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Guidelines for Abstract-Submission

Submission, Deadline

  • Abstracts have to be submitted exclusively online.
  • Deadline for application is 15 January 2015 23:59:59 CET.
  • Alterations and corrections may be executed previous to the deadline.

Topic, Language

  • Each contribution must relate to one of the given topics (topics).
  • Abstracts may be submitted and presented in German or English.

Size, Content

  • The abstract is limited to 3.000 characters (ca. 400 words).
  • The title should be phrased short and significant.
  • The following structure of the abstract is mandatory: objectives, methods, results and conclusions.
  • Concerning the methods it has to be clear if the study is prospective or a retrospective. Statistical procedures have to be specified.
  • The methodology of data entry and evaluation of clinical papers must comprehensively describe the level of evidence (EbM-Levels).
  • The setup of experimental studies has to be documented.
  • The abstract has to contain all relevant data and figures. Abbreviations must be defined at first usage.
  • To assure the anonymous review it is not allowed to mention any names or locations in the paper.

Rules, Regulations

  • It is not allowed to submit an abstract several times to different subjects of the congress.
  • The number of papers submitted by the same author is limited to 10.
  • The number of authors is limited to 8 altogether. The presenter must be listed first.
  • The presenter is responsible for the compliance with ethic regulations and laws on animal protection.
  • The abstract text has to be orthographically suitable for publishing.
  • The usage of special formatting should be limited. The correct replication in all media cannot be granted.

Publication, Presentation

  • Results that have already been published or lectured elsewhere cannot be submitted.
  • Accepted papers will be published for quotation on CD-ROM and at German Medical Science (
  • Authors fees or royalties cannot be claimed.
  • All listed authors have to consent to the abstract text as well as to their publication in all congress media.
  • Posters are equally submitted as abstracts related to the respective topics.

Review, Registration

  • All submitted abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by several experts.
  • Evaluation criteria are: Aim and objective (inventive, important, clearly defined), material and methodology (adequate design, prospective or retrospective), results (complete, trend-setting, statistically covered) and conclusions (critical, well deduced, current literature).
  • Abstracts that show formal errors (multi-submission, not anonymised, already published) will be rejected.
  • E-Mail notifications about acceptance or refusal will be sent to the presenting author subsequent to the reviewing process.
  • In case of acceptance as oral or poster, the presenting author automatically receives a free congress ticket. All co-authors have to register formally if required.


  • EbM Award: The DGOU supports evidence based medicine in orthopaedics and traumatology by donating 5.000. The paper must be submitted and accepted as an oral presentation at DKOU along with the application for the EbM Award to the DKOU office (
  • Poster Award: The 3 posters with the highest scores will receive between 500 and 1.500 by DGU and DGOOC. The rating is based on the score of the review process, the graphical design as well as the presentation during the Poster Session.
  • Wilhelm Roux Award: The best experimental paper presented at the DKOU will be nominated by the Basic Research Section of DGOOC and awarded 10.000 donated by Aesculap. All papers submitted to Basic Research and accepted as an oral presentation automatically participate in the competition.