Upon acceptance, the conference secretariat will confirm audio visual details for your presentation
  • Please be sure to note specific requirements or considerations when submitting your abstract online

Evaluation Criteria

Oral, Rapid Fire Poster and Multimedia Poster Presentations

Using a blind review process, the ISC will guide a review of abstracts using the following criteria:

  • The content of the abstract provides new insight and/or knowledge/innovation in use of data or techniques;
  • The abstract is clear and well organised;
  • The proposed presentation will be of significant interest to conference delegates;
  • The content of the abstract suggests actual or potential impact on health or social outcomes or policy